Heralded a ‘game-changer’ for architecture in South Australia, the $200 million South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) building in Adelaide’s CBD has redefined the city’s north-western skyline.
Designed by architectural firm Woods Bagot, the world-class building was constructed to house up to 700 researchers as the state’s leading medical research facility, being the first stage of a new health and bio-medical precinct.
Fielders were contracted to provide 3,000m2 of KingFlor® KF57 structural formwork, plus
3,000m2 of KingKlip® 700 steel roofing for the new development.
Woods Bagot and the SAHMRI building were the recipients of five coveted awards at the 2014 South Australian Architecture Awards including Public Architecture, Commercial Architecture and Steel Architecture, plus a commendation at the 2014 National Architecture Awards.
KingFlor® KF57 was installed in the SAHMRI building throughout the floor-by-floor construction of the complex. KingKlip® 700 was installed towards the completion of the project in late 2013.
KingKlip® 700 was rolled on site using the Fielders Mobile Mill® which allowed for sheet lengths with a span of up to 30 metres. Rolling the material on site eliminated the need for them to be transported by truck, allowing for greater lengths which assisted the builders in a faster installation time.
KingFlor® KF57 was selected for the SAHMRI building due to its longer spanning capability and lower preparatory costs. KF57’s reduced need for temporary props, allowing a fast-track construction to assist the builders in on-time completion.
KingKlip® 700 was chosen given its flexibility to accommodate the curved design on the top of the building’s roof, a key design feature of the complex.