Tons of Timber Structures on their Way through the Simmental



The municipality of Zweisimmen in the Bernese Oberland will receive a new market and event hall with integrated fire station, which will be constructed as a pure wooden building. Since the end of August, arched girders weighing tons, which will support the hall roof, have been transported to Zweisimmen.

The old Märithalle in Zweisimmen had been dilapidated for some time and was therefore recently demolished. The new market and event hall, which will also house the fire brigade magazine, is currently being built on the Gwatt site near Zweisimmen airfield. The new multi-functional building, called the Simmental Arena, can accommodate 800 people. It will serve as a venue for the approximately thirty agricultural animal shows and markets per year as well as for sporting and other events. The opening of the hall is planned for early 2018.

Pure timber construction

The hall is built as a pure wooden building. Only the floor is made of concrete, everything above it is made of wood. Timbatec is responsible for construction planning, statics, earthquake stiffening and fire protection planning at the Simmental-Arena.

Timber heavy transports

The part of the Simmental Arena for the event and market hall has already been erected. Since the end of August, the large arched trusses, which have to carry the roof of the fire brigade magazine, have been transported from Roth AG's headquarters in Burgdorf to Zweisimmen; Roth AG specializes in the production of glulam beams.    

Every day, two of these 38-meter long and 10 ton timber structures make their way under the wheels and - accompanied by the police - cover the 90 kilometers into the Simmental. A rather tricky matter, as a video shows. One of the bends on the track is so narrow that the van paralyzed all traffic for a short time.



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