Umow Lai was a finalist in the 2011 – Excellence in Environmental Practices category – announced last night in Sydney.

Shane Esmore, a Umow Lai director and their sustainability team leader said: “Being a finalist in this most recognized and respected private sector award is an honour and certainly a testament to the hard working Umow Lai team.

“We are an Australian company and although only medium-sized, pull well above our weight in the field of sustainability and all facets of the engineering profession and that makes this win all the more impressive.

“We have worked on some great projects, several of which have achieved the highest Green Star ratings in their category, like Pixel, Fujitsu and Innova21. This has helped us to establish a well-earned reputation for innovation along with the ability to adapt the best overseas technology to Australian conditions specific to our client’s needs.

“There’s another factor in our success. Our philosophy is to adopt an integrated approach to projects that involve engineers with a variety of skills working closely together with our clients towards a common goal – achieving the best possible design solution. It is an approach that fosters strong relationships with our clients and enables us to deliver a high quality service.”

Umow Lai’s clients include commercial property developers such as Grocon (Pixel and Delta in Melbourne, Legion House in Sydney) and Far East Consortium (Upper West Side Apartments, Melbourne); health care providers including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Bendigo Hospital; educational institutions – University of South Australia, University of Adelaide, University of Tasmania and Ravenswood School for Girls (Sydney) as well as government projects including Ararat Prison, Melbourne Markets and Melbourne Water.

Founded in Melbourne in 1991 by George Umow and Dominic Lai, the company employs over 170 staff in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and has associate offices in Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Umow Lai is a Founding Member ceremony of the China Green Building Council, one of only 14 other foreign founding member firms, and is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia.