Role of PTL
- Assistance with the timber engineering conceptual design
- Advice on the optimisation of the Pres-Lam structural system into the design
- Numerical modelling of the structure and flooring actions
- Analysis and verification of the timber gravity system
- Peer Review of the structure and the provision of documentation to the Kaikoura City Council
Photo Courtesy: DesignBASE Architects
- Client: Kaikoura District Council
- Size: 3 Storeys | 2400 m2
- Opened: November 2016
- Architect: DesignBASE
- Engineer: Nelson Timber Solutions
- Timber supplier and fabricators: Nelson Pine Industries | Xlam NZ
- Construction: Ensor Builders
The new multi-purpose Kaikoura Civic Centre is open plan and versatile containing a first floor museum, a second floor library and council offices on the top floor. The first Pres-Lam building to be made entirely of timber, PTL’s innovations once again enabled the use of natural materials in spectacular natural surroundings.
Architecturally designed to represent a giant cray pot, the Kaikoura Civic Centre resists lateral loading through Pres-Lam walls spread around the structure. These walls are also the first use of cross laminated timber (CLT) in a Pres-Lam structure. In order to provide strength where required, LVL was used in critical regions of the CLT, another first for New Zealand.
The Kaikoura District Council envisaged a seismically strong, sustainable building that would be a tourist attraction in its own right but within the council’s budget. Through the use of timber engineering, and Pres-Lam and PTL innovation, this is exactly what they got.