A new permanent home for Dragon boating


The DBACT (Dragon Boat ACT) is the governing body of Dragon boating in the ACT. There are currently 600 registered members spread across ten teams. Dragon boating is renowned for camaraderie, focusing on fitness, cooperation and teamwork. The facility will include boat storage, a gymnasium, amenities, changing rooms and plenty of space for events. It will also provide a permanent home for the DBACT to run its regattas.

Challenges / Any obstacles that were overcome

Using Light Gauge Steel (LGS), we faced many challenges on this project. Tall wall heights with large window and door openings and minimal internal walls, were being exposed to high wind forces. In addition to this, the building was open in the centre therefore further reinforcements in the form of metal sheet and oversized strap bracing were needed to meet the bracing requirements. Exposed roof trusses with a 64 degree roof pitch to one side created additional challenges with bracing, uplift and tiedown to the wall frames. Along with some software limitations, we engaged the services of an external Engineer (Stefan Tschirren from STS Structural Engineering and Consultancy) to assist with detailing the connection of the wall frames and roof trusses including some of the bracing design and hold down to the concrete slab. Another interesting challenge was incorporating the boat lifts between the roof trusses and the bottom chord restraints to the exposed roof trusses in this area. There were plenty of structural beams and columns to work around in order to meet the design requirements of the architect.

Solutions / Lessons learnt

Using LGS has limitations when detailing commercial or residential work outside the scope of the software. It is important to engage the services of an experienced LGS Engineer when dealing with projects like the Dragon Boat Facility. Using the expertise and knowledge of our detailers along with an experienced LGS engineer makes the whole process less stressful.

  • Architect COX Architecture
  • Builder Projex Building Group Pty Ltd


Featured material

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