Laboratory Building in Garching near Munich, Germany

The Technical University of Munich is currently undertaking the construction of a new laboratory building on its campus with the intention of further advancing state-of-the-art research. Not only is the building's purpose forward-thinking, but so is its sustainable construction.

Dlubal customer Lignaconsult Schrentewein & Partner GmbH from Bolzano provided the structural calculations for the construction phase of this impressive building, which is mainly made of timber.


Covering an area of 30 m x 40 m (98.4 ft x 131.2 ft), the new research building will have four floors and an additional technical floor. The timber frame structure takes advantages of block-glued-laminated timber columns with a cross-section of 32 cm x 32 cm (12.6 in x 12.6 in).

The beams of various dimensions are made of structural beech or steel and support cross-laminated timber slabs with a thickness of 16 cm (6.3 in) that have been calculated for a live load of 7.5 kN/m² (156.6 lbf/ft²). The load was ultimately reduced to 5 kN/m² (104.4 lbf/ft²) to transfer the forces to the beams below.

In addition to research laboratories, the facility will include offices and conference rooms. The Dlubal customer Lignaconsult Schrentewein & Partner GmbH utilized the RFEM 6 program for the structural analysis in the execution phase. Furthermore, the add-ons Multilayer Surfaces (such as Laminate, CLT) and Building Model were used.

The new laboratory building at the Technical University of Munich is a clear indication that more sustainable construction methods are being implemented more and more as a matter of course, making it an extremely interesting customer project.

Technical University of Munich Garching
Boltzmannstrasse 15
85748 Garching bei München
Investor Technical University of Munich
Architecture Lang Hugger Rampp Architekten GmbH
Structural Engineering (Design Phase) GFM Bau- und Umweltingenieure GmbH
Structural Design (Execution Phase) Lignaconsult
Schrentewein & Partner GmbH – Srl
General Contractor regineering GmbH
Timber Structure ZP GmbH

Project Specifications

Model Data

Number of Nodes 1161
Number of Lines 1640
Number of Members 689
Number of Surfaces 86
Number of Solids 0
Number of Load Cases 5
Number of Load Combinations 98
Number of Result Combinations 0
Total Weight 1141.188 tons
Dimensions (Metric) 27.800 x 20.380 x 38.000 m
Dimensions (Imperial) 91.21 x 66.86 x 124.67 feet

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