ZC Technical supplied their long-spanning cladding solution for the new state-of-the art learning facility built at the Australian Catholic University’s Banyo campus.

Completed in 2016, the building features aluminium cladding customised by ZC Technical to achieve the distinctive look demanded by the design brief, which sought to reflect the historic setting of ACU’s Banyo campus on the exterior.

The interlocking cassette panels of the aluminium cladding solution were designed with 0mm joints, which required zero manufacturing tolerance and absolute precision during installation. Unique manufacturing techniques were devised in order to fold the cladding’s corner panels at such a length. The choice of aluminium for the cladding panels also ensured long-term corrosion resistance for the exterior of the landmark building.

The iconic building won Queensland State and Brisbane City awards in addition to a prestigious National Public Buildings Award for excellence in building and construction.

According to Jarrod Dorham of Conrad Gargett, the Saint John Paul II Building is a state-of-the-art flexible learning, research and public engagement facility within a campus of rich heritage and tradition. Observing that the contemporary building on the campus’ Community Court reflected its historic setting in the glass facade, he added that the unique exterior necessitated a versatile, uniform and long-spanning cladding solution to frame the reflection. This was successfully achieved through ZC Technical’s customised, project-specific cladding solution.

Image: Saint John Paul II Building at Australian Catholic University’s Banyo campus