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Official Opening of the Centre for Future Timber Structures at UQ

July 12, 2016

David Rowlinson


The vision for the Advanced Engineering Building project for the University Of Queensland was to create a building to celebrate, collaborate, create, learn, innovate and sustain, all within an integrated engineering landscape.

Courtesy of Hyne Timber

Queensland Forestry Minister Leanne Donaldson has opened a research centre at the University of Queensland to develop the use of timber in high-rise construction.

“The centre’s mission is to engineer new timber building products, deliver tall timber buildings and transform Queensland’s timber industry in the process,” she said.

The Queensland Government’s $1 million in funding was matched by the University of Queensland. Private sector partners are Queensland-based timber processor Hyne Timber, global engineering firm Arup Engineering and major building company Lendlease. The Australian Research Council is providing an additional $1.5 million to the project.

A key component of the project is the Advanced Engineering Building (AEB). The vision for the AEB was to create a building to celebrate, collaborate, create, learn, innovate and sustain, all within an integrated engineering landscape.

Whilst the 500-seat auditorium is predominantly used in lecture mode, the flexible space provides the opportunity to permit engineering to merge with function, cultural and art possibilities.

Pre-fabricated timber trusses consist of glued laminated hardwood flitch sections comprising a structural steel plate sandwiched between two timber sections. The trusses were fabricated off-site, transported and assembled in place and lifted in a single day.

 


David Rowlinson

Make it Wood Program Manager