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CCCS Jubilee Church

Malua, Western Samoa

Location: Malua, Upolu, Western Samoa

Client: Congregational Christian Church of Samoa

Architect: Evan Ngau Chun

Structural Engineer: Kirk Roberts

Builder: CCCS/Shanghai Construction Group

Products Used: Glulam ‘Box’ Rafter Beams, Glulam Purlins

Date: Winter 2016

Our Challenge

Malua is a small village on the Samoan island of Upolu. The name originates from the Samoan word “Maluapapa” which is translated ‘shelter under the rock’.

CCCS have been building the new church for the last several years, and the massive structure is slowly taking shape.

Techlam became involved in this project early in 2015, and it was soon realised that the roof design was going to need a lot of changes to enable it to perform in the cyclone prone area.

Our Solution

Techlam worked with the Church and engaged our engineer to redesign the structure so it was stronger, and more importantly for the client, more efficient and less costly to build!

We created a design that incorporated a ‘box beam’ configuration. This meant that we could create a beam that matched the width of the concrete columns already poured on site, enabling a seamless transition from the walls through to the rafter beams. The beams are a massive 19.000 metres above the floor level!

 

Feedback

Well thank you for the words of encouragement – but we owe it to you and your company. CCCS would not be able to complete that project without your contribution, and I believe your price was very reasonable considering the effort you put in and the initial trouble caused by incorrect drawings. Again, I express thankfulness and gratitude on behalf of CCCS.

We pray that the good Lord continue to bless your company. I will keep in touch for future church buildings.

General Secretary – CCCS Samoa

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