A highly flexible and high-end temporary structure system, designed and manufactured by Röder HTS Höcker GmbH, won an Outstanding Achievement Award in tent manufacturing and design for the 2011 International Achievement Awards (IAA).
Röder HTS Höcker was approached by Australia’s leading event rental company to develop a unique clearspan structure system which could be offered as a premium product to the customer’s prestigious client base. The main brief required the new structure system to “look like no other” available in the general marketplace, and the range of structures needed to incorporate many new design ideas that pushed the limits past traditional clearspan structure design.
The client requested a temporary structure system that could be used as a single level and two-story building in span widths of 10m, 15m and 20m. The design had to incorporate many special design criteria including: uprights that can be set up in the standard vertical position and with the option of installing on a 10 degree angle, and the roof had to be able to set in a standard “A” frame or curved roof design. The structure was designed with a new glass/hard walling system with panels installed horizontally on the outside of the frame, and it can create 5m cantilevered canopies for hospitality viewing areas. It is fully engineered to exceed stringent Australian wind loading for the majority of terrain categories and it can be set up with a self-weight floor system therefore eliminating the need for earth anchors.
According to Röder HTS, the project was a challenge due not only to tough technical requirements but also time constraints. The client’s brief requested a completely new structural system from the ground up which incorporated new and demanding features such as an integrated self-weighting lower and upper level flooring system, and a new glass walling (horizontal walling panels) and door system. The project required the design of 17 new aluminum extrusion profiles specifically for use on the project. All these challenges were met in a period of 12 weeks.
The IAA is a program of the Industrial Fabrics Association International.