New fire station to be built in engineered timber

New fire station to be built in engineered timber

April 9, 2018

Fire has traditionally been regarded as timber’s biggest weakness, but ironically that fear will be trounced at its heart: engineered wood from Hyne Timber allied with the latest technology will be used to build a fire and rescue station.
Hyne Timber will be the first Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturer in Australia to provide Building Information Modelling (BIM) content for GLT in the project - the fire and rescue station and regional headquarters in Maryborough, Queensland.
Hyne Timber’s manager strategic relations, Katie Fowden, said scanning, 3D modelling and topology optimisation were also elements of the technology that will be used by the collective design team. The BIM content for GLT will be in accordance with recently developed AS/NZS BIM standards.
The development will be a key presentation titled ‘Engineered Timber Fire Station: A Collaborative Journey of Innovation’ in the Technology session at the Frame 2018 conference in Melbourne in June.
The proposal was welcomed by the Queensland Government after considering the design under the state’s market-led proposal framework.
The project is led by Hyne Timber in partnership with the University of Queensland Centre for Future Timber Structures, Hutchinson Builders, X-Lam and Baber Studio.
RevitR software users can now access the Hyne Timber ‘GLT Families’ for designs incorporating Australian-graded, independently certified products for their timber projects while ensuring product specifications are accurate and reliable.
Hyne Timber’s GLT business development manager, Rob Mansell, said this was an important milestone for the design and construction industry as engineered timber was increasingly specified for its structural, visual and environmental benefits.
“Technology is transforming the way buildings are designed and BIM provides insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings,” he said.
“As momentum grows towards the mandatory adoption of BIM, ensuring our product range provides BIM content is timely.”
Providing BIM content for GLT is an innovation integral to Hyne’s proposal to design and build the new Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Complex in Maryborough, from locally grown and engineered timber.
The proposal is progressing through ‘Stage 2’, but the company’s BIM content is available to download now and is already being used by the design team.
The principal architect, Kim Baber, said this was an example of the benefits of early contractor involvement.
“For commercial projects, it isn’t simply a case of placing an order of GLT products. We need timber experts on the design team from the start,” he said.
“Working closely from the concept stage means we now have BIM content for the GLT components, something that didn’t previously exist.”
Mr Baber said all product details, from dimensions, mass and volume, down to the colour and texture of GLT, could be brought into the 3D model in a single integrated BIM element.
“This means we can exchange quantitative information with our consultant team, particularly the structural engineer, as well as clients, all from the same model,” he said.
“Commercial projects require service and innovative solutions, and that is exactly what Hyne Timber have provided, enabling improved accuracy when sharing technical building information and saving considerable time.”
Hutchinson Builders design manager, Luke Churchin, said GLT BIM content provided value beyond efficiencies during the design and construction stages.
“As a building company, it is important for us to provide the client with as much detail as possible in relation to the life cycle of the building,” he said.
“The benefits of BIM include the capacity to store data and detail relating to the project such as certification, chain of custody, inventory, warranties, energy consumption, equipment information and periodic maintenance procedures.”
 “This can simply be passed on to the end user for their facility management and ongoing building operation,” Mr Churchin said.
Frame 2018 titled ‘Timber Offsite Construction’ will be held on Monday and Tuesday 18-19 June at Park Hyatt, Melbourne. For details, visit the website


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