Engineered Wood Projects

College of Creative Arts

College of Creative Arts, Massey University in Wellington, designed and built by Arrow International, Athfield Architects, Dunning Thornton Consultants and Massey University Wellington.

The structure includes the world’s first multi-story post-tensioned timber frame, resting on a conventional reinforced concrete masonry and in-situ concrete plinth.

The building is designed as a series of discrete components, which allowed for prefabrication and quicker erection on site. It also means that the interfaces between connections are able to “rock” open and closed as the frame sways in an earthquake, before springing back into its original position.

Supported by the timber frame are innovative, prefabricated LVL / precast concrete composite floors. This combination is notably lighter than a traditional system and uses the two materials to their strengths.


NMIT Arts and Media buildings

The NMIT Arts and Media buildings in Nelson, designed by Irving Smith Jack Architects with engineering by Aurecon, managed by Arrow International.

Hunterbond were involved from an early stage with ISJ and Aurecon in assisting with advice on what can be achieved and different cost options, in particular working on the level of finish required. Nelson Pine LVL 11 was used on this project.


Waitomo Caves Visitor Centre

Waitomo Caves Visitor Centre, Waitomo, designed by Architecture Workshop and engineered by Dunning Thornton, constructed by Hawkins.

Boasting some very complex laminated and fabricated components with varying twists and curves. The end result, stunning.