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Seismic Friendly Solutions For New QLD School


As part of the “Renewing Our Schools” initiative, the Queensland Government is investing $235 million to upgrade school infrastructure across the state. Burpengary State Secondary College is 1 of 26 institutions that had been selected for a new $2 million modern learning facility, which Rondo helped bring to life in September 2020.

Rondo was engaged alongside Contractor Square Set, Builder Paynters, COBiE Architects and Engineering Consultancy Lambert & Rehbein, to achieve the Department of Education’s specific requirements.

Rondo provided technical designs prior to the project’s tender stage to allow Contractors to provide a more accurate estimate of the work required, and Rondo’s Technical Representative, Andreas Koepke, also collaborated with Darren Williams at Square Set to establish a plan and make up for lost time in February after a month of rain.

The project was categorised as Building Importance 2, and therefore, it had a requirement for seismic design. Two of our Seismic Ceiling Systems; DUO® Exposed Grid and KEY-LOCK® Concealed Grid Ceilings were installed to accommodate the seismic loads. The internal ceilings used a perimeter fixed/free seismic solution where in a seismic event the ceiling will move with the wall on the fixed end and move independently from the wall on the free end to ensure the ceiling is not pulled apart or crushed by the walls.

Our Technical Engineers needed to produce drawings that accommodated high wind load resistance, with the designs suitable for 2.3kPa. The external soffit solution involved Rondo Steel Stud and Top Hats as the grid frame, and Steel Stud also installed as bracing and downstruts.

Due to the structural design of the building there were multiple wall heights that required Rondo to provide a minimum and maximum spacing guide. Rondo provided this alongwith MAXI-Frame® External Wall Framing design for openings. This was achieved through Rondo MAXI-track®, a slotted Deflection Head Track and 92mm stud (1.15bmt).