News

July 2015

Arena Development

July 09, 2015

The $100million Arena development located off Shortland Esplanade and overlooking Newcastle Beach incorporates up to 16 storeys of residential apartments, 3 levels of basement car parking, plus restaurant and function facilities. MPC was engaged by the developer, Stronach Property, to provide the structural and civil engineering designs for the development. The building incorporates two concrete framed towers with post-tensioned concrete floor slab systems, podium and transfer slabs and beams. MPC conducted a dynamic wind and earthquake analysis of the building frame which accounted for client’s proposal to construct the towers in separate discrete stages yet which were to be connected in the final configuration. DWP Suters Architects provided the architectural design for the development. MPC and DWP Suters successfully engaged in an extensive and ongoing process of coordination of structural requirements with the architectural arrangement, which was regularly adjusting to suit the changing needs of the project and the client. This development is located in an area of Newcastle that contains convict mine workings and coal seams which will be uncovered during basement excavations. The development site also has a ground fault line passing directly under the main tower for which foundation design depths, excavation, wall restraint and groundwater issues were deemed critically important during the design process.

http://www.mpceng.com.au/projects/arena-development

Pinetree Lane Development

July 09, 2015

MPC’s services for this development involved design and documentation of a multi-storey commercial retail and apartment building along with a stand-alone multi-deck carpark. The following structural design services were completed by MPC:

• Basement slab design accounted for hydrostatic pressure using continuously reinforced slabs in conjunction with a proprietary tanking system underneath the slab;
• Post-tension slab and beam design was chosen to limit concrete quantities and maximise head heights for both the apartments and carpark. The multi deck carpark also incorporates watertight post-tension slabs so as to eliminate any trafficable membrane,
• The multi-deck carpark required the allowance for a future 2 floors. Foundations and earthquake resisting systems were designed to support and resist future loadings.

http://www.mpceng.com.au/projects/pinetree-lane

MIdal Cables International

July 09, 2015

MPC were engaged by Midal Cables International to carry out full structural design and documentation for a new manufacturing facility primarily producing aluminium cable products.
Two main structural steel portal framed buildings with gantry cranes were constructed on the site, comprising manufacturing process line machinery turning molten aluminium into various products for worldwide distribution.
MPC carried out full design and documentation of all machinery support platforms, casting pits, furnace foundations along with structural steel for all superstructures.
Foundation and floor slab designs included utilizing steel screw piles to resist large hydrostatic pressures due to deep excavations of up to 7m and using specialized concrete waterproofing additives to assist with speed of construction.

http://www.mpceng.com.au/projects/midal-cables-international

HealthOne Raymond Terrace

July 09, 2015

MPC were contracted by Hunter New England Health Services through Kemp Consulting Pty Ltd in conjunction with Schreiber Hamilton Architecture to provide structural and civil design services for this two storey development.

Structural concept design of the development includes using a suspended ground floor slab on precast concrete piles with a banded slab suspended first floor. The roof structure is proposed to be designed using full structural steel framing.

MPC have also provided concept civil stormwater design services for the development including providing site harvesting and detention facilities for all storms up to the 1 in 100 year event.

http://www.mpceng.com.au/projects/healthone-raymond-terrace

St Paul’s High School, Booragul

July 09, 2015

MPC were commissioned by the Catholic Schools Office to provide civil and structural engineering design and documentation services for new buildings at the St Pauls High School, Booragul NSW. The development included a new two-storey resource building with amphitheatre, library, private learning areas, and conference room, plus an extension and refurbishment of existing staff facilities. MPC provided structural design and documentation for the development which included piled concrete footings, waffle pod slabs on ground, precast concrete wall panels, suspended conventionally reinforced concrete floor slabs, and a structural steel roof. Civil engineering designs included external pavements, site stormwater management, and sediment and erosion control requirements for the construction phase of the project.


http://www.mpceng.com.au/projects/st-pauls-high-school-booragul

Newcastle University Student Accommodation

July 09, 2015

John Holland Pty Ltd were contracted to construct four new eight-storey student accommodation towers located on the University of Newcastle campus in Callaghan NSW. The buildings provide 778 beds as part of a $100million investment in student accommodation. MPC were engaged by John Holland Pty Ltd to provide structural engineering concept development and detailed design and documentation of reinforced concrete decorative façade panels, including installation sequences and support framing, proposed to be erected around the lower perimeter of each building. MPC also provided structural designs for steel support framing within the building facades, and general construction phase advice to assist John Holland’s site team with the project. MPC also provided structural designs for steel support framing within the building facades, and general construction phase advice to assist John Holland’s site team with the project. The architectural detailing required extremely thin concrete panels with structural thicknesses as low as 50mm. MPC assisted John Holland in the development of concepts for fabrication and erection of the panels, including design of structural steel lifting and bracing frames, lifting anchors, and installation sequences. MPC’s design process included 3D finite element modelling of the complex lifting frames required for installation of the façade panels with limited site access.

http://www.mpceng.com.au/projects/newcastle-university-student-accommodation

Chisolm Primary School

July 09, 2015

MPC were commissioned by the Catholic Schools Office to provide civil and structural engineering design and documentation services for the new primary school facilities on the Catholic School site off Heritage Drive, Chisolm NSW. The development included a new building with multi-purpose hall, admin, staff, library and learning areas. The external areas were also developed to provide environmental learning areas, hard courts playgrounds and a grassed amphitheatre. MPC provided full structural design and documentation services for the new buildings and ancillary structures. Civil engineering designs by MPC for this project included external pavements, site stormwater management, and sediment and erosion control requiremenets for the construction phaseof the project.

http://www.mpceng.com.au/projects/chisolm-primary-school

All Saint’s College, St Joseph’s Campus

July 09, 2015

MPC were commissioned by the Catholic Schools Office to provide civil and structural engineering design and documentation services for new buildings at the St Joseph’s campus of the All Saints College, located off the New England Highway Lochinvar NSW. The development included two new buildings. The larger building incorporated concrete framing and extensive glazing for a new administration and staff area, a large open library and classrooms with the flexibility to be re-configured as needed. The second building incorporated a Trade Training and Technical and Applied Studies workshop facilities. MPC provided structural designs and documentation for all structural elements including footings, slabs, wall panels, steel roof framing and glazing support framing.

http://www.mpceng.com.au/projects/all-saints-college-st-josephs-campus