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The building framework, protruding stage and attached canopy are by GGE

Strong performance – structural framing by George Grant Engineering

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Much as the new multi-use performing arts centre underpins community spirit at Sacred Heart College, the steel framing for the building provides strength and support for the building itself.

Given the diverse use of the building, the steel structure had to respond to specific needs. George Grant Engineering (GGE) supplied and built the steel skeleton, says general manager Scott Delacey.

"While the main framing was quite straightforward, there were some tricky aspects to this project. Once the precast concrete panels were set in place and propped up, our team craned in the steel frame elements and fixed them into place. The blade walls create an attractive feature, but they have a challenging structural configuration – the fins are embedded in the foundation from beneath, and supported across the top by framing.

"We also worked closely with subcontractor Alfa Ceilings to create structural variations that would respond precisely to the acoustically angled ceiling planes in the auditorium.

"With limited room to manoeuvre, sequencing was important on this project. We waited until the main auditorium was covered before we introduced the separate steel structure for the protruding stage."

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The company also created the attractive canopy framework that connects the new building to an existing school structure.

George Grant Engineering specialises in the fabrication and erection of structural steel for commercial, industrial and civil projects.

GEORGE GRANT ENGINEERING

PO Box 142, Takanini, South Auckland 2245Phone (09) 295 0550 Fax (09) 298 9909www.gge.co.nz tenders@gge.co.nz

First published date: 19 December 2013

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