Project Description

University of Tasmania Cradle Coast Campus 2006-2008

In 2006 the University of Tasmania initiated a major upgrade of its Cradle Coast campus by expanding the existing facilities to include two new buildings.

JMG were engaged to provide structural, civil, hydraulic, mechanical and electrical design services.

Project Features

– Two separate 2 storey buildings joined by suspended walkways.

– Buildings were a combination of two way and one way suspended PT slabs supported by reinforced beams, concrete columns, precast and masonry walls.

– Steel roof framing co-joining the two buildings with cantilevers and non standard steel column sections.

– Complex 3D entry canopy with minimal supports.

The PT suspended slab was considered to be an economical option due to the scale and repetition of the majority of the structure.  This also helped in keeping the slab thin, which was an architectural requirement.

Feedback from the contractor was that the design of the structure was easy to build considering the potential complexity of the building.

The design was undertaken in our Hobart office allowing a close working relationship with the architectural firm and by utilising our state wide service.  The site administration and contract management of the building was undertaken by our Launceston office, keeping cost and travel time down.

For more information about JMG’s structural engineering services, contact Grant Atherton on (03) 62312555 or email

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