James Griffiths

POSITION
Principal Structural and Civil Engineer


QUALIFICATIONS
B.Sc
CPEng


MEMBERSHIPS
MIEAust
RPEQ
NPER 3


AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Industrial Buildings
Commercial Buildings
Structural Innovation
Design of long span portal frame structures
Design of slabs on grade
Design of reinforced concrete structures
Project and Design Management.

Career highlights

Client – Whitehorse Constructions
Fantastic Furniture
Project Lead

70,000m2 production and storage warehouse facility with 60 loading docks in a 45 degree configuration which provided challenges with the alignment of portal column and loading dock panels. The main portal frame span 150m with 4 internal columns. The awning cantilevers 30m and runs the length of the building.


Client – Australand
Corporate Express (AUD$55M)
Project Lead

One of the largest logistic developments in Western Sydney consisting of 40,000sqm warehouse and 2,000m2 2 story office, it is a leading example of sustainable development for the industrial sector in Australia. The facility was designed to consolidate six separate facilities and became the flagship for Corporate Express.


Career history

1973   Present Griffiths Engineers Australia
1973   Noyes Bros – Coal Washery
1972 – 1973   TTW
1971 – 1972   Frederick Harris NV – The Hague – Offshore Oil Platform
1968 – 1971   Atomic Power Constructions – Dungeness ‘B’ Nuclear Reactor

Projects Summary

1973—Present
Structural Engineer—Griffiths Engineers Est. 1973
Client: Taylor Construction 
Kotara Homemakers centre – Kotara 
Project Lead

MBA award winner 2011, Retail building up to $30 million

Griffiths Engineers as the prinicipal Structural Engineer for the Taylor design and construct team assisted in minimising costs by proposing a redesign of the structure and the utilisation of a hybrid system of composite precast panels, as well as tilt up construction. The layout of the 30,000m2 building area suited the use of varying systems at the front and rear. The use of offsite precast panels reduced time off the program.
The Kotara Homemaker Centre facility was completed three months ahead of schedule, enabling retailers to trade prior to Christmas


Client: FDC 
NextDC Data centre S1 – Eden Park
Project Lead

MBA award winner 2014, Best Communication building $25 million +

Griffiths Engineers provided structural solutions to maintain the building programme for this complex, service driven data centre; as a result the centre was opened on time and within budget.
The five story building presented engineering challenges similar to those of a hospital, breaking the traditional mould of the single floor format and incorporating a free air cooling system in a large multi-storey building with a 4,200m2 floor plate


Client: FDC Construction & Fitout
Asics Warehouse, Erskine Park (AUD 11 million)—Sydney, NSW
Project Lead

MBA award winner 2011, Industrial building $10 million +

This project consists of a 13,000 m2 warehouse which is utilized as their distribution centre for all of NSW. There is also a 2,500m2 office that serves as the head office for NSW comprising open plan office space, private offices, two showrooms, a gym and a reception area.


Client: FDC Construction & Fitout
Pelican Artline Warehouse, Erskine Park (AUD 11 million)—Sydney, NSW
Project Lead

The “West Nest” project, to design and construct a new 20,000m2 warehouse, production and distribution facility for Pelikan Artline was signed up by FDC Construction & Fitout. With a tight 6 month design and build to deliver timeframe, FDC engaged Griffiths Engineers to deliver an economical, practical, buildable portal frame building with offices. The project featured 110m span portals at 11.3m centres, with FFFL 50/30 super flat finished jointless fibre reinforced floor slab.

Jim was responsible for the design of structural steel details, retaining walls and the jointless steel fibre reinforced super flat surface slab


Client: Prime Constructions
Al Faisal College, Auburn (AUD 10 million)—Sydney, NSW


Project Lead

Al Faisal College – Building D is a 6 storey school building in Auburn. This structure was won in a D&C capacity by Prime Constructions, who engaged Griffiths Engineers for our economic and speedy designs with thought through safety and pragmatic construction buildability.


Client: Prime Constructions
Linfox Healthcare Logistics, Erskine Park
Project Lead

MBA award winner 2014, Industrial building $25 million +

This state of the art 27,000m2 temperature controlled pharmaceutical storage and distribution facility with 1,500m2 of associated offices was completed over a 46 week period. The facility also includes an industrial freezer, an 800m2 cool room, two security vaults and a dangerous goods area. The use of thermo mass precast panels ensures a high level of insulation and security.


Client: Prime Constructions
Dana Automotive Systems Group Australia, Yennora
Project Lead

MBA award winner 2004 Industrial Building $10 million +

A design and construct project consisting of 22,500m2 manufacturing facility for Dana Automotive and a 7000m2 warehouse facility for Gibson’s Shopfitting. The site required significant remediation and re- engineering prior to construction which Griffiths engineers was instrumental. Dana also included a 4,000m2 concrete mezzanine over the manufacturing and testing labarotories.


Client: Prime Constructions
Rand Freezer & Distribution Facility (AUD 25 million)—Sydney, NSW
Project Lead

MBA award winner 2007, Best Industrial Building $25 million +

The project was specifically designed and constructed to suit the needs of Macquarie Goodman’s tenant Rand Refrigerated Transport and included the construction of a large single freezer complex. The 24,000 pallet facility includes both chiller and freezer capability with over 2500m2 of staging area.


Client – FDC
Complete Office Supplies, Lidcombe
Project Lead

2013 MBA Winner of Best Industrial Building $10 – 20M

FDC appointed us the Principle Engineer to provide design and documentation to a 14,000sqm warehouse storage and distribution facility. Our team also provided design to the refurbishment and extension of an existing office space. A new 3,000sqm split level car park was also added as a link way between the warehouse and office.


Client: FDC Construction
Construction Cost – (AUD) $8m
Stage 1 Bulk storage Warehouse, Pinkenba Brisbane, QLD
Project Lead

This project to design and construct a new 10,000sqm bulk storage warehouses. Bulk material storage heights of up to 10 metres posed complex structural consideration due to high levels of vertical and lateral loading of the floors and walls. FDC worked in collaboration with Griffiths Engineers to provide a design and construct solution that met and exceeded client expectations. The project was successfully handed over within the contract timeframe. Michael was responsible for delivery of construction drawings, coordination with the Architect as well as fielding queries from both the project manager and site manager.


Client: FDC Construction
Construction Cost – (AUD) $13.5m
Stage 2 & 3 Bulk storage Warehouse, Pinkenba Brisbane, QLD
Project Lead

This project to design and construct two new 10,000sqm bulk storage warehouses. Bulk material storage heights of up to 10 metres posed complex structural consideration due to high levels of vertical and lateral loading of the floors and walls. FDC worked in collaboration with Griffiths Engineers to provide a design and construct solution that met and exceeded client expectations. The project was successfully handed over within the contract timeframe. Michael was responsible for delivery of construction drawings, coordination with the Architect as well as fielding queries from both the project manager and site manager.