Westpac Helicopter Hangar Extension Utilises Central Steel Framing Trusses

Ardmore, Auckland

When Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust moved from Mechanics Bay to a new base in Ardmore – a modern building with enough space for their helicopters, training facilities and staff quarters - Central Steel Framing manufactured and supplied light steel trusses as an extension to the existing shed.

We were pleased to be a part of this project, especially considering the incredible job Westpac Rescue Helicopters do all over New Zealand, helping kiwis in emergencies or flying them urgently to hospital.

Hangar door extension

The hangar doors on the existing shed were too low to fit the BK117 Bolkov Kawasaki 117 helicopters, making it a difficult task to get the helicopters inside the hangar. Therefore, it was necessary to design and build two new 15m wide by 5m high door openings. Mac Consulting, engaged as engineers, proposed an extension to the front of the existing C purlin and tophat portal shed.

Back to back trusses

The extension utilised Central Steel Framing’s trusses with Rollforming Services’ 150mm Framing. Central Steel Framing manufactured and supplied 4 panels of 16m trusses with a back to back configuration, doubled up for the longer span. The trusses were run, assembled, and delivered from CSF factory in Taupo. The trusses were then easily fitted in place by Builder FX on-site, and leaving no waste or unnecessary rework.

More than happy with the result

Builder FX was more than happy with the result. They found that everything was easy to manage on-site and all the steel trusses and panels fitted together perfectly.