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2016 – A remarkable year

2016 – A remarkable year

25th anniversary
We work hard and we know how to celebrate! During September, we hosted several successful events to commemorate our 25th anniversary. Around 300 people, a veritable ‘who’s who’ of people associated with the engineering, architecture, property and building industry, joined our directors and staff in the Jim Stynes Room of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, one of the commemorative events for staff and clients.

Our track record for projects that achieve 6 Green stars is impressive and underscores the way our engineers approach innovation and technology to deliver outstanding outcomes. Among them, Western Sydney University at Parramatta’s Science Building earning an Education v1 Design (and an As-Built rating is expected) along with the Australian Catholic University’s Daniel Mannix Building in Melbourne and the University of Southern Queensland’s Education Gateways Building.

We don’t rest on our laurels and continue to pursue new work and to attract highly capable people to work in our offices. Patrick Elliott, a Group Director originally based in Melbourne, has been appointed as NSW State Manager. Patrick has a particular interest in the integration of pragmatic design into buildings.

Some personal highlights
Wilson Ly, Hydraulic Engineer, Melbourne
“A project highlight that is throwing up some interesting challenges is finding ways to put our hydraulic services into a building that is non-traditional in its design – timber, open ceilings for the new headquarters of Karingal, a not-for-profit organization for people with disability in Geelong. Another highlight is going to Brisbane over the holiday break to train with a renowned badminton coach as I want to play competitively next year.”

Bronson Forward, Fire Engineer, Sydney
“We are providing a comprehensive fire engineering strategy for Shore School’s Physical Education and Aquatic Centre. One highlight is having to facilitate a natural smoke ventilation strategy to enable maximum flexibility of the sports hall, in a safe, cost effective and sustainable manner. On a personal note, I graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons Class 1) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Fins) (Dist.).”

Spreading our wings across the Tasman, Digby Hall, Principal Sustainability Leader in NSW took to the stage at the Tertiary Education Management Conference held in Auckland to present a paper titled ‘Sustainable education: where to now?” Dr Weng Poh our Principal in Fire Engineering and Andy Fung, an Associate and accredited Fire Safety Engineer, flew to Warsaw, Poland for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers conference. They were the only speakers representing Australia.

Umow Lai projects also attracted media attention. Features have appeared in Ecolibrium, the official journal of AIRAH – including an in-depth interview with Dominic Lai on his 25 years in business; in Australian National Construction Review; The Fifth Estate; Sourceable and Audio Visual Magazine.

After hours: We give back to the community and exert a great deal of effort and sometimes pain, to do so. Director Ken Loh took part in a 50km endurance walk through hilly Melbourne terrain to raise funds for Go the Extra Mile charity and NSW State Manager Patrick Elliott ran 13.5 km’s against the Puffing Billy train through the Dandenong Ranges. He recorded his third fastest time since 2006 but is yet to beat the train and on a blustery morning, Electrical Engineer Amita Nayak walked 25km around Melbourne, raising $500 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.