Cutting-edge steel

The new Science Centre at The University of Auckland is utilising the latest thinking and research in steelwork design.

Our structural design team were required to build a lightweight, 11-storey tower on the existing foundations and column grid of the original 1960s building.

Besides being a new gateway to the campus, the building includes many state-of-the-art design features, including pre-cambered cellform beams and welded columns, Buckling Restrained Braces (BRBs) for earthquake resistance, a constrained visco-elastic layer called Resotec to damp out floor vibrations, and low-damage design principles.

The use of a 3D Revit model during the design process enabled the detailed co-ordination of structure, building services distribution and architectural layouts.

Read more about this project in Engineering Insight.

This article was first published in Engineering Insight, January/February 2015. Volume 16/1 and is reproduced with the permission of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

Image provided by Architectus.

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