Local knowledge the key to success

Local knowledge the key to success
Aoraki Frame and Truss works with a great variety of configurations and designs, such as curved, raking and scissor trusses.

Aoraki Frame & Truss established itself as a significant player in the South Canterbury construction market after Mel Lewis and Jonathan Burbery noticed a niche that was not being filled 14 years ago.
The partnership between the two, supported by their wives Faye Lewis and Pam Burbery, has worked extremely well through utilising their complementary skills.
A local business having the design, detailing and production of key building components produced locally was seen as an advantage and with decades of building experience, the company is able to provide solid advice to owners and builders alike.
Mel says one of the company’s key strengths is the ability to come up with solutions for clients’ projects they may not have believed possible.
It works with a great variety of configurations and designs, such as curved, raking and scissor trusses, and can usually let clients know on the spot whether or not their idea will work.
“We specialise in a lot of unique, one off projects; houses that builders do not want to construct because they are too challenging in terms of their timber structure,” Mel says.
As the company’s business manager, Mel is a qualified Master Builder, Licensed Building Practitioner and approved producer statement provider with the Timaru District Council; this creates efficiencies by allowing him to sign off trusses, frames and bracing elements to New Zealand building code standards.
Jonathan, whose expertise is in pre-cutting timber, is the production manager and has worked with timber all his working life, more than 34 years. He reckons he has loaded framing and trusses on to trucks for more than 4000 buildings so far.
Further examples of Aoraki Frame & Truss’ ability to specialise will be revealed this year with two new projects they have been developing with clients.
Another of the company’s more challenging projects was to complete trusses with curves in both the top and bottom chords with valley and hips for a house in Geraldine.
The trusses spanned over 11 metres and were curved over the lounge area but fl at at each end for the rooms either side.
Trusses up to 21.5 metres can be manufactured, as in the case of the rebuild of the Hervey Motors building when snow collapsed the roof in 2006. Aoraki Frame and Truss has an experienced team of eight, with four having been in the industry for about 20 years each.
The company also has a highly skilled detailer whose technical expertise is “up there with the best”.
Truss designing is completed with the PrydaBuild system; the company uses Pryda fixing components on its frames and trusses.
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