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Brunico, Italy, 29 September 2014 – On 4 September, after just two months, the Rubner Group, European leader in the public and residential wood-building sector, assembled all of the wooden-pavilion structures for the Expo Milano 2015 Clusters, dedicated to GRAINS AND TUBERS, ARID ZONES, ISLANDS, AND BIO-MEDITERRANEAN.

The work was completed on time, in line with the first contractual “milestone”, defined on assignment of the project to the Rubner Group by Expo 2015 S.p.A., signed last March, for the building of one of the event's key components.

From the positioning of the first stone, on 4 July, for the Bio-Mediterranean, Islands, Arid Zones, and Cereals and Tubers themed Clusters of the Universal Exposition 2015, until 4 September, the company from Alto Adige has ensured rapid progress of the works, thanks to the perfect coordination and team work of the different Group companies involved in the project. An average of one Pavilion every two days has been maintained.
To create the exhibition pavilion structures, the Rubner Group has pooled the skills of Rubner Objektbau, general contractor of the Group, and Rubner Holzbau, sector leader, specialised in the design, production and assembly of complex wooden structures, that has handled the construction of the Pavilions (frame, walls, floors, stairs and wooden roofing).

One element, therefore, is the complex coordination and responsibility for management of the entire project, carried out by Rubner Objektbau, Expo 2015 S.p.A.'s point of contact throughout the works. This is supported by this Group company's unique body of knowledge and skills in creating large “turnkey” timber-build projects in many different sectors: from residential to public, and from schools to hotels and businesses.
A second element is the exceptional effort made by the production departments, assembly teams and project teams of Rubner Holzbau, which were able to provide the worksites with all the materials required and manage all work phases within very strict time frames. To complete the project, the company produced 1,410 m3 of laminated timber, 6,000 m2 of roof panels, 18,000 m2 of wall panels, and 5,050 m2 of flooring in X-Lam. For the assembly of the structures, expert assembly teams specialised in wooden structures were used on site.

The undisputed star of this innovative project is wood: a natural, ecological and flexible raw material, and one that fully embraces the philosophy of Expo Milano 2015.
All of the Rubner plants use raw materials that come from forests that are checked and certified in accordance with PEFC or FSC criteria.
More specifically, the plant in Alto Adige, where the various structural elements of the project are produced, extends over 45,000 m2, including 20,000 m2 of covered space (an area equivalent to around three football pitches), and produces 30,000 m3 of laminated timber and 4,000 m3 of X-Lam annually, where production is strongly geared towards sustainability.
The complex project awarded to the Rubner Group by Expo 2015 S.p.A. includes a total of 43 buildings dedicated to four thematic areas: Bio-Mediterranean, Islands, Arid Zones, and Cereals and Tubers, for a total built volume of 78,380 m3 and a surface area of 7,400 m2, referring to the buildings to be constructed.

Every space will be customised and characterised by distinctive sections typical of the areas of the world that they represent, and by a multi-use common area.

The Bio-Mediterranean Cluster, an area with a blend of colours and aromas of the Mediterranean Sea, will include the countries on the Mare Nostrum – Albania, Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Libya, Serbia, Malta, Montenegro, Tunisia and San Marino – countries which also share the Mediterranean diet. In addition to the country exhibition spaces, the area includes three technical buildings and four kiosks facing a square covered by a pergola.

The Food and Nutrition Cluster in the Arid Zones will place the visitor in the centre of a desert landscape and will house those countries that face the problems of desertification and an arid climate. The area includes eight modular exhibit buildings and one technical building, placed around a covered square featuring cylinders and polycarbonate cables hung from a steel structure. Among the countries in this area are Eritrea, the Palestinian territories, Mauritania and Senegal.

The Cluster dedicated to "Islands, Sea and Food" will be distinguished, instead, by its exotic nature and will group together all those small countries that are islands or archipelagos, similar in their ecosystems – tied to the ocean, and their diet, based on the sustainable use of marine resources, such as Cape Verde, the Maldives, the Comoros islands and the Caribbean countries. It is composed of two exhibit buildings, one technical building, a tasting area plus a covered square with bamboo-cane sunscreens.
Lastly, the "Grains and Tubers" Cluster will represent a valley dedicated to a tour of the grains and tubers of the world. Among the countries presenting their agricultural economy are Bolivia, Haiti, Mozambique, Togo, Congo and Zimbabwe. This Cluster is composed of seven modular buildings covered in jute. The central corridor is sheltered by a sunscreen which leads to a covered square, characterised by a large fireplace opposite a building which will be used for catering.
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