Shaping Magazine May 2017

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Innovation and Excellence in the Teaching and Learning Sector

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01 MAY 2017

01 | Welcome to Shaping 2017

A Note from the MD Denis Young Managing Director Meinhardt Australia Denis.Young@

Welcome to the Education Edition of Shaping, Meinhardt Australia’s first e-Magazine for 2017. Welcome to the return of the Meinhardt Australia ‘Shaping’ Magazine; the first since Meinhardt acquired Murchie Consulting. Each edition will include a sector focus and we kick things off by turning our thoughts to the business of creating teaching and learning environments. Our industry is a lot about ‘doing’, ‘making’ and ‘building’. But a lot more than bricks and mortar goes into the creation of the education spaces we pass through across our lives. This issue showcases Meinhardt’s expertise across Australia in creating spaces for learning at all scales. We are keenly interested in keeping ahead of the innovation game through work on STEM and Tech schools. However, we are not only focused on the learning experience inside the classroom but also what happens in-between, around and through those spaces.

We also review our first 20:20 Vision event, which brought together thought leaders from the Education Space to share their thinking on the future direction of the sector. We welcome your feedback to both the content and the new look.


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.innovation at every scale







Shaping Contents

Innovative early learning design in a neat vibrant package.

A snapshot case study.


Building services for innovative scientific excellence.

.building blocks for excellence



South Australia is leading the way in

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Excellence.





The Quarter Springvale has achieved excellence in sustainability.


The Meinhardt Approach to safety monitoring.

.the spaces in between



Connecting east to west with innovative structural design.






Could Box Hill be Melbourne’s next CBD?


Planning Victoria.


The premiere Meinhardt networking event for 2017.


News from Meinhardt Australia.



03 | Meinhardt Events

Vision for Education Thursday evening, the 6th April, saw Meinhardt Australia kick off the first 20:20 Vision evening networking session for 2017. We invited five Education Sector industry leaders to present on any topic related to building, construction, technology and/

or teaching innovations across Primary,

Secondary and Tertiary education. This broad brief resulted in five diverse and compelling approaches to the challenges educators and designers are seeing today.

Peter Brown Baldasso Cortese Architects

Long Nguyen University of Melbourne

The Future of Education

The Power of the

is the Classroom

Campus Experience

Throwing something extra into the mix,

“We have to explore new ways of

“... The University of Melbourne is

a strict 20 second per slide timeline made the

can actually go away and learn in the


we asked our speakers to follow the

PechaKucha presentation style. 20 slides, on

presentations fast-paced, image focused and

concise. How do you condense a 15-year career into a sub-7-minute speech? With a style and

flair that seemed to come effortlessly from our passionate experts.

Following the presentations, an informal

discussion built on some of the themes touched on in the talks. The overall message was one of

evolution and growth, echoing the consensus in the room that these designers, developers and educators are ready to propel the Australian education sector into a strong future.

The night was an overwhelming success and

we sincerely thank all those who attended and participated.

We are looking forward to our next event: 20:20 Health and Aged Care.

For more information on how to get involved or to reserve you place please contact:

Justin Farmer SHAPING | EDUCATION – MAY 2017

doing things... we need to find places within these classrooms where kids ways that they need to learn.

... The classroom may not need to be

a classroom. It could be a gymnastics theatre. It could be a place or a

thousand places where you can

actually go out and learn and take

the technology we need to actually enable that learning to happen...

And maybe the ultimate sacrilege: do we need the classroom at all? I quite like the idea that we can go learn

anywhere in the world, be taught by the best lecturers in the world, in a

place that actually satisfies the way we want to learn.

The classroom is dead.

Long live the classroom.”

focused on the role of the campus... in delivering an enjoyable student

We has a diverse body of students...

[so] the expectations on the campus experience can be quite diverse... The over-arching theme that we

identified... was design aesthetic, and appreciation of the natural

environment. How do you bring

that natural environment to the classroom, the spaces, to the buildings?

We aim to move to a co-creation model where there is a balance

of focus between people, digital

technology and ‘bricks and mortar’ to deliver resilient spaces and places.”

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Mark O’Dwyer H2o Architects

Murray Walls RMIT University

John Schout DWP Architects

Education as

Sustainability from the

The Vision for

Life Stream

Ground Up

Multi-Level Schools

“... The idea of industry engagement

“... RMIT were looking for a vehicle

“... What is driving the development

first part of it is that education is

was the sustainable urban precincts

out of space and available sites for

is starting to meet an interesting approach within education. The

ultimately diversity. Not just the primary, secondary and tertiary approach but also the people

participating are of different ages... We are seeing industry facilities

that are starting to land in on top

of education spheres... biometrics... paired with rugby... 3D technology,

fabrication landing on top of tertiary and secondary education...

The cross pollination of all of those areas is quite simple and fluid...

[Designing for education] is about

marrying the parts with flexibility and the ability to adapt as times change.”

to drive a fundamental shift in

sustainability. The vehicle to do that program which was born out of

the greener government buildings programme...

We are generating our own power... We’ve centralised our plant...

We’ve engaged with staff and

students and we’ve got behaviour change programs underway.

We’ve upgraded all our building

management systems, optimising our thermal performance of our buildings...

We made a commitment under the

ATN to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020...

We’ve achieved it. We are 4 years ahead and that will be ongoing.”

of multi-level schools is the

recognition that we are fast running an ever increasing student cohort in inner urban and CBD locations... We can think of some of the

adjacencies that work fairly simply

and efficiently in a single level space but not necessarily in a multilevel arrangement...

So the question is how could these

important connections be designed and arranged so that they will

work for learning cohorts that are

perhaps spread over several floors and for the efficient delivery of the

core operations of the school? How can we do that in such a way that will still provide meaningful and

personal experience for all students

and staff in the context of procuring the best teaching and learning outcomes?”


05 | Innovation at

Innovation at


| 06 Every Scale

Every Scale 07. 11.






Cranston Street Kindergarten This photo essay exhibits the visual impact of the collaborative design & engineering efforts of Meinhardt Australia and Cheesman Architects.

Bob Ellis General Manager South Australia Bob.Ellis@

The new kindergarten project in Port Lincoln consisted of a single storey steel framed structure on a raised raft concrete slab. The building was situated on a sloping site which resulted in an even cut-fill demarcation with associated retaining walls around the internal perimeter of the building to ensure appropriate access and egress. The structural roof framing was hidden by a street fronted façade and all mechanical plant was on ground in accordance with DPTI guidelines. SHAPING | EDUCATION – MAY 2017

Energy efficient lighting and air conditioning systems were installed in accordance with latest Australian Standards. The Kindergarten is co-located on the Primary School site with both visual & functional connection. The new project allows easier access for both teachers and parents dropping off children. The open plan caters for ‘clear line of sight’ for teacher functionality throughout the working day.


Port Lincoln, SA : Location 2016 : Year DPTI : Client Cheesman Architects : Architects : Services Provided Structural, Civil, and all

Building Services



09 | Cranston Street

Drop Off

Play Room

Outdoor Play


| 10 Cranston Street

Exterior Play Room

Entry Bathroom

Outdoor Play


King Baptist Grammar School Kings Baptist Grammar School has been a valued client of Meinhardt for several years, having fully completed two major building projects with a third now in the final stages of construction. Brad Leach Mechanical Services Engineer Building Services Brad.Leach@ All three projects have been designed by Walter

features until the building was an empty shell.

junior primary classroom development which is

workspaces, resource storage and reading nooks.

Brooke Architects and include a purpose built

sports stadium, new resource centre and a new nearly complete.

The sports facility incorporates two full size

basketball/netball courts, classrooms, weights room, multi-purpose dance space and change rooms. The facility is fully air conditioned to

ensure it can be used year round and has been

designed to accommodate extensions to increase the number of courts with minimal impact on the existing building. The facility has been an

invaluable addition to the campus and is used

not only for physical education but for functions, presentations and other extra-curricular activities.

The existing resource centre was in excess of 20

years old, in poor condition and lacked the space and facilities to cater for a school population far in excess of originally planned. To facilitate the needs of the school, a complete redevelopment of the facility was required. This involved a

complete removal of all internal surfaces and SHAPING | EDUCATION – MAY 2017

A mezzanine area and associated extension was added to provide two additional classrooms, The building has been well received, both by

Kings Baptist and the adjacent public school with which they share the facility.

At the end of 2014, the demand for spaces in their junior primary levels far exceeded the capacity

of the school to cater for them. To accommodate the additional growth, the school decided to

add a third intake stream, adding nearly 50% in capacity for student numbers. The new facility, Friendship House, is nearly complete and will provide an additional 9 classrooms as well as

art, tech and music teaching spaces. Small music practice rooms, storage areas and generous

open plan common teaching spaces will allow for flexible and interactive learning spaces.

The junior primary admin areas have also been relocated to this building to provide a more

inclusive and community orientated junior school

which is located at the opposite end of the campus to the senior school.


Exterior Sports Stadium

Sports Stadium Courts

Adelaide, SA : Location 2009 - Current : Year KBGS : Client Walter Brooke : Architects : Services Provided Building Services Engineering Resource Centre

Resource Centre Foyer Junior Primary

Junior Primary Atrium


CB04A Science Laboratory University of Technology Sydney, NSW

Mathew Burke Discipline Leader Building Services Mathew.Burke@

The University of Technology Sydney is running full steam ahead to achieve their bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. With strong existing relationships between

with aspiration for a commercial research feel

the opportunity to transform an underutilised

required laboratory space, including a potential

the research-driven science faculty and local

industries and professionals, UTS has identified

corner of their existing science building at CB04

into a multilevel state-of-the-art laboratory hub: CB04A. Education design leaders H2o Architects will head up the design team with Meinhardt

Australia engaged to lead all building services, structural and civil engineering.

The demolition of the small single story

University Hall facing Turner Lane allows for an

8-level extension to CB04 that will accommodate 12 new laboratories, flexible space and learning hub. CB04A will respond to the changing

needs of leading research academics from the

university and industry partners, in a building


and an accent on transparency, collaboration and innovation. The design provides additional and

future SuperLab on level 2, standard research on level 3, PC1 research on level 4 plus level 5, PC2 research on level 6 plus level 7 and level 8.

CB04A will utilise the existing ramps and stairs connected to the main entry on Harris St and

improve the access through adjacent teaching

spaces and Alumni Green. Harris St marks the

urban edge to the site with a context of buildings flush to the street and continuous facades with

few gaps. To engage with this edge and populate

Turner Lane, a new identity is created for the new

façade facing the laneway that follows the rhythm of the street.

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View under Harris Street footbridge, of existing Harris Street entry for CB04

View from Harris Street of existing situation for CB04 with Bon Marche Building (CB03) in the background

View from the footbridge on Turner Lane showing proposal facade and CB01 in background


CB04A UTS Science Labs 15 | CB04A UTS Science Labs

Meinhardt prioritises sustainability and future proofing when tackling complex projects.

Our values align with the UTS Environmental Sustainability Policy which includes the

University’s commitment to ensure that its

institutional practices emphasize “that UTS

demonstrates and promotes the achievement of sustainable futures embracing ecological,

economic and social aspects of human existence”. In addition, we aim to provide improved and

thermally comfortable education and research

environments that sets the scene for students to learn and innovate. This includes an emphasis on practicality and affordability, integrating

Site Opportunities

sustainable design features, that maximize use of natural light and fresh air linked to mechanical and electrical systems tailored to a size and

operation that suits the real needs, demands and operation of the facility. Mindful of the need for

surrounding faculty buildings to operate during

construction, the existing services that currently cross the University Hall roof will be carefully

rerouted and upgraded to more energy efficient solutions without interruption.

How do you do it?

Site Constraints

Civil Services The demolition of the existing University Hall

discharge from site. Investigation is required into

CB01. The Meinhardt Civil team will monitor

of Sydney and Sydney Waters. This will include

will allow for further excavation to create a

new level and link to adjacent faculty building and control any erosion and sedimentation

during the construction process including the

implementation of a temporary sediment basin

if required on site clear of earth works. We will also treat runoff during construction, prior to

the existing stormwater assets from all relevant authorities including but not limited to the City

an investigation of internal stormwater assets to implement the runoff discharge. Rainwater will be collected from the roof, treated and resued within the development.

Structural Services

The existing University Hall footprint will

nuanced complexity to the project. Meinhardt

level will be seamlessly connected to CB04. The

performance criteria and loading considerations.

accommodate seven storey high extension (and

an additional 1 storey for roof plant) where each existing entry ramps, stairs and bridge link to

level 4 will be retained. The combination of new and existing structural considerations offer SHAPING | EDUCATION – MAY 2017

Structural provide a reinforced concrete frame

and slab structural design that responds to key

All fire and acoustic structural requirements will be achieved through close collaboration with the fire and acoustic consultants.

UTS Science offers practice-oriented, globally relevant and research- focused courses.

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CB04A UTS Science Labs

The Carnegie Mellon University Robert

Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Centre

is a multi-story dry-lab research facility built in 2005 to provide office and lab space for

technology companies wishing
to collaborate

with Carnegie Mellon to create innovative new concepts
and products for the marketplace. The RMCIC creates a nexus for industry,

federal, and university research, supporting start-ups, enhancing competitiveness for federal research funding, and creating a landing zone for companies.

RMCIC Facility

UTS Science modelled their science teaching facility based on the MET Super Lab. MET

is the home to the first open plan super lab using advanced AV technology as a central part of learning and teaching. In the Super Lab, students are able to watch detailed

demonstrations on screen while performing

the experiments themselves. Water, electricity, data and gases are serviced from the lab benches, maintaining a clear sight line.

MET SuperLab

Section Diagram


17 | CB04A UTS Science Labs

Building Services Meinhardt’s building services approach is one

systems. The design will allow for water and solar

orientation, glazing, cross ventilation, insulation

including recycled and recyclable materials

that responds to all basic ‘passive’ sustainable initiatives including a consideration of

and thermal mass. Further minimisation of

building and operation costs will come from the integration of services in building automation

collection. Meinhardt further encourages the

use of low energy and low off gassing materials where appropriate and will work with the

architects and other consultants to specify the optimum products for this project.

Mechanical Services The mechanical team aims to reduce running

The existing chiller plant will be relocated to the

and integrated sustainable design features that

Existing chilled and hot water supplies will be

and maintenance costs for UTS by concentrating on the incorporation of practical, affordable

maximize the use of natural light and fresh air linked to mechanical and electrical systems. The design intends to minimise the need for air conditioning by incorporating building

shading, with the aim to avoid air conditioning in circulation spaces.

Electrical Services

new CB04A roof (level 9) taking the opportunity to update and future proof the equipment.

utilised for non-laboratory spaces while a new mains will be provided for the new lab areas.

Floor by floor, room by room air conditioning

will be installed with minimal conditioning to circulation spaces. The specialist laboratories have specific ventilation requirements

recognising the innovative internal layouts proposed by the architects.

In an effort to utilise as much existing structure

be provided for each lab for fault insulation. The

will be located on level 2 with a 25% spare

controls. This will provide the quality of lighting

as possible, the existing Ausgrid substation on

level 2 will be utilised. A new main switchboard capacity. Recognising the requirement for all

laboratories to function independently, a c-bus lighting control system and dedicated DB will

internal lighting will consist of a combination of natural and LED lighting with energy efficient

required to undertake the tasks required in an educational STEM lab environment.

The New Facade from Turner Lane


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View of CB04 from Harris St

University Hall (red brick, to be demolished) from Turner Lane Footbridge

View of CB01 from Turner Lane Footbridge

Hydraulic Services The main aim for the hydraulic team will be

feeds to be copper free, plus multiple RO water

CB04A through acute attention to the collection,

collection of water seepage/drainage. A new

to develop a design that minimises water

consumption and protects water quality for

usage, purification and reuse of water on-site.

The design intends to align with the UTS Water Management Plan established to improve

the management of water and reduce water

consumption at UTS. Laboratories will also allow for hot/cold water, RO water, potable water and

non-potable water, seawater and milli-q. All water

points in each laboratory. The new underground area will site a subsoil tank and pumpout for separate water service will provide water

treatment and filtration and will connect to the existing main UTS water service on the ground

floor. Rainwater will be captured from the new

roof and discharged to the civil system through

downpipes and rainwater outlets from the roof.

Fire Services

The existing fire protection services design

compliance with the existing BCA performance.

Performance Fire Engineering Reports (FER)

The alteration and addition to the fire protection

were generally based on the requirements of

previous edition of the BCA and integrated by

including new report by Defire.
The extension to the existing fire protection systems will be

designed in accordance with present Australian Standards and any BCA and/or FER revision,

retaining the existing fire protection system in

The sprinkler system installed in 2006 has the

capacity to be extended to cover the new building. system will maintain compliance with current

FER and will be integrated with any additional requirement prompted by new fire safety assessment.

Conclusion Most of the upper laboratories in the existing

creates the opportunity for at least twelve new

the proposal seeks to minimise the connection

covering more than 2500 sqm of additional

section of CB04, adjacent to the proposed

extension, have recently been refurbished and and disruption of these existing laboratories.

The redevelopment of the University Hall site and extension of the Science Building / CB04

laboratory spaces, up to 500 student occupancy,

across six storeys plus an underground basement, accommodation. The redevelopment will also

improve the existing entrance from Harris Street and connection to the existing Alumni Green.


19 | Building Blocks

Building Blocks


| 20 For Excellence

For Excellence 21.







South Australia Takes the Hamish Bills Director South Australia Hamish.Bills@

SA State government is investing $250m over the next two years in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) buildings in over 139 schools (77 Primary and 44 Secondary).

STEM subjects (including physics and

and infrastructure. The infrastructure

education. Nurturing STEM skills at an early

training developments include a focus on

chemistry) are closely related and of ten

taught together in primary and secondary

stage of a child’s education leads to improved literacy and numeracy as well as critical and innovative thinking.

South Australia has made STEM development in schools a priorit y as statistics show

STEM-skilled job grow th rates currently

sit ting at double that of non-STEM jobs. The more engaged students are with innovation and technolog y from a younger age, the

more likely they are to pursue science and

research based opportunities at universit y

and beyond. This is vital, both at a state level

and nationally, to stay competitive on a global scale.

The South Australian STEM strateg y for schools focuses on increasing student awareness and participation through

strategic developments in programs, training


upgrades include tailored support for schools to implement the strateg y. The programs and increasing the number of primary teachers

specialised in STEM through a professional

learning program. Teachers will have access to new resources co-developed with DECD preschool leaders and teachers from this year. Students will have the opportunit y

to be involved in programs for systematic excellence such as collaborative inquiry projects, career pathway development, student ambassador programs and the Aboriginal Learner’s Congress.

The Meinhardt Group is dedicated to

providing engineering solutions for the

future. Meinhardt Australia is proud to be involved in the STEM initiative in South

Australia. We take on an approach of practical imagination meaning that it’s not just about

what we do but the way we do it and how we

connect with clients to provide for end-users.

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Lead in STEM Education

Ideas on STEM ED

Building Service Design Issues Meinhardt have a wealth of knowledge in delivering Building Service and Structural/Civil designs to STEM focused educational spaces.

Minimising Noise Minimising the noise of the building services,

Therefore, our mechanical services designs

qualit y learning environment. Significant

as workshops.

such as air conditioning and ventilation systems, is critical to achieving a high

research has shown that reducing noise

allows students to bet ter focus as well as

are aimed at improving acoustic conditions,

even in traditionally loud environments such

allowing teachers and instructors to speak

in a more natural vocal tone, reducing stress.

Adaptability Adaptabilit y is also a priorit y to maximise

This is critical for STEM projects as each

required for one learning area, while also

learning outcomes. Providing electrical

the use of the new space. Having spaces that

provide the specialised systems and services providing for alternative uses ensures the

most efficient use of space, while reducing overall costs.

learning area can have significantly different requirements to achieve their desired

and communication infrastructure that

suits multiple purposes is one such way of achieving this.

Energy & Water Efficiency Energ y and water efficiency is also still a

reducing on-going costs not only improves

reuse, solar power generation and energ y

readout screens and regular energ y usage

major concern for any new or refurbished space. Integrating water capture and

reclamation systems are just some of many design principles to reduce the impact on the environment. Ensuring that a space is sustainable into the future as well as

the viabilit y of the project, but can also be

used as an educational tool. Providing data

reports allow learning around sustainabilit y and the use of technolog y to be centred

around the classroom, making the learning even more relevant to the student.


23 | Ideas on STEM ED

Key Structural Design Items to Consider • Works that trigger Earthquake upgrades to

The majorit y of STEM works packages

• Economical structural systems to maximize

existing facilities. Thus, a sound knowledge of

existing buildings in accordance with DPTI policies

space and limit interference

• Seismic restraints of ceilings and services

undertaken by Primary and Secondary schools will involve refurbishments to

construction practices and efficient methods of upgrading existing facilities provides substantial value to the project.

Building the Education Revolution Meinhardt was involved in approximately

designs, modification of template designs to

Services provided included Structural, Civil,

Meinhardt successfully delivered BER

100 Building the Education Revolution (BER) projects across South Australia.

Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulic, Fire and Lif t consulting engineering services.

Projects included preparation of template

suit site specific criteria and the preparation of entirely new designs for schools.

projects for the private and public sector. Maintaining good co-operative working

relationships with DPTI, DECS and private school representatives.

Roxby Downs Area School Meinhardt have been engaged to provide building

This involves significant opening and realignment

Roxby Downs Area School.

design is a high priority through the use of LED

services and structural/civil engineering services to the STEM and Children’s Centre projects at

The STEM project is spread across three building refurbishments and will provide more open,

flexible and collaborative learning spaces for the school.

of internal walls, upgrades to building services and new finishes and fixtures. Energy efficient lighting, water efficient fixtures and the use of pre-cooling units for the air conditioning. This project is currently in design phase.

Brompton Primary School The project consisted of gutting an existing

The structural services involved redesigning wall

it out for Science, Technology, Engineering and

to cater for new compactus.

library that was previously constructed in the

Building Education Revolution (2010) and fitting Mathematics functions.

This projects brought the learning experience outdoors by opening up external walls and

creating multiple external learning spaces. SHAPING | EDUCATION – MAY 2017

bracing throughout the building, installing new

lintels and strengthening existing floor structure This project is currently under construction.

Meinhardt has extensive experience in South Australian Schools having worked on:

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• Approximately 100 Building the Education Revolution projects across South Australia • Over 30 trade training centres

• Multiple school developments and individual new buildings in schools

• Renovations, alterations and upgrades to schools through DPTI Facilities Services & Spotless Facility Managers.

Multiple locations, SA : Location DPTI : Client : Services Provided Building Services,

Structural & Civil Engineering

Norwood Primary School Activity Hall

Roxby Downs, SA : Location 2017 : Year DPTI : Client : Architects Kilpatrick Architecture : Services Provided Building Services, Roxby Downs Area School

Structural & Civil

Adelaide, SA : Location 2017 : Year DPTI : Client : Architects Russell & Yelland Architects : Services Provided Structural & Civil Brompton Primary School Under Construction


Sustainability Award The Quarter Springvale has been awarded the 2017 Greater Dandenong Sustainability Award for Sustainable Development.

Scott Carne Associate | Civil Land Developments Scott.Carne@

Meinhardt Civil has been involved in this 98 town

Bruce Henderson Architects, ESD Consultant

development, located on a disused Council depot

the sustainability strategy for the development.

house development project from inception with our client, The Quarter Springvale Pty Ltd. The in close proximity to Springvale town centre

and Train Station, has required creativity by all consultants throughout the design process in order to work with the site area constraints. These constraints included:

• Area constraints of the title

• Adjacent City of Greater Dandenong Community Hub

• Access from a single point due to narrow frontage

• Existing vegetation and infrastructure The award recognises buildings designed or

constructed with environmental sustainability focus. This Includes existing and newly

constructed buildings or proposed buildings with a planning permit.

Meinhardt Civil worked collaboratively with SHAPING | EDUCATION – MAY 2017

Ecoresults, town planning consultant Mecone

and surveyors Bortoli Wellington to determine

This included MUSIC water quality modelling of integrated stormwater harvesting tanks.

Other sustainability measures on the project include:

• Solar hot water

• Private open space for community leisure • High energy rating on buildings

Meinhardt Practical Imagination was crucial

in optimising the overall site yield during the planning stage of the development. Through

our innovative ‘stacked’ private infrastructure

reticulation we were able to assist the developer in reducing overall road reserve widths to

facilitate four rows of dwellings across the 163m

frontage of the site. This lead to the architect and

developer being able to increase the total number of townhouses on the site from 78 to 98.

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Entry Type B Exterior

Type A Exterior

Type C1 Living Room


RMIT Essential Safety Me Margaret Niepostyn Associate Director Fire & Hydraulic Services Margaret.Niepostyn@

Meinhardt Victoria successfully conducted a series of compliance audits across the entire RMIT building portfolio in an effort to maintain safety standards for all campuses. RMIT owns and manages a building stock

2, we carried out an extensive desktop review

Bundoora West, Brunswick and Hamilton.

were compiled and issued in stage 3.

comprising of 112 buildings across 5

locations in Victoria – Cit y, Bundoora East, Essential services audits were undertaken by Meinhardt for the RMIT campuses in Melbourne, Bundoora (East and West),

Brunswick and Hamilton, to identif y and

report essential services non-compliances

to Australian Standards and Building Code Australia (BCA).

Most of RMIT buildings were constructed

at different times, to different levels of fire

safet y and Australian Standards. Due to usage and year of construction of each building,

various versions of Australian Standards are

applicable to essential services maintenance. In the case that final certificates were issued for different levels in one building, the

maintenance service provider would have to adopt different maintenance schedules and standards for different parts of the same building.

We adopted a staged approach to collect

information for each building. In stage 1 and SHAPING | EDUCATION – MAY 2017

and site inspections for essential services in each building. Resulting audit assessments

Meinhardt successfully issued a final report

summarising a series of recommendations for the audited buildings. The report examined

the effectiveness of the current RMIT Verified asset model reporting system. Meinhardt recommended RMIT overhaul it so that

essential services maintenance is provided

in a more practical, standardized way for the

whole building in each case. Further iItemised performance reports were produced for

emergency evacuation, emergency lights and exit signs, extinguishers and hose reels, fire alarm systems, fire hydrant and mains, fire, smoke and exit doors, fire pumps, and fire sprinklers.

Meinhardt Australia also conducted all asset

conditions audit for their campus in Vietnam which was completed in March this year.

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easures Compliance Audit

01 Stage

Ideas on Safety

Included the review of available

documentation and development of a building matrix listing all essential services equipment in each building and their

maintenance requirements as per their Final Certificate.

02 Stage

Included comprehensive site audits to verify the gathered information from Stage 1

and updating the building

matrix based on the on-site observations.

03 Stage

Included compilation of the site audit assessments and

recommendations for immediate prioritized action items.


29 | Not Just The Buildings

Not Just The Buildings


| 30 The Spaces In Between

The Spaces In Between 31.






East-West Pedestrian Spine Griffith University, Gold Coast University

David Sheikh Associate | Structural Building Services David.Sheikh@

Meinhardt is the structural and civil engineering consultant as part of the Built team for the ‘East-West Pedestrian Spine’ project on the Gold Coast Campus; an integral part of the new Griffith University Master Plan designed by Cox Rayner Architects. Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus consists

movement of students and staff through the

movement across campus difficult. Cox Rayner

in level while enhancing the links to several

of two campus ‘hearts’ divided by a deep valley. This has made legible and natural pedestrian Architects developed the pedestrian spine

masterplan and design linking the two Campus

Hearts. Meinhardt were engaged as a part of the

Built team to offer structural and civil services to the complex site. Above all, this development will define the major movement corridor through the

campus and provide a dynamic experience for all staff, students and visitors.

The undulating nature of the Gold Coast Campus site has long presented challenges for the clear SHAPING | EDUCATION – MAY 2017

campus. There was need to create a stronger

spine to the site that also dealt with this change

building entrances. The steep topography covers a 13-meter differential over the length of the

campus. This has naturally lead to difficulties in disability access with disability standards also changing over time. The new pedestrian spine

remedies these issues and provides a variety of vibrant social spaces for all to enjoy.

Apart from generating a defined pedestrian corridor through the campus and resolving

existing disability access in equities, the new

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Pedestrian Spine Mid Plaza

Gold Coast, QLD : Location 2015 - Current : Year Griffith University : Client Cox Rayner : Architects : Services Provided Civil & Structural Engineering

Pedestrian Spine Lawn


33 | Griffith University

spine is proposed to create upgrades to the

The exposed steelwork framing of the lower

services, and common uses. A unique element of

elements disappear into the upper main canopy

existing courtyards. Several ‘hubs’ have been developed for community and commercial

the design is the outdoor teaching and learning

space with weather protection that will allow for teaching flexibility.

“Referring to the Griffith University guidelines, the new canopies have minimum structural reliance on existing buildings. This is so that future works and developments can be designed with full flexibility..” The principal distinguishing component of

the spine is a series of dramatically structural

canopies that are key to the spine being identified as the campus’ major movement conduit. The

canopies reflect the subtropical lifestyle of the campus, providing all-weather movement and coverage of adjoining courtyard spaces.

Structurally, Meinhardt reviewed a number

of alternative structural systems during the

schematic design phase such that the correct system is adopted and documented during the design development and construction

documentation phases. The structural scope

included design and documentation including footings, ground slabs, structural columns

and walls, retaining walls, and structural roof framing.

The lower walkway canopies consist of a series of portal frames made of structural steelwork.

Some loop around in an upside-down ‘U’ shape

providing a spread series of structural intervals. Cantilever awnings are scattered between to

enhance the dynamism of the structure. This mix of frames creates a vertical rhythm to the spine

that promotes the flow of movement intended by the overall design. The main upper canopy is a

complicated steel framed structure with most of the connections being designed as full moment bearing (fixed) connections.


walkway canopies are designed to envision the

skeleton of a spin throughout the campus. These through a considered series of architectural details that integrate the structure within

the main space. This transition manifests the

client’s requirement for a pedestrian spine that

provides a path of movement through the space

that gradually transforms into the hubs of more stationary vibrancy encouraging teaching, learning and social connection.

While selected framing elements are exposed, all

connections were to have minimum exposure and visibility. The exposed steel connections within the lower walkway canopies required a fully

sealed connection. This has been workshopped with inputs from client, architects, contractor,

steel fabricator, and other involved stakeholders. The upper canopy reaches 13 meters tall while the lower walkway portal frames come to 6

meters. At its longest the structure spans 14

meters. There is minimal structural integration with the existing buildings. Referring to

the Griffith University guidelines, the new

canopies have minimum structural reliance on existing buildings. This is so that future works and developments can be designed with full flexibility.

The civil scope extended to include vehicle

pavement design and grading details, earthworks site grade and levels associated with the new

works, safe overland flow paths to suit the new

works, sediment and erosion details for the new works and stormwater drainage for the new

buildings. Meinhardt also advised on the carpark options at the masterplan level.

The natural steep contour of the site required

careful and detailed civil consideration. The early works process included the installation of bored piers and are part of the upper main canopy

foundation system. Due to congested in-ground services, these were installed first prior to the

installation of any of the services. These services

feed the majority of the campus and its buildings. Due to the proximity of existing buildings,

temporary shoring has been suggested for deep excavations surrounding left pits and stairs.

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Aerial Massing

Upper Plaza



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Further civil activities have included earthworks

Structural steel shop detailing is progressing

installed throughout the spine.

connections and fixings.

and the preparation of spine pavement platforms. Civil stormwater pipes and manholes have been There have been no unforeseen delays in the

project. At this point in the construction process, the bored piers are installed and the G06 cafĂŠ

slab on the ground floor has been poured. Column pad footings and retaining wall strip footings

will be installed and poured in the coming weeks.

G42 Business School Foyer Space

G42 Business School Building This project was completed in 2014 and is a

seven story building consisting of large span post tensioned floor slabs supported on reinforced concrete columns; and three lecture theatres

with tiered seating. Griffith Business School is a new building that brings together their various departments and centres into an integrated,

collaborative teaching, learning and research environment.

G39 Science & Engineering Building This project was completed and opened in

January 2010. It consists of a four story building with allowance of approx 700 m2 intended for commercial lease. The building will provide

a focus for teaching and Gold Coast centered

research activities in engineering & bimolecular science.


with a few brainstorming sessions for resolution of special consideration around exposed The project is the latest in a number of

developments that Meinhardt has recently

worked on with Griffith University, including the award-winning new G42 Business School

Building, and G39 Science & Engineering Building.

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Pedestrian Spine Terrace Seating


Box Hill to Become Melbourne’s New CBD? The perfect storm that is seeing this leading metropolitan activity centre realise its true development potential.

Paul McAleer Associate Director Planning | Infrastructure Paul.McAleer@

Recognised as the gateway to the eastern

a major public transport hub, well supported by

urban redevelopment projects underway and

the shopping centre, major tram routes located

suburbs, Box Hill has come a long way from its

initial suburban identity. With a number of major many more set to define the city skyline, Box

Hill has become the fastest growing city centre

outside of the Melbourne CBD and is now offering a genuine alternative to the Melbourne CBD for investment, employment, entertainment and a place to stay.

It is somewhat the perfect storm that has

been created that makes Box Hill an attractive

proposition for a range of key industry players. The town centre is well served in terms of

infrastructure. Box hill benefits from a welllocated and established activity centre and

shopping centre (Box Hill Central) with a diverse range of retail, commercial, food and beverage

and entertainment offerings. The town centre is SHAPING | EDUCATION – MAY 2017

rail, tram and bus routes with both the Belgrave

and Lilydale railway lines converging deep below along Whitehorse Road and a regional bus

interchange located above the shopping centre.

In terms of employment generation Box Hill also boasts the highest office floor area outside the

Melbourne CBD and has been a long time home for some major health (Box Hill Hospital and

Epworth Hospital) and education facilities (Box Hill Institute and Box Hill TAFE).

Unlocking the potential in Box Hill has been

the strategic work that has been carried out by Whitehorse City Council with support

given to this vision by State Government for decentralisation. The Box Hill Transit City

Activity Centre Structure Plan was introduced in 2006. The structure plan provides a framework

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Whitehouse Towers Development including Art Series Hotel


39 | Feature on Box Hill

for city development and identifies areas for growth with an emphasis on contribution to

employment generation, housing supply and the

24 hour city. Of note is Precinct F where there are no height limits and higher rise development is encouraged. This area otherwise known as the development ‘’go zone’’ in Box Hill.

“There will be an unprecedented growth in population and jobs as result of these projects.” Momentum has been gathering since the adoption of the structure plan though it is only been over

the last few years that the development industry

has sat up, taken notice and tapped into Box Hill’s true potential.

Investment in Box Hill has skyrocketed in the last few years with much of this coming from Asian

investors, and more specifically from China. It is

worth noting that a significant proportion of the Box Hill population comes from Chinese descent

and Box Hill host one of the biggest Chinese New Year’s parties in the country.

There has still been a great deal of interest

and investment from local investors too. The

potential for uplift in value in properties has been a huge drawcard with single dwelling lots being converted into high rise multi dwelling mixed

Sky One Development


use developments. The sheer scale of potential development, encouraged in the Box Hill MAC, makes it an attractive prospect.

Another key factor is that property values have

grown considerably more in Box Hill than any in

other suburb in Melbourne. Property values have increased by a whopping 927% in Box Hill over the last 20 years. The adoption of the Box Hill

Transit City Activity Centre Structure Plan all of 10 years ago has been a key catalyst for this.

What has set Box Hill apart from other satellite centres such as Dandenong, Ringwood and

Footscray is that the investment to date has

largely been pouring in from the private sector. Whereas other centres have relied on State

Government funding to a degree to kick start investment interest.

Box Hill is now experiencing a building boom with a series of major projects underway or complete. And with up to 50 major developments with

planning approval yet to commence construction and many more currently in the pipeline, at the planning and pre- planning application stage,

we will soon be seeing considerably more tower

cranes in the Box Hill skyline over the next couple of years.

There will be an unprecedented growth in

population and jobs as result of these projects.

This though is only the tip of the iceberg with

many more redevelopment opportunities still yet to be realised in Box Hill.

Some recent key landmark developments

in Box Hill of note are: the Box Hill Hospital

redevelopment (completed), the new ATO at 20 storeys with 20,000sqm of leasable floor

area (completed and occupied), the Whitehorse

Towers at 36 and 26 storeys, which includes 511 apartments and an Art Series Hotel (currently under construction), Sky One at 36 storeys,

which includes 450 apartments and a food and

beverage entertainment hub at street level, and the Spotlight development comprising three

towers at 37, 30 and 17 storeys with a hotel a 450 apartments (currently under construction).

One (Golden Age, the developer). Success with

rapid conversion with these projects has built

more confidence in investors and developers and the like.

• Mix of uses and new uses.

• Clear strategy and guidelines as to where growth will / will not be supported.

• Rare political appetite supporting growth (unparalleled in Melbourne’s east).

• Opportunity for growth in spite of new

height restrictions in the Melbourne CBD

and indecision over Melbourne’s major urban renewal projects.

Whitehorse Road at 30 storeys, 9-11 Prospect

live or play Box Hill is fast becoming the place to

Street at 26 storeys and 5-9 Wellington Road at 16 storeys.

The keen interest from prospective buyers is also worthy of note. The Whitehorse Towers

development (Asia Pacific the developer) is one

the right ingredients for this to continue for some time. Whether you are coming to invest, work, be.

Paul McAleer was former Planning Manager at the City of Whitehorse where a

example where development interest has been

key focus was guiding major development

Apartments have also flown off the plan at Sky

Director – Planning.

vindicated. It is understood that most of the 511 apartments sold off the plan within 6 weeks.

on Box Hill

• Land to be rezoned.

Box Hill is well and truly booming and it has all

use and apartment developments at: 820



Other key major development projects recently

approved by Whitehorse Council include mixed

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projects in the Box Hill MAC. Paul joined Meinhardt as Associate

Sky One Development


Sector Spotlight | Planning Essen Joseph Senior Planner Planning Essen.Joseph@

Port Welshpool Planning for Appeal and Function Meinhardt Planning is part of the Water

boating opportunities.

Marine Precinct Plan.

opportune time, as boat registration data

Technolog y and Essential Economics team appointed to develop the Port Welshpool

“Meinhardt will coordinate key planning tasks and engagement activities, with a view to developing a robust framework and implementation strategy...”

The Plan will function as a strategic

document for guiding the development and

enhancement of the Marine Precinct. It will

be one of four key strategies within the South Gippsland Shire to increase visitation and

tourism capture, as well as local amenit y and

Port Welshpool


The project is being undertaken at an

indicates that demand has increased by some 25% in Gippsland bet ween 2003 and 2012. Port Welshpool provides an exceptional

opportunit y to cater for this demand, as it is the only natural deep sea port bet ween Western Port Bay and Paynesville/Lakes Entrance.

Meinhardt will coordinate key planning tasks and engagement activities, with a

view to developing a robust framework and implementation strateg y for Council, in collaboration with key stakeholders.

The Planning team Victoria is working in collaboration with local councils to develop new and innovative solutions for up and coming marine precincts. These are two recent tender wins.

| 42 Spotlight on Planning

Hastings Foreshore Precinct Plan Meinhardt, together with GroupGSA, have

Emphasis will be placed on both visual

Precinct Plan.

catering for key user needs. Additionally,

been appointed by the Mornington Peninsula Shire to prepare the Hastings Foreshore

“Meinhardt will manage the project and hold the primary responsibility for delivering an effective strategy.” The Precinct Plan will build on the

foundations and vision established through previous work, which identified a number

of strategies and actions to be undertaken

along the foreshore. This project will provide the next level of detail for implementation,

and will constitute the masterplan for public

space enhancements, delivery of recreational

facilities, and improved connections bet ween existing spaces.

amenit y and function, to provide at tractive

spaces for residents and visitors, while also the project will account for environmental factors, future climate change impacts, resource constraints, and other such

considerations that are essential to long term viabilit y.

Meinhardt will manage the project and hold the primary responsibilit y for delivering

an effective strateg y. As a key part of the

project, we will work closely with GroupGSA to ensure the project provides innovative landscape and urban design solutions.

These design responses, in combination

with masterplan strategies, will maximise the potential of the precinct for Council, residents, and visitors.

Hastings Foreshore Precinct


Recent Wins | Australia

University House Servery Re-Configuration

Graduate School of Education

University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Building Services and Structural Engineering

Building Services and Structural Engineering

Kitchen servery, for the historic University House

park floors. Design includes flexibility in room

consultancy. Scope comprises new wall openings and re-configuration of the ground floor Bar & building.

5 Star Greenstar Commercial Office

consultancy for new flexible study/examination

spaces to be created within existing building car usage and configuration.

Secondary Collage Stage 2

588 Swan St Richmond

Beechworth School

The team is working with Rothe Lowman to

Science/Resources and Performing Arts buildings

Bacchus Marsh Hospital Upgrade & Extension

Faculty of Health Upgrade Stage 1

provide building services engineering and ESD.

including building services, structures and civil.

Dejerriwarrh Health Services

Deakin University Geelong Campus

Building Services and Structural Engineering

The team is working with Vincent Chrisp

and associated support areas.

as ESD consultancy.

consultancy. Scope includes existing building

extension including two new operating theatres

Architects providing mechanical, electrical,

hydraulics and fire engineering services as well

News | Meinhardt International Greenwich Peninsula Scheme

Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh

London, UK

Phom Penh, Cambodia

Meinhardt will take an advisory role at the early

The ground breaking ceremony for the 14 storey,

integrating the proposal with requirements from

engineering design services for this luxury

stages of design, engaging with the architect to

prepare a successful planning application, while London Underground and other stakeholders.

250 key 5-star hotel took place on the 22 March 2017. Meinhardt is providing full C&S and MEP

development, expected to be completed by 2018.

For more news and events please visit & SHAPING | EDUCATION – MAY 2017

Meinhardt has been engaged as building services engineers for the

new Gordon Tech School in Geelong to be designed by Vincent Chrisp


The Tech Schools initiative will invest $128 million to create 10

| 44 News & Events

high-tech centres of learning across the state that will use leadingedge technology, discovery and innovation to deliver the advanced education and training that Victorian school students will need to flourish in the rapidly changing global economy.

Gordon Tech School

The project involves the construction of a new 3-level building on the soon-to-be demolished Gordon Library site on the corner of Latrobe Terrace and Little Malop Street and the rejuvenation of 2 existing buildings.

Mathew Burke, Sydney Office, was a key speaker at the inaugural

Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit in Melbourne in March. This

is timely as Australia faces rapid changes in our city demographics and densities.

The presentation focused on the vertical efficiency of tall buildings, specifically: a ‘Neighbourhood Network’ approach to service

arrangements in skyscrapers. This is an alternative design solution

Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit

based on using existing infrastructure to provide increased capacity and new services.

Mathew received a fantastic response from delegates with many engaging in further discussion.

Meinhardt SA worked in partnership with Palace Nova Cinemas,

Climate Air Conditioning, Temperzone, Seeley and D-STAL Electrical to provide a practical mechanical engineering solution that will revolutionise the way theatres manage heating and cooling.

Palace Nova could see the shift in the changing cinema industry and chose to change the game, converting their 3 large 160 seat cinemas

Palace Nova Cinema Presentation

into 8 smaller cinemas ranging from 18 to 120 seats. This has both a practical and psychological advantage. Movie goers can now

experience a wider selection of movies from all over the globe in a space engineered to maximise comfort.

Meinhardt’s Environment and Waste Management sector has been working extensively with the NetWaste initiative. NetWaste is a

collaborative environmental management project sponsored by the

NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Central West (CENTROC) and Orana Regional Organisation of Councils (OROC), located in the central and western regions of New South Wales,

Waste Management Association Australia : NetWaste Presentation


Santo Ragusa presented the functional strategies and savings

associated with the project at the Waste Management Association of Australia.


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