Progress with 309 Broadway Façades

Progress is being made on site with the installation of the aluminium façade panels at 309 Broadway. Structus provided the design for the aluminium Ombrae panels and supporting frame, to be installed on three external elevations. The Ombrae pattern is created by changing the topology of the surface by punching semi-circular shapes in the panels and bending these. Optical tiles embedded in the surface control the amount of light reflected, which allows full reflective control of the panel to create the desired image. This offers dynamic viewing experiences when viewed from different angles or in different lighting.

Structus also designed large cantilevered perforated aluminium fins and supporting framework, plus balustrade screens, to be installed around the carpark levels.

Thank you to Metal Concepts for engaging our services on this project, and we are excited to see the finished product.

Another Award-Winning Project on Our List!

Structus is proud to have worked on Project Diego – a 8,100m² warehouse with 3 no. two storey offices in Penrose, Auckland. The warehouse contains a high specification post-tensioned slab throughout and has large spanning steel portal frames and spine beams.

The 15 Rockridge Road project was awarded a CBRE Industrial Property Merit Award at the Property Council NZ Awards evening on Friday night.

Congratulations to the entire project team!

Award Winning Project: Tūranga Christchurch Library

We are so proud and privileged to have been involved in the multi-award winning Tūranga Christchurch Library project!

The Property Council NZ Awards event on Friday saw the team behind the iconic new building walking away with the Warren and Mahoney Civic & Arts Property Award as well as the Rider Levett Bucknall Supreme Award!

Tūranga has been described as a “symbol of hope, unity and rebirth” as one of the nine anchor projects supporting the regeneration of Canterbury after the earthquakes, and has drawn a great deal of community pride and ownership.

Thank you to Metal Concepts for engaging our services to design the highly complex ‘veil’ screen for the new landmark building. The veil consists of perforated aluminium on an aluminium subframe that is in turn supported by the building primary structure. Modulation of the veil assemblies for ease and speed of installation was a major consideration in the design, which was developed through close collaboration between Structus and Metal Concepts.

A huge congratulations to everyone involved in such an incredible project!

Pullman Hotel Progressing Well

Structus have provided structural engineering services for the new 11 storey Pullman Hotel in central Rotorua, which is nearing construction completion. Our services have been extensive to support our client throughout the transformation of this 1980’s building from an office to high spec Hotel, and include:
• A full Detailed Seismic Assessment
• Extensive intrusive and non-intrusive investigation works of the floors
• Design, Revit documentation and construction monitoring of:
o Seismic Retrofitting
o Extensive new steel and concrete structures to enable the transformation, including for new floor openings, plant supports and new stairs
o Extensive floor crack remediation using Epoxy Flooding
o Floor Strengthening using FRP (fibre reinforced polymer), which was pull tested to verify the substrate capacity
o An innovative Floor Levelling solution implemented throughout the building

Another Construction Kick-off

We are excited that a couple of our industrial projects at Highbrook Drive – 5,300m² El Kobar and 2,700m² Underwood 2500 – have recently kicked off in construction.

Structus designed both of the warehouses with JWA and Williams Architects, Bluewater Project Management, GHD, and Initia.

Both developments include innovative and efficient designs of the warehouses and associated two level offices. A number of steel pile retaining walls with timber walers are almost finished, while the foundation works have just begun.

Aria Bay Retirement Village, Stage 1

Ground was broken recently for Stage 1 Care Facility of Aria Bay Development for which Structus have undertaken the building structure site retention design. Structus will be engaging in CM3 site observation of the Care Facility Building works to be provided by NZ Strong over an 18 month construction programme. Site works have progressed beyond site enabling with the commencement of piling works this week.

Work Hard, Play Hard!

Last week, a few of Structus’ engineers took some time out of the office to visit the construction site of our Gasometer Carpark project – a fantastic opportunity for us to see the many hours of challenging engineering and drafting work coming to life!

The interesting and informative site visit was followed by a late afternoon, friendly game of lawn bowls at the Sunnybrae Bowling Club and an early dinner in Takapuna. All in all, a much needed relaxing and social break after a few months of hard work!

Gasometer Carpark – Construction Progress

We are proud to see the Gasometer Carpark in Takapuna progressing through the construction phase. Currently all the bored piles and most of the ground beams have been constructed, the tower crane and some precast shear walls have been erected.

Structus designed the carpark with Ignite Architects, Bluewater Project Management, NDY and T+T, for Panuku Development Auckland.
The carpark consists of 11 split levels, with an allowance for an additional 3 split levels. Long spanning composite steel beams and composite CHS columns provide the gravity structure. Reinforced concrete walls provide the lateral stability. Foundations consist of reinforced concrete beams spanning onto reinforced concrete piles down to rock.

The carpark is part of Panuku’s revitalisation of Takapuna’s town centre, which includes 420 carparks, electric car and bike charging stations, bike storage, motorbike parking, accessibility parking and changing rooms.

Structus in the Snow!

There’s no better way to embrace winter than with a trip to the snow! Structus staff enjoyed a fantastic getaway on the slopes of Mt. Ruapehu last weekend. Great company, heaps of fun and the most beautiful weather on Saturday – we could not have hoped for a better time away.

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Post Tensioning

Structus has international experience when it comes to post tensioning (PT). The benefits of post tensioned floors slabs are:

– Thinner slabs and longer spans therefore large column free spaces can be achieved (200mm thick flat slabs up to 8m spans)
– Significant reduction steel reinforcement (up to 80% reduction)
– Reduction in shrinkage cracks due to the post tensioning proving constant compression on the concrete
– On-grade slabs on expansive soils

Structus recently attended a seminar hosted by Concrete NZ called Design & Construction of Post-Tensioned Buildings. We have also had discussions with contractors in the local market, in which the benefits of going to post tensioning could mean more buildings are going to be constructed with this method.

Give us a call if you’d like to consider post tensioning on your next project.