OCSC were the Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers for the major redevelopment of the Dublin Road Campus. The Institute was originally housed in a system build concrete frame utilised for all the Institutes of Technology when they were initially developed in the 1960’s. These system build frames did not reflect the modern academic institution that GMIT had become and it was essential that the new development would create a new image for the Institute.
OCSC worked closely with the Institute, the Architect and the design team to devise a solution which achieved this brief. The additional accommodation comprised a library, information technology building, a directorate and an innovation centre. A 3 pinned arch structural solution was proposed for the primary feature facade which is clad in copper. This facade is the primary organising mechanism for the building and has now become the symbol of the Institute. The structural system behind the copper is a complex framework of standard steel and timber components which have been shaped using straight lengths to achieve the striking shape.