A world-first in seismic methodology and use of Laminated Veneer Lumber in a multi-storey building

Te Ara Hihiko - College of Creative Arts

A world-first in seismic methodology and use of Laminated Veneer Lumber in a multi-storey building

Client

Massey University

Location

Wellington

Budget

$16M

Category
Education
About This Project

Te Ara Hihiko reflects the importance of creative arts at Massey University’s Wellington Campus by providing a flag-ship, inspiring space to learn. The winner of numerous design, architecture and timber awards this building sets the tone for innovation and the future of earthquake resistant buildings.

 

Unique Aspects

A global first in the use of a Laminated Veneer Lumber frame, designed in components that are bound together by post-tensioned steel.
The technology enables the building to rock and sway during an earthquake, springing back to its original position after the tremor has ceased, rather than rupturing and causing damage. This allows re-occupation of the building as soon as possible after an earthquake.

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It is designed so that the joints are not damaged and that the elements of structure which absorb the earthquake energy are replaceable."

Bill Stockman
Project Director, Arrow

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