9-11 May 2023
ICC Sydney

A new approach from the ground up


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.

We looked at a few shining examples of Australian facilities that have taken advanced facility management solutions to the next level.

1.image_SA_HealthInstitute_250x250Image source: archdaily.com South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, South Australia

An integrated approach during design and construction has seen South Australia’s Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) become a unique building that provides stand out energy and operational efficiencies. The building’s key feature is an integrated building system (IBS), provided by Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture, that integrates power management, process automation, building management, IT management and security.

The system works by integrating the building’s technologies, such as climate control systems, lifts and lighting, to create energy and cost efficiencies throughout. The building information modelling (BIM) software used during the design process ensures the building’s adaptability for future technologies and management.

2.image_QLD_StStephensPrivateHospital_250x250Image source: architecturelab.net St Stephen’s Private Hospital, Queensland

Located in Queensland’s Hervey Bay, St Stephen’s Private Hospital is Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital.  A truly paperless healthcare facility, the hospital has a completely digitised record and patient management system, including electronically dispensed drugs and monitoring of patients during surgery.

The hospital is designed to accommodate the changing requirements of the hospital community. The facility has the infrastructure ready to manage an increase in capacity, the re-purposing of existing spaces and incorporating ever-changing technology as it develops, all the while maintaining a stress-free, healing environment for patients.

3.image_WA_EdithCowanUni_250x250Image source: inhabitat.com Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

A sprawling university across several Western Australia campuses, Edith Cowan University is a leader in facilities management in the tertiary education sector. Key to its success is the integrated approach the university’s Building and Services Maintenance team and Asset Delivery team have taken during the construction of new facilities.

Capturing information on individual buildings, rather than on a whole campus, was identified by the team as being key to creating significant energy and operational efficiencies cross-campus and better management of the facilities. Using QFM facilities management software, the university collects data on all of its assets, enabling a greater understanding of how they work.

Through dashboard technology, the university monitors each building’s total and peak energy use. Monthly reports generate insightful information into each building’s financial and environmental impact, which can then be shared with the occupants. The software also allows the facility manager to schedule and manage maintenance activities across the university.

4.image_VIC_171CollinsStreet_250x250Image source: cbusproperty.com.au 171 Collins Street, Victoria

This award-winning commercial property in Melbourne’s CBD is best known for its significant sustainability features that work to create a better environment for its occupants.

A high-performance external façade enables it to achieve energy efficiency targets while an Australian-first ceiling tile system that absorbs office pollutants and under floor air distribution system create a healthier environment for workers. The building also features an impressive greywater treatment system that repurposes used water from cyclist shower facilities for use in cooling facilities and toilets, offsetting 90 per cent of the cooling towers’ water consumption.

Some of the companies behind technologies and materials similar to those found in these buildings will be on the show floor at Total Facilities 2015, including: BIM technology by Automated Logic and BEIMS; ceiling tile solutions by Ceilector Ceiling Solutions; and high access glazing solutions by API Rope. 




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