The project involved construction of a large warehouse at the UQ Gatton Campus to provide storage capacity of 33,000 lineal meters of compactus shelving for Library material which was housed at Ipswich, Milton and St Lucia sites.
The key challenge of the project was to design a floor slab to the required heavy load capacity and very tight movement criteria required for the automated compactus units.
Robert Bird Group’s innovative approach was to modify the existing extremely reactive soil conditions and to control the moisture variation through partial soil replacements together with a protecting cut-of wall to achieve a non-spanning economical slab that could resist high loads with minimal defection.
Total Area 2,500m2
The University of Queensland
Robert Bird Group Services:
Key technical challenges
- The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
- Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
- Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
- Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements
- 5 Star Greenstar
- 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.