Design and construct a new factory with a 67 metre column-free span
A cost effective solution to column-free span for Pacmetal Services
Pacmetal Services, part of the National Can Industries Group, is a leading supplier of tinplate and aluminium.
Wiley was engaged to design and construct a new factory in Sydney with a 67 metre column-free span for maximum flexibility in equipment layout.
Buildings with large column-free spans are generally more expensive than buildings with small spans supported by columns and the task for Wiley was to design and construct the building in the most cost-effective way at a time when Sydney was experiencing labour and material shortages in the lead up to the 2000 Olympic Games.
Achieving the column-free span to the client’s requirements within an economical and innovative factory design
Designing an area with positive pressure for the process of printing onto tinplate
Devising ways to source labour and materials outside Sydney to avoid delays and over-inflated prices.
Coordination of the interstate fabrication of a specially designed pre-engineered building frame—the most cost-effective way to achieve the column-free span
Procurement of many materials, including plants for landscaping the factory grounds, from outside New South Wales.
Application of a high-impact architectural treatment to the facility façade to meet local council requirements
Achievement of a balance between the need for a high level of visibility between the office and factory areas and the need for a high level of security to prevent the public from seeing the process
Solutions to issues around dangerous goods storage
Fire engineering design to maximise floor area and site use
Special attention to floor areas to ensure they perform for the heavy traffic and material and machinery loads in the facility
Inclusion of customised protection systems to eliminate building damage
Use of energy efficiencies and lighting solutions to minimise lifecycle costs.
Coordination of services through the floors and structure to provide maximum flexibility and economy.
Use of alternative construction techniques (for example, precasting) to minimise exposure to over-inflated labour costs in Sydney
Selection of construction materials to meet environmental requirements relating to factors such as noise.
Wiley delivered a cost-effective solution that met the client’s need for a facility featuring a 67 metre column-free span.
The result was also delivered on time and thousands of dollars below budget during a building boom in Sydney.