The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is the first building in Australia designed by the American, Frank Gehry, one of the world's most influential architects. The building, a key component of the University of Technology, Sydney will provide teaching, learning, research and office accommodation for the UTS Business School.
It will have two distinct external facades, one composed of undulating brick, referencing the sandstone and the dignity of Sydney’s urban brick heritage, and the other of large, angled sheets of glass to fracture and mirror the image of surrounding buildings. The structure is 16,030 sqm in area spread over 14 floor levels with a total project cost of A$180million.
The construction contract was awarded to Lend Lease in November 2012, with Waco Kwikform being awarded the multimillion dollar scaffolding and edge protection contract in February 2013.
The project brief required us to engineer and construct a scaffold solution capable of following the profile of the slab edges, which contain very few straight sections and which also step in and out up to 3 metres vertically between each floor. This provided our Sydney Branch team with significant challenge, to develop a system capable of curving both horizontally and vertically to meet the slab edge and provide safe access for the bricklayers who will be laying bricks within large steel frames to match the profile.
The solution incorporates a series of individually engineered brackets ranging from 1 board to 6 boards wide, connected to the perimeter scaffold via a series of vertical trusses up to 1.5 metres deep.
The scaffold has been fully modelled in 3D, using “Revit” software, which has enabled us to confirm our base layout and review any potential clashes between the façade elements, particularly the window boxes, which protrude from an already complicated façade at varying angles and distances. It has also enabled us to more accurately predict the load path through the scaffold.
Our ability to develop and engineer a superior technical solution, combined with our reputation for guaranteed delivery of major scaffold projects with Lend Lease enabled us to beat our competitors, whose systems were perceived to provide greater flexibility in non-standard scaffold applications as seen in this unique and iconic design.