Iconic Nelson airport building to be profiled

Friday 4 Sep 2020

New Zealand’s 5th annual WoodWorks mass timber conference (previously known as ‘Changing Perceptions’) runs in six weeks. As reported in previous issues, the technology event brings together leaders in engineered wood design and construction.

Mass timber technology developments, including LVL and CLT, prefabrication and connection systems are set to transform commercial building. Early advantages have included accuracy, early contractor engagement and speed of construction. Now wood’s advantages in creating biophilic environments and long-term carbon-friendly sustainability are set to be recognised.

As part of the annual programme this year, Kai Kruse, the CEO of Nelson Pine Industries, will be sharing Nelson Pine’s experience with the new Nelson Airport building. The new, iconic Nelson Airport impresses with its outstanding architectural designs and engineering features. For all those who have recently passed through the airport, you’ll agree that the building makes a significant statement about the region’s identity reflecting Nelson/Tasman’s impressive landscape and sustainability as well as the dynamics and competence of the forestry and manufacturing sectors in the region.

Kai has been with the wood industry for 36 years. He has a Master’s degree and a PhD in timber business, and has held director and senior management positions in Europe and Asia-Pacific for the past 20 years in multi-national corporations including Samling Global (a global giant in forestry, construction/real-estate, ship-building and chemicals) and Daiken (Japanese corporation focussing on building materials).

Kai’s presentation will go through the value chain from the architectural and engineering briefs to the finished building. Specific emphasis will be made on the usage of local resources and manufacturing as well as their cooperation and integration with a multitude of trades, service providers and suppliers.

The WoodWorks 2020 conference will again be showcasing the practical experiences of a range of building professionals including architects, project managers, designers, fit-out specialists, quantity surveyors, BIM specialists and engineers. The programme has a focus on completed projects from New Zealand and Australia.

Full details on the programme can be found on event website.

Note: Early-bird registrations FINISH today, Friday 4 September.

Photo: Nelson Airport

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