WINNER: ROD'S CONSTRUCTION, HEAD OFFICE ROD'S CONSTRUCTION
The building was erected using a reinforced concrete structure with brick infill, a concrete roof slab, a concrete lift shaft as well as aluminium and glass curtain walling. Internal and external walls columns and beams were plastered and painted to the specification of an interior decorator. In addition to wall paper, feature walls were superbly finished with stone cladding and mamoran coatings. 600x600 porcelain tiles were laid in passages, staircases, bathrooms and the reception area, while offices were carpeted.
Included among the many high quality finishes are purpose made walnut doors, frames, architraves and skirting's. All timber doors were hung on timber frames and were painted accordingly. A 600 x 1200 ceiling grid system was installed to the office, while a double volume entrance was finished with flush plaster ceilings along with a featured bulkhead. A stainless steel surround is a notable feature.
WINNER 2: STEFANUTTI STOCKS BUILDING KZN, THE QUARTERDECK RIDGESIDE OFFICE DEVELOPMENT
Lack of lay down area for this project, meant that a self erector mobile crane had to be utilized in place of a larger tower crane. This proved challenging as the south easterly winds often reach speeds considered dangerous for it, meaning that on most days, hook times were limited to mornings.
Due to its unique design, conventional concrete columns were replaced by IPE steel beams on the parameters, this necessitated that parts of the structural steel roof supports, be manufactured and installed as concrete works were being completed. Building of the off shutter proved a further challenge as walls were not only splayed, but splayed in both directions. Included in the walls were recesses for aluminium windows complete with drips, all cast into the panel.
This high quality building was delivered on time and within budget.