Address: Stott + Hoare (86 Walters Drive, Osborne Park)
Project Value: $4.2 million
Construction Time: 45 weeks
Architect: Meyer Shircore & Associates Architects
The information technology (IT) service providers had drawn up the preliminary sketches for their new two-level office and warehouse building, which architects Meyer Shircore crafted into plans so construction could commence.
The new internal spaces comprised open plan offices, a reception area, breakout spaces and staff amenities, while external works consisted of paving, kerbing, landscaping, storage areas and lighting.
The building was constructed utilising a structural concrete frame with a combination of tilt panels and curtain wall façades. The structural steel roof was curved and segmented, as was the façade, which required PACT to install curved window frames and short panels of glass.
The external automotive blind system is particularly innovative, providing precise shading as they move via a sun sensor. Natural cross ventilation is delivered using automatic windows, while a 12-kilowatt solar system delivers up to 25% of the building’s power needs. This solar system is relatively rare for a commercial business and is intended to deliver a NatHERS rating for the building.
In delivering the structure, PACT confronted a diverse range of challenges. The construction team was required to put piling down when installing the footings as the soil didn’t have the bearing capacity. Extremely wet weather in August and September was also a hindrance, which was impossible to avoid as the roof was not yet on. In addition, the lifting of the tilt panels within the confines of a fairly tight site proved challenging. PACT successfully navigated this challenge by engaging a 150-tonne crawler crane to lift the extremely heavy panels.