With the construction of the new “Wet n Wild” water theme park in Sydney, The construction company Lipman Group found that the water park had surrounding bushland. They knew they needed to install aluminium bushfire shutters to cover the windows on the modular buildings.
In addition to the potential threat brought by the bushland, they also had to consider the extreme heat and sun glare that could affect them during the hot summer days. Taking these factors into consideration, we gave the client two bushfire roller shutter options (i) A manual counter balance spring shutter that are a ‘pull down push up’ operation or (ii) an electric operation with manual over-ride motor to compensate for a power failure. We also suggested that the roller shutters are electrically operated from a switch on the inside of the building which would be far more beneficial to the staff who operate them. It also saved money on air conditioning costs, by placing the shutters down, it protected the glass from heating up when the weather was too hot.
The challenging part of the installation was the modular buildings were cladded with colurbond steel that ran in a vertical direction. This made it difficult to fix the roller shutters to the building. The roller shutters had to be pre-wired before they were brought to the site. We overcome this by installing aluminium tubular posts to the cladding and then fixed our shutters to the post and trim angled around the bushfire shutter so the gap was no greater than 2mm.
By installing the Wet ‘N’ Wild building with bushfire rated roller shutters, the building is not only protected from bushfires but also shields sun glare into the building, keeping the building much cooler.