Sitting between Johannesburg and Pretoria, Waterfall is one of the largest urban developments, housing a concept which connects and integrates lifestyle and business.  Featuring high-quality purpose-designed buildings with a focus on mixed-use precincts, this area is already home to notable corporate beacons such as PwC, Deloitte, Dimension Data, Amrod and the BMW Group SA.

In the heart of the Waterfall Logistics Precinct, the new Cummins Southern Africa Regional Organization building rises from its prominent site alongside the N1 Highway off Allandale Road.

The aim for this mixed-use site was to deliver a unique and iconic modern design, which not only functions with integrity, flexibility and efficiency within the warehouse and office structures but also delivers a visual and fascinating experience for vehicles on the N1 as an iconic structure from all elevations. While every aspect of the facility was guided by the Cummins International Design standards with local adaptations, Empowered Spaces Architects has adapted and moulded these ideas into a marvel of design, making use of different colours and materials to accentuate the profile of the office and warehouse structures.

What was the brief to the architect?

To Create / Design a New Idea & Concept

The fluidity of the geometric forms was important in the massing of the structures, creating a regular gridded planning that was extrapolated into usable spaces which are seen in various progressive arrangements throughout the design. The combination of structural architectural elements grounded on a base format sets the tone for the overall three-dimensional form, the play and juxtaposition of heights and colour arrangement allowed for the desired architectural forms.

Was the project envisaged in steel from the start? If not – why was it built in steel in the end?

The structure is supported by 320 Tons of steel and roofed with GRS Klip-Tite steel sheeting, whereby sheeting accommodated the Architectural concept of the building.

Give a brief description of the structural framing. What type of sections were used (e.g. hollow, cellular, I beams etc) and why?

Hot & Cold Roll Profiles

Cranes will be installed in the building, as car/truck motors shall be assembled in the warehouse. Heavy steel was needed to support the structure. 

Give a brief description of the cladding process (complexity, difficulty, innovation etc)

To accommodate the design, cranking a sheet either side, GRS assisted to design a step-lap to accommodate the aesthesis of the design.   

What is special/ unusual/ innovative/ aesthetic about the steelwork/cladding in this project?

To create a visually exciting but functional building envelope that captured all the required amenities set out by the client without disrupting work efficiency. To create a model of visual and functional architecture that house numerous advanced design technics and construction but still allows universal access.

How did the project team work together (e.g. contractor involved early, challenges/ ease of communication etc.)

All teams worked well towards the end goal. The integration and support from GRS, the suppliers or roofing and cladding worked well with the roof installer and Architect on site constantly to achieve a stunning profile. Support from Alubond (Stalcor) was greatly appreciated when they supplied the Aluminium composite panels.

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Completion date of steelwork 23/11/2018
Completion date of full project 2019/01/28
Structural profiles used Hot and cold rolled profiles
Completion date of cladding 31st October 2018
Cladding profile/ type used Klip-Tite, Nu-Rib
Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage 11750m2 Roof, Cladding 7000m2 (Total of 112 Tons)
Nominator Global Roofing SA
Architect Empowered Spaces
Civil Engineers DG Consulting Engineers
Quantity Surveyor Schoombie Hartmann
Project Manager CAPEX Projects
Structural Engineers DG Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineers WSP Group Africa
Other Consultants Daniel Rebel Landscape Architects
Principal Contractors  Group Five Building
Roofing and cladding manufacturer  Global Roofing SA
Electrical Engineers  QUAD AFRICA Consulting
Fire Consultants  WSP Group Africa
Corrosion Protection Paintwork Contractor Industrial Painting Services 

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