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The first of the two largest wooden domes in Europe rises above the city of Brindisi

The two glued laminated timber domes currently being constructed in Brindisi by Rubner Holzbau for the coal bunkers at the 'Federico II' power plant, run by the largest Italian energy supplier ENEL, are unique across Europe in terms of their size. The first dome was completed in mid-September. It has a diameter of 143 metres and a surface area of 22,000 m². Rubner Holzbau is now making rapid progress with the installation of the second dome and is planning to complete the construction by the end of the year.
The project presents great challenges for the South Tyrolean company, which is part of the Rubner Group, Europe's number one in the construction of public, commercial and private buildings from glued laminated timber: the sheer size of the domes, which are to be constructed using very accurate precision work, and the installation work, which is very demanding both in terms of time and logistics – some 3100 m³ glued laminated timber and 44,000 m² laminated timber and 384 t steel will be used altogether for the two framework structures. During the project, Rubner is not only responsible for the static structural planning, manufacturing, transport logistics and installation in compliance with all currently applicable standards and conditions, but also for the planning of all cladding, emergency exit stairs and emergency footbridges, the natural ventilation system and the electrical systems.
The second dome is already under construction, with a diameter of 143 metres and a height of 46 metres, reaching 49 metres at the highest point. The main difference with the construction of the second dome compared to the first dome is the coordination with other companies who are working on the site, as well as an optimised construction time; Rubner Holzbau's current schedule expects the second dome to be finished and handed over as early as mid-December.
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