The project required a space whereby the fitness programme of CrossFit could be executed. CrossFit workouts are comprised of constantly varied functional movements (like pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, running) executed at high intensity. These workouts required a space that would be large enough to accommodate all participants as well as support all the necessary equipment in an inviting, comfortable and invigorating environment.

What was the brief to the architect?

The brief was to design a unique, functional & inexpensive structure that could allow for activities and exercises to take place outside but would protect participants from the elements & shield them from harsh western sunlight.

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

The structure was always envisaged in steel to allow for the large exercise area to be covered under a roof, unencumbered by unnecessary structure. Steel structures can accommodate these large spans and column spacing, creating a generous unobstructed area to exercise and the extra benefit of having exercise equipment fixed to the structure as required by the programme. The structural efficiency of steel allowed for feature cantilevered solar shades that protects participants from the harsh western sunlight.

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

Hollow rectangular sections for exposed roof purlins

Lipped channel sections for concealed roof purlins

I-Sections and H-Sections for support columns, beams and rafters

Round Hollow Sections to support solar shading devices

Were there any challenges in the fabrication of the project from the engineer’s design – if yes, please tell? Tell more about fabrication and erection process if it was complex, difficult, innovative etc.

The challenge on this project was to design an inexpensive structure that would meet the needs of the Client and users and still be aesthetically pleasing. All of the steel work was fabricated off site and then erected on site, which ensured a high degree of accuracy & finish.

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

All the steel work was exposed and visible therefor all the connections, fixings and joints had to be finished off to a high level. The design of the structure had to also accommodate the needs of the CrossFit programme.

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

The Engineer and Architect worked closely together with the Client and CrossFit trainers to design a functional and cost effective structure that would meet all the needs of the proposed users, and present something uniquely different to the typical lean to structure it could have been. Instead pragmatism becomes architecture, on a young Sports Campus with high aspirations.

STRUCTURAL STEELWORK
Completion date of steelwork June 2017
Completion date of full project August 2017
Tons of structural steel used 8 tons
Structural profiles used I-Sections, Lipped Channels
CLADDING
March 2018 July 2017
Cladding profile/ type used GRS Kliplok 700 Roof Sheeting
Cladding area/ coverage and tonnage 300 m2