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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2018) 63(3): 11–17
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

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Nelson Airportís new terminal - overview of the design of a large-span engineered timber specialist building

Evzen Novak *,1, Samantha Zondag 2, Sarah Berry 3 and Simon Hardy 4

1 Director, Studio Pacific Architecture Ltd & Design Director for the terminal project. Corresponding author:
2 Studio Pacific - Internal Design Coordinator for the project
3 Associate, Studio Pacific & Site and Project Architect for the project
4 Principal, Studio Pacific & Project/Coordinator Leader
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: The Nelson Airport Terminal is a new large-span building that replaces the existing terminal building at the airport. The structure and interior of the building relies on engineered timber (LVL and plywood) to achieve the open spans required and create a unique airport environment. This paper serves to outline a significant end use for engineered timber and sets out, from a designerís perspective, the journey from initial idea to end result. The designerís perspective is clearly not the same as the producerís. In general, the designerís perspective more closely reflects the needs of the end users of the building. In providing this viewpoint, the authors hope that it facilitates a raised producer awareness of the issues facing the incorporation of engineered timber into any building and, more fundamentally, an increase in the use of engineered timber in the building stock New Zealand produces each year. Beginning with the brief and a short description of the building, the paper goes on to discuss the design drivers for the building and how the selected drivers supported the use of engineered timber, one very major element of the design strategy. An overview of the design and construction processes, particularly dealing with innovations such as the use of resilient slip friction joints (RSFJs) and pre-fabrication, is provided along with some preliminary learnings.
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