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Bjergsted Financial Park, an innovative timber framed office building in Stavanger

Finansparken Bjergsted is an office building recently built in Stavanger, Norway, for SpareBank 1. The structural
system above ground level uses timber as the principal load bearing elements (a natural, renewable and readily
available local material). Floors are cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels supported by glued laminated timber
beams and columns. For strength and complex geometrical requirements, laminated veneer lumber (LVL)
made of beech is also used. The three basement levels and the four communications and services cores are of
reinforced concrete. Mass timber structural elements are engineered for strength and are prefabricated with
strict tolerances for a rapid construction process using mainly direct contact timber connections, without metal
fasteners. The beams are shaped and fabricated with openings to suit both the architectural aesthetics and
services requirements by means of a fully integrated BIM system.

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