Strata Group was engaged by Diamond Apparelmaster as lead designer for its new factory. The role included the structural and architectural design of the factory, civil and fire design, contract documentation and construction observation. The front office was designed by Fat Parrot Architecture with structural design by Strata Group.
The project entailed designing and monitoring the construction of a functional and economical, large format 3200m² factory with a 9.5m stud and 40m clear span, using sustainable resources yet using steel cost effectively.
The structure was to have no ledges on which lint could stick and it needed to be fit for purpose as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Challenges included the size of the building, and the tight budget and timeframe. The project incorporated new technology for the wide-span LVL beams connected to steel columns in order to minimise the impact on the useable building footprint.
As well, the building is located in an area with a high water table which is prone to liquefaction. Consultation was required with geotechnical engineers, the client and the company’s insurers to ensure an appropriate risk-based design. In this instance the client accepted medium risk of foundation damage after a major earthquake (I.e. some cracking and differential settlement) and the foundations were designed accordingly.
This new complex was completed on time and within budget.
“Strata Group designed a clear span structure which suited our machinery and allowed for a flexible plant layout. They also developed detailed internal and external drainage plans which evolved to suit our changing needs. They worked well with us with our changing needs”. Bruce Davidson, Managing Director, Diamond Apparelmaster.