The LSAA joined with the Specialized Textiles Association in a combined trade expo supported by conference presentations.
The event was held at the Crowne Plaza in the Hunter Valley NSW from May 31 to June 2 2014.
The traditional STA Trade Expo was different in that the Exhibition area was only "opened" from 11am to 2pm. Outside of these times, several parallel Conference Sessions took place.
The LSAA gave a structured and educational series of presentations over two days covering "Tensioned Fabric Structures" - Australian History, Design Principles, Materials, Applications, Basic Engineering Understanding and Lessons to be Learnt.
The presentations by Peter Kneen, Bob Cahill and Peter Lim were very well received.
In particular, feedback from the audience highlighted the knowledge gained relating to the large forces involved both in fabric prestress levels and the magnitude of wind loads. Several example where extremely large deflections under moderate wind demonstrated issues that need to be addressed by the shadecloth industry.
LSAA 2013 Design Awards - Results
Twenty high quality entries were received representing a wide range of projects completed within the past two years.
Projects had to have a major input from an individual or company of Australasian origin - such as in the design development, the fabrication or installation.
Six High Commendations and three Awards of Excellence were given by the judges.
Download the details of the winners HERE (PDF).
Results: High Commendations (with links to related articles)
Mooloolaba Bowls Club Light Weight Structures
South Hedland Town Centre MakMax Australia
Porto Chino Geometal Limited
Westlake Girls High School Structurflex Limited
Glen Eira Aquatic Centre Oasis Tension Structures
Cloud City LAVA
Awards of Excellence (with links to related articles)
Perth's 60,000 Seat Stadium Design Approved.
The new $900 million sports stadium design has been approved. The winning design team comprises Cox Architects, Hassell, HKS and Arup.
The following article appears on the WA Government's Perth Stadium website.
Of particular interest is the fabric roof and possible aspects of the "bronze facade".
The new Perth Stadium will be a world-class five-tiered stadium with roof coverage over 85 per cent of its seats, a striking bronze facade that reflects Western Australia’s unique geology, LED lights that show home sports team colours, and a wide range of ‘fans first’ facilities including two of the largest video screens in the country.
- WESTADIUM’s new Perth Stadium design revealed
- Five-tiered stadium has striking bronze facade reflecting State’s geology
- State-of-the-art LED lights to show home team colours by night
- 85% of seats under cover; more than 70 food and beverage options
- Stadium to come in $40million under budget
Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron today unveiled the winning stadium design at a special event on the Burswood Peninsula.
Mr Barnett said contractual negotiations between the State Government and WESTADIUM to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct were successfully concluded and the contract would be signed in coming days.
“This is a very exciting day for all West Australians and I am delighted to reveal the design of this world-class venue, which will play a pivotal role in the transformation of Perth,” the Premier said.
“The winning design successfully meets the State’s requirement for a world-class, multi-purpose stadium within a parkland setting, and does so with a uniquely Western Australian focus.
“The seating bowl maximises stadium atmosphere, gives fans exceptional views and brings them close to the action, providing a special home ground advantage for our teams.
“These facilities will not only deliver an outstanding fan experience on event days, but will also provide year-round access to a magnificent recreational precinct.
“I’m also particularly pleased to announce that the successful negotiations for this contract have confirmed that the capital cost of the stadium is around $40million less than what was originally budgeted.”
Mr Waldron said this was an important day in the State’s sporting history which reflected the meticulous planning undertaken over the past three years and an unrelenting focus on successfully delivering a ‘fans first’ stadium.
“The emphasis on delivering a venue that has the fan experience at the very heart is very much in evidence in this design,” he said.
“Seat sizes are generous and each one will have a cup holder; fans will enjoy access to more than 70 food and beverage outlets; and those requiring higher levels of access - such as people in wheelchairs - will be able to use designated seating platforms across all seating tiers.
“The technology provisions include 4G Wi-Fi coverage across the stadium and precinct, two giant 240sqm video screens - some of the biggest in the country - and a further 1,000 screens throughout the stadium so fans never miss any of the action.
“The stadium will include the widest range of seating and hospitality options of any stadia in Australia.”
The design of the sporting and recreation precinct surrounding the stadium is inspired by Dreamtime stories and the connection with the Swan River, and will have three distinct recreational spaces encouraging use by the community all year round.
A covered Community Arbour, linking the new six-platform stadium station to the river, will represent Noongar community stories. The western section of the precinct will be home to an amphitheatre, two children’s playgrounds, picnic areas and a boardwalk while the community sporting oval to the north will be available for public use on non-event days, as well as providing event-day parking.
On site, WESTADIUM will now begin preparations for construction to start by the end of the year. This will involve erecting site offices, mobilising machinery and other facilities necessary to accommodate a peak workforce of 950 during the construction phase.
The WESTADIUM consortium has significant international stadia experience and its members have been involved in an impressive array of past projects, including the recently completed and highly acclaimed Adelaide Oval redevelopment, ANZ Stadium Australia and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in the USA.
The consortium is led by three key members, Brookfield Multiplex (design and construction), John Laing (equity investor and asset management) and Brookfield Johnson Controls (facilities management).
- The new Perth Stadium is due to be open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season
- The Project Definition Plan released in December 2012 stated the project budget was $902.4m, consisting of $820.7m for the stadium and $81.7m for the sports precinct, plus $16m for project management
- Finalisation of the design-build-finance-maintain contract for the stadium and sports precinct confirms the project is within budget
- High resolution images of the stadium and sports precinct plus a new Perth Stadium fact sheet are available.
- The LSAA acknowledges the source of the above article.
Some sample lightweight structures are shown below:
The Lightweight Structures Association is a Not for Profit, autonomous, inter-disciplinary group of interested parties involved in the field of lightweight structures. Operating primarily in Australia and New Zealand our basic aim is to promote the proper application of lightweight structures, their design, fabrication, construction and materials and to encourage the development of these and other aspects essential to lightweight structures.