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Australia’s first rack clad building doubles holding capacity

Meca Racking Solutions have recently completed the first rack clad warehouse installation in Australia for Boral, owned by Dowell Windows, at Bayswater, Victoria.

The Rack Clad Warehouse was built as a structure, doubling the storage capacity for Dowell.

The new warehouse provides an efficient stock control system, protecting materials and merchandise from environmental elements while maximizing both land and vital vertical air space.

The entire structure was designed to maximize the use of Cantilever Racking.

After adding columns and roof trusses, the racking is then clad with Colourbond to create the walls and roof.

The design gives the inherent stability and strength of a Cantilever structure as a framework for the outer cladding. This reduces the dependence on and costs associated with other more traditional methods.

The Rack Clad warehouse was project managed by Meca Racking Solutions National Project Manager, Andrew Quinn.

After the initial consultation with Dowell Windows, Quinn was able to provide a tailor-made solution for the client.

“In the early stages of briefing with Dowell, we realized the business requirements were much more than purely cantilever racking, said Quinn. “Hence we needed to provide a solution that resolved storage capacity, OH&S and site logistics whilst also providing a long term material handling solution.”

To reduce the impact on what is already a busy and demanding site Meca Racking Solutions completed the project over the Christmas shutdown period.

Dowell have been manufacturers of aluminum and timber door and window solutions for generations, designing products to suit Australian lifestyles and climatic conditions.

The project was completed over four months, from the initial consultation, to design and construction.

The new construction has allowed Dowell to adhere to tighter OH&S practices, with clear
pedestrian access and easier management of traffic flow.

Meca offers a complete solution across warehouse storage services and products to ensure an efficient and effective warehouse system.

Meca is Australia’s leading supplier of cantilever racking. The company leads the way in racking technology with innovation and experience across the Materials Handling Industry.

Meca Racking Solutions
Ph: 1300 661 198
www.mecaracking.com.au