Category: News

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

We’re in the early stages of a new project at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, part of the University of Melbourne.

A small project but completely custom based on the requirements of our client and the existing building. Versatile in application, Durra Steel Sections are available according to span and general project requirements and are suited to level, curved or raking roof designs.

Stay tuned for some progress pics!

Fire Show!

Another impressive fire test for clients from New Zealand. Our Durra Panels have a one hour fire rating, and are a unique, naturally fire resistant product that releases no dangerous toxic chemicals, no flaming droplets combined with a low smoke density index. The carbonising action of the straw core when exposed to flame retards fire penetration of the panel.

The responsibility of ensuring environmentally sustainable design rests with us all. Every inch of Durra Panel is 100% natural and recyclable. The Durra manufacturing process combines heat and pressure to form a solid panel core. No chemical binders are needed as a natural polymer in the straw fibre is released during this process and acts as a binding agent. As a result, Durra generates no toxic waste. Durra Panel is an innovative building material that meets the needs for today’s ‘green’ construction industry.

 

 

Ortech In The Headlines!

We’re very proud to be making the rounds in the media lately. Our studio, The Loft, has appeared in the Harold Sun and on a Current Affair. All to do with affordable and sustainable living. Built with our Durra Panels, which provide excellent acoustic and thermal insulating properties, proven durability, and high impact and fire resistance. It is ideal for wall and ceiling use in commercial, industrial and residential applications.

Durra Panel® is unique. It is environmentally friendly and contains no formaldehyde or additional chemical binders.

Made from wheat and or rice straw fibres, the Durra manufacturing process combines extreme heat and compression in a dry extrusion process to form the solid panel core. A natural polymer in the straw fibre is released during the procedure, and a water based PVA glue is used to encapsulate the finished core with a high strength recycled Kraft paper liner. The result produces zero toxic waste.

View the Article from the Herald Sun HERE

View the special from A Current Affair HERE

Queensland State Netball Centre

In the wake of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, a new sports facility is starting to take shape in the Sunshine State. The Queensland State Netball Centre in Nathan’s Sports and Athletic Hub will boast a 5000-seat show court as well as changing rooms and sports medicine facilities for community and elite athletes. The State Netball Centre will also play host to Suncorp Super Netball Team, the Queensland Firebirds.

Working together with Hansen Yuncken and the Queensland State Government, Ortech Industries has supplied both Acoustic Ceiling and Wall Systems for the Stadium, with our Durra Acoustic Pattern Panel providing Impact Resistance, Internal Sound Absorption whilst mitigating Traffic Noise Intrusion from the adjacent Pacific Motorway.

Durra Panel has now been installed in 6 of the 8 National Competition’s Home Stadiums – A testament to the high acoustic performance of Ortech Building Systems.

The Queensland State Netball Centre is set for completion mid-2018.

‘The Loft’ is Available for Viewing!

‘The Loft’, has found its new home in Port Melbourne!

To schedule a private viewing or for further information, contact the team at Nestd #0402 315 791

Nestd is a social enterprise arm of Kids Under Cover, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness. 100% of the profit from every Nestd home sold, is directed back into Kids Under Cover’s charitable work. We’ve been supporting Kids Under Cover since 1998 and love getting involved in the work they do.

‘The Loft’ Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2018

Something BIG is on its way to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show…

Designed by the award-winning minds at NH Architecture, our 2018 Kids Under Cover Display Studio, aptly named “The Loft” brings a fresh, contemporary take on our modular building systems.

The MIFGS has become a key date on the Ortech Calendar since our association with KUC began, and after months of collaboration and plenty of man hours, our most exciting 6 star BCA compliant display studio to date is in its last stages of completion.

With all tests and checks completed, “The Loft” has undergone the final touches before gates open to the public on Wednesday.

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show will run from the 21st to the 25th of March at the Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens.

 

Melbourne Exhibition Centre Expansion

Ortech is proud to once again be involved with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre during the final stage of their multi-million dollar expansion.

Located in the heart of South Wharf, the expansion is set to be finished mid-2018, and will see Melbourne set the benchmark for exhibition spaces nationwide.

Given it’s close proximity to major roads as well as requiring high performance acoustics within the convention areas, Durra Panel was a natural choice to help mitigate break-out noise and provide Acoustic Absorption within the ceiling envelope.

Combined with our Durra lifting frame and the fact Durra Panel is trafficable once installed, installation across the structure was practical, efficient and above all, safe.

Working closely with Probuild, the expansion has been a massive undertaking, with MCEC stating on their website: “Over 16,000 square meters of roofing panels are being erected over the new exhibition space – enough to cover 100 hockey rinks”.

 

 

 

Life Church New Zealand

Ortech is proud to celebrate another successful export of our Durra Building Systems – this time bound for Auckland, New Zealand – to cap off what was a busy year of large-scale production.

With a 1,750 seat auditorium among many other exciting features of Life NZ’s relocation to their new Central Campus, Acoustic Performance was highlighted as a priority considering the church’s close proximity to residencies and major roadways. Durra Panel provides a natural solution given its ability to mitigate break-out noise to the surrounding neighbourhood.

8 Containers have been sent over with the project set to be finished in early 2019.

 

Durra Acoustic Ceiling Featured on ‘Build It Bigger’

The Durra Acoustic Ceiling comprising of Durra Panel and Durra Steel Sections as featured on Discovery Channel’s Build it Bigger in a recently aired episode.

‘Drought Proofing Australia’ is based around the Victorian Desalination Plant, it delves into the construction of one of the largest Desalination Plants in the world.

“The reverse osmosis building is not only the largest of the 29 structures on-site – it’s also the largest industrial facility ever designed to be virtually invisible to passersby. The enormous 6-acre roof will be topped with 100,000 native plants growing on a high-tech foam membrane system. The vegetation will preserve views by mimicking a gently sloping hill; but this design isn’t just to make the plant look pretty. It brings the added benefits of sound dampening and protection from corrosive salt air.”

The Durra Acoustic Ceiling was successfully installed over the entire roof area of the Reverse Ozmosis Building using the Durra Lifting Frame.

The right choice for:

  • Enhanced Site Safety
  • Rapid Installation
  • Highly Impact Resistant Finishes
  • Superior Reliable Acoustic Performance