Project details

// Client -
Otago Polytechnic / Logic Group
// Location -
// Size -
6,500 m2
// Services -
// Building Information Modelling
// Construction Monitoring
// Structural Engineering

Otago Polytechnic’s new Student Village, Te Pā Tauira, was a unique and “awesome” project for Kirk Roberts Consulting to be involved in, structural engineer Rui Li says.

The multiple award-winning, 6,500 square metre, five-story building became operational in February 2018.

The early stages of the project involved assessing the cost and benefits of using cross-laminated timber (CLT) combined with Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) beams against conventional steel and concrete construction.

“The pricing came back very similar for both options so, based on Otago Polytechnic’s preference, we went with the timber option, given all the sustainable aspects of it.”

“Generally you would expected the timber option to be more expensive, but with our technical capability we were able to design it in a way that would be competitive against conventional construction.”

“We don’t believe in providing anything stock-standard and are passionate about pushing boundaries to deliver leading engineering solutions.”

“Our economical designs, decisive solutions and progressive engineering delivers unsurpassed results for our clients.”

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