As pubic feedback for Nelson Airport’s NZ$32 million terminal redevelopment gains momentum, its use of wood as a primary building material has been widely praised for being a tribute and a showpiece for the region.
Breaking from the traditional use of concrete and steel, the use of Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) from Nelson Pine Industries will be integral to the structure. The LVL portal legs will be cantilevered to provide a lateral bracing system, which will allow for unobstructed clear open spaces within the terminal.
Nelson Airport CEO Rob Evans said the new design would “reflect the beauty of the region”. This is a very exciting step in the evolution of Nelson and its role as the gateway to our region,” he said. “Visually, it will be magnificent!”
The terminal will also utilise a number of green technologies, including solar chimneys and electric car charging stations in the car park.
Images courtesy of Nelson Airport