ASI win for steel at Karrinyup Shopping Centre

November 23, 2022

It’s official! The Karrinyup Shopping Centre redevelopment project is an outstanding national showcase of design and fabrication in steel, and the Multiplan team is proud to have played our part.

The $800M project earned top honours as a national finalist in the Australian Steel Excellence Awards 2022 after being named WA winner in the Buildings – Large Projects category.

The ASI awards, which showcase excellence in design and fabrication, while profiling the strength, beauty and versatility of steel as a prime building material, celebrate the best of the best in Australia.

So how exactly did our team bring a 990-tonne steel structure to life for everyone involved in the Karrinyup Shopping Centre project?  

And what were the outstanding features and methodologies that caught the judges’ attention?

One of the biggest challenges requiring cutting-edge steel solutions was the 250m-long, multi-dimensional skylight that snakes across the eastern section of the shopping centre extension.

In order to deliver on the architect’s ambitious vision, we provided millimetre-perfect construction modelling and detailing, with almost every span, curve and connection proving unique.

Multiplan was also appointed to deliver a finish-to-finish steel detailing package that included cutting-edge 3D construction models for the Western stages of the new and improved shopping centre.  

The complex construction models united the architects’ vision and the engineers’ design into a complex, fully-resolved, structural steel skeleton. This included bringing innovative detailing methodology to the state-of-the-art Hoyts cinema complex.

The result of all this meticulous attention to detail and expertise employing the latest construction modelling technology?

  • High level of construction intelligence and pinpoint accuracy to both the design and build processes of the project.
  • Improved project performance.
  • Greater collaboration, efficiency, safety and scheduling benefits across the project lifecycle.

For example, to expedite fabrication and erection, we spilt the plans for the cinema complex into four zones. This enabled us to respond to project time pressures and explore additional cost and time efficiencies.

The steel framework for the tiered seating platforms in the cinema was modularised so it could be fabricated off-site, eliminating the need for time-consuming on-site construction.

Using sophisticated 3D BIM software, the Multiplan team responded to the smallest of adjustments on site as construction progressed, such as the millimetre-perfect connections to cast-in plates on the slab floor.  

Multiplan’s Direct Client Engagement (DCE™) delivered workflows that allowed the seamless production of models and structural fabrication drawings, closing design loops and resolving potential construction issues.

A custom workflow was created between Multiplan, the client and the project engineers, enabling workflow design queries to be resolved more efficiently than a traditional RFI/TQ process, benefitting the tight construction timelines.

Using live clash detection, we were able to identify where changes were needed to the construction schedule.

We’re immensely proud to have worked on the Karrinyup Shopping Centre redevelopment with architects Hames Sharley and Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick JV, and engineering consultants Pritchard Francis.

Want to know more about the role of steel and construction modelling in this award-winning project?  

Read our full feature article here.

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