Esprit Kagoshima Aira
Elder care service provider Esprit, continues to expand with 2×4. They are now constructing their fourth 2×4 senior’s facility in Kyushu region of Japan, this time in Aira City in Kagoshima Prefecture, slated for completion later in the year. When finished, the new private nursing home will house 64 seniors as well as one large room, which will be used to provide day-service care for local seniors living nearby. As with its three previous senior’s homes, Esprit chose again to build this one with platform frame construction for several reasons; lower initial building cost, quicker construction time, superior thermal insulation – allowing building to use less heating and cooling energy to achieve and maintain a comfortable temperature for occupants, as well as a better depreciation rate for the building (compared to non-wood construction methods). The facility, a combined one and two-storey quasi-fireproof 2×4 building will have a total floor area of 2,425 m² and just about all the structural wood products used for its construction, Douglas Fir dimension lumber and OSB panels, were supplied by Canadian companies. The architectural firm for the project was Earth Work, the general contractor was Sakuragi Gumi, structural engineering for the building was done by Satomi Architects. Maki Mokuzai was contracted to construct and supply the 2×4 structure for the project.