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IRM Construction provided the complete
design, engineering and construction
service for the project.
Constructed with steel framing
and internal gyprock walls, the 1000sqm Rail
Operations building is the first to reflect Rio
Tinto’s new office standard. This was developed
by Scott Penn Hall Architects + Interior Designers
specifically for RioTinto’s Pilbara operations.
Construction by FIRM included civil works,
concrete footings and the construction of
amenities, office building, vehicle workshop,
carpark and office fit-out.
The building was designed and built to meet
local cyclone conditions and performance
requirements for energy and thermal efficiency.
Working in extreme weather, typically 45°C or
higher, meant that safety for the people working
on the project was paramount. Meeting the client’s
time frame was also extremely important, because
staff had to relocate so the old building could be
demolished to make way for a rail line.
Taking into consideration the close proximity of
the rail line to the building, a high level of acoustic
performance was imperative. Thermal insulation,
window blinds and air-conditioning were also vital
to maintain a comfortable working environment.
Rio Tinto specified recyclable materials, so
rubber flooring, carpet tiles, steel and glass were
incorporated, with structural board used for tops
of furniture and joinery, for durability. Colours for
finishes were chosen for low-maintenance qualities.
FIRM Construction would like to acknowledge
Calibre as the EPCM engineer, Rio Tinto and Scott
Penn Hall Architects + Interior Design for their
work on this project.
BUILDER | FIRM Construction.
DESIGNER | FIRM Construction (architecture and
engineering) and Scott Penn Hall Architects + Interior
Design (office specification).
BRIEF | Construct a facility that meets Rio Tinto’s new
design guidelines for office amenities.
BUILD TIME | Six months.
FEATURES | Steel framing for wall and roof construction,
and recyclable materials specified by Rio Tinto, such as
rubber flooring, carpet tiles, steel and glass.
LOCATION | Cape Lambert.
Rio Tinto Rail Operations | FIRM Construction INFRASTRUCTURE
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