10 January 2015
Wiley has moved into its new head office at 100 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba. Keeping the three-generation family company in the southside suburb was important and so when the disused Westpac Bank cheque processing facility beside the famous Norman Hotel came up for sale, the company recognised the potential of the well serviced building and began redeveloping it into a multi-award winning, sustainable A-grade commercial space.
Built in 1975 as a high security vault, the brown brick building was state-of-the-art. As a bank building, it required substantial power and cooling facilities to service a large mainframe computer and had more than 600m2 of plant room and two standby generators. A few high narrow windows offering little natural light or views for workers, and concrete slabs to all floors, exaggerated the building’s bunker-like features.
Today, the former unsightly landmark is a shining example of a modern eco-efficient building incorporating the latest design and construction features and is testament to Wiley’s skill at creating better and more efficient facilities. Here is a closer look at the redevelopment project.
Wiley undertook construction work under a site-specific environmental management plan and acted as the single point of responsibility for design, construction and commissioning.
INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
To create a comfortable work environment inside the building, Wiley:
The building’s heavy concrete and masonry structure absorbs and holds heat, effectively working as a passive thermal mass to minimise energy consumption.
Wiley selected energy efficient light fittings and installed a CBUS system to control lighting and power. The CBUS is a microprocessor-based control and management system which allows accurate customised control, minimising use of fittings to actual requirements. The building’s external lighting is set to illuminate every day 10 minutes before sunset and self-adjusts to the time of year. Lighting to low occupancy rooms is on a timer and air conditioning to these rooms is set to a two-hour switch. The CBUS system can be refined over time to minimise the building’s power use.
The building is ideally located on a major city busway. Wiley added bike racks, showers and lockers on the ground floor to encourage staff to use public transport and other environmentally friendly and healthy alternatives to driving.
Wiley selected landscaping with low water requirements. The landscaping is timer-controlled and uses a drip sprinkle system. Fittings are water-efficient and sensor–controlled.
Wiley recycled the entire building. A strong design feature which softened the building’s bunker-like exterior was the addition of a four-storey bamboo screen to the front façade. The screen shades the glazing and softens the building’s exterior.
As the major tenant, Wiley used materials wisely through an integral shell and core fitout. The company pursued a high level of fitout to reflect its signature of professionalism and quality development. The building was to speak for the company’s vision and values. The material strategy was to use easily maintained natural products with the capacity to age well.
Wiley pursued many initiatives in HVAC, such as:
Other energy-efficient features of the air-conditioning system are:
The Project was awarded the Master Builders Association State Award for ‘Excellence in Building for Queensland’s Climate’ ($2M-$10M), Major Winner for Building’s Owner/Tenant in the Energex Sustainable Buildings Awards, and a commendation for Environmentally Sustainable Design in the Interior Design Awards.