Merritt’s Office has a totally different feel to any other building.
It is a commercial space containing an upmarket furniture store on the ground floor and designer offices upstairs.
The 3 storey timber framed office building (1,600 m2) utilises post-stressed LVL box beam and frames with timber concrete composite floors.
The two storey Trimble building is the first building in New Zealand to use both post-tensioned LVL frames and post-tensioned LVL walls with energy dissipating devices for the load resisting system.
The site is split into two blocks – the first block frame took 1 week which apparently was too long for the clients. The second block frame took 6 hrs!
It is very quick and quiet to install services into the timber.
There was a very good attitude on site considered largely to be because of the timber.
The Cardboard cathedral in Christchurch is a temporary structure built to replace the earthquake damaged cathedral. The original proposal was for a structure built entirely from cardboard tubes. However, this was met with some concern and so they have since been supported with LVL and steel.
The Tait Communication building is a 2 storey timber framed office building (3,500 m2). The structure consists of a LVL Timber and Steel framed Structure, sitting on a screw piled foundation system. The client wanted to build something a bit different in line with their culture and brand. Part of the vision was that it needed to be timber construction.