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Tumu ITM building design a world first

Tumu ITM building design a world first

Napier’s new Tumu ITM store is the first commercial building in the world to use a revolutionary new timber jointing technology that simplifies the installation of long-span laminated veneer lumber (LVL) sections. The major design feature of the building is a roof structure of LVL beams that span 60 metres, with the beams spliced together and fixed to columns using an innovative steel dowel and self-drilling screw system. Known as the Xpan Quick Connect Joint, the system was develo...
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Christchurch Basilica receives much needed support

In an effort to save and restore the Christchurch Basilica after the devastating earthquakes that hit earlier this year, engineers have chosen a novel solution by using Royal Wolf shipping containers to support the cathedral’s damaged walls whilst repairs are underway. One hundred and three years after celebrating its first mass, the Renaissance-style Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, once the pride of the city, is now under critical repair, with the team working around the clock to...
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Construction leaders of tomorrow return victorious

Five aspiring building professionals have returned from Outward Bound elated, after winning a place on the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation Specialist Trades Outward Bound Scholarship in September. Ben Horn of Waihi, Joshua Inivale of Waitakere, Desmond Paseta of Manukau, Matthew Buxton of Tauranga and Rameka Thomas-Dorante of Auckland were all awarded scholarships valued at $4090 each. Each winner passed the course with exceptional personal development results. The...
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Bright future for construction as 2011 Apprentice of the Year named

Bright future for construction as 2011 Apprentice of the Year named

New Zealand’s construction industry can be certain that its future is in safe hands judging by the talent celebrated at an awards evening in Wellington on Saturday, October 29. Dunedin apprentice Ryan Keogh, 22, was named the Registered Master Builders Carters 2011 Apprentice of the Year after competing alongside 10 national finalists from up and down New Zealand. Second place was awarded to Matt Saathof, 21, of Hastings who is employed by Gemco Construction in Havelock North. Twenty...
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