EXPAN shines at design awards
It’s official – STIC’s EXPAN system is not just strong, it’s superiorly stylish as well.
The post-tensioned LVL timber building system had a fantastic showing at the 2012 Timber Design Awards, with many of the top accolades given to buildings featuring this locally developed technology.
Here’s how EXPAN buildings shone in this year’s awards:
- Winner of Engineering Excellence Award - College of Creative Arts (CoCA), Massey University (Arrow International, Athfield Architects, Dunning Thornton Consultants and Massey University Wellington). This award recognised the ‘innovative use of engineered timber, resulting in a distinctive impact on an environment’. The Carterton Events Centre (Opus International Consultants) was Highly Commended in this category.
- The CoCA building and The Carterton Events Centre were also Highly Commended in the Commercial Architectural Excellence section.
- The Tumu ITM Building in Napier was named Winner of the Timber Innovation in Business category, recognising ‘Most innovative use of timber to solve a business or commercial challenge’.(The University of Auckland, Stratagroup Consulting Engineers Ltd, Alexanders Construction).
- In the Canterbury Rebuild Innovation area, a Highly Commended went to Trimble Navigation Office and Warehouse (Opus International and Mainzeal Construction). This section looked for the most effective use of timber in architectural and engineering terms, as a response to the Canterbury rebuild. The Merrit Office Building in Victoria Street was also Highly Commended (Sheppard & Rout Architects Ltd/Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers).