“We were looking for something that was less labour intensive and didn’t require high skill levels,” says Paul Wykes, Specialist Divisions manager for Spacemaker. “After looking at many options, we felt light gauge steel fitted the bill because it seemed faster and semi skilled labour could cope with the work.
“We looked at several systems including some systems where you had to pay a royalty per lineal metre of steel used. We didn’t want that. We wanted full control. The FRAMECAD machinery, service and back-up maintenance suited us much better and we were impressed with the technology.”
Spacemaker currently has two FRAMECAD machines and has now ordered two additional machines, including the compact 300i ‘Factory in a Can’. Paul believes the 300i will improve the company’s ability to service other markets throughout the Middle East. “Basically, we can put the machine in a container and ship it to wherever it’s required and manufacture framing on site. If we can build more efficiently, we can build faster and that’s what’s required in this region.”
To keep up with demand and further streamline their production process, Spacemaker has recently moved into a new purpose-designed production facility. “Everything that goes into a Spacemaker building, whether it’s a private villa or a workforce accommodation camp, is all produced in the one place.”
Using FRAMECAD technology, Spacemaker has streamlined and refined its manufacture to a point where seemingly impossible building deadlines are being achieved on a regular basis. A prime example is the 13000 m2 Qatar Leadership Centre of Excellence built in record time – just 54 days.
“Urgent deadlines are a fact of life here in Qatar and we’ve had to adapt to be able to cope,” explains Paul. “We have learned from long experience that you have to be able work smarter, faster and more efficiently to meet their demands.”
Brazil’s Gypsteel and New Zealand’s FRAMECAD were at the centre of worldwide media attention at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, having created a state-of-the-art communications hub in record time under extremely challenging conditions.
Click on this link to view a video in which the US Naval Post Graduate School discuss their recent successes in investigating cold formed steel framing as a method of rapid construction.
Wanting to develop a range of sample houses that would demonstrate their breadth of capabilities, Foshan Tuhe Equipment Co. Ltd in China came up with three designs that they knew would appeal to and meet the needs of different groups within the local market.
Built for a high profile sporting personality, this stunning five level home taking shape in Auckland’s Mission Bay has highlighted the unique benefits of steel framing on difficult sites.