Taking up a whopping 7,839ha block on Kingsford Smith Drive in Eagle Farm, the new Extrusion Factory for G James can store, die-cast and produce aluminum products using machinery and technology never before seen on this scale. Previously, the client had their product manufactured externally but now, they not only create their own finished product in house, they have extended the die-casting service to the open market. As well as the machinery, the main structure also holds three 2x story office buildings. The linked external buildings house a re-melting facility and the die-casting workshop where bespoke casts are created. Multi Span Australia’s design team faced some huge challenges with this build, one of which was that of fire safety. Due to the fact that molten aluminum must not make contact with water or it will grow to 10x it’s size, fire sprinklers weren’t an option in the sections that covered the machinery. Instead, a series of lasers and specially designed cameras are in place as well as a fully automated shut down procedure where all fuel is dumped into an underground chamber. The building also includes underground fire escape routes as well as tunnels that link the internal and external buildings. The design team had to collaborate with the European based suppliers of the machinery to ensure the building could accommodate the machines. They had to be able to quickly make amendments to the plans as the size and function of the machines was a work in progress during the design stage. All while adhering to strict safety regulations.