THE PROJECT CHALLENGE / One of the most unique projects Cortek Framing by SBS has taken on is the successful re-design, re-engineering and pre-fabrication of curved lightweight balustrade frames for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC).
With the common goal of improving productivity for Grocon and contractors alike, SBS evaluated potential design costs, flexibility and time savings to remove traditional construction limitations.
THE CORTEK STEEL FRAMING SOLUTION /
> The project scope included prefabricated curved framing and 3D end infill wall sweeps, forming part of the stunning sun filled 13-level atrium feature. As a one-piece smart frame construction, SBS utilised lightweight durable cold formed sections, creating balustrades of engineered structural capacity.
> Incorporation of glass, rebates, mountings and other fixtures were also part of the streamlined design. With over a dozen or so radiuses per floor and each floor subtly different, this proved a formidable feat as following the as built concrete edge. Frames were detailed into manageable sections for install, enabling quick and easy fixing by the carpentry trades.
> The curved end wall sweep modules were fabricated off site ensuring precise layouts. Plasterboard linings were simply fixed directly to the framing, increasing on site productivity. This included isolation mounting of the frames to stop vibration and accurate cad shop detailing and layouts.
> Cortek Framing also completed the Place of Peace elliptical 3D coffered ceiling framing for another plastering contractor and facade/ladder cladding support for the VCCC’s bridge link using powder-coated aluminium engineered framing.