Umow Lai congratulates The Australian National University who’s College of Sciences Biosciences Building has won the ‘Project of the Year’ at the 2012 Master Builders and Boral Excellence Building Awards, ACT Division. The firm is responsible for sustainability (ESD), mechanical, electrical, fire protection, communications, audio visual, vertical transportation, laboratory, risk and fire safety engineering services.
“It is a state-of-the-art life sciences laboratory housed in an amazing building where many of the innovative and sophisticated technologies are hidden from view,” commented David Uhlhorn, a Umow Lai Director who heads their project team.
“Many of the rooms of the Biosciences Building are at a constant temperature. This is particularly important for plant culture spaces and general life sciences research activities carried out on the premises. There are other interesting features too, such as a solar domestic hot water system linked to the Central Plant Facility.”
Known as the CPF, the Central Plant Facility provides all chilled water, heating hot water and recycled water. Canberra’s cool weather means for much of the year the CPF chilled water storage tanks can be recharged using cooling towers at night, significantly reducing the project’s carbon footprint.
The MBA Award went to Hindmarsh Construction (Australia). Umow Lai is part of the project team with Hindmarsh and Lyons architects working at the ANU. The College of Sciences project. It includes the Biosciences Building, plus the CPF, Teaching and Chemical Sciences Buildings located within the University’s Banks Precinct.
As winner of the ACT Division Award, the Biosciences Building project will be a contender for the MBA’s ‘Project of the Year’ national award to be announced in Canberra on 16 November. (The project also won the Subcontractor of the Year Award for J & J Interiors).
Umow Lai is a leader in innovation and sustainability and is committed to adding value to their professional engineering services. Established in 1991, the firm has expanded and now employs over 90 staff in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and has associate offices in Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Hong Kong and Vietnam.