Inspire : Public Works Jan Feb 2014
37 PROMOTION Case study: North Sydney Institute, Crows Nest Campus THE BRIEF Australian urban and outdoor furniture manufacturer, Emerdyn, was engaged by the Northern Sydney Institute (part of TAFE NSW) to design and construct a shade structure over the student amenity area, adjacent to the campus cafeteria. According to Emerdyn's CEO Laurie Debono, "this structure was required to re ect the curved ' ow' of the existing courtyard, and utilise the existing building including six concrete columns that were considered unsightly." Two existing shade cloth structures were also to be removed as part of the process. Other considerations were to minimise ongoing maintenance and allow for climbing ora to be planted on completion of the structure. It was also preferred that recycled materials be included where possible. THE STRUCTURE It was structurally engineered with a central 218mm diameter steel column and six main support beams spanning to the existing concrete structure of the campus building. This was further supported by 10 intermediate support beams. All steel componentry was hot- dip galvanised to protect against corrosion. Incorporated into the structure were 150 angled slats to allow natural light while providing shade during the hottest part of the day. Originally, these slats were speci ed as oiled hardwood (either recycled or new); however, the decision was made to use wood plastic composite (WPC) materials, with Cosset Industries chosen as the preferred supplier. "The bene ts of Cosset WPCs are many," explains Ron Bottrell, Sales Manager of Cosset Industries Australia. These include: • 98 per cent recycled plastic and timber material, preventing rubbish entering land ll; • 10-year warranty, with a nominal design life of 40 years plus; • Consistent colouring and fnish throughout; • No re-painting or re-oiling required; • Non-toxic: no chemicals such as CCA in treated timber; and • Pest-resistant. THE FINISHED PRODUCT Management at the North Sydney Institute is delighted with the outcome. The structure has now been enhanced with a new brick planter to allow climbing plants to cascade onto the structure. Emerdyn was also engaged to supply a suite of outdoor furniture to complete the overall ambience and usefulness of this outdoor amenity.
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