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Speaker Profiles: Alistair Scott, Rohan Pollard & Andrew Hewitt

These three speakers will be sharing their lessons and perspectives on building the Botany Toyota Showroom. Alistair Scott Alistair graduated from Victoria University in the mid 1980’s and worked for Warren & Mahoney and Athfield Architects before heading to Europe.  He spent 3 years in London on large Masterplanning projects and 12 years in Italy, where he worked on large …

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Welcome to NHERI Tall Wood Project

The Planned 2021 Full-Scale Test Gravity design of the test building has been completed and can be accessed HERE. Note the building will be finished with non-structural components and evelope, currently only the structural members are shown in the gravity design. The objective of sharing the gravity design is to solicit interested partners for collaboration and pay-load testing. If you …

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Deakin Uni investigating CLT properties

Deakin University has begun an investigation into Australian-made Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) with the results expected to reveal the full potential of this environmentally-friendly construction material.  The research team, led by associate professor Mahmud Ashraf from Deakin’s School of Engineering, will test and analyse the strength limits of CLT, which is mass engineered timber made up of layers laminated together …

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Baldasso Cortese-designed Melbourne CLT build leads sustainable development

Works have been completed on a five-storey extension to 276 Flinders Street, a landmark moment for sustainable development in Australia underlined by the fact by using Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and a lightweight steel grid frame added to the existing building. This is the latest in a clear trend in Melbourne, with Frame, the premium office tower that will sit above …

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Ontario invests $5M in province’s first CLT plant

The Ontario government is investing almost $5 million in Element5‘s cross-laminated timber (CLT) plant, the first in the province. This will result in more than 60 new jobs in St. Thomas, Ont. According to a government news release, the $32 million manufacturing facility will be one of North America’s first fully automated cross-laminated timber plants. The wood products will be …

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Speaker Profile: Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith – Senior Manager, Conversion & Project Management. Andrew has had vast experience as a Project Manager in the construction industry across multiple sectors including commercial and retail, civic, education, infrastructure and decontamination works. In 2014 he led the design and construction of Australia’s first engineered timber civic building, Library at The Dock. Following this project, he joined DesignMake …

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OPINION: Billion Trees will fail without Wood First policy

Would you invest $481 million in growing a product on the assumption that the price and demand for it in China in 28 years will be the same as it is now? Of course not. But you are. We all are through the Billion Trees programme. China takes seventy-five percent of New Zealand’s logs. You could say we have all …

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Katerra CLT passes testing for first project use, first panels to ship soon

In early July, Katerra CLT products successfully completed product testing for first project use, conducted by its 3rd party agency PFS-TECO, Kattera announced. Company will produce both 5-layer and 3-layer panels, used primarily for floors. Next on track is the testing and certification of 7-layer and 9-layer panels, including CLT shear wall panels to be used for lateral stability, providing …

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“Self-shaping” Urbach Tower twists itself into a unique, curvaceous shape

Wood warping typically creates unwanted and undesirable effects, yet the creators behind a unique new landmark in Urbach, Germany have found a way to harness the naturally occurring deformity into an unexpected architectural possibility. The University of Stuttgart completed a nearly 47-foot-tall timber structure that gets its curvaceous form from the “self-shaping process” of its curved wood components. Constructed from …

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The Future of Mass Timber

As more of these mass timber structures are completed, we not only enjoy the natural beauty and warmth of wood structures, but we also are reminded of the exceptional environmental benefits of wood construction. The U.S. mass timber industry is an emerging market with many years of growth ahead. Architects, engineers and developers are astounded by pictures of beautiful soaring …

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Speaker Profile: Gary Lawson

Gary is one of the founding directors of Stevens Lawson Architects Limited established in 2002. The practice’s strengths lie in the creation of innovative design responses with a high level of aesthetic sensibility and functional resolution, collaborative design with clients, consultants and users is intrinsic to their approach to architectural practice. Gary’s key skills include: managing clients needs, design background …

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Wood wins: Constructing Australia’s largest engineered-timber office building

One Brisbane high-rise is showing why timber is making a comeback as a building material. Timber has long been used in Australia for residential construction. But its use in high-rise buildings is relatively new, and many myths about it abound: that timber buildings require more maintenance, aren’t fire resistant and are at risk from termites. One high-rise building in Brisbane …

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Best of Timber: A worldwide overview

A worldwide overview of timber construction projects: 2018 breaks all records. Skyscrapers are symbols of innovation and wealth – at least in America. Not only on that continent building contractors return to wood as construction material for this type of building. Hickok Cole Architects from the US, for example, showed this in April with a draft for a 62 storey …

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Stora Enso inaugurates a new production unit for cross laminated timber at Gruvön sawmill

Stora Enso’s investment in a new production unit for cross laminated timber (CLT) at Gruvön sawmill in Sweden was inaugurated last month by Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström, Joakim Sveder, Mill Director, Gruvön sawmill and Leif Haraldsson, Municipal Commissioner of Grums. The investment in Gruvön sawmill amounts to EUR 45 million. The project has proceeded according to plan from the …

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Katerra looks at disrupting construction

WoodSolutions launches season two of its TimberTalks podcast, with US start-up Katerra’s CEO discussing the need for disruption in the building industry. The multi-trillion-dollar global construction industry is ready for change, and with both a national and worldwide housing shortage, it cannot come soon enough.  Timber Talks host Adam Jones spoke to Katerra’s CEO and co-founder Michael Marks, who has …