Another Walkable Ceiling For Italy

 The last container doors have closed for a large walkable ceiling project in Bologna, Italy. The high end clean room manufacturing facility required over 40,000m2 of our trafficable ceiling system, equivalent in size to a roof over the MCG.

For the past 4 months our Bendigo manufacturing facility has neatly packed over 60 40’ shipping containers of Durra Panel and Durra Steel Sections. Overall a staggering 1,000 tonnes of locally sourced straw fiber and 350 Tonnes of Australian made steel. Jeff Bothe – Workforce and Industry Development Manager from Bendigo City Council came by to congratulate our Factory manager, Jamie Townsend on a great effort.


Industrial Water Project of the Year 2016

Laing O’Rourke’s Northern Water Treatment Plant – Wandoan QLD, has been named the Industrial Water Project of the Year at the 2016 Global Water Awards. “The application of DfMA methodology (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) resulted in a significant reduction in site hours, improved productivity and quality with a material reduction in safety risk, when compared with a traditional ‘stick built’ approach.”

To construct the acoustic roof and walls of the treatment plant, Durra Panel, Durra Steel Sections (roof purlins and wall girts) and metal cladding were assembled on ground into large modules (9m wide x 16m long) and then crane hoisted into position using the Durra Lifting Frame. The 5000m2 building envelope including the acoustic lining was completed in less than three weeks. “Laing O’Rourke delivered a high quality product that received praise from the client on a number of fronts, including seven separate safety awards.”

Roofing Contractor: Q-Clad 

Durra Walkable Ceiling Panel Point Load Testing - Two Tonnes

Long term safety and reliability are key criteria when choosing a Walkable Ceiling for your project. Ortech’s Managing Director Derek Layfield is pleased to sign off on the latest development in Durra Walkable Ceiling Panels.


Marist College Bendigo Stage 2

 At Marist College Bendigo, A new multipurpose sports facility is now under construction that will serve both the new school precinct and the local area as a whole.

The new sports facility will feature Durra Panel Acoustic Pattern in the roof/ceiling system. A high impact resistant ceiling panel that provides both echo control and noise isolation in one. Available in most Dulux colours, the Durra Steel Sections were also supplied with a powder coat paint finish to match.

The 850m2 of Ortech acoustic roof and ceiling system was installed using the Durra Lifting Frame, a fast and safe method of construction. Large modules of Durra Panel and Durra Steel Sections were assembled on ground and stacked on top of each other to save space on site in preparation for lifting. The modules are then crane hoisted using the Lifting Frame and bolted on to the structure. Once complete, Durra Panel provides a safe trafficable work platform to enhance the roof installation process, no safety mesh or roof raisers required.


Agricultural Victoria Services Office Accommodation Redevelopment

Agriculture Victoria Services Office Accommodation Redevelopment, in Attwood Victoria, has now been completed. Stage 1 is certified with a 5 Star Green Star Office Design v.3 As Built. Stage 2 is currently pending certification upon final submission of documentation.

The project is located in close proximity to Melbourne Airport where low flying aircraft presented a problem with noise intrusion into the office workspace. Durra Panel and Durra Steel sections were selected as the acoustic roof/ceiling system, combining noise isolation and internal reverberation control inside the office space.

Durra Panel with Durra Soundsorb Cassette 25mm/32kg/m³ polyester and perforated Colorbond Finish - Surfmist
Durra 250 I-Beam with powder coat paint finish - Surfmist

Principal Design Consultant: Spowers Architects

Acoustic Consultant: Acoustic Logic (stage 1) / WSP (Stage 2)

Contractor: Cockram Construction



Ortech Sets The Stage With 4,500m2 In 7 Days

The largest sound stage in the southern hemisphere is now near completion on the Gold Coast. The aptly named “super stage” will be the latest addition to the studio lot with a foot print of approximately 4,500m2. 

To compress the build time, our new generation Lifting Frame was used to install 4,500m2 of acoustic Durra Panel and Durra Steel Sections in 7 days, including the metal deck roof sheeting.

A guide for the on-site installation logistics are as follows:

1. A team of twelve tradesmen were used on-site to assemble and install the Durra Panel, Durra Steel Sections and metal deck roofing (metal deck fixed to the top flange of Durra Steel Sections).

2. Over a period of 7 days , 40 No. panelised modules of Durra Panel and Durra Steel Sections were assembled on ground and crane hoisted onto the structure including installation of the metal deck roofing . Roof height was approximately 25+M above ground level.

3. Each panelised lift was 114M2 in area, nominal 4,000 kg per lift.

4. It took 7 days to complete the works.

5. There were generally between 6-8 lifts of 114M2 per day.

6. Penetrations for the smoke vents were formed into the lift module on ground prior to crane hoisting.

Installer: QClad Industrial Roof and Wall Cladding