INDUSTRIAL

 

Rod Davis have been involved in a range of industrial use buildings, from the highly sophisticated process and sterile construction for ICI, through to simple big sheds used to make dog food. In 2010, Rod has managed the design work up, and funding pursuits for a US $12,000,000 foreign owned ship/boat yard for the north shore of Bali, that is planned to be the Indonesia’s leading alloy ship building facility for the oil and gas sector, as well as providing maintenance facilities for shipping currently forced to Darwin or Singapore for servicing.

Bulky goods retail projects, or big box retail, has also makes up part of  Rod Davis’s background, in the  modern blur between retail and industrial uses.

The very first industrial project that Rod, then a young UNSW  graduate undertook, was a  train and trucking container terminal for legendary trucker Jack Seaton. With massive forklift axle loads, criss-crossing railway lines, atop poor ground conditions, the semi-civil nature of this projects was challenging. The civil engineering aspects of the Bali Mithral Marine project, are however, more demanding, where 50 t/m2 live loads for a huge, 400t travelift moving 60m ships, made axle loads from fully loaded 40ft containers look lightweight, especially given the ex prawn farm ground conditions atop which  acres of hard stand was to be built.

Publisher Paul Hamlyn created and interesting project for Davis that blurred the lines between renovation and new build, in a complex, mechanised warehouse project built in the heart of an sprawling existing complex.

Working in the late  70′s with Leighton Contractors, Davis did the groundwork for a bid that had the interesting effect of dragging a then civil engineering company, into complex design and construct building projects. Leighton went on to become one of the worlds largest civil engineering companies, with a sizebable building construction wing.

Leighton’s first truely complex building project, was the construction of ICI’s Savlon process engineering plant,  built to sterile standards , where Davis’s innovative design ‘smarts’ rethought years of ‘usual practise’ to re-gig the process enginnering, in a winning bid, that was dutifully delivered at a price well below competitor’s prices, much to the shock of the big 3 builders, to the ‘new boys’ approach.

Davis’s expertise in industrial design, is as much about design efficiency and innovation, as it is in building the projects themselves.