This control building
was part of a larger assignment to plan and design a series of buildings (shown at right) for Star's new, grassroots refinery
in Map Ta Phut, Thailand. The CRD designers and architects worked closely with Star's operations, instrument and management
teams to ensure that both the layout and detailed design met the actual needs of the control room operators. Bid-level
construction drawings were completed within six months of project start-up.
to Star's Managing Director, Don Romano: "The
diligence, creativity and flexibility of CRD's design team was instrumental in creating a sophisticated, durable and functional
set of refinery buildings. We were continually amazed at the ease in dealing with CRD and their ability to meet all
requirements on a timely basis. Their foresight and planning efforts not only reduced the design duration, but that
of our construction."
An early isometric view of
the control room itself was used to quickly explain to Star personnel how the consoles could be effectively arranged in 'sectors',
each containing up to 3 consoles.
The entry Lobby was finished in
durable stone and wood materials, with featured artwork.
The main entry included a large
airlock, featuring automatic glass-sliding doors to keep the dust and humidity from entering the pressurized portion of the
The final control building
layout incorporated all inputs from the operation, instrumentation and management groups. CRD developed a complete set
of bid-level drawings which, in fact, JGC used for final construction. Site visits were undertaken throughout the course
of final construction to ensure that all details were properly implemented by the sub-contractors.
designers worked closely with Star's management to study the requirements for all of the refinery's buildings. In addition
to layout of the central control building, we planned the site and all related buildings. CRD also provided detailed
design layouts of the Refinery Entrance Building, Management Office Building, Refinery Office Building, Cafeteria and Fire
Station. Following construction of the occupied buildings, CRD designed and prepared detailed construction drawings
of a series of cantilevered covered-parking shelters, which can be seen in the aerial photo (above).