Author: David Rowlinson
Source: Built Offsite
In what will be the largest building of its type in New Zealand, XLam will supply all the CLT for an innovative student accommodation project in Otago.
Work will soon commence on the $20 million Otago Polytechnic Student Village, which will have a super-structure built entirely of wood. The 231-bed facility will include single dormitory rooms, studios and four bedroom apartments. The build represents the first time CLT has been used in Dunedin, with the complex set to be New Zealand’s largest timber-framed building of its type by height and volume.
The use of CLT makes the facility 20% lighter than it would have been if concrete or steel were used, and also cheaper and more environmentally friendly. Project Manager, Sam Cadden from Logic Group, said he was proud to be involved with the delivery of the Otago Polytechnic’s vision.
“This innovative construction will set new standards of sustainability within the industry,” he said. Designed by Dunedin architects Mason & Wales, the development features a façade treatment developed in collaboration with prominent Maori artist Simon Kaan. It is scheduled to be completed before the end of January 2018 ready for students to start the academic year.