Action Chapel International Tema Church was always intended as a large church and conference venue. Unfortunately, the project stood idle, half-completed for a few years due to the congregation having to find more funds.

The architect designed this structure as an imposing very large church with a distinctive roof shape in order to create an unusual aesthetic look.The ability to re-create the Architect’s vision for an unusually aesthetic roof structure that had challenged the local skills and was only able to come to reality by using the Ultra-Span LGS roof system.

Why Steel?

his project was envisaged from the start to be done in heavy hot-rolled steel sections. Large steel sections are however expensive and not easily obtained in Ghana and as such slowed down the completion of this project until the team from Africa Building Partners got involved and with their substantial experience of Ultra-Span roof structures in Ghana –they were able to get this structure designed in Ultra-Span with a spinal support structure in hot-rolled steel sections with assistance from MiTek Industries South Africa.

The structural frame

This project was envisaged from the start to be done in heavy hot-rolled steel sections. Large steel sections are however expensive and not easily obtained in Ghana and as such slowed down the completion of this project until the team from Africa Building Partners got involved and with their substantial experience of Ultra-Span roof structures in Ghana –they were able to get this structure designed in Ultra-Span with a spinal support structure in hot-rolled steel sections with assistance from MiTek Industries South Africa.

Cladding

The Africa Building Partner team also took charge of the roof + side cladding by utilizing an innovative lightweight approach in the form of 2.0mm THICK UPVC SHEETING, IBR profile. This equated to: 7644kg (3.9kg/ m²)

Light Steel Frame Building

This relatively large, aesthetically challenging roof structure only became possible through the use of LGS –Ultra-Span roof trusses which were supported on the spinal hot-rolled steel support girder and on the perimeter concrete ring beams.

Had this structure been done as originally intended in full hot-rolled steel, it would have required an additional 96Tons of steel as well as a delay in completion of up to 3 months. The use of Ultra-Span roof structure thereby contributed immensely in overall cost savings on this project.

The final client –the church association, has provided a letter of recommendation expressing their fullest satisfaction with ABP (Africa Building Partners) and their professional and innovative approach to this project.

Challenges

The biggest challenge was the local design and construction of the hot-rolled spinal steel girder structure due to a lack of local skills and material supply issues — this process took almost 2 months to complete. The assembly and installation of the complete Ultra-Span roof structure only took approx. 1 month, again immense time savings were achieved by the Ultra-Span roof structure through pre-assembly of complete roof portions and lifting these into position by crane.

The benefits of using steel

Only through the appropriate use of Ultra-Span LGS trusses in conjunction with the necessary spinal steel girder truss in hot-rolled steel –did this project come to reality –whilst also providing the final end client substantial cost and time savings.

How the project team worked together

As explained earlier, unfortunately the project stood idle, half-completed for a few years due to the congregation having to find more funds as well as difficulties in completing the whole roof structure using traditional hot rolled steel structures due to suspect quality of the concrete work and the enormous mass of the steel roof structure.

Only through the involvement of the MiTek licensed Ultra-Span manufacturer – Africa Building Partners could this project be completed expertly and with cost savings to the 100% satisfaction of the end client.

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PROJECT OVERVIEW
Physical address of the project 

 

Street Address

Town

Province

  

 

TEMA ACTION CHURCH

TEMA – AFLAO ROAD

TEMA ROUNDABOUT, TEMA – GHANA

Google Maps link N/A
STRUCTURAL STEELWORK i.e. cold rolled steel beam girders
Completion date of steelwork 07/10/2019
Completion date of full project 17/01/2020
Tonnage and steel profiles used 200x200x8/12 SHS, 200x200x4SHS, 100x100x3SHS

 

Project Team Role Company
Nominator Mitek Industries
Client/ Developer Tema Action Chapel International
Architect Custom Built – Boxos1318 Osu Accra
Structural Engineer Aya-Top Tech & Fabrication Ltd.
Engineer Abp
Quantity Surveyor  
Project Manager Abp
Main Contractor Abp
Steelwork Contractor Aya-Top Tech & Fabrication Ltd.
Steel Erector Aya-Top Tech & Fabrication Ltd.
Cladding Manufacturer Ultralam Mexico
Cladding Supplier Abp
Cladding Contractor Abp
Corrosion Protection  
Galvanising  
Corrosion Protection  
Paintwork Contractor Aya-Top Tech & Fabrication Ltd.
Photographer, Photo competition Abp Photos Submitted
Photographer, Other submitted images Abp Photos Submitted
LIGHT STEEL FRAME BUILDING WORK (If applicable) i.e. Ultra-Span
Completion date of LSFB work 08/11/2019
Completion date of full project 17/01/2020
Tons of LSF used 7000Kg
Span of trusses and Kg/m2 (if applicable) MAXIMUM SPAN = 24.8m
Type of cladding used 2.00mm THICK UPVC SHEETING
CLADDING (If applicable) i.e. roof sheeting
Completion date of cladding 17/01/2020
Cladding profile/ type used 2.0mm THICK UPVC SHEETING, IBR
Cladding area coverage 1750m² ROOF.  210 m²  SIDE CLADDING PROFILE
Cladding tonnage 7644kg (3.9kg/ m²)

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