Beatrice Tinsley building timber technology developed at UC

Four-storey timber frames were lifted into place on the Beatrice Tinsley building site during the mid-year break. Scheduled to be completed in 2019, the Beatrice Tinsley building will house College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao staff and postgraduate students. The building will be a central part of UC’s Science precinct, with connections into the Ernest Rutherford and Biology buildings.

The building design, which pushes the boundaries of multi-storey timber-framed construction in Aotearoa New Zealand, was driven and developed by a team from UC, BECA and architects Jasmax. It uses laminated veneer lumber, or LVL, which has incredible strength and incorporates timber technology that UC researchers developed and are teaching UC Engineering students to use.

When complete the Beatrice Tinsley building will be the first multi-storey, all timber moment-framed and cross-braced building in Aotearoa New Zealand. A moment frame is a two-dimensional series of interconnected members that uses rigid connections. It can resist lateral and overturning forces, is more flexible than other options and allows larger movements in earthquakes. Find out more

Below: The first timber frames were lifted in to place on the Beatrice Tinsley site during the mid-year break.

Below: The Beatrice Tinsley building is starting to take shape.

Beatrice Tinsley – a UC legend

Beatrice Tinsley is one of the most creative and significant theoreticians in modern astronomy. Known as “Queen of the Cosmos” her work has had a profound influence on what scientists know about stars, the galaxy and the Universe itself. Read more

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