Case Study

Waimea College

  • Location
    Richmond, Nelson
  • Client
    Ministry of Education
  • Architect
    Sheppard & Rout in collaboration with Arthouse Architects
  • Structural Engineer
    Beca Engineers
  • Builder
    Fitzgerald Construction
  • Date
  • Carbon Sequestered in Glulam Product
    18 Tonne

Sustainable Learning

Our Challenge
Techlam were chosen to manufacture glulam columns and rafters for the Waimea College classroom blocks because we could supply the long prefabricated lengths and rigorous project support needed. Prefabrication of all elements at our manufacturing plant, ready to deliver to site was crucial to meet the timeframes. The project was to be completed in three stages over several years. Techlam was rapt to be involved in yet another New Zealand educational facility.

The Techlam Solution
Techlam worked extensively on the CAD modelling phase of the project to eliminate potential issues downstream, with all 3 stages coming together smoothly on site. We manufactured and prefabricated the glulam elements and delivered to site on time. The Fitzgerald construction team placed the product and it fitted together perfectly. Other timber products were used in the build - the Potius Flooring system and Nelson Pine LVL product for both storeys. Techlam provided input around suitable coatings and connections for the glulam product to keep the college looking great for years to come. Waimea College was co-designed by Sheppard & Rout Architects and Arthouse Architects - a collaboration resulting in a stunning design showcasing sustainable New Zealand manufacturers and products. A well organised project from the get-go enabled the suppliers and construction teams to deliver the project seamlessly.

Products Used

Glulam Columns

The glulam columns reaching from the ground to the top story connect with the rafter beams 'embracing' the balcony running along the classroom blocks, .


Glulam Rafter Beams

The rafter beams were prefabricated and connect to the columns with a steel hardware connection detail at the ends.

Charlie Evans

Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager

Fitzgerald Construction

“The Waimea College new teaching spaces had multiple timber machined products incorporated in the design, Techlam being the stand out supplier of any of them. Techlam has proven to be user friendly through the whole process”

“from quoting to shop drawings and delivery. The material was delivered fully CNC’d and ready to assemble avoiding onsite machining and making the finish look outstanding. The after service knowledge has been extremely helpful in regards to care and maintenance to ensure we get the best performance from our laminated timber for the future. The result of this project has Techlam become our go to supplier for all laminated timber goods.”

More Projects

Before you start
your project, let's chat

Contact Techlam

Stay up to date with techlam

Sign up to our newsletter

Join the

[forminator_form id="22323"]