Always striking, architecturally innovative buildings are also extra complex to build and Perth’s new, five storey Curtin University Building 410 is no exception. Described by the university as a ‘transformative teaching and learning’ facility, the building’s design includes enormous cantilevered beams, many of which were pre-fabricated and craned onsite.
Hamish Clark from Perth Rigging – the project’s concreters – says supporting these beams required a heavy-duty propping product plus a team with the design know-how to deliver.
“We chose Acrow and their Powershore propping system,” explains Hamish. “We’ve worked with Acrow on a few previous projects and we like the quality of their products as well as their ‘can do’ attitude. The Acrow approach is collaborative and they focus on creating workable solutions to get the job done.”
The team at Acrow in Perth collaborated with third party engineers to create custom solutions and a design that not only met Perth Rigging’s needs, but was able to cope with last-minute changes.
“In the end, the wall panels were affixed before all the beams were installed, whereas the initial plan was to affix them at the very end. Luckily, the design we had developed in partnership with the engineers, plus the inherent strength of the Powershore product, meant this project revision went off without a hitch,” said Acrow account manager, Steven Tip.
Project builders, the Georgiou Group, also engaged Acrow to back-prop the building’s in-situ beams using Acrow’s lightweight aluminium GASS shoring system.
“GASS was the perfect product for these in-situ beams. It’s a medium duty product that did the job beautifully,” said Steven.
Acrow’s ability to supply the right product at the right time and for the right price has been appreciated by both the Georgiou Group and Perth Rigging.
“This building is pretty ‘out there’,” says Hamish Clark. “It’s a bit of a mission to build something so complex. Partnering with Acrow has made the process much smoother from our perspective.”
The Acrow approach is collaborative and they focus on creating workable solutions to get the job done.