Special Character

  • Riverbend Bible Church

    Brief

    To provide geotechnical, structural, civil and fire engineering design as part of a design team from feasibility and concept through to construction completion.

    Project Outline

    This architecturally designed upgrade of the existing multi-use building, incorporated a new ablutions block and enclosed walkway linking the two facilities. The project included stormwater design, new foundations, steel frames, masonry and timber walls, as well as demolition and strengthening of existing brick walls.

    Challenges

    The geotechnical report indicated the site had geotechnical challenges which required upgraded foundation solutions including foundation ties and rafting.

    We were required to create a structural design that met the client’s criteria, while  minimally disrupting the interior of the multi-use building. This was achieved by applying strengthening to the exterior using buttressing structures for strengthening and structural framing of additional walkways and utility rooms.

    We also had to design on-site stormwater disposal solutions.

     

  • Maryknoll Chapel

    Brief

    To provide geotechnical, structural and fire engineering design from feasibility and concept through to the completion of construction.

    Project Outline

    The project involved an upgrade of the existing monastery accommodation block and construction of a new chapel. The development also included the upgrade of the accessway.

    Challenges

    The new chapel was a challenging structure, utilising curved glue-laminated timber rafters to form a dome on a sloping site.

  • Karamu High School Sculpture

    Brief

    To provide structural design from feasibility and concept through to the completion of construction.

    Project Outline

    The project involved foundation and super-structure design of a complex steel sculpture.

    Challenges

    The complexity of the structure required a combination of design modelling and on-site verification during fabrication.

    Outcome

    This work resulted in an aesthetically pleasing sculpture and a very satisfied client.

  • Hastings Courthouse Sculpture

    Brief

    To provide structural design from feasibility and concept through to completion of construction.

    Project Outline

    The project involved foundation and super-structure design of a complex steel sculpture.

    Challenges

    The complexity of the structure required a combination of design modelling and on-site verification during fabrication.

  • Greenmeadows New World Sculpture

    Brief

    To provide a structural design from feasibility and concept through to the completion of construction.

    Project Outline

    To design a metallic tree sculpture to be placed in the Greenmeadows New World carpark. The structure was 6m high and each leaf was different.

    Challenges

    Due to the unique structural form of the sculpture, the design was based on a series of prototypes which were fabricated and tested before finalising the design.

    Outcome

    The project was completed on time and on budget and is now an iconic feature of the supermarket.

Industrial

Diamond Drycleaners Factory

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Brief

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.

Project Outline

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

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.

Outcome

This new complex was completed on time and within budget.

Client Comment

“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.