This challenging project comprised refurbishment and new construction works to four areas of the Curtin University Engineering Faculty. The works were completed within a live university environment, with minimal disruption to the staff and students. The four components included: 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 required 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. Each bolt is 2 metres in length and had to be cast within extremely high tolerances (+/- 1mm vertically, +/-2mm laterally). The forces imposed on the slab are immense.
This facility is the largest of its kind in the Southern hemisphere.