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Celebrating excellence
The 2019 OFPANZ Awards for Excellence winners.

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his year, 11 projects were recognized as winners in the 2019 Awards for Excellence
competition hosted by the Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand
(OFPANZ). The contest offers OFPANZ members a chance to showcase design
excellence, technical skill and innovation to other members and the entire industry.
Entries are judged by appearance, workmanship, complexity, design, innovation, function
and environmental awareness.
SUPREME WINNER/

GREEN

Duncan's Canvas Ltd.
Hamilton, New Zealand

PROJECT: Noise Pollution Solution
FABRICS: Batyline, Quietspace Cube; from W Wiggins Ltd
The pool owners had both major health and safety issues due to noise, and two original noisedeadening systems in the complex had failed; noise-deadening ceiling tiles installed a few years
earlier had been falling from the ceiling, risking hitting swimmers. Duncan's Canvas installed a
temporary solution (bird netting) to catch the falling tiles, then removed them. To enhance the
noise-baffling work already done on the complex ceiling, the company suggested making
a "feature wall" of a giant silver fern made from the noise-reducing material.
Staff had to work 12 meters above the huge swimming pools, often at night. Duncan's subcontracted to Fletcher Construction, the firm overseeing a total upgrade of the complex. Fletcher
Construction reported to Opus International, the project managers. Complex issues had to be
worked out to the finest detail-even to which grade of stainless steel rivets should be used.
The combination of the ceiling and wall projects saw noise levels fall to well within
acceptable levels. The giant silver fern provides a patriotic backdrop to national swimming
events, and has become a talking point; even the mayor has commended Duncan's on the
new look. The 3D effect of the waterjet pattern cut into acoustic panels has cut noise pollution
and continues to create a distinctive environment for the pool complex.
www.duncanscanvas.co.nz

International action
The Outdoor Fabric Products Association
of New Zealand (OFPANZ) promotes,
develops and protects the interests of the
manufacture, trading and marketing of
outdoor fabric products with exceptional
quality, and recognizes standards, both
nationally and internationally. OFPANZ
is affiliated with the Specialised Textiles
Association of Australia and became a
country sector of IFAI in 2008.
Visit www.ofpanz.co.nz

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