NMIT Arts and Media Building

Project: Education

Location: Nile Street Nelson

Client: NMIT

Value: $2.5m

Contract period: 2010

Consultants: Irving Smith Jack, Aurecon

Gibbons Construction was the principal subcontractor for this major project which has become a showcase for timber and earthquake-resistant technology.  

With our sawmilling and forestry background we assisted the designer in maximising the use of locally grown chemical free Douglas fir timber framing in the building.

The design of beams, columns and floor systems are the equivalent of steel and concrete.  

Aurecon structural engineers achieved a world first timber seismic design for this project incorporating technology developed at the University of Canterbury.  

The buildings movement and regional seismicity is being measured by the University of Auckland to assess its structural performance over time.  This NMIT building demonstrates that a high level of earthquake protection is both achievable and affordable and ensure the building is functional after a major event.