The Adelaide Medical and Nursing School (AMNS) building has been designed to support medicine, nursing and dentistry students as well as University of Adelaide Health Sciences researchers.
The building contains just under 100 tons of steel, which was split up into two packages, the main structure and a secondary steel.
The main structure contains two featured fire stairs, two edgescape structures, two transfer trusses, structural feature columns and roof parapet steel.
The secondary steel contains glazing supportive steelwork, stepped seating structures, pop-out steelwork, atrium glazing support beams and façade spandrel panels.
There were many challenges with this project. The feature stair structure and edgescape glazing frames had to be transported and erected on the steel structure with the glazing already installed. A modified trailer, completed in Tekla structures, was manufactured to transport the steel glazed frames. Coordinating steelwork with other contractors was all completed by model BIM reviews and carried out successfully.
Secondary steelwork façade spandrel panels were a real challenge as these items were to be manufactured from folded plate. Tekla was used to set out and model the spandrel panels (modelling contour plate). The assemblies were then exported via IFC into another program to create the finished unfolded plate for the manufacturing process.
The overall design and finish of the building looks spectacular and is now very prominent over the Adelaide skyline.