Stairway to Heaven

There’s a grad engineer who’s sure
All that external steel is hot dip gal
And he’s designing a stairway to heaven

Steel stairs to roof of warehouse

Jed was singing a song as he went about checking the recently constructed Stairway to Heaven at the brand new Sigma Pharmaceutical Distribution Centre in Berrinba today.

Well actually, it’s a permanent stair access onto the roof of the pharmaceutical giant’s new warehouse where solar panels and air-conditioning units will need regular maintenance and full time access.

We modelled it using SpaceGass before preparing a set of design drawings, checking some shop drawings and then a site inspection to make sure it was built to specification.

SpaceGass model of a roof access stairway

The whole facility (including the stair)  was built by big project specialist FK Gardner.

Stunning piece of engineering design by Jed from our Brisbane office and very nice fabrication. by FK Gardner. Great work team!



Airlie Beach We’re Coming To See You

Andrew, a structural engineer from our Brisbane office, is spending two days in Proserpine and Airlie Beach this Thursday and Friday 18 & 19 May. We’re helping to repair some cyclone damage in the aftermath of TC Debbie. If you see a young man getting around in a Cornell Engineers shirt, make sure you say hi!!

Andrew Mackenzie profile photo

Andrew Mackenzie is coming to Airlie Beach

Lindsay Bates Building

A big hello to our mate Lindsay Bates who is loaning us a ladder for one of our Proserpine jobs. Thanks Lindsay. Hope everything is going well for you!! If you’re building or renovating in Airlie or Proserpine, don’t forget to check out Lindsay Bates Building.

While We’re Saying Hello

Another big hello to our mate Sandra, a building designer in  Conway. Hope you’re doing well too!


Termites And Cracked Slabs

Are you worried that termites could enter your house through cracks in the slab?

Well, it’s a possibility but according to research by the Cement and Concrete Association of Australia, a concrete slab designed and built in accordance with our current footing and slab standard AS2870 should keep the little critters out.

According to the CCAA data sheet, termites can’t get through cracks less than 1.4mm wide. Even though termites are smaller than that, they don’t like the rough concrete edges and have to mud line the crack to make it through.

I know you want to read more for yourself, so here’s the link:

Concrete Slabs as Barriers to Subterranean Termites

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