In October in Rotorua at the NZ Concrete Industries Conference in Rotorua Tim Walker is presenting a paper on the concrete floor for the JPL Distribution Centre. We have included his full paper here.
The JPL distribution centre in East Tamaki incorporates a 25,000 m2 post-tensioned ground floor, designed to facilitate the use of cutting edge logistics technology such as 16 m high Very Narrow Aisle Racking. The project required balancing the owner’s requirement for an extremely durable and low maintenance surface with the need to optimize the floor flatness to support the day to day operation of the most modern material handling equipment in the world. Very Narrow Aisle facilities are becoming much more prevalent in New Zealand and the JPL distribution centre offers an excellent case study for examining some of the design and construction challenges these buildings pose, while also reviewing the marrying of New Zealand construction techniques with international best practice and recent global innovations in industrial flooring. For the full paper follow the link below.