Structural

Meridan State College – Stage 2

Address: Lot 136 Sunset Dr, Caloundra QLD (Moreton North / Sunshine Coast – A2)
Client: Northbuild Constructions
Completion: 2008
Value: AU$22,000,000.00
Work Category: New Facility/ Addition
Services Activity: Structural Engineering
Commission Type: Design, Documentation & Inspections

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Stage 2 expansion of the existing school consisted of 11 new buildings and numerous covered walkways, and ancillary structures. New single and double storey structures were designed to house classrooms, music centres, arts and technical centres, performing arts centres and various other services.

SIGNIFICANT ASPECTS

Through the strategic placement of support columns the two storey buildings utilised a highly efficient and economical structural system that maximised internal open areas and allowed for significant flexibility in future upgrades. Additionally, the use of timber wind trusses fixed above the ceiling line allowed the architect to create clear open plan classrooms and work areas without walls impeding. Using timber helped to minimise trade packages and help prevent construction bottlenecks.

SIGNIFICANT ASPECTS

Through the strategic placement of support columns the two storey buildings utilised a highly efficient and economical structural system that maximised internal open areas and allowed for significant flexibility in future upgrades. Additionally, the use of timber wind trusses fixed above the ceiling line allowed the architect to create clear open plan classrooms and work areas without walls impeding. Using timber helped to minimise trade packages and help prevent construction bottlenecks.