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Extension of Primary School Building, Aeschi near Spiez



The primary school building in Niedersimmental in the Canton of Berne has reached its capacity limits. Wood from the municipality's own forests was used for the extension.

Interior view of the classroom zoom
Interior view of the classroom
Classroom with view into the mountains zoom
Classroom with view into the mountains
Support of the beams on the supports zoom
Support of the beams on the supports
Elastically bonded dry fill zoom
Elastically bonded dry fill

The Project

The primary schoolhouse in Aeschi near Spiez was extended by a new three-storey building in timber construction. Classrooms, group and work rooms and space for a kindergarten are in the new part of the school building. The three storeys above ground were constructed entirely in wood. The plinth and basement floors were concreted.

In the construction of the building, the future was already in mind: The interior walls are not load-bearing and thus allow maximum flexibility of use. In addition, all components are dimensioned in such a way that the school building can be extended by one storey at a later date. For this purpose, most of the forces are diverted via the wooden columns clamped at the bottom and running through the entire height of the building.

The Construction
The extension building cleverly combines solid wood and frame construction: All load-bearing walls and the floor slabs are made of glued laminated timber. The interior walls are non-load-bearing frame constructions. For the facades, largely knot-free fir boards were used.

The Challenges
Due to the use of the municipality's own wood, the planning took place very early on: Timbatec already had to provide a rough work plan at the time the trees were cut. This ensured that the right cross-sections could be obtained from the trees of the community forest. The fire protection solutions were also exciting for this project: The vertical escape routes are designed as encapsulated wooden structures.

Construction Data

- Glued laminated timber 630 m³

- Three-layer boards 900 m²

- Gypsum fibreboards 1050 m²

Prestations de Timbatec

- SIA Phase 41 Tender and comparison of offers 
- Statics and construction 
- Expert planning fire protection
- Fire protection Quality assurance QSS2
- Cost estimate 

- Execution project and work planning

- Specialist construction management

- Construction site inspections

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Building Owner
Gemischte Gemeinde Aeschi,
3703 Aeschi b. Spiez

Timber Construction Engineers
Timbatec Holzbauingenieure Schweiz AG,
3012 Bern

Timber Construction
ARGE Däpp Holzbau GmbH / Bärtschi Bau AG
ARGE Cotting GmbH / Zurbuchen Holzbau und Sägerei AG, 3703 Aeschi b. Spiez

Civil Engineer
Ramu Ingenieure AG, 3714 Frutigen

Building Physics
Weber Energie und Bauphysik AG, 3012 Bern


Müller Bernhard, 3703 Aeschi b. Spiez

  • Das Schulhaus Aeschi wurde ursprünglich in Stahl und Beton geplant

    The Aeschi school building was originally planned in steel and concrete

    BEO Holz, Annual Report 2020 – The old school building in Aeschi bei Spiez, built in 1909, has reached the limits of its capacity. A new three-story building in timber construction is now extending the school building. Originally, a project made of reinforced concrete was planned. Thanks to the persuasion of various stakeholders, a modern wooden building - with wood from the surrounding community forests - now stands next to the old school building. (Report in German)

  • Schulhäuser baut man heute aus Holz!

    School buildings today are made of wood!

    The primary school in the Frutigtal valley of the canton of Bern has reached the limits of its capacity. For the extension, the municipality has opted for wood from the surrounding forests. An opportunity for regional companies and for the environment. Read the report by Simon Meier. (Report in German)

  • Schulhäuser baut man heute aus Holz

    School buildings today are made of wood

    BS Issue 03/20 - Over a quarter of all newly built school buildings are wooden buildings. There are good reasons for this: In A timber construction has a particularly good learning climate, it is much more climate-friendly than a comparable project made of steel and concrete - and usually even cheaper. (Report in German)

  • Holz statt Stahlbeton

    Timber instead of reinforced concrete

    Trend 37/2017 - The Austrian business magazine Trend dedicates the main article in the weekly section "Research & Innovation" to "Timber Structures 3.0", the newly developed technology of TS3 AG. Behind this innovation is TS3 AG, the start-up of the Swiss Timbagroup Holding AG, which also includes Timbatec Holzbauingenieure Schweiz AG and Timbatec Holzbauingenieure GmbH in Vienna. This new timber construction technology is currently causing a sensation in the construction industry, the magazine writes. Thanks to the new technology, skyscrapers could in future be built from timber in a cost-effective and climate-friendly manner instead of with the usual reinforced concrete structures. The readers of Trend learn that, after years of research, thin, extremely resilient floor slabs made of plywood boards have been developed that allow very large spans. Research was conducted in cooperation with ETH Zurich, the Bern University of Applied Sciences and two industrial partners.

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