CEFOR – STIB training centre in Haren
As part of the metro North project, the STIB is required to move its current bus and tram training centre (CEFOR) to a new building.
The project with a net surface area of 1500 m² looks like this:
The ground floor provides a reception and orientation area for users, absorbs the flow of people at peak times and distributes people to the various areas of the building. The first floor is used by students, while the top floor is occupied only by the building’s staff. The basement is entirely technical: it houses the boiler room, the low-voltage switchboard, and the machinery room.
The presence of a large drain crossing the plot from west to east necessitated the creation of a wide porch with a clear height of 4.5 metres. A lattice structure inserted into the façade supports this large overhang.
The entire above-ground structure of the building, including the latticework, uses glulam and CLT elements, and a few metal beams. The timber structure is visible. Thanks to the lightness of the timber structure, the foundations are limited to a locally reinforced slab, despite the poor quality of the foundation soil. A thickened zone acts as a counterweight to stabilise the overhang of the main structure.
A complete architectural, stability, special techniques and energy project