The Westgate Footbridge in Auckland, New Zealand, links the community facilities of a shopping center, local library, and sports complex,
which had been cut off from each other by highway expansion. The challenge of this NZD 5 million project was to design the approach
ramp as a double spiral – with both left-handed and right-handed spirals – while minimizing its environmental impact on the local creek
that it followed.
D&H Steel Construction used ProSteel to create the bridge model, which served as the base from which it modeled, detailed, and
fabricated a series of jigs that were then used to form the spirals and ensure the ends of the truss sections were accurate. The ProSteel
model became the primary source of accurate information and allowed D&H Steel Construction to coordinate the precast concrete,
foundations, handrails, throw screens, and pedestrian lighting.
D&H Steel Construction | Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
Westgate Footbridge FINALIST
Octapharma’s life-saving human plasma products help with intensive care, emergency medicine, and many chronic diseases. The main goal
of this USD 26 million project in Charlotte, North Carolina, was to replace outsourced testing operations and expand internal warehouse
and processing capabilities, which would save Octapharma USD 1 million per month. With this amount of money on the line, a traditional
design-bid-build process would have cost three to four months on the schedule and millions of dollars.
Because the project was so unique, the design was constantly changing. The ability to share BIM model data multiple times during the
design phases was key to meeting the schedule. Using AECOsim Building Designer, Fitzpatrick Engineering Group could easily share
accurate data with the detailer and virtually eliminate data re-creation. This shortened the construction schedule by eight weeks on this
project, saving the owner USD 2 million.
Fitzpatrick Engineering Group | Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Octapharma Blood Plasma Facility FINALIST
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