• Engineering Building NUI Galway

Oran Pre-Cast were delighted to be involved in the construction of the New Engineering Building on the NUI, Galway campus. A number of former engineering students from the university were involved in the delivery of the project

CLIENTNUI, Galway
MAIN CONTRACTOR BAM
ARCHITECT RMJM / Taylor Architects
ENGINEER Arup
PRECAST VALUE €1.1m
ONSITE DURATION 22 weeks

The concrete structure consisted of in-situ column and wall elements combined with a composite precast flat slab solution. Oran Pre-Cast designed and manufactured approximately 10,500m2 of precast lattice flooring for this state of the art building.

 

Key design features included:

  • Clear spans of up to 13m

  • A sloping 7.5m cantilevered floor

  • 280 to 510mm high flat slab system

  • Exposed concrete finish

  • Construction tolerance of just 5mm

Various cutting edge techniques were employed throughout the build, including one of the first uses in Ireland of a voided slab system. The cobiax void former technology reduced the volume of concrete required by approximately 1,000m3. The resulting reduction in self-weight allowed for increased spans and smaller foundations. The long term performance of the slab is being monitored using instrumentation cast into the concrete slab.