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    Spantech installs shade structures at Northpine Christian College

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    Spantech completed a number of projects at the Northpine Christian College, Dakabin just north of Brisbane, Queensland.

    The projects included a multipurpose hall comprising of an indoor double basketball court and performance hall; a freestanding shade structure over a general play area in the Junior School; and an expansive shade structure covering a double basketball court in the Senior School.

    Multipurpose Hall

    Spantech was engaged by Northpine Christian College to design and construct a building in two stages to meet the immediate and future needs of the growing school.

    Stage 1 was an expansive shade structure over the existing Junior School basketball and netball courts, located adjacent to the school’s 25-metre swimming pool. Spantech designed the layout and structural steel of the 38m x 38m structure to accommodate future expansion.

    Stage 2 was executed using funds made available under the BER program and designed to enclose the existing shade structure to create a state-of-the-art indoor sports and performance hall. The building with the shade structure was enclosed using an innovative pre-cast concrete wall system, with windows and louvres also added to the existing shade structure.

    A new feature entrance, an insulated acoustic ceiling, a new concrete slab and point-elastic sports floor, retractable sports equipment and a court dividing net were added to complete the indoor hall. The building was extended to incorporate a performance stage with lighting and sound systems, and associated storage and backstage areas.

    Junior School Shade Structure

    In addition to the multipurpose hall, Spantech also designed and constructed a shade structure over an existing concrete play area to provide year-round shade and weather protection for the students at Northpine Christian College.

    Senior School Multipurpose Shade Structure

    Measuring 34 metres from eave to eave and 32 metres in length, the Spantech arch covers two existing basketball courts. Rising to an apex height of 8.8m from galvanised steel beams supported on columns standing 3.6m high, this design provides structural economy by minimising loads and maximising protection from both sun and rain.

    Roll formed from COLORBOND steel, the arch is self-supporting and does not require interior trusses. Apart from a pleasant appearance, the arch maximises space under the roof, eliminates roosting places for birds, and maintains the feel of the outdoors. Skylights have been added to create soft even light under the structure, improving visibility in fast-moving sports.

    Spantech crews completed the on-site works in just four weeks with the College in session.

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