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Our Future Leaders Network discuss industry trends

By |February 10th, 2017|Categories: Electrical, ESD, Fire, Fire Protection, Fire Safety, Hydraulics, ICT, Mechanical, Staff, Sustainability|Tags: , , , , , |

The Future Leaders event, to be held at 6.00pm on 1st March will launch the 2017 Program. Taking advantage of the warmer weather, the event will be held on the outdoor terrace at Umow Lai’s South Yarra office, providing an excellent networking atmosphere for industry Future Leaders. The Future Leaders program is aimed at professionals [...]

Investing in our Future – Interview with Matthew Webb, AIRAH 2014 Student of the Year

By |May 26th, 2015|Categories: Staff|Tags: , , , , |

Biomimicry, from Greek "bios" (meaning life) and "mimesis" (to imitate) is innovation inspired by nature. It offers designers - in all fields of human endeavour - innovation opportunities to develop new products, processes and systems in a more sustainable way. Matt is a sustainability consultant at Umow Lai who specialises in the detailed analysis of [...]

Illuminating the Future

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Office|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The $55m GE HQ is a 15,000m2 office building consists of six stories with two levels of basement carparking. The building has been designed to achieve a 5 Star NABERS rating and is targeting a 5 Star As-Built Office v3 rating. Kane Constructions appointed Umow Lai to provide schematic D&C design for all building services with [...]

Victoria University Construction Futures Building

By |September 9th, 2013|Categories: |

Location: Sunshine, Victoria Client: Victoria University Architect: Cox Architects Ratings: 6 Star Green Star Education v1.0 Design rating Value: $44 million Umow Lai has again been associated with a major project that has achieved a 6 Star Green Star Education V1 Design Rating: the $44 million Construction Futures Building at Victoria University. The building services and sustainability consultancy provided a [...]

Podcast – Rebecca Patterson on developing technologies, creativity and strategies for the future of lighting

By |November 5th, 2010|Categories: Office|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this podcast, Rebecca Patterson of Umow Lai gives a detailed case study of the Pixel Building vs 500 Collins Street and also discusses the importance of technology and creativity in lighting design.

The Melbourne Veterinary School, Learning & Teaching Building

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: |

Project Name: The Melbourne Veterinary School, Learning & Teaching Building Location: Werribee, Victoria Value: $63M Umow Lai Disciplines: Electrical Audio-visual Security Fire Detection Fire Engineering ESD The $63 million-dollar redevelopment of the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital has enhanced the facilities for pet treatment and training for future veterinarians at the Melbourne Veterinarian School. The [...]

Brigidine College STEM Centre

By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: |

Project Name: Brigidine College STEM Centre Location: Indoorpilly, Brisbane, Queensland Value: $12m Umow Lai Disciplines: Mechanical, Electrical & Hydraulic Services Engineering Fire Engineering ICT Sustainability Services Located in the inner-city Brisbane suburb of Indoorpilly, Brigidine College follows the example of St Brigid – ‘a women of vision and courage, who actively challenged the social, [...]

Women’s College Sibyl Centre

By |May 13th, 2019|Categories: , |

Project Name: Women's College Sibyl Centre Location: The University of Sydney, Sydney Value: $16m Architects: M3 Architecture Umow Lai Disciplines Mechanical / Electrical + Specialist Lighting / ICT / Fire Detection / Vertical Transport Hydraulics + Fire Protection ESD Project Description: The new Women’s College Sibyl Centre located on the grounds of The University [...]

Next Generation of Leaders

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: Staff, Summary|Tags: |

Announcing Umow Lai’s up and comers and recent promotions This year, we look to the future as we evaluate ways where we can implement innovation in our projects and upskill and empower our staff to be both technically savvy engineers and true leaders in the built environment. The following promotions have all been earned based [...]

Andrew Oxley takes the reins as Managing Director of Umow Lai

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: Summary|

A change of leadership has officially taken place at the helm of Umow Lai. After 27 years as Managing Director, founder Dominic Lai, has moved from the day to day operations to assume the role of Executive Chairman. Following 5 years as the Victorian State Manager and 10 years as a Director of the business, [...]

477 Pitt Street, New South Wales

By |December 14th, 2018|Categories: Summary|

With 13 floors on the client brief and a 2 month deadline, Umow Lai were commissioned by Eastview Australia, John Wardle Architects, and ISPT, to deliver building services to the selected floors of existing 477 Pitt Street office tower. What once was the main office for Transport NSW, ISPT have proposed to refurbish and upgrade [...]

The Stables, University of Melbourne: Trading in the reins for paintbrushes

By |December 10th, 2018|Categories: Summary|

What was once the Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables, has been transformed into a world-class teaching and learning facility for students of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, following an $18 million makeover. The Stables, undertaken with the generous support of The Ian Potter Foundation and Myer Foundation, provides a new [...]

Our People – Introducing Senior ICT Consultant, Craig Pratt

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Summary|

Umow Lai would like to welcome one of our newest team members, Craig Pratt. Craig has recently joined the Brisbane office as a Senior ICT Consultant and we are proud to have him on the team. We asked Craig a few questions to help you get acquainted. What has been your favourite project you have [...]

Joint Venture officially opened by New Zealand’s Prime Minister

By |February 15th, 2018|Categories: Education, Electrical, ICT, Mechanical|

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern officially opened the new Ernest Rutherford building at the University of Canterbury (UC) last week. An event to be remembered, the ceremony was attended by hundreds of invited guests and featured an impressive display of fireworks outside the building’s entrance. Reflective of the University’s commitment to science and technology, [...]


By |August 11th, 2016|

Fire Engineering PDF Author Title Date Publisher Poh, W. and Fung, A. Shopping Centre Design Case Study – Representing Australia 2016 SFPE 11th Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods Oxley, A. Poh, W. White, N and Tiganis, B. Can low emissivity glazing be utilized for preventing fire spread into buildings? [...]

Sydney Wharves

By |July 14th, 2016|Categories: Government + Civic, Industrial, Summary, Sustainability, Transport|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Umow Lai helping upgrade Sydney's iconic Ferry Wharves Sydney's population is set to top five million by 2017, making it the first city in Australia to reach the five million mark. With the ten largest growth areas identified as being in the Sydney metropolitan area, the pressure to provide adequate, reliable and efficient public transport is [...]

RACV Cape Schanck Resort

By |July 14th, 2016|Categories: Hotels + Resorts, ICT, Residential|Tags: , , , , , , , |

RACV Cape Schanck Resort upgrade includes the latest in innovation and technology The Mornington Peninsula, a popular tourist destination an hour’s drive from Melbourne, is well known for its galleries, spas and cafes, gourmet produce and boutique wineries. Soon there will be another attraction to add to the list: an integrated hotel resort offering an [...]

Umow Lai takes centre stage in Ecolibrium & Digital Signage

By |June 1st, 2016|Categories: Arts + Entertainment, Commercial, Education, Government + Civic, Library|Tags: , , , , |

September 2009: For this issue, the Ecolibrium cover headline ‘Mainstream green – how an office fit-out achieved sustainability – without the frills’, announced that Umow Lai’s new tenancy at 10 Yarra Street, South Yarra, was the first in Victoria, and one of just two in Australia, to have achieved a 6 Star Green Star – [...]

The Gold Coast’s First New Private Hospital in Two Decades Opens

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: Health + Aged Care, Laboratories & Research|Tags: , , , , |

Officially opened on 4 April, 2016, the $230 million Gold Coast Private Hospital in Southport is the first new Private Hospital to open on the Gold Coast in more than two decades and is designed to be able to expand and meet the needs of a rapidly growing population. Statistics indicate that Queensland is one [...]

A Fresh New Sustainable Start for the Melbourne Market

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: Commercial, Industrial, Retail, Sustainability|

We all know it’s not easy being green. When you have a facility that extends over 69 hectares, approximately two and a half  times the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), houses 3000 businesses, is used by 4000 wholesalers, growers and vendors to supply to thousands of retailers on a busy day, there’s going [...]

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