Alan McDiarmid Building

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Location: Wellington

Completed: 2011

Education; Low Damage Design

One of the first new buildings on the VUW campus in many years, the Alan MacDiarmid building provides research laboratories for the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and the School of Biological Science, as well as teaching spaces which offer a variety of configurations and teaching technologies.

Dunning Thornton worked with VUW to understand and deliver upon their need for new campus facilities with a higher degree of seismic protection to improve the University's resilience and recovery planning for a major seismic event.

It was the first multi-storey PRESSS building in NZ. The PRESSS system uses unbonded post-tensioning and rocking joints within the precast concrete structure to ensure the building returns to an upright position without significant structural damage, even after a major seismic event.

Client: Victoria University of Wellington
Architect: Jasmax
Contractor: Mainzeal Construction