South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Structural Designer

Aurecon

Client Name

South Australian Health And Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI); Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (SA)

Location

Adelaide, Australia

ARCHITECT
Woods Bagot
VARIOUS
Norman Disney & Young
QUANTITY SURVEYOR
Rider Levett Bucknall
MANAGING CONTRACTOR
Hindmarsh
FACADE CONTRACTOR
Yuanda
FACADE AND ROOF FABRICATION AND ERECTION CONTRACTOR
SA Structural

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Adelaide has a longstanding, formidable reputation among international medical and scientific research communities, and boasts four Nobel Prize winners. Designed to cultivate and inspire new ideas and thinking, the $AUD210 million South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) was opened by Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott and is adjacent to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. The design features a dynamically stable floor design, suitable for the Institute’s vibration-sensitive research equipment, a pioneering diagrid fa├žade, incorporating elements of stadium roof technology, and a highly adaptable layout which allows for flexibility in future use of the site.

Judge's comment:

The judges were impressed by this large building containing laboratories for medical research.  Technical problems included stringent limits to vibration of the post-tensioned concrete floors, with very large bays of 13.6m by 10.2m; large overhangs supported on long raking columns for a lot of the elevation; and complex diagrid cladding which required wind-tunnel testing, and was designed to be erected in large fully glazed panels.  This all demanded a good deal of design from first principles and very detailed analysis.