Award for Excellence 2017, Tension & Air Supported Structures >2000sqm

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Sportsfield Car Park project was part of the construction of a $27 million multi-story car park at the QUT Kelvin Grove campus in Brisbane. The roof-level is home to a FIFA accredited sports field, developed as part of the long-term expansion plans for the University.
The scope of the project was a design and construct contract for 4,500m2 of PTFE fabric membrane and 832m2 of stainless steel wire mesh.

The project was developed as an aesthetic shade-and-wind barrier for the top level of the new multi-story car park. The top-level sportsfield is an artificially turfed soccer field complete with patron viewing areas and adjacent amenities.
The PTFE membrane acts as a windbreak to the patron grandstands and playing field atop the car park.

Access was limited due to the nature of the site, so installation required specific coordination to resolve this issue. Our site crew optimistically overcame access issues, using 4T spidar cranes supported from the slab within the building during construction.
800m2 of stainless steel fall arrest wire mesh was used around the base of the structure. The mesh was designed as a safety mechanism to ensure no one could pass through the gap, while strategically allowing airflow into the area.

The client was really pleased with the end result of the project. The problem-solving attitude of the project management team and installation crew, coupled with the successful installation of the structure has cemented a positive relationship with the client and potential future business on the horizon.

The steel ribbing of the structure was value-engineered to decrease the overall weight of the structure, resulting in budget savings on the steel. The fabric portion of installation was also value-engineered, enabling us to decrease the amount of fabric required, thereby decreasing installation costs.