The new Arts and Media building at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is nearing completion. The building boasts some of the latest technology in timber engineering including post tensioned shear walls, timber/concrete composite beams and stressed shin panels. The primary structure was fabricated by Hunter Laminates using Nelson Pine LVL, manufactured from locally grown pine. All the timber used in the primary structure was grown, manufactured and fabricated within 100 km from where it was erected. POTIUS double ‘T’ stressed skin panels were proposed for the project. Irving Smith Jack Architects Ltd had specific requirements for the panel support detail. The panels were to be hung between the bearers, they did not want visible fixings and the solution had to be cost effective.
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