New Zealand Wood Smart Tour March 2014

Next week, I’ll joining the WoodSmart Construction tour of New Zealand – a six day tour through Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.  I’m looking forward to visiting many timber buildings, especially the Auckland Art Gallery that won ‘World Building of the Year 2013’ as well as getting a better understanding of how engineered wood is manufactured (CLT, glulam and LVL).  I’ll be covering all the fabulous places we visit here with photos and interesting anecdotes so be sure to check in next week each day. Here is a list of what the tour will cover:

Auckland Art Gallery – spectacular timber foyer
Museum of Transport and Technology – a large LVL timber portal frame building.
TimberLab – a large timber fabricator with new CNC Bridge in action.
Wood Smart Seminar, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Timber Design Awards, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Massey University, College of Creative Arts, Wellington – 3 storey timber framed
educational building
XLam Cross Laminated Timber manufacturing plant
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology – 3 storey timber framed Arts and
Media building
Halifax Street Office, 3 storey timber framed office building
Hunter Laminates Glulam manufacturing plant
Nelson Pine LVL manufacturing plant and fabricator
Siegfried’s Vineyard timber wine store
Tait Communication, 2 storey timber framed office building (3,500 m2)
Merritt’s Office 3 storey timber framed office building (1,600 m2)
St Elmo Courts Office, 5 storey composite timber and concrete office building
Trimble Navigation, 2 storey timber framed office building (6,000m2)
Tour of University of Canterbury Timber Testing Lab

Chris Philpot, Wood and Paper Programs Manager, Planet Ark

WoodSmart tour

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