In 24 years of evolution as an engineering firm the team at Umow Lai has worked tirelessly to build an  impeccable reputation based on innovative and adaptive problem solving, alternative design solutions and value adding by integrating new and emerging technologies.

Since inception from the humble beginnings of 7 staff in Melbourne in 1991, our business has grown into one of the few Australian owned, medium-sized firms with over 120 employees, expanding to open offices in Brisbane and Sydney as well as forming international affiliations with Hong Kong, Vietnam and New Zealand.

Today Umow Lai celebrates its 24th birthday and this milestone prompts the team to reflect on the achievements so far and look with pride upon the remarkable position we have carved out in a competitive ever changing market, heralding a new era of sustainable and innovative infrastructure in Australia. Consulting on world-class developments such as the Pixel Building in Carlton, Victoria, the first building ever to achieve a perfect Green Star score, and, more recently, the multi-award winning 171 Collins Street, a PCA Premium Grade commercial office development in Melbourne’s CBD, these projects have been described as ‘green masterpieces,’ demonstrating our commitment to being true leaders in this space.

We are also renowned for our portfolio within the education sector. Providing services for major projects such as the Jeffrey Smart Building at the University of South Australia, which was awarded winner of the Best Application of AV in Education +$500k at this year’s Audio Visual Industry Awards (AVIAs), the 6 Star Green Star Daniel Mannix building at the Australian Catholic University in Victoria and the highly innovative Melbourne School of Design building at the University of Melbourne. In Queensland, we have provided ICA and Peer Review roles on the 6 Star Green Star University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute Building as well as the Electrical, ICT and ESD roles on the University of Southern Queensland’s Education Gateways Building. In New South Wales, we have undertaken significant Energy Audits across 60 buildings at Macquarie University. We are appreciative of our position as a key player in the education sector, given that competitors are often large internationally owned firms.

In mid 2015, we recognise our development nationally, with the Brisbane office in it’s fifth year, now employing 20 full time staff across a range of disciplines, headed up by Director Andrew Jenkinson, and the Sydney office now in its tenth year, with 26 full time employees, led by Director Anthony Matthews and newly appointed Director, Paul Jacobsen. Sustainability advocate, Digby Hall, also joined the Sydney office in February and has proved to be a valuable addition to the team, providing his consulting expertise as well as working with the Green Building Council of Australia’s faculty and assessment panels and contributing a number of thought leadership pieces for industry publications, such as The Fifth Estate.

Both offices have made great strides since their inception and are currently part of design teams for game-changing projects, such as the $120 million Tatts Group National Headquarters and the Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital in Queensland; and in New South Wales, the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal and Legion House, located within the prestigious Liberty Place precinct on Castlereagh Street.

As our business continues to evolve, we will remain dedicated to our clients, award winning projects and design excellence.

We are very excited about what the future holds for our business and the industry and we thank you for your support and for making it all possible thus far.


Happy Anniversary

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