Deakin University

When it comes to the design, supply and installation of tactile indicators, stair treads and edging, DTAC Pty Ltd has been the trusted name in the industry for almost 15 years.

DTAC pioneered the architectural floor tactile industry in Australia, taking a practical product and transforming it into a feature that complements a structure.

DTAC’s work can be seen throughout a number of iconic sites across Australia, including the new NAB building on Bourke St, Melbourne, Hawthorn Town Hall, The MFB Complex and Yarra Valley Water headquarters. Among the company’s latest projects was the Deakin University Burwood Highway Frontage Building, where it installed a variety of tactiles in various parts of the site.

DTAC started the project in December, with the majority of works completed after the Christmas break from the 20 January until the project was finished in early April. The site works were completed by three staff who were supported by the DTAC sales team.

“We installed over 43,000 DTAC tactiles including our thermoplastic urethane tactiles in black and the DTAC 316 stainless steel tactiles. We also installed the DTAC integrated rubber tactile mats in some of the utility areas within the building,” DTAC Operations Manager Michael Moulding said.

Almost a kilometre of DTAC’s Pleat stair edging in black anodised also went in to the Deakin University project using a combination of edging profiles to suit the stair areas. A late change to the specification of one of the stairs saw DTAC work closely with Hansen Yuncken to provide a solution to an unusual angled stair riser. “We also had an unusual request in that we installed brass tactiles on the concrete roof of the building as markers for infrastructure,” Michael added.

“DTAC also ensured it was flexible about how we attended the site, including working with public access for the students and staff at the university. Together with Hansen Yuncken, DTAC staff co-ordinated building level access and stair closures in accordance with the stair nosing installation.”

“Working in with these changes is part and parcel of what we do,” Michael added. “We believe it is the workmanship, expertise and commitment to a project that is important.”

With six staff as well as contracted installers, DTAC’s specialist knowledge, combined with its focus on detail and quality, sees it continually chosen for tactile, stair and tread edging compliance requirements on both large and smaller construction projects. It also delivers the most aesthetic NCC-BCA compliant solutions available, while offering an extensive range of tactile products. “In addition, all of our installers complete an 18-step accreditation process before going on site. This means our clients can be assured that our contractors have the experience and expertise when it comes to the compliance of tactile and edging installation, as well as the aesthetics,” Michael said.

Besides designing and crafting their products to the DTAC design certification, the company’s products also meet Australian standards, as well as National Construction Code and Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements.