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Acres of Atkar in Te Wao Nui Otago Business School

24 Oct 2019 by Asona

The newly redeveloped University of Otago Business School designed by architects Mason and Wales in conjunction with contractors Naylor Love redeveloped two floors to bring the building into line with a more modern learning environment, and replaces the wet and cold atrium, which was exacerbated by leaks and the lack of a wind-proof door. The newly developed ground and 1st floor levels incorporates teaching, study and social spaces, an information sharing area, as well as a café and the Dean’s Office. This new common area will be known as Te Wao Nui. Otago Business School Dean Professor Robin Gauld says it will provide an engaging central common space for collaborative, formal and informal learning and social interactions for students and Business School staff, as well as the wider business community. The Architects selected Atkar’s Au diSlot acoustic perforated wood panels supplied by Asona to be used extensively throughout the two levels of the business schools’ laneways and communal meeting/study areas and in the cafeteria. The durable perforated panels manufactured in sizes to suit the building and finished in Au diImage beech veneer and have an integrated AIB acoustic backer. Asona is proud to celebrate 15 years distributing Atkar, Australia’s leading architectural panel manufacturer. Atkar has a 70 year history of working within the design and construction industry with a complete range of architectural and perforated wood panelling systems which are fully customisable, offer leading acoustic performance and outstanding quality of finish. Both Atkar and Asona provide an in-house design service to prepare shop drawings and detail to insure a smooth transition from design to quality build.

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A specialist New Zealand manufacturer, distributor and installer of acoustical and specialty decorative ceiling and wall finishes serving the commercial interior and education construction markets.We have a passion for innovation and believe in bringing new materials and products to market that are attractive, acoustically efficient, low in embodied energy, can be renovated and recycled locally, are fire safe, durable, and that offer our customers design, life cycle cost and service advantages.Asona owns the manufacturing rights for Sonatex™ the innovative composite acoustical facer used on our Triton range of soft fibre ceiling absorbers. Sonatex provides a durable flat white finish, can also be digitally printed, die cut, formed into custom products and is an effective impact resistant tackable interlayer for our fabric covered panel products.To ensure accurate acoustical performance data is available we have invested in extensive full scale sound absorption and attenuation testing at the Auckland University test chambers. Test reports are available on request.We operate our own factory in Auckland to manufacture composite ‘soft’ fibre sound absorber panels, hard attenuator panels, vinyl laminated hygiene panels, and fabric wrapped panels. We offer our customers short lead times, the flexibility to tailor products to meet decorative, performance and budget objectives and a renovation and repair service to extend product life and reduce land fill waste.


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