Majestic Church on Durham
Project Manager: Joseph and Associates
Architecture: Sheppard and Rout
Contractor: Calder Stewart Construction
Structex provided structural assessment, strengthening, and design as part of retrofit of an industrial building complex into a church facility for the Majestic Church. We also provided temporary works design and seismic restraint of stage equipment. The church facilities consist of the main auditorium with a seated capacity of over 300 people, green room areas behind stage, a youth space/gym area, kitchen space, outdoor green space, and a connecting foyer and corridors. The site covers an area of approximately 3,200m² including carparking.
Buildings were strengthened to 100% of current code loadings. Work to the main auditorium included a new steel frame supporting the new GRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete) street façade, strengthened frames to support stage lighting and acoustic systems, and a new plant deck built over the adjacent building in order to house ventilation units. Due to the liquefaction prone ground under the buildings, new slabs and slab overlays were designed to allow for loss of support and differential settlement in order to reduce future earthquake damage.
Work was done in three stages; demolition and/or strengthening of the buildings, construction of new structure, followed by the kitchen and site works.