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WGE project wins Master Builders Association nod

Port Hedland’s newest Integrated Marine Operations Centre (IMOC)  has picked up two accolades at the recent 2019 Masters Builders-Bankwest Excellence in Construction, Housing and Regional Building Awards.

The project was awarded Best Office Building ($20M-$50M) and Best Regional Project for the Kimberley Pilbara region, with Pindan Contracting collecting both awards on behalf of the design and construction teams.

Wood & Grieve Engineers, now part of Stantec (WGE) is proud to have worked alongside Pindan and other stakeholders on the multi-million project, providing both Civil and Structural engineering expertise.

IMOC is the most significant control tower to be constructed on the WA coast in the last 25 years. It serves one of the busiest ports in the world, monitoring an expected 6,000-plus vessel movements per year in a cyclone hot-spot. Housing state-of-the-art equipment critical to Vessel Traffic Services (VTS), the building also fulfils Level 4 classification requirements for post-disaster operation.

Given IMOC’s position on the peninsula is close to an iron ore plant, WGE consulted with a materials specialist to achieve longevity in the project’s finishes to reduce maintenance.

The composite slab and steel structure is finished in exposed concrete, specially textured and coloured to a Class II specification, while the steel radar mast is coated in glass-enriched epoxy to ensure a 20-year lifespan in the corrosive environment to minimise maintenance downtime.

“WGE would like to congratulate our clients, Pindan Contracting, and the wider IMOC project team on being recognised with these awards,” Structural Project Engineer Gary Sollitt said.

“This was an exciting project to be involved with. Due to it’s unique nature, the project required creative critical thinking to ensure it not only remained on schedule and on budget, but that the team achieved a robust final product that would withstand environmental impacts.

“The result is a 45m tower that has been optimised using Revit software to achieve 270 degrees of uninterrupted sightlines through 60mm load-bearing glazing.”

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