Aquinas College

PVC Hip Structure

This Hip structure gives Aquinas College full use of their courtyard and multi purpose area using waterproof and 100% UV block PVC fabric. The white finish for both the steel and fabric ensures the space is open, airy and maintains the outdoors feel.

KEY DESIGN ADVANTAGES
No gutters or stormwater handling required, due to catenary edges.

AREA COVERED
Courtyard, Multi Use area

SIZE
22m x 22m on 6 posts

STEEL FINISH
Colorbond Surfmist

FABRIC COVER
Mehler FR900-N in White

BRIEF
The existing fabric structure at Aquinas College had problematic ‘waterproof’ shade fabric (pictured below). The fabric had the weight and tension of shade cloth but with a waterproof coating. It was sewn, which meant it had holes in the seams (causing leaks), and also it needed to be installed in a particular way to avoid UV damage to the laminated coating. Unfortunately, this trapped water in the shade cloth and led to very rapid build-up of mould. The college needed a design and construct partner who could remove the existing structure and replace it with a correctly engineered waterproof structure.

CHALLENGES
As the existing structure had been engineered for shade fabric only (not waterproof PVC), it needed to be removed. However, the structure was located in a courtyard surrounded by buildings, and this meant very tight access for machinery, and limited working space. On top of this, the footings hit rock and larger equipment was needed to drill through.

APPROACH
We designed and built a new waterproof structure covering the same footprint but with a suitably engineered frame and proper PVC waterproof membrane. To overcome the access issue, the team craned the existing structure out, the rock coring machine in, and then the new structure – all over the top of the existing two-story school buildings.

OUTCOME
The college now has a low maintenance structure which provides a light and bright courtyard giving the college a waterproof, sun-safe facility that is usable all year round. The structure doesn’t require any artificial lighting during the day, due to the use of PVC Fabric which allows around 9% light transmission. The outcome is a healthier, safer, and more attractive courtyard!

Who worked on this project?

Greenline worked to our time line and delivered as per the spec. Their work was what was expected.

MBS PTY LTD - Mark Conroy

Friendly, professional communications and extensive help provided in the grant application process as well as excellent execution of the project.

Barnawartha Primary School - Bernadette Kelly

Extremely easy to deal with. Professional service. Very happy with the completed job.

Echuca East Primary School, Jodi Boal

I find engaging with Greenline completely professional. The customer service is exemplary and the three projects I have been involved in with Greenline gives me confidence in their communication, ability to meet deadlines and appease a customer, quality of work, competency in meeting regulations and OHS measures

I have great confidence in this team/company.

Wodonga Primary School - Damian Duncan - Principal

I have used Greenline for a number of years now as I have always found them to provide excellent customer service, great quality and reliability. Our most recent project was a covered walkway to provide extra shelter for our students.

From day one, the walkway was such a big hit, with so many students using it that we actually had to provide extra staff in the area for additional student supervision. Thank you Greenline.

Wyndham Central College - Bryan Wollard - Assistant Principal

From my first meeting with a Greenline representative I was very impressed with the professional presentation about the company.

The process relating to construction was very well explained with timelines, contractors details and

Overall, the finished product is absolutely great. It has exceeded all our expectations and is now a real asset for the school.

Greenline did a great job here and I would recommend them to any school wanting to develop a COLA.

Ardeer Primary School - Graham Miller - Principal

Greenline were a pleasure to deal with. Their communication was excellent and we are thrilled with the end product.

Mount Waverley Heights Primary School - Sharon Reiss-Stone - Principal

A huge thank you and congratulations to the team at Greenline for delivering BIG TIME our outdoor shade shelter. The shelter, which covers one of our outdoor basketball courts, gives our students a chance to play through all weather conditions and looks great. Their post project support has been fantastic with quick follow-ups and service to the school.

Croydon Hills Primary School - Christian Holdsworth - Principal

We found Greenline to be professional throughout our entire business relationship, from our initial communications through to the completion of our project. Their friendly, helpful advice was offered with constant consideration of our needs. Greenline were able to meet all deadlines with competency, completing our project with the highest quality of work.

Bundoora Primary School - Lee Pollard - Principal

Greenline were a professional and well organised company to work with. The finished product was of a high standard and met the school’s requirements.

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