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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Mar. 13) - The Great Council of Chiefs high rise-roof is beginning to take shape as the contractors put the pieces together last week

A specially made structure was brought in from New Zealand for the roof of a multi-million dollar complex in Nasese, Suva, for the Great Council of Chiefs.

Construction of the FJ$20 million [US$11.3 million] Bose Levu Vakaturaga complex began in April last year by Raghwan Construction.

Director Vijay Raghwan said the roof was unique, with laminated timber beams especially manufactured in New Zealand by renowned third-generation Macintosh Timber Laminators.

"The roof structure slopes 45 degrees and rises at the pitch some 22 meters [72 feet].

"It has 148 pieces of laminated octagonal shaped beams in varying lengths from 3.6 meters to 26 meters [85 feet] in length," Raghwan said.

He said eight tons of manufactured hot dipped galvanized brackets of varying shapes were being used to hold the structure together.

"A specially erected scaffolding standing some 24 meters high and two temporary fabricated superstructure were installed to erect the end protruding ridges," he said.

"The roof is clad with a Bitumastic type roof shingles on a structural grade plywood sub-strate.

"Indeed the roof and ceiling exposed laminated timber structure will stand out as a remarkable structure befitting the august body, namely the Bose Levu Vakaturaga."

Construction is expected to be completed before the end of this year. The complex consists of a multi-story office building each with 1000 square meters of floor space. The area available for office rental is 6000 square meters.

March 14, 2006

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