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Christchurch Engine Centre

Developer: Christchurch Engine Centre/Air New Zealand
Architect: Peak Architecture
Contractor: Fletcher Construction
Location: Christchurch
Service Type: Facade Engineering

The proposed development of the Christchurch Engine Centre, situated on Orchard Road at Christchurch International Airport, encompasses various facilities within the project scope. The structures include a Materials Store, Repair Workshop, Canopy, and Plant, totaling approximately 9,200m². Additionally, there are office spaces covering approximately 800m², an attached canopy of around 320m², external yard areas, and designated staff and visitor parking. The primary building, a single-level structure spanning roughly 10,300m², comprises a warehouse housing storage, a repair workshop, an attached canopy, and various plant areas. It is distinct from the office, which has a mono-pitch roof, while the warehouse features a gable roof. Although not structurally separate, a fire-rated wall separates the building from the existing structure to the north.

In the context of the Louvre engineering design for the Christchurch Engine Centre, DESIGN ENGINEERS have undertaken pivotal roles in ensuring the structural integrity, safety, and functionality of the louvre system within the overall building framework. The key tasks involved in Louvre engineering design encompass conducting a thorough structural load analysis to ascertain the impact of environmental factors such as wind and snow loads on the louvres. This analysis ensures that the louvre system is meticulously designed to withstand these loads without compromising the structural stability.

Material selection is a critical aspect of our design process, with DESIGN ENGINEERS recommending suitable materials for the louvre structure based on factors such as strength, durability, and resistance to environmental conditions. Common materials considered include aluminum, steel, or other alloys. Our engineering design also entails the meticulous planning of the louvre structure to ensure it can support the specified loads while adhering to architectural and aesthetic requirements. This encompasses the design of the frame, support structures, and connections to the building, with a focus on secure connections that allow for thermal expansion and contraction.

In-depth wind engineering studies are conducted to assess the impact of wind on the louvre system, considering factors such as wind-induced vibrations and stability under varying wind conditions. Seismic forces are also taken into account, with the louvre system designed to withstand potential earthquakes through measures such as incorporating seismic bracing. Close collaboration with INSOL is an integral part of the Louvre engineering design process, ensuring seamless integration into the overall architectural design while meeting stringent structural requirements. Compliance with local building codes, standards, and regulations related to structural engineering is a fundamental consideration, encompassing safety factors, material specifications, and other relevant guidelines.

The design is also geared toward facilitating ease of maintenance, with thoughtful considerations for access points for inspections, cleaning, and any necessary repairs. Throughout the construction phase, DESIGN ENGINEERS provide critical support by responding to contractor queries, reviewing shop drawings, and conducting site inspections to ensure the accurate installation of the louvre system in line with the design intent.


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