Avis Rental Facility – Durban Airport

Jan 13, 2012 No Comments by

The Avis turn-around facility at the Durban International Airport was designed and constructed using light steel frame as the basis for its structure. The architects (Walker Smith Architects) decided on this method of construction for a few reasons.

One notable reason was space requirements for building material. If conventional methods were used, it would have created a problem with where to store the material on site. Another reason was time, the client Avis, would have to incur some form of “downtime” during construction which would have affected rental sales during that period. The contractor “Steffenutti & Stocks” utilised Everite Nutec fibre cement sheets on the structure, which was designed with a curve feature. The flexibility in the medium density sheets allowed for this curve to be achieved.

The result was a desirable structure inline with the clients branding expectations and a project delivered in record time so as to avoid further loss in revenue during the construction period.

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Brendan Lowen is a qualified Senior Architectural Technologist and Head of Business Development for a nationally renown building materials manufacturer and supplier. Local and Global materials are constantly scrutinised for their fit-for-purpose offering in South Africa, whilst undergoing a route-to-market analysis. He often acts as an intermediary when engaging with the professional, manufacturing and retail sectors and most notably, when a disconnect becomes present within this chain. He contributes media content to the architectural community, through established industry platforms as well as the Advanced-Building website as its Thought Leader.
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