According to Samaras Structural Engineers, the Atrium was designed to resemble an artichoke and its job was to build a frame to hold the glass panels in place.
The Atrium was a complicated structure made up of steel pipe and RHS which Samaras fabricated in its factory in Adelaide.
Using Orrcon steel hollow sections manufactured to Australian standards and supplied by Orrcon from its mills across Australia, Samaras constructed trusses and a space frame structure designed to hold the Atrium’s glass ceiling.
Each component had its own place in the complicated structure. Although Samaras refer to it as being like a giant jigsaw, it was much more difficult and complicated than that.
Samaras’ used Orrcon steel pipe, RHS and SHS throughout the project with a strict delivery schedule.
Once built, the various sections of the Atrium were knocked down to a transportable size and Samaras used a fleet of semi trailers to carry the sections from Adelaide to the Gold Coast with a police escort through three states.
Orrcon used various sizes of pipe, squares and rectangles as determined by the architects, some of which were hard to get off the shelf, but Orrcon rolled them and the Q1 Atrium is a reflection of Samaras working together.
Orrcon understands the importance of the projects Samaras undertakes and that Samaras is becoming increasingly involved in more complex architecturally orientated structures that need to be strong yet light.
Steel hollow sections offer strength and are lighter in weight than concrete and the success of those elements can be seen not only at Q1, but at a couple of our other major projects, again using
Orrcon’s products, at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre and at the Coles Myer distribution centre in Adelaide.
Working with the Samaras team, Orrcon was able to produce pipe and RHS to their exact requirements, which cut down on preparation time allowing them a little more leeway during final construction.
It is this dedication to the construction industry needs and those of the large fabricators that has led Orrcon to establish the Major Projects Group, which will work with the industry to meet the needs of ever evolving building design.