Tall timber building case studies planned

Friday 9 Aug 2019

Early next month a strong line-up of construction case studies with mass timber being used in commercial buildings is being given. The WoodWorks – Changing Perceptions Conference is running in Auckland, New Zealand this year to make it more accessible to architects, quantity surveyors, developers and project managers across New Zealand.

The event brings together leaders in engineered wood design and construction. The development of both cross- laminated timber and laminated veneer lumber has coincided with the need for more carbon-friendly sustainable building solutions. The objective of this annual event is to grow the capability and use of wood in commercial and multi-residential buildings throughout the country.

This week we profile one of the key note speakers, Ralph Austin, President of Seagate Mass Timber, Vancouver, Canada

"When my dad had me work alongside him so he could teach me about carpentry, I was like most kids. I wanted to do something different. But after a few years of university in London, Ontario, I headed west to Alberta in the late 70s to work in the construction industry.

"When prefabrication framing was just being experimented with, I started my own Company – Seagate Consulting and quickly adopted it on every project I oversaw. Wood Prefab is growing in popularity and building height. Today, by operating a portable / mobile prefab station onsite (or nearby), I can better control costs, decrease build-time, keep a tidier and safer site, reduce waste and improve the quality of construction for clients.

"Fascinated with new technology involving prefabrication, CNC machinery, 3D modelling and timber framing, I’m excited to gain insights into timber construction from Europe and apply them here in Canada. Europe’s wood design, structural connections, tools, techniques and equipment are slowly being adopted in North America as architects and engineers become aware of the innovations in timber construction."

Hear more from Ralph at Changing Perceptions 2019 on 4 September in Auckland, NZ

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