Kingscliff, Australia (PressExposure) September 29, 2011 -- Work has begun on the $2.8M project for the full turnkey design and construction of a custom fabric structure and all amenities which will serve as an interim lecture theatre at Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales. Macquarie University boasts excellent facilities including a new state-of-the-art library, a hospital with associated research facilities, an exceptional swimming and sports complex, an on campus railway station, and refurbished teaching and research spaces.
Fabritecture's vast scope for the development includes construction of the 700m2 theatre as well as tiered seating for up to 500 students, a fully integrated IT and audio visual system, LED dimmable lighting, male and female amenities, a plant room, IT room, storage room, service corridors and an entrance foyer.
The structure will be fully air conditioned (and insulated to meet BCA Section J standards) with CCTV security systems, and Fabritecture will also be landscaping the surrounding grounds. A specialist Construction Project Manager with over 20 years' experience was hired specifically for this project and will continue on with the company to run future turnkey projects.
The outer membrane of the lecture theatre structure is two-toned, block out Premium Ferrari 902S PVC and the interior will be lined with a Ferrari Batyline fabric with a micro-perforated surface, which will produce an efficient acoustic absorption effect without adding voluminous absorbing material. The structure will be fully insulated with a Bondor hard walling system and will be supported by a steel truss frame. On site construction began in June this year beginning with the pouring of the concrete slab; and steel trusses are currently being erected ready for fabric installation. The project completion date is set for November of this year.
Although the structure is intended to be used as an interim lecture theatre, it has been designed with a life-span of 20-25 years. The design of the structure will also facilitate its relocation if required in the future; making it an economical, sustainable and functional solution for Macquarie University.
Fabric tensile architecture offers unique benefits and positive aesthetic qualities with the transmission of natural daylight. The natural ambiance achieved can show improvement to productivity, learning and healing, making tensile fabric structures appropriate for a myriad of applications.
Tensile fabric has become a popular building membrane for the following reasons:
* Structures are durable with a long life
* Sustainable designs
* Lower construction cost
* Reduced on-site costs and installation time
* Structures can be designed to be relocatable
* Architectural membranes boast unique light transmitting properties