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 – Office Interiors rating. Sean McGowan reported that it was “sustainability without the bling” when he interviewed Shane Esmore, head of sustainability, and discovered that the space also retained an undeniable low-key look and feel.
The cover feature, “Innovation celebration –Adelaide’s Ingkarni Wardli Building (formerly Innova 21) earns 6 Star Green Star status,” lead into a six page Ecolibrium article explaining how the University of Adelaide’s $100 million building for the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Science was the first to be awarded a 6 star Green Star Education v1 rating.
Titled ‘Collins Class’ this issue of Ecolibrium reported that the buildings at 171 Collins Street were interesting for a number of reasons. “Not only does the project include the first premium–grade commercial building to appear in this much sought-after location in 20 years, it also combines two very different structures, built 100 years apart. 171 Collins Street has earned a rare triple crown: a Property Council of Australia premium-grade quality rating, a 6 Star Green Star – As Built credential, and a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating.” Umow Lai was engaged as the consulting engineer for the project providing building and sustainability services.
‘Pushing the boat out – Belmont 16s Club’s IPTV Upgrade’ was described in depth article in the Digital Signage magazine dedicated to digital, place-based media and technology. It detailed how a new club within a licensed club near Newcastle, had achieved a fit out that had heavily invested in some of the latest technical developments as a way of leveraging to improve their business and attract newcomers. Among the technologies that Umow Lai’s ICT specialists installed were systems that introduced capacity to address every screen in the club individually, and different messages for the men’s and the women’s toilets.
Geelong Library “sphere of influence- a peek inside a regional game-changer’ feature in Ecolibrium alluded to the way the building reimagined the domes of civic buildings around the world and resulted in a geometric interpretation that is a partially buried sphere that has been sliced, dissected and eroded away in certain areas. For Umow Lai’s Nick Mulvany, the project provided an insight into how early façade design can influence the services design. “It reinforced the firm’s approach of undertaking façade workshops early in the design process to fully leverage the knock-on benefits to services design of high performance facades.”
Umow Lai would like to thank Ecolibrium and Digital Signage for their support. We look forward to seeing more innovative projects showcased in the future.