Australia's First Rack Clad Building.

AUSTRALIA'S FIRST RACK CLAD BUILDING.

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Meca Racking Solutions have recently completed the first Rack Clad warehouse installation in Australia for Boral owned, Dowell Windows, in Bayswater Victoria.

The Rack Clad Warehouse was built as a structure, doubling the storage capacity for Dowell. The new warehouse provides an efficient stock control system, protecting materials and merchandise from environmental elements while maximizing both land and vital vertical air space.

The entire structure was designed to maximize the use of Cantilever Racking which is then, with the addition of columns and roof trusses, clad with COLOURBOND® to create the walls and roof. The design gives the inherent stability and strength of a Cantilever structure as a framework for the outer cladding, thus reducing the dependence on and costs associated with other more traditional methods.

The Rack Clad warehouse was Project Managed by Meca Racking Solutions and after the initial consultation with Dowell Windows, Meca were able to provide a tailor-made solution for the client. “In the early stages of briefing with Dowell, we realized the business requirements were much more than purely cantilever racking. Hence we needed to provide a solution that resolved storage capacity, OH&S and site logistics whilst also providing a long term material handling solution.”

To reduce the impact on what is already a busy and demanding site; Meca Racking Solutions completed the project over the Christmas shut down period.

Dowell have been manufacturers of aluminum and timber door and window solutions for generations, designing products to suit Australian lifestyles and climatic conditions.

The project was completed over four months, from the initial consultation, to design and construction and has allowed the client to adhere to tighter OH&S practices, with clear pedestrian access and easier management of traffic flow.