Glulam – A Credible Design Option

Presented by:

  • Owen Griffiths - Marketing Director of McIntosh Timber Laminates Ltd, New Zealand 

Just what are the possibilities for an innovative, sustainable, timber design option in large scale commercial construction projects? How reliable and durable will they be? Can I be assured of this material achieving design values I have used? What kind of projects does a Glulam solution suit? 

This presentation will address these issues and others. 


With the demand for sustainable design an increasing issue Glulam offers the opportunity to achieve distinctive solutions that express both structural and architectural integrity. 

A selection of case studies will illustrate completed structural solutions McIntosh Timber Laminates have provided in the international arena. 

Owen is Marketing Director for McIntosh Timber Laminates Ltd – NZ’s largest manufacturer and exporter of structural Glulam. He comes from a background of 40 years involvement with the company in the development and manufacture of structural timber solutions. Specialising in laminated timber, he has been involved in expanding the international awareness of NZ Glulam’s potential as a prime structural design option. His company has been at the leading edge of Glulam development in NZ since their beginning in 1957 and has a long standing commitment to design detail, innovation and quality in service and production. 

McIntosh has been instrumental in introducing NZ Glulam structures to a number of overseas markets including The Pacific, Hong Kong, Asia, North Africa, The Middle East and Mediterranean. 

Owen has served as Chairman of the New Zealand Timber Certification Board and immediate past president of NZ Pine Manufacturers Association, an executive member of the Structural Engineered Timber Manufacturers Association and the New Zealand Timber Design Society and a board member of Woodco. He has presented various papers and spoken at a number of international seminars on timber design. 

This event will be held in Lecture Theatre C1 at The University of Melbourne, Engineering Block C, Level 4. View map.

This event will start at  6:15pm, with refreshments from 5:45pm

All of the IStructE Technical Meetings are free to attend unless stated otherwise.