‘Sociable Fire Station’ featuring Spruce, Austria

What better illustration of wood as a fire-resistant material than using it to build a fire station? Gsottbauer architects have built their modern take over two floors and clad the facade in silver spruce, giving a look that is typical of buildings in the rural parish of Gnadenwald in Austria.

The top floor of the fire station is a popular clubhouse built in cross laminated timber. The fire station proper and vehicle bays are made from reinforced concrete. The interiors on both the ground floor and upper floor have walls, ceilings and floors lined with silver spruce to give a spacious uniformity. The exterior is also clad in spruce panelling. Maintenance-free zinc has been fitted just to a few exposed sections of the roof.

See more at www.gsottbauer.at

NEW Kingfisher Spruce Range “Making the unbelievable, affordable”

We decided to radically change the norm of the New Zealand timber industry.

Being industry experts in visual, solid timber for over 20 years, ATS Timber saw an increasing demand for a highly visual and structural, solid timber beam range.

Over 7 years ago we launched our unique range of Kingfisher SG8 solid Pine, kiln dried beams. Producing these Radiata Pine beams from the NZ timber resource presented us with numerous, ongoing challenges.

There had to be a superior alternative. It had to be a better visual grade, have superior structural properties to Radiata Pine, meet or exceed all appropriate NZ Standards, be more dimensionally stable, be price competitive and be environmentally certified.

We would accept nothing less than the best in the world.

Twelve months of R&D has resulted in this launch of Kingfisher Spruce "Making the unbelievable, affordable."

We have done special introductory pricing for this range for a limited period of time that brings it comparable to our existing ranges of Radiata Pine, Douglas Fir and Macrocarpa. This offers almost unbelievable value-for-money.

The full range will be available ex stock from January 2015 including the full range of visual SG8 and SG10 Verified beams and framing and a reversible designed TGV paneling and sarking product.