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Scion Innovation Building

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Release Date: 05/23/2022

William Perkins Case Study - Keys to Rapid Construction show art William Perkins Case Study - Keys to Rapid Construction

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

William Perkins High School consists of a significant quantity of exposed wooden structures, enabling the benefits of biophilia for the students and building occupants. Education buildings have the unique challenges, when trying to build in the short windows that sit between teaching periods. Within these windows the building was constructed with an innovative team and creative engineers. In this episode, we’re speaking with Alan Dowdall, the project structural engineer, a timber specialist with vast experience about achieving fast programs in construction and the importance of simplicity in...

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New Research Into Fire Dynamics of Wooden Buildings show art New Research Into Fire Dynamics of Wooden Buildings

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Architects are looking to expose wood as much as possible, in order to demonstrate the benefits of sustainability and enable the advantages of biophilia. However, when exposing timber a good understanding of both the fire resistance level of the building elements, and the dynamics of the fuel load are critical to understand. Recent research has unveiled new insights into the safe exposure of wood, isolating items such as amount of encapsulation, location of encapsulation and ventilation. In this episode, we’re speaking with Daniel Brandon Senior Research Scientist at RISE (Sweden) who is one...

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Murdoch University Case Study - Pushing the Limits of Post and Beam show art Murdoch University Case Study - Pushing the Limits of Post and Beam

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The New Academic Building is a transformative project for Murdoch University and for the national Higher Education sector more broadly. The project consists of a unique timber structure, over 130 meters long and comprised of four storeys. In this episode we’re speaking with the project team; Edward Berry the Architect from Lyons, Jamie Cook the builder from Multiplex, Pratik Shrestha the Engineer from Aurecon and Mario Busolli a supplier from XLam Dolomiti about; The special focus on building modelling, Managing the supply chain during design, And of course the lessons learned for all the...

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The Absolute Zero Embodied Carbon Future show art The Absolute Zero Embodied Carbon Future

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

As our buildings are becoming more operationally efficient, the impacts that are coming from our materials are growing proportionally. Materials make up a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions in our buildings. If the government and private companies are going to achieve their goals, it’s a problem that needs to be solved. In this episode we're lucky to be speaking with Ann Austin, the Head of Sustainability Australia at Lendlease about: The unique challenges of absolute zero targets, How to improve material supply chains, And how organisations are facilitating the shifts If...

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The New Heights of Hybrid Systems show art The New Heights of Hybrid Systems

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Recently, the popularity has been increasing around mid-rise timber buildings. Having fully exposed structures has made a lot of sense at a certain height. However, we can only unlock the use of timber in high-rise buildings if it is combined with steel and concrete, with consideration of fire, acoustics and structural performance. In this episode we're speaking with Nick Hewson, Product Development Manager at Viridi about: How light-frame can be utilized for mid-rise buildings What systems are most suitable for apartment and office buildings How we can combine materials to unlock new heights...

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Scion Innovation Building show art Scion Innovation Building

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Scion Innovation Building, is a Crown Research Institute that specialises in technology development for the forestry industry. The building is a cutting edge showcase for engineered timber, not only in terms of aesthetic but what it contributes to a zero carbon future. A highlight is the peaks in glulam timber standing tall at the entrance. The list of international awards the building has won is too long to include in its introduction, but one of note is the World Timber Building of the Year, World Architecture Festival 2020 - 2021. Today we're lucky to be speaking with Jeremy Smith from...

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The Bond - 7 Storey Post and Beam Structure show art The Bond - 7 Storey Post and Beam Structure

WoodSolutions Timber Talks

Carved from robust engineered timber and clad in high-performance glass, The Bond is a state-of-the-art building represents the future of office design, with 7-storeys of mass timber glulam frame supporting Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) floor and roof panels. In this episode we're speaking with the Jessica Rodham, the Project Architect from Fitzpatrick and Partners about the reasons behind choosing timber, the unique challenges of the building and keys for project success. If you want to learn more about designing or building with timber, I recommend you go to the WoodSolutions Website and...

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Keys to Rapid Installation show art Keys to Rapid Installation

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Prefabricated timber buildings can be much faster than traditional construction, only if the rate of installation is optimised for. Unfortunately, sometimes the installation is an afterthought, and the original promises of significant program savings can quickly fade away. Here, the installers perspective is critical to enable fast construction. In this episode we're speaking with Chris Wood the General Manager of StandStruct about: The benefits of engaging an installer early on in projects The importance of co-ordinating between timber non-timber interfaces, And strategies for enabling...

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Innovation via Prefabrication in Residential Construction show art Innovation via Prefabrication in Residential Construction

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Offsite construction is still in its infancy and is currently in the process of scaling up. The benefits in terms of speed on productivity are well known, however, there are benefits that come far beyond that. Mirvac, one of Australia's largest builders is leading the way in this space, and today we get to speak with David Haller the National Operations Manager about: The journey of Mirvac into offsite construction The balance of prefabrication and architectural intent And where the industry is heading in the medium-long term If you want to learn more about designing or building with timber,...

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Sara Cultural Center - Innovation in Mass Timber show art Sara Cultural Center - Innovation in Mass Timber

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The Sara Cultural Centre is one of the world's tallest timber buildings. The 20 storey award winning project, designed by White Arkitekter is constructed largely from timber in local forests, contributing to sustainability in terms of the building and its content. Built from a combination of (CLT) and (glulam), the project in Skellefteå includes a theatre, gallery, library, museum and a hotel. In this episode we're speaking with Florian Kosche, the Project Structural Engineer about the he keys to the successful project delivery.  If you want to learn more about designing or building...

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Scion Innovation Building, is a Crown Research Institute that specialises in technology development for the forestry industry. The building is a cutting edge showcase for engineered timber, not only in terms of aesthetic but what it contributes to a zero carbon future. A highlight is the peaks in glulam timber standing tall at the entrance.

The list of international awards the building has won is too long to include in its introduction, but one of note is the World Timber Building of the Year, World Architecture Festival 2020 - 2021.

Today we're lucky to be speaking with Jeremy Smith from Irving Smith Architects and Alistair Catanach from Dunning Thornton Engineers about the building, structural systems, innovation and much more.

If you want to learn more about designing or building with timber, I recommend you go to the WoodSolutions Website and download the Technical Design Guides:

https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/publications

I recommend watching the WoodSolutions weekly webinars. Previous recordings can be found on the WoodSolutions website:

https://woodsolutions.com.au/