THE CHALLENGE – CREATE A CONTINUOUS CANOPY FOR NETBALL AND TENNIS COURTS ON DIFFICULT GROUND CONDITIONS, WITHOUT DISRUPTING THE SCHOOL’S ACADEMIC CALENDAR
Westlake Girls High School on Auckland, New Zealand’s North Shore has a reputation for high achievement. With a strategic focus on encouraging personal best, the school wanted to enable increased use of their netball and tennis courts by adding an all-weather canopy. The vision called for full light between each netball court with more shade for on-court players. In any school environment, student safety and continuity of learning are paramount. A well-managed, short construction period was essential. The project was also challenged by unusually bad weather and the discovery of inconsistent ground conditions.
OUR SOLUTION – INNOVATIVE DESIGN CONCEPTS, DISCIPLINED EXECUTION AND COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING
Structurflex was responsible for all structural engineering, as well as the supply, fabrication and installation of all components. Working with architects Creative Spaces, Structurflex developed fabric connection details that satisfied the architect’s vision while ensuring a weathertight solution. This included the design and manufacture of a custom guttering system. The architect’s vision for conveying intense natural light between the courts was effectively achieved by combining coated PES membrane with ETFE foil. The contrast between translucency characteristics of the materials ensures a pattern of comfortable shading and full natural light. Controlled, systematic and efficient implementation enabled Structurflex to meet the short construction timeframe. Collaborating with ASPEC Construction, the main contractor, Structurflex engineers were able to resolve ground condition challenges to the foundations without adjusting the project completion date. The new sporting venue has been highly praised by students, visiting players, teachers, parents, the local community and even motorists on the adjacent highway. Even more importantly, with the courts in use day and night in any weather, more people are rediscovering their personal best.
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