Execution Phase Part 6: Onsite Integration

Here at SUPAWOOD, we endeavor to make our products not only to the highest possible standards of quality, but also have it easier to install on site. In line with reviews we have received from clients, our panels are designed so that the client/builder can spend less time onsite installing and trying to integrate the product smoothly into the area – saving them money in labor.

Further in terms of ease of installation, shop drawings been designed in such a simple way so that installers can match panels to the framing in number order, as they are numbered both on the actual panel, and indicated accordingly on the detailed drawings that have been signed off on.

Panels are packed by area, we speak to client about priority areas, which areas are going to be installed first, are they being installed left to right, and we then pack the panels suited to their needs. The packs are also marked by number with detailed packing lists including the contents of each pack, therefore ensuring the installer doesn’t need to open a number of packs before they reach the panels required first. This will also prevent damage to panels onsite before installation, that are unpacked prematurely.

Extra things we do to aid this install process is consider all services and penetrations through our panels. Eg. Lights, air conditioning, fire alarms, sprinkler systems etc.

Because our panels are decorative, the are one of the last things to go up in the building. We hence need to consider the services. Project drawings are also signed off by the service provider, so we can be 100% sure that the panels will fit in and work seamlessly with the services. The service provider is then aware, exactly what needs to occur in that space, leading to assurance of all parties involved, that the services will fit in exactly with the decorative panels, and there will be no need for the installer to cut or adjust the panels onsite. This further works to save the time of the installer, as well as ensuring our product quality of finish and appearance isn’t jeopardized by dodgy cutting.

Clients can also appreciate that, should they have any issues or challenges, they can call the project manager that has been working on the job, who can bring up the drawings in front of them, and let the client know the exact process, and what needs to happen in that space – in relation to installation.

Turning to the architects involved in the project, we understand that the architect’s reputation is at stake when specifying, so our process must benefit them – as well as the installers.

Most of the time, the architect will have a specific design intent in mind, but don’t have the practical solution to make it happen.

Our expert project managers can work with the architects, and provide practical solutions, so that when the product or system is produced, the design intent of the architect is still intact. We understand that throughout the process of converting a dream to a reality, very custom and challenging ideas can be diluted and modified to make production easier. With SUPAWOOD, however, we have the expertise with not only the design and how it can be made possible with our products, but the understanding of the materials and fixings, and how we can make them work, in the particular space of the project. All without taking away from the technicality of the design first pictured in the mind of the designer.


Jewel Phase 3 Hotel project progress images


Jewel Phase 3 Hotel project prototype plan example

The Jewel Phase 3 Hotel project is a great example of how SUPAWOOD, through extensive research and countless hours of factory work – nailed the design intent! We spent a lot of time cutting the slats – of all different sizes and lengths, and creating the panels using different battens and fixings to ensure the best processes were being utilized to maintain the specific design intent. No short cuts & no dilution of the original design!

With the preservation of the design brief being a first priority, the group at SUPAWOOD involved with the practical aspect of the project and how it is going to work on site, keep this front of mind to best serve the architect, whilst ensuring the product is still straightforward enough for the installers to integrate the system with ease.

Furthermore, the architect can have full confidence that their design is going to be produced to the highest standards. Knowing that the products are built and produced in our factory environment, by staff qualified and experienced in the specific area of feature paneling, the client can have assurance that the quality of the finished product will be much higher than something that has been built onsite.


Glasshouse Performing Arts Centre, Port Macquarie NSW

If you are interested in maintaining your excellent design reputation, or saving time for your guys installing onsite, give us a call! We are more than happy to discuss your project details.

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