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Orrcon Makes an Entrance at Q1

Supplier: Orrcon Steel
12 November, 2007

Amid the glitter and glamour of the Gold Coast, one building stands out from the rest and certainly receives more than its fair share of visitors, where they can enjoy views from Byron Bay to Brisbane from the top deck of Q1, the world’s tallest residential tower.

However, it is the unique Atrium that is rapidly becoming the focus of visitors and residents alike.

According to Mr. George M. Samaras, from Samaras Structural Engineers, whose company’s expertise is in large structural steel architectural work,“The atrium was designed to resemble an artichoke and our job was to build a frame to hold the glass panels in place.

“This was a complicated structure made up of steel pipe and RHS which we fabricated in our 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, and, according to Mr. Samaras, “Each component had its own place in the very complicated structure.

“Although we refer to it as being like a giant jigsaw, it was much more difficult and complicated than that.”

Samaras’ used Orrcon steel pipe, RHS & 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.

“We used various sizes of pipe, squares and rectangles as determined by the architects, some of which were hard to get off the shelf,” said George, “but Orrcon rolled them specifically for us, and the Q1 Atrium is a reflection of our working together.

“They understand the importance of the projects we undertake and that we are becoming increasingly involved in more complex architecturally orientated structures that need to be very 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.”

Orrcon’s National Manager, Major Projects Group, Mr. Robert Creek said, “Working with the Samaras team we were 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.”