The new timber von Haast replacement building in Christchurch

This case study outlines the design of the new Beatrice Tinsley building currently under construction in the Canterbury University campus in Christchurch. The building will replace the von Haast building that previously stood on the site. The building is 4 storeys tall and is entirely of timber construction. The gravity system comprises LVL columns and beams supporting stressed skin timber floor units. The lateral system comprises transverse post-tensioned Pres-Lam LVL frames in one direction and concentric LVL cross bracing in the other direction. The building is founded on the existing concrete foundations of the demolished von Haast building. Once completed, this will be the tallest all timber Pres-Lam moment frame building in the world.

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