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Facility Management February - March 2016

Facility Management is Australasia's premier independent magazine addressing the needs of professional building and property managers and their suppliers. Readers are interested in the latest information regarding the operation, efficiency and design of commercial buildings.

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1 min
editor’s comment

This is my last issue as editor of Facility Management; it has been a great experience and I do hope you’ve enjoyed the changes introduced. I’ll still be around in some form or other, and you’ll likely see me pop up in a feature or two down the line. Ben Creagh takes over as editor and you’ll get to meet him in the next issue. Here, we have lined up powerful thought leaders to expand the debate on sustainability and ask the question: if sustainability is a trend and its merits demonstrable, why are there so few projects with a strong sustainability focus? In our content partnership program, Schindler Lifts explains why safety for the company is a number one priority, detailing the CPSI program that is unique to Schindler in the…

1 min
content partner contributions

A Facility Management Content Partner is an organisation with which we’ve entered into a partnership to collaborate on content for the magazine. In this issue, thought leaders from respective organisations are: ASSA ABLOY’S ANDREW EVANS Andrew Evans is national sales manager – Access Control and has almost 10 years’ experience in the security management and access control market. He is wellversed in the capabilities of cutting edge wireless security such as Aperio – developed to complement new and existing access control systems. ISS AUSTRALIA’S MURRAY SLATTER Murray Slatter has 15 and 21 years’ experience, respectively, directing and managing complex, multidisciplinary projects for a broad range of properties both locally and internationally. His experience has leveraged his executive management, construction, engineering and technical skill sets to deliver complex projects in seven countries, four continents and…

4 min

Brookfield Multiplex to deliver $307 million St George Hospital Redevelopment Global contractor Brookfield Multiplex has been appointed to construct the $307 million St George Hospital redevelopment at Gray Street, Kogarah. Health Infrastructure announced that Brookfield Multiplex won the competitive tender to build the hospital, having completed an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract to carry out design documentation and prepare the site for main works construction. David Ghannoum, regional managing director NSW at Brookfield Multiplex, says the St George Hospital project is a welcome addition to its extensive experience in hospital construction. “We are delighted to be delivering another project for NSW Health Infrastructure. We completed the Royal North Shore Hospital’s Clinical Services Building last year, as well as the South East Regional Hospital in Bega just recently, and are working towards completion of…

4 min
new fm products

Rubbermaid’s Slim Jim offers hands-free waste disposal The newest addition to Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ hands-free waste management portfolio, the Slim Jim Step-On is designed to satisfy the diverse needs of any facility, maximising space efficiency with a 20 percent smaller footprint and a slim profile ensuring a perfect fit in even the tightest spaces. Enhancing worker and patron satisfaction and well-being, the hands-free Slim Jim Step-On container features a built-in lid dampener that ensures a quiet and controlled lid closer that minimises noise, allowing patients and patrons to be undisturbed. The lid’s hinge is located inside the container, which prevents wall damage compared to traditional receptacles. rubbermaidcommercial.com.au/products/waste-management/slim-jim-step-on Slimline Aqualean from Lennox The new energy efficient Aqualean water-cooled air-conditioner is suited to shopping areas, hotel rooms and open-plan or cellular offices, where the building is…

7 min
building in sustainability

Sustainability must be holistically planned and built into a project from the early stages in order to realise long-term benefits. Numerous research projects and studies undertaken by universities and others have repeatedly shown that low carbon, high performance buildings can contribute directly to the bottom line for organisations, not only through increased asset value and lower running costs, but through improving the indoor environment quality for occupants and their productivity. In fact, a US study (‘Improving the Health of Workers in Indoor Environments: Priority Research Needs for a National Occupational Research Agenda’, 2002) quantified the financial losses from poor indoor environments in the tens of billions of dollars per year – in the US alone – through absence from work, reduced work performance and increased healthcare costs. In Australia, the HASSELL-designed six-star…

6 min
gender diversity and the workplace

It is not often that I attend a conference and come across something new, but last August I was presenting at an aged care procurement conference and sat in on the preceding presentation. The presentation’s topic was not only an eye-opener, it also made me think about its wider implications on facilities management and the design of buildings in the future. I had never come across the term ‘LGBTI’ before and some of the information presented challenged my perspective on the diverse nature of the people that potentially constitute the workforce. The acronym LGBTI collectively represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members of our community. It is evident from subsequently researching this topic that significant discrimination exists in the workplace, even though, from 1 August 2013, the Sex Discrimination Act…