Consultation and Collaboration
AFS has a long-standing, 15+ year relationship with Sunland. This long history assisted the teams delivering The Heights as they were familiar with each other’s processes and procedures.
AFS consulted early, at each phase of the development, during the design stage to establish project requirements. This early engagement enabled AFS to engineer a unique solution for The Heights that improved the overall project delivery.
During the evolving construction program, the AFS team maintained close contact with Sunland to manage complex logistics and deliver frames for the 920 dwellings. A total of 3,222,000 metres of steel were used. Through regular communications, all deliveries were on time and in full.
AFS engineered a customised light gauge steel frame solution to simplify delivery and accelerate construction. This involved close collaboration to ensure all design requirements were met.
The substantial volume of frames and logistics required to deliver The Heights demanded innovative thinking to overcome identified risks of transportation bottlenecks and prohibitive installer foot traffic during peak times - each causing potential delays.
The project specifics allowed AFS to engineer a customised solution wheresections of frames - modules - could be assembled to form the greater frame. This kept frame packs consistent in size which in turn simplified and minimised transportation and cranage on site.
AFS engineered a unique roof design - a panelised roofing system. This allowed trades to gain easy access for installation during construction.
The team also ensured firewalls complied with regulations, QBCC requirements, and manufacturer’s installation specifications.
AFS managed all resources and budgets with seamless continuity over the entire project timeline.
AFS’s unique solution enabled prefabrication to be customised into manageable and transportable modules. This resulted in simplified handling and installation which sped up delivery.
Thanks to this solution, it was possible to bring the construction program forward in what was a large-scale and highly complex development.
Scaling-up is straightforward for AFS, being the largest manufacturer in Queensland. The team carefully scheduled this considerable volume of frames to be fabricated across its three factories. AFS custom-made transportation vehicles delivered the 1073 truckloads to site.
Through early engagement and on-going consultation, AFS ensured a successful project for Sunland.
“We get great service from AFS. Their frames are made on time, delivered on time, and the price is right. AFS is a good company to deal with - a very good company to deal with”.
Joe Finocchiaro, Construction Manager, Sunland Group