Hydraulics - Building

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As an integral part of our full building services delivery, GHD’s hydraulics and fire services embody client responsive listening, advanced technology and ecologically sustainable design.

Our clients are active in all community and business sectors — from justice, healthcare and education through to residential, commercial, retail property and everything in between.

Our services, whilst specific and focused, have relevant applications including sanitary plumbing and drainage, pumped sewerage reticulation, vacuum plumbing and drainage installations. We’ll also help you with trade waste plumbing, drainage and pre-treatment of grease, chemicals, acids, silts and oils.

Services

  • Audit and due diligence reports
  • Feasibility studies
  • Preliminary and concept design
  • Schematic and detailed design and documentation
  • Specification, fixture and fitting selection and scheduling
  • Construction phase services
  • Budget estimation
  • Post construction evaluation
  • Expert witness services
  • Sustainable design
  • Safety in design review, reporting and workshopping
  • Three-dimensional construction modelling using building information modelling (BIM)

For further information, contact:

Brad Gaston
Service Line Leader, Hydraulics - Building – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 7 3316 3000
E: Brad Gaston


Tim DeRuyscher
Service Line Leader, Hydraulics - Building – North America
T: +1 315 314 5642
E: Tim DeRuyscher

Berryessa Creek levees project, Milpitas, CA

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Located along a narrow right-of-way in a highly developed urban area, the Berryessa Creek levees extend approximately 1.5 miles from the confluence of two creeks to a box culvert crossing of Calaveras Boulevard. The levees were constructed in 1976 and raised in 1997 to provide 100-year flood protection based on hydrology and hydraulics at that time. Subsequent engineering evaluations identified slope erosion and cracks in the levees that could potentially lead to failure of some sections. The levees do not currently meet FEMA requirements. 

GHD was contracted by the Santa Clara Valley Water District to evaluate the levees for their ability to carry the projected 100-year flood flows and to develop alternatives and recommend a preferred alternative for addressing the levees' stability problems and flow capacity increase. The study phase involves hydraulic and hydrologic analyses, slope stability and protection analyses, and geotechnical and structural field investigations. Following the study phase we developed alternatives for necessary improvements and recommended a preferred approach to improve the levees. 

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George Weston Foods Bakery

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GHD helped George Weston Foods to turn their fire disaster into triumph by designing and supervising the construction of Australia’s largest bakery, located in Chullora, New South Wales.

Our 80-strong team from Australia and New Zealand delivered planning, site selection, building layouts, and design and construction phase services. The solution included innovative design, fire protection, and energy-efficient hydraulic, mechanical and electrical services.

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Green Star Rated Office Design

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GHD adhered to the principles of ecologically sustainable design (ESD) for the fit out of its Honeysuckle premises.

The building facade has mesh and vertical shading fins with double glazed insulated units to regulate solar heat.

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HSU College Creek housing

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As the university’s campus engineer, GHD was appointed to design an innovative, all-weather synthetic turf soccer field along with 165,000 square feet of student housing and including water and sewerage services.

GHD completed the civil site design for the construction of the new College Creek apartments at Humboldt State University. The civil site design included the design of water, sewer, storm drain and fire water supply for the support of the nearly 165,000 square feet of new housing and support facilities.

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Paragon Outlet Mall facility, City of Grand Prairie, Texas USA

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GHD was engaged as part of a design team by Paragon Outlet Partners to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection services for the Paragon Outlet Mall. This is the first outlet mall facility of its type and size in the City of Grand Prairie, Texas. 

There are eight separate buildings at the facility that total approximately 500,000 square feet on a 65 acre site. The project features more than 100 tenants and a food court arranged around a racetrack layout. Construction began in 2010 is scheduled to be completed by August 2012 for the Grand Opening. 

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Tillamook Creamery Warehouse Automatic Storage and Retrieval System

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GHD provided engineering and construction support services to allow a fast-track warehouse expansion while the Tillamook County Creamery continued operating. Its new state-of-the-art cheese warehouse includes boilers, maintenance, refrigeration, and steam facilities.

In order to accommodate the new aging/storage warehouse, the existing boiler plant was relocated. Site water and utilities were relocated and expanded to support the operational relocations and the new warehouse.

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Upstate Medical University, Geneva Tower, Syracuse, New York USA

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GHD was instrumental in the renovation of the existing 23 story, 137,000 square foot Geneva Tower building located in downtown Syracuse. The 1974 building was completely gutted and renovated to include two floors of common spaces and 21 floors of apartments for students attending the Upstate Medical University. 

GHD provided HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical design and construction administration services for the project. We also served as the LEED consultant for the owner, design team and construction manager and verified that all systems were working as efficiently as possible and in accordance with the contract documents. This included facilitating the LEED certification process and creating a roadmap to guide the inclusion of sustainable concepts and processes into the project. As a result, we identified that the renovated building would use 40 percent less energy.

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Wynyard Walk pedestrian tunnel tender design, Sydney

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Wynyard Walk is a pedestrian walkway in the Sydney CBD linking Wynyard Station and the multi-billion dollar Barangaroo waterfront development. The project comprises a pedestrian tunnel (110 meters in length), a multilevel entrance building, underpinning of two large buildings, a pedestrian bridge across Sussex Street and a new public plaza at the corner of Kent and Napoleon Street. GHD was Technical Advisor to Transport for NSW, providing technical review and support across all engineering disciplines for the design and construction phases of the project, including: geotechnical, tunnelling, demolition, structure, building and tunnel services, fire engineering, noise and vibration, and project management, including support for commercial negotiations, as well as Building Code of Australia (BCA) and disability access advice.

The 9 m wide tunnel (initially valued at AUD284M) is at shallow cover within the Triassic Hawkesbury Sandstone. Complex interactions with existing high-rise tower foundations and congested overlying services corridors were a critical aspect of the project.

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