Timber

We are at the forefront in the use of new timber materials for construction of mid-level to high- rise buildings – understanding property characteristics and design technologies, and actively participating in the development of the material and testing.
Barry Young, Director - TTW

Meet our Timber Team leaders - With over 16 engineers in this group, they hold a collective experience in delivering 50+ ENGINEERED TIMBER PROJECTS to date. We are excited by the industry’s enthusiasm to use mass timber as a viable construction material in the form of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), glulam and LVL.

Our team’s approach to the design and detail of structures look to maximise the procurement opportunities available for your project. By developing solutions with the flexibility to be manufactured or sourced both locally and internationally, we do this through our intrinsic understanding of timber design from first principles.

We have developed our own in-house design tools and software that allows us to design agnostically and beyond the standard publications and guides commonly available. Further to this, our engineering and Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems are designed to ensure that prefabricated and modular elements are built and delivered to the stringent tolerances required.

This holistic and sustainable design philosophy seeks to minimise construction labour and time on site, reduce wastage of materials at fabrication, design transportable building panels and modules, and minimise crane hook time.

Our Timber Team Leaders

Technology:

 

  • On the frontline of timber technology and design
  • Adopting the latest lateral analysis modelling
  • Dlubal Software for CLT-specific design of floors and walls
  • Collaboration with overseas experts and academics
  • Sharing knowledge and contributing to technical papers
  • Direct network to all European and Australasian manufacturers
  • Up to date fire test knowledge
  • Involved in full-scale fire and strength testing

Methods:

 

  • Understanding tight tolerances
  • Lightweight, panelised construction streamlines design
  • Fast and efficient building production
  • Easier construction techniques mean lower labour costs
  • Ideal solutions for modular building methods
  • Adopting the latest connections and fixtures
  • Hybrid steel and concrete timber options

Why we value timber

  • Resistant to corrosive environments
  • Offsetting the carbon footprints
  • High quality in panelised construction
  • Higher structural efficiency compared to reinforced concrete and steel
  • Lighter - resulting in less labour on site
  • Wellness effects for occupants

Timber is the new concrete

  • Cross Laminated Timber - CLT
  • Glulam
  • Laminated Veneer Lumber - LVL
  • Sawn Timber

Expertise & Partnerships

Out Team uses state-of-the art timber software to model our high-rise structures and have developed in-house software to cater for the varying material properties unique to timber suppliers around the world.

We have developed close partnerships with suppliers locally and internationally, with our team regularly spending time overseas to collaborate with suppliers.

Project Experience

Bunjil Place

Bunjil Place provides the community with a cultural hub in Melbourne’s east. This innovative project has nine major award wins to date, including the 2018 Australian Timber Design Award – Excellence in Timber Design and the Victorian Australian Engineering Excellence Award. Designed to become a cultural hub in Melbourne East, the new building involved intricate…

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The Incubator, Macquarie University

The Incubator at Macquarie University is an inspiring new space for students, researchers, staff, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The single-storey building is purpose-built and designed using Modular Construction Techniques, allowing it to be disassembled and relocated at the end of five years. It consists of two pavilions linked by a corridor, incorporating events and tutorial space,…

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AVEO Norwest

The short build-time requirement for this project made it an ideal project for showcasing the innovative Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) material. The Aveo Norwest building consists of ten storeys and was the country’s largest use of CLT technology at the time. Approximately 3,000 m3 of CLT, the equivalent of 4156 panels, have been installed to produce…

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Our Lady of the Assumption School

The Our Lady of the Assumption School in North Strathfield utilises an existing three-storey concrete frame base built in the 1970s (previously the Telstra Training Centre) and delivers four levels of flexible learning spaces and facilities, constructed using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and glulam post and beam structure. Committed to cutting-edge materials and technologies the…

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Wildlife Retreat at Taronga

The new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga was designed to showcase Australia’s biodiversity and promote conservation education. The development features a new native Australian wildlife sanctuary, along with an elegant eco-retreat, building on the popularity of the Zoo’s existing Roar and Snore and Zoofari Lodge overnight experiences. Our engineers undertook the structural design which features extensive…

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Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is a new public community space. Inspired by the beach pools of Sydney, the aquatic centre derives organic curvilinear forms for the outdoor pools, amenities and surrounding landscape. This is juxtaposed by the large ‘floating’ rectangular form containing the internal pool and gym which references the industrial nature of…

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Seed House

Seed House is a five-level development consisting of a part new build. Built predominantly in timber, the Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels were sourced locally and pushed to their absolute limits with the lower pods of the house extended as far out as possible on the steep construction site. The CLT structure has ambitious cantilevers…

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The Bond

Located in the Norwest Business Park, The Bond is a mixed use development currently in the tender design phase. The project consists of 7-storeys of mass timber glulam frame supporting Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) floor and roof panels. It is in a primarily commercial use building which has been designed with an 8.4m x 8.4m…

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Phoenix Apartments

Phoenix Apartments consists of five and six storey apartment buildings. The structure utilises a lightweight timber wall frame system using high strength LVL studs which allow a stud wall building to reach greater heights than traditionally achieved using MGP10 residential stud walls. The walls were prefabricated at Strongbuild’s factory with plasterboard and wall insulation thereby…

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Marrickville Library

The heritage-listed original hospital building has been revived and incorporated into an expansive new library and community centre. The new Marrickville Library features a large auditorium stair enveloped by a void that spans three storeys providing perimeter study areas and views across the space. The upper floors of the building host the library’s collections and…

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