Proud Partner of the Western Force
This new learning and development centre is a two storey, 1400m2 building with an undercroft carpark, It has been designed and built to achieve a six star green environmentally sustainable rating. Given this, it is a world class environmentally sustainable building and contains ten leading edge training rooms, multiple syndicate rooms, members networking lounge and meeting facilities. The finishes are crisp and modern and enhanced with elements of exposed concrete and feature hardwood ceilings, natural stone flooring on each floor to the main reception, lounge and walkway areas. The works also included an upgrade to the existing carpark and extensive landscaping supplemented by recycled jarrah decking and feature columns transitioning the new building into the existing environment.
The project management team was challenged to achieve the first six green star education building in Western Australia. This required regular meetings, document control and auditing to achieve the requirements for each point credit and the compliance requirements of the Green Building Council of Australia. In conjunction with the green star consultant, all materials had to be checked and approved for compliance and strictly adhered to in the built environment. One mistake in a subcontractor installing a non-complaint material could have resulted in the building not being eligible for the six star as built submission. The building services required a carbon neutral mechanical services design, stringent lighting control strategies. The use of storm water re-use from an inground rainwater storage tank and a 43.2Kw solar photovoltaic system. All services required specific compliance commissioning requirements and involved management integration of each service and trade as well as liaison with the client’s appointed independent commissioning agent.
The requirements for the building external fabric to be dis-mantled without demolition involved innovative methods of construction and installation. All the precast was installed with large stainless steel bolts some of which were up 11m long. This was successfully achieved by correct integration of shop drawings. Stringent control of cast in items in the insitu walls/slabs ensured the precast installation was successful. The building fabric can be completely removed and recycled without the need for demolition .
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT
COX HOWLETT & BAILEY WOODLAND