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The Werkhof of the A16 motorway, Loveresse BE

2017

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Highest precision was required at the Werkhof of the A16 motorway in Loveresse in the Bernese Jura. Due to the enormous mass of the 150 meter long hall, the timber construction elements had to fit exactly.

Washing Hall for Vehicles: The Timber Construction was Covered with Washable Plastic zoom
Washing Hall for Vehicles: The Timber Construction was Covered with Washable Plastic
The Werkhof Offers Plenty of Space for Trucks, Snow Ploughs and Other Vehicles zoom
The Werkhof Offers Plenty of Space for Trucks, Snow Ploughs and Other Vehicles
Crosswise Stacked Supporting Structure: The Roof Beams Rest on the Purlins zoom
Crosswise Stacked Supporting Structure: The Roof Beams Rest on the Purlins
View from the Cafeteria, the Heart of the Werkhof, into the Spacious Parking Lot zoom
View from the Cafeteria, the Heart of the Werkhof, into the Spacious Parking Lot
The Office Zone of the Werkhof: Timber was also Used for the Interior (Photos: Nils Sandmeier) zoom
The Office Zone of the Werkhof: Timber was also Used for the Interior (Photos: Nils Sandmeier)

The Project

Since 2016, the A16, the Transjurane, has connected the Swiss motorway network with that of France. For the maintenance of the southern section of the Transjurane, a large work yard near Loveresse was built, which replaces several work yards.   


The Construction

The Werkhof was built as a timber structure to the energy-saving Minergie-P-Eco standard. Practically only timber from Switzerland was used. The supporting structure above the ground consists of a skeleton construction lined with timber frame elements. Supports and purlins made of glulam are arranged in three longitudinal axes. Above this, ribbed girders run in the direction of the shorter building dimensions. The horizontal stabilization is achieved by planked frame walls, which have been arranged between the columns in selected fields. 


The Challenge

The Werkhof is 150 meters long and 30 meters wide. The dimensions of the building required extremely precise planning in order to compensate for any tolerances. Even slight inaccuracies can add up to deviations of several centimeters over a length of 150 meters. The timber construction elements, manufactured to the millimeter, therefore had to fit exactly onto the prepared concrete foundations. Timbatec designed the panels to accommodate construction tolerances in these elements between the main columns.    


In the area of the salt storage hall, the timber supports in the hall walls had to fit into recesses with very little clearance. The recesses were measured with a tachymeter and the formwork was checked before concreting. 

Construction Data

  • Glulam: 1125 m³
  • Frame timber: 110 m³
  • Three-layer sheets: 450 m³
  • OSB boards: 110 m³
  • Insulation: 480 m³

Construction Costs

  • BKP  1-9:  20.8 Mio
  • BKP     2:  15.0 Mio
  • BKP 214:   3.0 Mio

Timbatec's Services

  • Preliminary project
  • Estimated cost
  • Construction project
  • Fire prevention
  • Site inspections
  • Statics/Design
  • Text for tender
  • Implementation project
  • Construction management

Timber Construction Engineer
Timbatec Holzbauingenieure Schweiz AG, Bern
3012 Bern
Timber Construction Company
PM Mangold Holzbau AG
4466 Ormalingen
Construction Management
Tekhne SA
1003 Lausanne
Architectural Engineer
Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG
3011 Bern
Building Owner
AGG Amt für Grundstücke und Gebäude des Kantons Bern
3011 Bern
Architect
Claudia Meier & Markus Bachmann / MBAA
8004 Zürich

 

  • Werkhof Loveresse

    The Werkhof of the A16 motorwa, Loveresse

    Diversity in timber construction, The most beautiful pages of the Canton of Berne, August 2019 - With the publication series "The most beautiful pages of the Canton of Berne", the Building Insurance Berne pays tribute to the diversity of buildings and landscapes in the canton in words and pictures. Each publication is dedicated to a different theme. In the current edition of the publication series "The most beautiful pages of the Canton of Berne", everything revolves around the theme "Diversity in timber construction". The freeway workshop in Loveresse was praised as particularly successful.

  • 3. Rang der Region West für das Projekt Werkhof Loveresse

    3rd rank of the West Region for the Werkhof Loveresse project

    Theme booklet of Hochparterre, October 2018, 10/2018 - The operation centre near Loveresse is awarded the 3rd place Holzpreis Schweiz - Prix Lignum 2018 of the region West. Since 2016 the A16, Transjurane, connects the Swiss motorway network with that of France. For the maintenance of the southern section of the Transjurane, a large factory yard was built near Loveresse, which replaces several of the yards. The yard was built as a timber construction in accordance with the energy-saving Minergie-P-Eco standard. Virtually only wood from Switzerland was used. The supporting structure over the terrain consists of a skeleton structure inlaid with wooden frame elements. Supports and purlins made of glulam are arranged along three longitudinal axes. Ribbed beams run above them in the direction of the shorter building dimensions. Picture © Hochparterre

  • Konstruktive Schönheit

    Constructive beauty

    First 4.17 - The Swiss trade magazine First dedicates ten pages to the Werkhof in Loveresse, where Timbatec was responsible for timber construction and fire protection planning. The theme of the issue is "Models - timber construction in public space" and is dedicated to the models of the editorial staff in matters of public timber buildings. The most prominent presentation is the "functionally beautiful Werkhof in Loveresse", according to the editorial of the issue. The magazine not only describes the wooden construction in the Bernese Jura in great detail, but it has also been illustrated in detail in many photos, some of them double-sided. The article also highlights an important advantage of wood as a building material: sustainability. Almost all of the timber used at the Werkhof - 1235 cubic meters - has grown in Swiss forests; all of Loveresse's construction timber grows back in just five hours.

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Switzerland:

Thun Branch

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Niesenstrasse 1, 3600 Thun

Tel: +41 58 255 15 10

thun@timbatec.ch


Zürich Branch

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Ausstellungsstrasse 36, 8005 Zürich

Tel: +41 58 255 15 20

zuerich@timbatec.ch


Delémont Branch

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Avenue de la Gare 49, 2800 Delémont 

+41 58 255 15 40 

delemont@timbatec.ch


Bern Branch

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Falkenplatz 1, 3012 Bern

Tel: +41 58 255 15 30

bern@timbatec.ch

Austria:

Headquarters Vienna (A) 

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers GmbH
Im Werd 6/31a, 1020 Wien 
Tel: +43 720 2733 01

wien@timbatec.at


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