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sufficient connection length between adjacent bricks

for structural purposes. The transition from two separate

halves to a single surface at the apex was achieved by

arranging the boxes in alternate chequerboard patterns

on either side of the wall, allowing them to merge


Fiberline Composites A/S

in Denmark manufactured

the GFRP bricks to a new improved mixture to enhance

the material’s stiffness, and these were then joined by

aluminium connectors and bolts.

The bending, compression and shear forces gener-

ated by the arching action of the pavilion are transferred

between the bricks by push-pull forces in the connecting

bolts along the overlapping edges of the boxes.

In the longitudinal direction, horizontal wind loads

are transferred through a combination of shell and vier-

endeel action. The bricks step such that people may sit

or climb on the lowest rows, so this was considered in

the loading.

AKT II in-house computational research team (

were heavily involved in the design of the structure,

creating parametric setting out and structural verification


AKT II Limited



Engineers keep

aerial tram on track

Cars, buses, shuttles, bicycles, a pedestrian

bridge, a streetcar, a shipyard, a cycle track, and

an aerial tramway - that’s what you will find at

the most transportation-diverse intersection in

the country located in Portland, Oregon.

SCJ Alliance

, a Northwest consulting firm,

has been selected to be the Independent

Ropeway Engineer for the tram, one of the only

aerial commuter trams in the nation. SCJ has

national ropeway transportation experience

with high-profile projects including the gondola

in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the

Roosevelt Island Tramway in New York City. SCJ

also specializes in transportation planning and design,

civil engineering, environmental and urban planning,

landscape architecture and design and public


SCJ’s responsibilities for Portland’s tram include per-

forming announced and unannounced inspections to

ensure the system is being operated and maintained

properly. With those checks in place, the city can count

on the tram’s reliability as a vital piece of their transpor-

tation network.

The tram’s upper terminal serves as a critical trans-

portation connection to the Oregon Health & Science

University (OHSU) where as many as 20,000 people visit

every day and connects passengers to two other hospi-

tals, a residential neighbourhood and a network of na-

ture trails.

SCJ Alliance


Parkeray Revamps Kings Cross Centre

Parkeray has been awarded a fit out scheme by student

accommodation brand, Chapter, on the behalf of the US

firm, Greystar.

Known for providing world-class accommodation and

a home from home for overseas students, Chapter has

engaged Parkeray in the high-level refurbishment of its

Kings Cross Centre.

The 15-week project involves the refresh of four

areas, over three floors comprising the reception, meet-

ing room, and social spaces, which include a café, gym,

Wor ldwide Panorama

Contractors World International Vol 7 No 4