Morgan Consulting Engineers Delivers Followmonts New Distribution Centre
This distribution warehouse is located in Woree with easy access to Cairns and northern Queensland. The main warehouse boasts a floor space of 2,700m2 with an additional 280m2 workshop for servicing the transportation vehicles. A 32-bay car park was also constructed for employee and customer parking.
The site was originally 5 lots which required a modification to the existing industrial subdivision to create 2 new lots and secure the services for the future warehouse development. A drainage system was designed to capture the roof and hardstand runoff and direct it to the multiple property connections made available by the original subdivision.
Construction during the northern wet season was challenging. The foundation system used, readily allowed for adjustments to the design based on the soil conditions, minimising the effect of the high rainfall on construction costs and program.
The warehouse structure is a portal frame steel structure with a 10m awning. The workshop has tilt up panel walls with a braced roof structure. To account for cyclonic wind loads and the long roof spans several roof framing options were analysed to determine the most cost-effective solution. In this case additional columns were installed through the centre of the warehouse to minimise the effects of these loads. We are proud to have worked with Bootooloo Property, Sparc Architects and Followmont Transport on this project.