OrbiPlate: Arena wall panels come together “like magic”

Forty-seven wall panels account for the majority of 700m3 of concrete in the newly-constructed $10 million Mundaring Arena, in Perth Hills – a state-of-the-art facility for netball, basketball, hockey, badminton, volleyball and Futsal.

Connecting wall panels using OrbiPlate achieved a flush finish that draws approving nods from passersby. But what really delighted builder Pindan Construction isn’t visible to building admirers – it was no-fuss, problem-free panel installation.“Panels came together like magic. That’s the beauty of OrbiPlate – everything works seamlessly when you’ve got connection tolerances of up to 20mm.” – Frank McNamara, senior contract administrator, Pindan Constructions. Concealed mechanical connections are a builder’s best friend, or worst nightmare. 

When holes are misaligned things go pear-shaped, especially when tilt-up concrete panels are involved. Progress slows until holes are re-drilled and cast-in plate connections corrected. Meanwhile the structural engineer looks on through gritted teeth, the rigger gets scratchy at the delay, and the site supervisor breaks a sweat, watching tradies fix panels swinging on the end of a crane hook.

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