TUVALU COMMUNITY CHURCH: SMART TIMBER ENGINEERING TO BENEFIT THE TUVALUAN COMMUNITY
The Tuvaluan community wanted to build a church and community centre in Henderson, West Auckland. This predominantly timber structure uses curved glu-laminated timber portal arches, laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and conventional light timber framing. Where exposed, these structural elements help to created a warm, durable environment.
Benefits of having us on the team:
Timber presents detailing challenges particularly in terms of fire and connections. This requires careful engineering. Our design is sympathetic to structural loads, aesthetics and buildability.
We proactively work with the fabricator and contractor, visiting the factory and site to ensure components such as the arches are made and installed correctly.
Our knowledge of which timber products work best under which applications means we design solutions using products that are most appropriate for each purpose.