Our Brisbane Transit Centre project was delivered alongside long term Clients (& facade experts) Locker Group – for whom we provided structural design services for the new Brisbane Transit Centre facade. The design involved perforated aluminium panels fixed to a horizontal steel member, which had to withstand a 1-in-250-year wind event.
Building on our significant façade engineering experience, we’ve recently been involved in the Logan Enhancement Project. Our Client required specialist engineering consultancy and façade certification for the design of aluminium screening across a number of different bridges as part of the project.
The bridge screens have been sourced through PicPerf, Locker Group’s architecturally designed perforated panels range. The vandal-resistant panelling carries a natural tree-scape image, created through varying aperture sizes in the metal. We ensured that the pedestrian barriers were certified against a 2,000-year wind event, plus usual pedestrian and cyclist loads per main roads specification requirements. BEC provided cost saving analysis, and assisted in streamlining aluminium thickness and grade to achieve the most cost-efficient approach.
The façade consists of three layers of bronze tubes (reminiscent of bamboo) that move in different directions to stunning effect; the design intends to capture the drama of traditional Chinese theater.
Next time you just happen to be strolling Shanghai’s waterfront, it’s worth taking a look. In the meantime, you can check out a video on the building here.
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The University of Queensland recently redeveloped their sporting facilities, and required structural design and certification services for an intricate façade.
The façade itself consists of large perforated triangle elements fitted at different angles to an irregular frame. This made for more complex wind load calculations and requirements, especially when coupled with the sites location in Brisbane, next to a sizeable sports field.
The resulting façade looks great and isn’t blowing away anytime soon. (more…)
BE Collective was commissioned to support refurbishment of QUT’s B-Block Executive Education Centre.
Repurposing the space was achieved via façade works and reconfiguration of internal spaces.
Extensive structural glazing within partitions, walls and facades required intricate framing to work in the with the existing post-tensioned slab. Structural framing was implemented also to facilitate operable walls and ‘floating shelving’ storage spaces.
Ground Penetrating Radar was employed to confirm locations and clearances from post-tension ducts.
QUT benefited from clear and constant communication maintained with architects and the contractor’s team to ensure a high-quality outcome within constrained time parameters. (more…)