Geoplast for school projects
13 January 2021
We have all learned about the importance of education the hard way during our 2020 Coronavirus scare. While architects are now trying to incorporate ‘the new reality’ into the designs of new schools, we are reviewing all the ways we helped build them over the years. Here are some of the school projects we have managed to construct in a cost-effective and sustainable way.
Geoplast formwork panels were first chosen as a cost-effective solution for the construction of foundation walls in Biology-Pharmacy-Chemistry Center of Excellence at Paris-Sud University. They proved to be so adaptable that the construction team continued using them throughout the whole 85,000 m2 worksite.
Danish architects 3XN planned to avoid using numerous massive columns that would interrupt the interior space. They also knew that the full concrete slabs would become too thick and heavy. Our bidirectional formwork was used to build voided slabs, which were much lighter and made the building seismically more resistant.
The building was located in a dense urban area that was difficult to access. Our formwork for columns and slabs was chosen as a cost-efficient and space-saving solution for the inaccessible construction site.
The Wynberg Girls High School needed an extension of 8 new classrooms. The architects added two wings with 4 classrooms on either side of the existing courtyard, covering them with sloped green roofs. Our Drainroof was used in the construction of the roofs, allowing the prevention of water run-off and the protection of the waterproof membrane.
Our Drainpanel was used for the construction of a 300 m² and 400m³ lamination and infiltration drainage basin. There was limited space on site, so the basin had to be built on overlapping levels.
Our sedum system Completa was used for the creation of a 30% sloped roof garden. Completa modular trays allowed great savings by reducing the installation time, while fulfilling the highest energy efficiency criteria.
Geoplast’s New Elevetor and Modulo systems were used in the construction of foundations. Our products were used to create ventilated crawl spaces that allowed the elimination of rising damp and Radon gas mitigation.
Geoplast formwork was used in the construction of ventilated foundations at the new campus of University of Padua. Modulo and Multimodulo provided the space for the passage of installation pipes, while also eliminating humidity and the accumulation of Radon gas in the basement and ground floors.