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Year: 2015


Melbourne property industry leaders share their insights

As part of Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE) continued support of the Victorian property industry, we are proud to once again sponsor the Property Council of Australia Christmas lunch, held on 11 December, 2015. The event brings together hundreds of property associates to celebrate the vibrancy and progress within the industry. To mark the occasion, WGE has put together a short video to celebrate the exciting changes and future direction of property in Melbourne. WGE Melbourne Office Manager, Grant Holman shares his thoughts on the impact of technology. “Humans still need to connect, there are different ways and more ways …

Date: December 11, 2015
Category: News

Changes to BCA plumbing standards realise considerable cost savings

In line with sustainability and water conservation practises, modern day tapware and appliances require significantly less water flow than older appliances. However, the Australian Standard that determines the requirements for reticulating hot and cold water within buildings has not been updated to reflect the reduced demand. In May, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) has introduced provisions for ‘alternative solutions’ offering an opportunity to design outside the current Australian Standards if performance is not compromised and a benefit is achieved. What does this mean for you? This means that considerable cost savings can be achieved on plumbing infrastructure, installation and …

Date: December 10, 2015
Category: News

Recognition for office fitout at Design Institute Australia awards

Wood & Grieve Engineers’ (WGE) Perth office is celebrating a win at the Design Institute Australia (WA) awards held on Thursday 3 December. In partnership with architects Woods Bagot, WGE delivered an innovative office fitout for Built WA to showcase their innovative approach to workspace design. The project was recognised with a Commendation for Lighting Solution, an Award of Merit in the Interior Spaces – Corporate category and the Best in State Award for the holistic approach to design and exceptional attention to detail. Judges were impressed with the contemporary mix of hospitality and workplace design to offer a unique …

Date: December 4, 2015
Category: News

Premier opens new Ronald McDonald House

The new $27 million Ronald McDonald House in Nedlands, officially opened today by Premier Colin Barnett, provides a home away from home to an increased number of families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment. Full details regarding the opening can be read in the official media statement found here. The WGE team were proud to be part of this project and contribute to such a positive new building in Perth.  Services the team provided included acoustics, electrical, fire engineering, fire protection, hydraulics, mechanical, structural and sustainability.

Date: December 4, 2015
Category: News

2015 Perth to Busselton Bike Ride a huge success

Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE) annual Perth to Busselton bike ride was held on Friday 13 November, with 32 participants completing the 245km ride in sweltering conditions. The annual event is a test of strength and endurance to raise vital funds for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation bringing employees and clients together for a good cause. Riders departed WGE’s Perth office at 5.00am and crossed the finish line with a sprint finish along the Busselton foreshore at 4.30pm. Scott Tulk took out the line honours as well as raising the most funds. The crew trained for 12 weeks …

Date: November 26, 2015
Category: News

Peace of mind for bushfire building protection

With the right measures in place, the risks to buildings in bushfire prone areas can be minimised through the use of safe construction. That’s why the Victorian Government has introduced strict codes and why the fire engineering team at WGE take protecting your development very seriously. Whether you’re surveying residential apartments, a commercial building or a rural hospital complex, we have the experience and methodology to identify potential threats and put tried and tested bushfire protection solutions in place to safeguard both new and existing buildings. “Detailed analysis is absolutely critical in bushfire protection,” explains Luke Curtis, Fire Safety Engineer …

Date: November 17, 2015
Category: News

Melbourne office recognised for Excellence in Construction

Mitcham Private Hospital has received an Award for Excellence in Constsruction of Commercial Buildings $3M-$5M by the Master Builders Association of Victoria. Announced earlier this month, the awards showcase outstanding craftsmanship and professional standards and demonstrate commitment to building excellence in the commercial and industrial sectors throughout Victoria. WGE’s structural and civil teams were engaged to assist in delivering the new ward expansion, carpark and theatre renovations at Mitcham Private Hospital in Mitcham, Victoria. The $8 million project involved delivery of a new 21 bed mental health ward extension created over an existing carpark, which was sunk into the ground …

Date: November 2, 2015
Category: News

Regis Chelmer: defining the future of aged care

The aged care industry has undergone significant change in recent years, with the trend towards modern, sophisticated and flexible facilities that are focused on resident care and comfort. The Regis project in Chelmer is a new project that incorporates state of the art design to create a warm and inviting environment for residents whilst ensuring the highest standards of care. WGE’s involvement encompasses structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fire protection, fire engineering, acoustics and sustainability services. Building a community, not just a facility The $20 million project involves construction of a new four-level building along with renovation of the existing …

Date: October 14, 2015
Category: News

New alternative energy solutions are coming soon

Tesla are back in the local media spotlight with their announcement that Australia will be one of the first countries to receive their energy storage solution. We may see this product in our market in late 2015. With utility power consumption rates rising and the costs of providing grid supply to new and remote developments soaring, alternative energy technology is already a key  consideration for all new developments. We are now entering an exciting time where battery storage costs are no longer a prohibiting factor in reducing grid reliance. Storing excess renewable power in batteries allows it to be used …

Date: October 12, 2015
Category: News

Brisbane office welcomes Michael Lanchester to lead Acoustic Engineering section

Wood & Grieve Engineers has recently welcomed Michael Lanchester to lead the newly established Acoustics section in their Brisbane office. In response to industry growth and client demand, expert advice on building and environmental acoustics will now be offered locally on projects in Queensland. With over 20 years’ experience in acoustic consulting, Michael has extensive knowledge in delivering creative acoustic design solutions that achieve the optimum balance between technical accuracy and cost effectiveness. He has a strong portfolio of projects with a particular background in the health, commercial, education and defence sectors. Michael says that in his 20 years in …

Date: October 6, 2015
Category: News

Wood & Grieve Engineers expand Sydney Sustainability team

Wood & Grieve Engineer’s (WGE) Sydney office is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexander Kobler, Sustainability Project Engineer. When it comes to sustainability and building performance, it is no longer an option but an expectation. The hire of Alexander is in direct response to increased demand for local sustainability expertise in the Sydney market, with developers requiring analysis and design consultation to achieve outstanding environmentally innovative projects. Alexander is an experienced sustainable design consultant with a background in mechanical engineering and advanced knowledge of Green Star, Basix, NatHERS, NABERS, and Section J requirements. “Alexander brings advanced knowledge of sustainable …

Date: September 22, 2015
Category: News

Earth Sciences Garden project the first of its kind in Australia

The new geological Earth Sciences Garden at Monash University forms an innovative outdoor learning environment for students, showcasing the geology and geomorphology of Victoria. The garden comprises a stunning arrangement of nearly 500 rock specimens which are laid out to form outcrops in a geological map and is the only garden of this type in Australia. The garden, which measures 130 metres by 30 metres, was developed by a team of the University’s earth scientists and engineered by WGE’s structural, civil, electrical and hydraulics teams. Students are able to gain hands-on experience in geological techniques in the rock garden, which forms …

Date: September 17, 2015
Category: News

prefabAUS Annual Conference – hear about lessons learnt from the experts

Hear John Lucchetti speak on the modular aspects of ‘Building Services – opportunities, risks and lessons learnt’ at the annual prefabAUS conference in Melbourne. John will be speaking on Wednesday 16th September and will delve into risks and opportunities faced in the design of building services (Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulics and Fire Services) for modular construction projects based on real world experience. For more information on the conference visit prefabAUS.

Date: September 10, 2015
Category: News

WGE Acoustic Section Manager brings his passion for acoustics to Melbourne

Wood & Grieve Engineers’ Acoustic team in Melbourne is being championed by the new Acoustics Section Manager, Daniel Castro. Daniel has moved from the firm’s Sydney office to offer his extensive acoustic experience to the exciting Melbourne property industry, having previously gained broad international experience in China, Spain and New Zealand. Daniel is leading the Melbourne team of specialist acoustic consultants, proactively coordinating projects across the fields of building acoustics and environmental acoustics. With over 13 years of experience in the acoustics field and numerous major projects under his belt ranging from hospitals, universities, stadiums, commercial offices, infrastructure and marine/industrial …

Date: September 7, 2015
Category: News

WGE and Blackwoods achieve WA’s first industrial Green Star certification

Western Australia’s first ever project to be awarded Green Star 4 Star Industrial V1 Design certification has been successfully completed by Blackwoods with the support of  Wood & Grieve Engineers’ (WGE) sustainability team. The Blackwoods Karratha Retail Warehouse achieved the prestigious Green Star certification with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) through a number of innovative sustainable initiatives and materials that were implemented and used throughout the build. “One of the major achievements on the Blackwoods project was the implementation of one of the first large scale photovoltaic (PV) solar systems powered on the Horizon Power network” explained Phillip …

Date: September 7, 2015
Category: News

Modular design at Mitcham Private Hospital reduces build time by 75%

Wood & Grieve Engineers’ (WGE) structural and civil teams were engaged to assist in delivering the new ward expansion, carpark and theatre renovations at Mitcham Private Hospital (MPH) in Mitcham, VIC. The $8 million project involved delivery of a new 21 bed mental health ward extension created over an existing carpark, which was sunk into the ground to become an undercroft carpark. In order to maximise headroom in the undercroft carpark, the gantry frame supporting the modular mental health ward was optimised along with the hydraulic and wet fire strategy. WGE were integral to successfully delivering the project to the …

Date: August 31, 2015
Category: News

Four WGE projects win gold at the WA UDIA Awards for Excellence 2015

Wood & Grieve Engineers’ (WGE) were delighted to have contributed to four award-winning projects in the Western Australia Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Awards for Excellence 2015 held on Saturday 29 August. The UDIA awards, which have been held for over 20 years, celebrate outstanding developments in WA’s urban development industry. WGE were involved in four award-winning projects: Elements won the Russel Perry Award for Urban Development Excellence and also the Affordable Development categories The Glades won the Environmental Excellence category Baynton West won the Residential Development Over 250 Lots category North One – Subi Centro was a joint …

Date: August 31, 2015
Category: News

Spectacular Livingstone Gardens sets the bar high for premium Aged Cage

Livingstone Gardens is a magnificent new development for Blue Cross Community Care, comprising of a four-storey, 168 bed aged care facility offering day care centre and all communal areas in one expansive building. Livingstone Gardens is designed as Melbourne’s premium aged care facility with palatial interiors, a grand entrance and dazzling glass lift wells wrapped in a green wall. Future expansion has been included in the design, including a 50 bed extension and 7 storey building connected by a covered link which will offer 74 Independent Living Units. The entire site is serviced by a 5,000m2 basement carpark. WGE were …

Date: August 27, 2015
Category: News

Gala Dinner raises $0.5 million for Muscular Dystrophy

WGE are proud to be involved with the fundraising for the Save Our Sons non-for-profit charity, with the recent vintage circus themed gala dinner raising nearly half a million dollars for the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Our unique culture and focus on Corporate Social Responsibility at WGE encourages the team to make a real difference to local communities and causes. Team members Nicholas Johnson, Paul Moore, Antonio Lo Monte, Theodore Mirabile, Mathew McGrory and their partners were delighted to support such a deserving local charity through the spectacular Save Our Sons Gala night. DMD is a severe muscle-wasting condition that affects …

Date: August 20, 2015
Category: News

Modular buildings and design – an ingenious case study

Modular design offers significant cost and times savings on building design and construction. At the upcoming Modular Construction & Prefabrication Summit on 25-26 August 2015, WGE’s Hydraulic Section Manager John Lucchetti is discussing a specific modular case study, the Bendigo Hospital Hotel. The Bendigo Hospital Hotel project provides a 66 hotel rooms of modular construction sitting on a conventional constructed podium level. The impressive structure has incorporated modular design capabilities with ingenious engineering skills to deliver the desired hotel modules. See for yourself just how quickly Bendigo Hospital Hotel came together with modular design in the time-lapse video. In the Day 1 session, ‘Bendigo …

Date: August 19, 2015
Category: News