Our next project, that’s under construction, is a gym in Palagano (MO) completely made of wood. The “boundary conditions” and the customer requirements are very stringent and therefore it’s an exciting engineering challenge. Palagano is located 700m above sea level, in a very high seismicity zone (not so far away from the “seismic crater” of 2012) and is required to use class IV. Class IV according to the italian code means “strategic building“, ie the building must remain fully intact even after the design earthquake. This is a request of civil protection.
A further complicating factor concerns the impossibility to transport elements longer than 12m and therefore the main roof’s beams are divide in 3 pieces connected by semi-rigid joints (calculated as rotational springs).