A new approach to facilities from the ground up
Story supplied by Total Facilities 2015, 25-26 March, Glebe Island, Sydney.
Businesses are beginning to recognise the importance of an integrated approach to the design, construction and management of their buildings, with an increasing trend for facilities managers to be engaged from the outset of major projects.
Earlier input from end-users helps designers to better understand the intended use of the building and implement the right infrastructure, thereby maximising a facility’s functionality and efficiency.
A few shining examples of Australian facilities that have taken advanced integrated solutions to the next level:
South Australian Health And Medical Research Institute, South Australia
The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute is a unique building that provides stand out energy and operational efficiencies. The key feature is an integrated building system, provided by Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture, integrating technologies such as climate control, lifts and lighting, to create energy and cost efficiencies throughout the facility.
St Stephen’s Private Hospital, Queensland
St Stephen’s Private Hospital is Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital. As a paperless facility, the hospital has a completely digitised record and patient management system, including electronically dispensed drugs and monitoring during surgery. The facility has the infrastructure ready to manage re-purposing whilst incorporating ever-changing technology.
Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
A sprawling university across several WA campuses, Edith Cowan University is a leader in facilities management in the education sector. The integrated approach the university has taken during the construction of facilities between the Building and Services Maintenance team and the Asset Delivery team, allows the university to create significant efficiencies cross-campus.
171 Collins Street, Victoria
This award-winning commercial property in Melbourne is best known for its significant sustainability features that work to create a better environment for its occupants. A high-performance external façade enables energy efficiency while the ceiling tile system absorbs pollutants and a greywater treatment system repurposes used water.
ABOUT TOTAL FACILITIES 2015
At Total Facilities 2015, architecture and design professionals can access a host of forefront trends and inspirations that are shaping the nation’s buildings and facilities industry.
A powerful education program by expert industry speakers will have attendees rethinking their approach to designing sustainable buildings and facilities with a schedule of practical sessions in the Main Stage Seminar Theatre and High Performance Buildings Theatre.
The exhibition encompasses leading exhibitors showcasing the most diverse cross-section of solutions catering to the built environment and cutting-edge technologies for the facilities management market on display in the New Product Showcase sponsored by KONE.
Plus, attendees can break up a busy day of sourcing and learning by grabbing a cold drink at the Central Networking Bar, the perfect platform to continue networking in an informal environment.
Image: Edith Cowan University, WA via www.inhabitat.com