Strongbuild’s Phoenix Apartment project in Rouse Hill is now well underway with our timber framed solution above podium (ground floor) level progressing well. We are currently installing our ‘first of its kind’ lightweight LVL walls to level 3. By using this timber framed solution, together with pre-fabricated bathroom and laundry PODS, we are able to bring our finishes trades in much earlier during the structure phase than conventional concrete framed buildings. Additionally, our timber solution has the potential to cut down on structural cycle times and we are currently achieving an 8-day floor to floor cycle. Time to bring on the finishes trades!
Strongbuild is well known as one of the market leaders when it comes to all things timber construction and having completed a number of mass timber structures including the award winning CLT and Glulam structure at Macquarie University’s Incubator, it was time we ‘Lived the Talk’.
Our brand new, fully exposed CLT & Glulam mass timber head office was completed last week with our teams moving in just after the Melbourne Cup.
There are some great studies that show that people working within timber environments have lower heart rates, are less stressed and actually see an improvement in productivity, so we wanted to see it for ourselves. The feedback from all of our staff has been exceptional.
The unique design and vision was provided by well-respected Architect James Fitzpatrick and was delivered by many at Strongbuild. The building is a true reflection of total collaboration between all of our divisions including our design and detailing team, our manufacturing and joinery crew as well as our install and site teams. There are so many great things about the building that no single individual can be pointed out in terms of their contribution, everyone should be proud of what has been achieved.
The mass timber structure was erected in only 6 days and consists of 110m3 of CLT, 40m3 of Glulam and 615m2 of visual grade 3ply all imported from Austria through our partner Binderholz. All the panels, joints, penetrations and connections were fully detailed and processed in-house.
Tasmanian Blackwood feature batons, matt black lighting, fire sprinklers and a/c duct sox have been used to really accentuate the stunning timber finish.
The feature stairs incorporate CLT treads with Tasmanian Blackwood hangers and nosing, with Glulam blocks all completely designed and manufactured in house along with the kitchen and workstations with Tasmanian Blackwood veneer and black CLT leg supports.
The double glazed low-E clear toughened glass was modelled and shop drawn with every panel detailed ready for manufacture. Our drawings were used to cut the glass to size and pre-ordered before construction began.
The office now stands as a brilliant showpiece we can all be proud of.
“A fantastic milestone was achieved with the last CLT panel (panel #4001) being lifted into position on our AVEO Norwest project in Bella Vista, Sydney.
Approximately 3000m3 of CLT, or 4156 panels, have now been installed to produce a complex 9 storey timber retirement resort.
We would like to thank the whole of the design and consultant team on the project who all played an important part in developing a world class project utilising a modern innovative structural solution that brought many benefits to the project. The result required a huge effort from all those involved to develop an efficient solution that is sustainable, is bespoke and is beautiful. The project Architects, Jackson Teece and Structural Engineers, TTW, lead by our Clients Project manager PDS Group, were instrumental to the success of the project, producing a solution that has really pushed the boundaries. Our PCA, Private Certifiers Australia and Fire Engineer, AED Fire worked brilliantly with the team to ensure the solution was compliant and well engineered. Our other team of consultants including Hurley Palmer Flatt, PKA Acoustics, AECOM, Light Practice, Accessible Building Solutions, Wood & Grieve and Arcadia Landscape Architects also worked tirelessly to ensure our clients brief was surpassed.
Thanks to our Client Aveo for being an innovate supplier of quality, sustainable and healthy retirement product, which Mass Timber has helped to provided. Their support of the solution and the whole of the team is greatly appreciated.
Final thanks to our in-house Design, Manufacturing, Construction and Installation teams……..you have absolutely smashed it!!!”
“Strongbuild was honoured to be a part of the Australian Timber Design Awards held in Melbourne last night (25.10.17) where some outstanding projects were on show. The Australian Timber Design Awards is one of the country’s leading building competitions open to all building and design professionals with a proud heritage of promoting the very best in timber design innovation.
We are excited to announce that the Macquarie University Incubator project, which Strongbuild played a major role in delivering the engineered timber structure, was recognised for excellence in timber design and awarded Winner in four categories;
• Engineered Timber Products
• Timber Panels
• Timber Windows and Doors
• Innovative Structural Design
This is a great recognition for all the hard work put in by the whole design and construction team including Architectus, Lipman, TTW, Root Partnerships, Arup & Against The Grain – a real collaboration that has resulted in a spectacular outcome.”
As the sun was about to rise over the Macquarie University’s North Ryde Campus yesterday morning, we were very excited to guide the last of 22 pre-fabricated mass timber roof cassettes into position. In only 4 nights of lifting, the small install team of only 5 workers were able to install approximately 2,000sqm of roof cassettes and the mass timber structure now proudly stands complete. A very bold and unique design ensured the whole team were stretched and focused on solving complex details to make this project a success. This was very evident as the last of these roof cassettes were installed in a fraction of the time it took the first one.
This was definitely no run of the mill project and the final result is exceptional. A truly inspiring looking structure, the “Innovation Hub” will be blend seamlessly into the park-like campus located within the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, just 15 kilometres from the city centre.
We achieved another milestone last week when we craned the first panel of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) into position on our next large CLT project at Aveo Norwest. It has been a long journey for the whole team as we have been involved in the design of this project from the very early stages and it was great to have the client and design team out on site to see it fixed into position.
Aveo Norwest is one of the largest CLT structures currently under construction with around 3,000m3 of CLT being used in the construction of 64 luxury retirement living apartments over 10 levels, 9 of which are constructed out of CLT. Along with retail on ground floor and a conference centre over 2 levels, this project will set a new standard in vertical retirement living.
A large early works package was also included requiring the building of a new dam, weir wall and detention basin as well as basement parking up to and including podium level.
The site is prominently located and can be seen from Old Windsor Road and also the M7, so if you are driving by make sure you check out the progress as the timber structure goes up.
The project pushes the boundaries of design and capabilities of CLT and will be a striking looking building upon completion.
Many thanks to the vision and commitment to innovation by Aveo Group and the dedication and support of the project team including Mulpha Norwest, PDS Group, Jackson Teece, TTW and Private Certifiers Australia.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning last week, Strongbuild had the monumental task of transporting and installing the first 6 of 22 pre-fabricated mass timber roof cassettes at Macquarie University’s new “Innovation Hub”. Each cassette is 21m long by 3.6m wide and weighs in at around 3tonne. Due to their size, this meant they could only be transported from the factory in Bella Vista to Ryde Business Park between the hours of 12 and 5am to avoid traffic disruption.
The Innovation Hub is a purpose built facility designed by Architectus which will be a meeting place for entrepreneurs to meet with mentors and those wishing to create, collaborate, inspire, motivate and innovate. Strongbuild is working in collaboration with Lipman to deliver this very unique building which has actually been designed to be disassembled and relocated at the end of 5 years.
The whole exposed timber structure is made up of approximately 2,000m2 of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and 1,250l/m of Glulam as well as 760l/m of Victoria Iron Ash Australian hardwood for the ‘V’ columns used to support each roof cassette. The timber floor consists of 7,300l/m of pine LVL for the floor cassettes and roof battens and 1,800l/m of external decking.
The master plan for this project is 450 Luxury Retirement Units plus 145 Aged Care. Stage 1A – 67 Luxury Retirement Units in a 10 Story Tower (A Vertical Village in Timber-CLT) is currently underway. This Retirement Village Project for AVEO Retirement Living is one of the largest CLT projects in the Southern Hemisphere. The first tower is ten storeys – level one and two are formed in concrete with the remaining nine storeys constructed entirely from Glulam and CLT.
Our new CLT and Glulam office at the Manufacturing Facility in Sydney is well underway. This piece of Art designed by Architect James Fitzpatrick is a great example of the design possibilities and overall benefits available to us using this product and technique. Here we’ll run through the process, from Archicad model to Cadwork optimised machinery files to manufacturing and installation. We expect to finish the basic installation within 3 weeks and be ready to move in within 3 months.