Location Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Services Structural and geotechnical engineering
Client American University of Sharjah
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The refurbishment of the student centre included the addition of an innovative ‘floating’ theatre. Cundall provided a practical and efficient structural and geotechnical engineering solutions which helped the project to be delivered within the construction budget and programme whilst minimising the effect on day-to-day operations of the University.
The architectural shape and geometry of the theatre overhangs from the existing concrete balcony level, giving the impression that the theatre is floating and cantilevered by approximately eight meters. Cundall designed a structural frame for the theatre with structural steel members accommodating the architectural geometry, minimising weight and enabling a fast construction programme.
Cundall assessed the existing building’s structure and identified which key structural members required strengthening, designing a solution that was cost effective and minimised disruption to university operations. Careful consideration was drawn to the steel to concrete interfaces of the structure which required rigorous analysis to safely sustain the reaction forces and accommodate the architectural intent.
Considering the sensitivity of connections, Cundall’s scope of services was expanded during the site supervision stage to ensure compliancy with the structural design intent and quality assurance.
Cundall's engineering consultancy services cover the entire life cycle of any building project. Clients find our ‘total solutions’ approach saves them time, money and effort.
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