Project RMIT Bundoora Student Accommodation
Architect RMA Architects
Location Bundoora, Victoria
Framing Used SBS Smart Frame / Pre-Fabricated Facade and Feature Framing
With residents expecting to move into their new accommodation by the start of the 2016 semester, it was a challenging task facing the construction teams to complete the project on time and on budget.
The five level student accommodation building was a significant structure, therefore constructing the multi-faceted facade traditionally on site was hardly viable. Extensive labour and time, including the requirement for full scaffolding threatened to jeopardise the project deadline.
Pre-fabrication and coordination became the answer. With years of expertise in pre-fabricating custom lightweight facades, SBS Group was approached by the builder for an alternative and efficient feasible solution.
After analysing the scope and nature of the development, the SBS design team value managed a superior engineered SBS Smart Frame system for the fabrication of approximately 140 modules of varying sizes. Frames and trusses were designed to be pre-clad with off site installation of windows before lifting in position.
Replacing structural steel, the cold formed structural clinch riveted frames were built as large modules utilising SBS dowel and socket systems. Direct fix of zinc cladding and metal pan was made achievable with the complex facade frames fabricated to tight tolerances.
Not only did the system remove the scaffolding completely, it also significantly reduced on site cranage time and labour requirements. With sizable module sizes of up to ten metres long, SBS were programmed to deliver the project including in house shop detailing, manufacture and delivery in approximately 12 weeks. SBS Group supplied more than just time-saving pre-fabricated solutions for the RMIT project. Removing costs traditionally associated with on site construction and solving challenging building restrictions, the tight deadline was achieved for an overall productive outcome and outstanding result for the builder.