NIOA breaks new ground with headquarters – video


Defence manufacturer NIOA is breaking new ground with its new headquarters building being constructed in Brisbane.

The company, which is also constructing an ammunition manufacturing facility at Maryborough in partnership with Rheinmetall, is having the multi-storey building built using innovative timber technologies.

Builder Watpac finished the building structure in only 26 days, using Glulam structural elements horizontally across the building or as diagonal bracing.

Cross laminated timber panels were used as the walls, the vertical structure and the floor plates.

Services ducts were pre cut off site to save construction time.

NIOA CEO Robert Nioa said: “Firstly we got exposed to this product through a project we are doing in Maryborough where we are building in the same industrial estate as one of the Hyne timber plants where the product is coming from.

“Certainly a timber product appeals to us much more for a working environment for our staff and for people who come to visit us.”

Dr Andrew Magub of Kirk Architect describes the new building (pictured) as ‘a new typology of office building’.

Magub said the structure would produce a better work environment than a traditional office construction.

Xlam technical sales representative Robert Mansell said: “These are the first two timber buildings, office buildings in Queensland produced and built entirely from Australian resources.”

View Watpac’s video on the project below.

Picture: NIOA

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