Role of PTL
- Provision of conceptual design to architect
- Advice on the optimisation of the Pres-Lam structural system into the design
Photo Courtesy: BRANZ
- Client: BRANZ
- Size: Single Storey | 300 m2
- Opened: 2011
- Architect: Warren and Mahoney
- Engineer: Aurecon
- Timber supplier and fabricators: Carter Holt Harvey | TimberLab Solutions
- Construction: Fletcher Construction
When BRANZ sent out the brief requiring a contemporary staff facility to be built from sustainable materials the Nikau building was the solution. The first building to incorporate Pres-Lam structural frames, the Nikau building uses PTL timber engineering to create the open spaces required with a simple and straight forward connection, not to mention the added seismic protection offered by Pres-Lam in one of New Zealand’s highest earthquake zones.
Significant cost and time savings were achieved on the project. The reduction of labour costs through the prefabrication of the Pres-Lam timber members meant that they were erected quickly and attached to the other building elements. Prefabrication is truly a strength of engineered timber design and PTL.
Integrating sustainability, cutting edge technology and PTL’s timber engineering expertise the Nikau building provides a bright new office space for the BRANZ staff to enjoy.