Construction of hotel a challenge: Steamships

The National,Wednesday June 29th, 2016

STEAMSHIPS says the construction of the Cassowary Hotel in Kiunga, Western will be a challenge given the town’s geographical location.
The company’s Pacific Palms Property and Coral Sea Hotels, in partnership with the Ok Tedi Development Foundation, are investing in the Cassowary Hotel in Kiunga.
“After close to two years of an extensive detailed design process, a decision was made to go for the custom made modular system,” Steamships said in a statement.
“Two of the biggest considerations in opting for a modular build for this project was the weather and climate in Kiunga and site accessibility conditions to the Kiunga town.
“Although the original modular system was based on containerised low-cost rooms, advances in technology and construction methods have changed significantly.
“You can now build any building up to any specification with the same building lifespan as a traditional building.
“Another major challenge encountered was the difficulty to do standard concrete foundation due to rain conditions that may delay deep excavation or expose site to a major erosion risk.”
The foundation system used in the project is known as the “Surefoot system”.