Civic building wins award

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The Civic Building, home to Council, the Museum, the library and Environment Canterbury Offices, won a Highly Commended Award in the Innovation Category of the 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards.

The awards recognise the creativity and ingenuity of timber industry and design professionals. Entries demonstrated new and different ways to use timber that nevertheless meet all building codes and criteria as well as being beautiful.

“In a market crowded with grand designs and wonderful claims for every construction material, New Zealand timber is proving just how versatile and cost effective it is,” says Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association Promotions Manager Debbie Fergie. “These Awards have again proved how imaginative design and structural integrity can combine to deliver beautiful timber buildings.”

Entrants competed within ten categories covering everything from residential and commercial architectural excellence to engineering innovation, multi-storey construction and student innovation.

The Civic building won the commendation for the innovative use of timber, resulting in a distinctive technical/structural solution in a residential, commercial, industrial or public building environment.

The building became centre stage immediately after the November 2017 Kaikoura earthquake when it served as the Civil Defence Emergency Operations Centre for the earthquake response and recovery. The building had only just opened, and it was undamaged in the earthquake, which made it perfect for the Civil Defence operation.

The building was designed by Design Base architects, as a green, sustainable, and resilient multi-storey timber building, to house the Kaikoura Museum, Library, and Council offices.

The innovative structure is made entirely from engineered wood products, with LVL beams and columns, Potius timber floors, and Pres-Lam CLT walls, with no concrete above the ground floor.

The suspended Potius floors are stressed-skin T-beam floor cassettes pre-fabricated using Nelson Pine LVL. Hunter Laminates supplied the glulam cray-pot feature on the outside and also undertook fabrication for the larger LVL members. The rocking CLT walls were designed using Pres-Lam technology developed by PTL | Structural Consultants at the University of Canterbury. The vertically post-tensioned Pres-Lam structural walls provide the main lateral load resistance under extreme wind or earthquake loading.