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State Aquatic Centre, SA

Builder: Candettil Constructions

Contractor: GMR Interiors

Location: Marion, South Australia

Project Value: $120 million

State Aquatic Centre, SA


The State Aquatic Centre in South Australia features four various sized pools used for water sports, laps and recreational use, a seating stadium which can support 4500 spectators as well as coaching and media facilities, function rooms and drug testing services. This massive project took two years of construction to complete, and Rondo’s Technical Services Team were able to provide design solutions for challenging areas in the project. This included a heavy gauge 150mm Steel Stud Wall Framing System which required alignment with and concealment of the structural frame of the building, and a 6 metre high internal dividing wall that was subjected to higher internal pressures due to the louvres installed.


Throughout the curved segment of the roof, the architect required a 6mm Villaboard lining to Furring Channels with a 12m radius, presenting some challenges, as the ceiling area is located directly over the main lap pool. Rondo’s Technical Services Team provided the solution by designing a Rondo KEY-LOCK® direct fix ceiling system using 129 Furring Channel, as well as our 155 Express Joint Furring Channel. This system ensured adequate movement allowance for both thermal and normal building movement, in addition to achieving a unique architectural finish with expressed panel joints along the radius contour of the structure.