GRAND PAPUA HOTEL
Improving the Buildings Seismic Performance
Fletcher Morobe (the Papua New Guinea subsidiary of Fletcher Construction) engaged us to review the design prepared by a local structural engineer for the Grand Papua Hotel. We made changes to the structural wall and floor systems to ensure better and more reliable seismic performance.
We designed a flat post-tensioned concrete floor – this had never before been attempted in PNG. The result was a flat floor that allows services to be easily run. We taught the local labour force the skills needed to construct this and the technique has been used by Fletcher Morobe on subsequent projects.
This was our first project in PNG. As a result of our work on this, Fletcher Morobe engaged us on another five projects in the country.