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Cutting-edge building designs win excellence awards

Adelaide oval

Adelaide Oval

27 September 2011 - Aurecon was acknowledged at last week’s Engineers Australia state division awards for our cutting-edge design of the Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand Redevelopment, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia and the University of Adelaide’s Innova 21 building.

Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre was nominated as a finalist in the NSW chapter awards.

John Webb, Property Development Manager said: “These award wins enhance Aurecon’s reputation for lateral thinking and elegant design outcomes in the property industry.”

Adelaide Oval

Winner of the Malcolm Kinnaird award and Engineering Excellence award
Category: Buildings and Structures category
Division: Engineers Australia – South Australia

Adelaide Oval dates back over a century and is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque sporting grounds in the world. The redevelopment comprised the partial demolition and reconstruction of the existing Western members’ grandstand into a new AUD million 14 000 seat grandstand, which retains its heritage.

The new grandstand meets the client brief by providing individual bucket seats with 80% shade by lunch and brings patrons up to 15 m closer to the action. Within the central pavilion, a 600 seat dining room provides a first class function space coupled with panoramic views.

Some of Aurecon’s design solutions include, advanced analyses and design for the feature diagrid roof, long span dynamically sensitive floor design, sustainable stormwater design and facilitation of the Safety in Design process. 

State Theatre of Western AustraliaState Theatre of Western Australia

High Commendation
Category: Infrastructure and Building
Division: Engineers Australia – WA

The landmark State Theatre of Western Australia is a new AUD million theatre complex, comprising a 575 seat auditorium, 200 seat studio theatre and ancillary rehearsal and performance spaces.

Aurecon used extensive computational fluid dynamics simulations to analyse various air conditioning concepts to serve both the main Heath Ledger theatre and the smaller Studio Theatre.

The simulations gave a highly accurate selection of displacement ventilation system and high-level jet diffuser options and performance data, which they then matched to the building design so that optimal thermal comfort could be delivered to patrons, visitors, staff and performers.

A number of design considerations specifically aimed at minimising the energy consumption of the building were also modelled to deliver improved ecologically sustainable outcomes.   

Innova21Innova 21

Category: Buildings and Structures
Division: Engineers Australia – SA

The University of Adelaide's new AUD million Engineering, Mathematical and Computer Sciences building, Innova21, was designed to inspire students and can be used as a teaching tool due to its innovative features.

Aurecon performed advanced analysis and design of the ETFE roof trusses above the exhibition area. Our specialist structural glazing team’s facade design included curtain wall framing to the perimeter of the building, glass floors to the winter gardens, operable glass louvre walls and feature point fixed glazing to the ground floor areas.

The building has achieved Australia's first six star Green Star rating for an education building from the Green Building Council of Australia.

The facility has received rave reviews from the students and teaching staff alike.

Thirlmere rail Heritage Centre Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre

Category: Environment and Rail Heritage
Division: Engineers Australia – NSW

The Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre; operated by Train Works, is located approximately 85 km South-West of Sydney and is the central location for housing NSW’s heritage rolling stock and rail memorabilia.

Aurecon in partnership with Jackson Teece Architects, designed a new Main Exhibition Building for the museum to showcase NSW’s priceless rail heritage items including the Governor General’s Carriage.

The project incorporated sustainable design initiatives from the beginning of the design process and involved multidisciplinary coordination between Architectural, Building Services, Structures and Civil Engineering.

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