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Curtin University CEIF - Paleomagnetic Lab, Bentley

Education

Project Details

Sector:Education
Client:Curtin University
Architect:T & Z Architects
Contact Value:$3.6 million
Commenced:June 2015
Completion:March 2016
The project comprises refurbishment and new construction works to four areas of the Curtin University Engineering Faculty. The works will be carried out within a live university environment and special care will be taken to ensure minimal disruption to the university and to ensure the safety and security of all the university staff and students. The four components are: TIGeR Paleomagnetic Laboratory, Vibration Research and Laser Laboratory, Big Blue Building and Aggregate Stores and the Structural Dynamics Workshop Decant/Mixing room & Hazardous Goods Store. The Structural Dynamics Workshop includes the creation of an extremely complex “strong floor”. The slab itself is 2 metres deep and comprises multi-strand Post Tension cabling as well as the casting in of over 300nr 50 and 75mm high tensile Macalloy Bolts, which are 2 metres in length and are to be cast within extremely high tolerances (+/- 1mm vertically, +/-2mm laterally). The forces imposed on the slab will be immense and the facility will be the largest of its kind in the Southern hemisphere. Due to successful delivery of the first stage works, Focus has been asked by the client to carry out an additional package of works for the CEIF Faculty which includes the demolition and resetting of forecourt levels and reinstatement with new concrete slabs on ground.

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