The Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI) at Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

November 21, 2023
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Seamless integration of form and function.

The SAIC Steel Award-winning project at the Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI) – Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Location: Typerberg Hospital, Parow

SAISC Steel Awards Citation earned:

Commendation: Architecturally exposed steelwork.

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The architecture of the BMRI is characterized by seamless integration of form and function.

The project originated from the need to refurbish the existing FISAN (Physiology and Anatomy) building. This resulted in a comprehensive and multifaceted and multi phased – 5 years in planning and 4 years in construction.

Its exterior features a blend of modernist and contemporary design elements, with clean lines, expansive glass facades, and a harmonious combination of concrete, steel and glass.

Colorplus® was extensively used not only as roofing substrate, but also as unprofiled flat steel plating for the metal clad fridge panels.

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Professional team:

Client: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Project Architects: Roelof Rabe Architects
Main Contractor: WBHO
Structural Engineer: Ekcon Engineers
Steel Detailer: LRJ Steel
Steel Merchant/s: MacSteel / ProRoof / Steel & Pipes for Africa
Metal cladding fabricator/supplier: Insulated Coldroom Panels
Roofing Subcontractor: Cladcon
Roofing profile former: Safintra
Alternative roofing profile supplier: Proroof
Steel roofing supplier: Safal Steel

Products used:

  • Metal cladding fridge panels to facade:
    • Colorplus® Thunderstorm Matt AZ150 – Outer Face only.
  • Roofing product reference: Saflok 700 – Colorplus® AZ150
    • Colour: Raincloud Matt.
    • Material: G550 steel.
    • Profile: Concealed fix profile.
    • Cover width: 700mm.
  • Alternative sheeting: ProLok 700
  • Concealed fix metal roof sheeting system

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