Ainsworth Building, Macquarie University

Prefabricated timber structure solves project challenges

Macquarie University’s Ainsworth Building is a striking four storey timber building featuring a visible structure and core made from prefabricated Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glulam. Designed by Architectus, the aesthetic of this unique transparent-by-design facility is enhanced by a double glazed curtain wall façade on all sides, which was prefabricated off site before installation.

The purpose built medical teaching facility also includes a 200 seat lecture theatre, two Harvard Case Study style teaching spaces, general team based learning spaces, two lifts, internal feature stairway and breakout areas, all featuring high end timber finishes.

Timber design & strategy 

The use of timber negated the need for noisy construction works and required less people on site, which protected the neighbouring commercial building and Macquarie University Hospital from impact.

Buildcorp managed the whole timber journey from design parameters to drive buildability, fabrication compliance, procurement and logistics, environmental accreditations and materials handling. A timber procurement strategy coordinated both local and international suppliers, including Victorian Ash to enhance the external entrance.

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Macquarie University




July 2020