Off-site programs took place across buildings, urban spaces, infrastructure hubs, and key developments throughout Sydney. In each of the 14 programs, delegates heard from colleagues on a specific theme related to the program, followed by extensive tours of the sites led by professionals involved in the project.
Delegates first assembled in the Sydney Metro office for a presentation and acquisition of personal protective equipment for the construction tour.
Geoff Crowe, Principal, HASSELL, focuses on the particulars of station design along the Sydney Metro Northwest route.
Joe Catanzariti, Director- Eastern Region, BG&E presents on the transit-oriented development underway at Castle Hill, a suburban area, in anticipation of the Sydney Metro station being built there.
The tour group approaches Cudgegong Road Station, located at the end of the Sydney Metro Northwest line in a exurban area surrounded by low-rise development and farmland.
Attendees learn about the planned amenities for the Cudgegong Road Station while construction continues apace. The station is planned to open in 2019.
The railway tracks are already in place at the station, which is set into an earthen cut.
The sweeping arc of the Cudgegong Road Station is a motif that will be repeated across all sub-surface stations of the Northwest Line.
The tour group approaches the excavation pit for the Sydney Metro Castle Hill station, where high-rises are already being constructed in anticipation of the traffic the line will bring.
The tour group admires the excavation of the station box at Castle Hill, where platforms will be some 26 meters below grade.
The tour group poses on the Cudgegong Road Station footbridge.
8 Chifley, home to multiple vertical villages.
Andrew Butler, Group Executive, Office & Industrial, Mirvac Developments, explains the challenges and benefits of incorporating communal and public space at the 8 Chifley project.
Andrew Johnson, Principal, Arup, describes the structural engineering and construction issues around creating the distinctive brace-and-tray structure of 8 Chifley.
An atrium at the center of a vertical village.
Ivan Harbour, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, explains the design concepts and process behind 8 Chifley.
The views from the terrace of 8 Chifley.
Delegates enjoyed the views from the rooftop of 8 Chifley
Delegates enjoy the views form the rooftop of 8 Chifley.
The world-famous Sydney Opera House has an iconic shape that has become synonymous with Sydney. But it also rewards a close inspection with details such as the tiling on the exterior.
The drama of the building is continued on the interior.
Peter Macdonald, Principal, Arup, discusses the particulars of engineering behind the VAPS and Joan Sutherland Theatre projects.
Ivan Ip, Associate, Architectus, explains the double-skin strategy behind 1 Bligh St., as fellow presenters (left to right) Ray Brown, Managing Director, Architectus; Haico Schepers, Principal, Arup; and Kerryn Coker, Principal, Arup look on.
The protected rooftop garden at 1 Bligh Street offered delegates spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour and skyline.
Group photo on the rooftop garden.
One Central Park is one of Sydney’s, if not the world’s, most distinctive tall buildings, festooned with greenery and sporting a heliostat that optimally directs sunshine where it is needed year-round.
Delegates enjoy one of the external spaces on the building.
The mirrors on the lower section’s rooftop (right) bounce light to the heliostat (at left), which then redirects it where needed.
Peter Blome, Associate, Johnson Pilton Walker, welcomed delegates to the JPW office for the presentation before the Harry Seidler Walking Tour.
Paola Favaro, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales and Greg Holman, Principal Architect, Harry Seidler and Associates, led the Harry Seidler Walking Tour
Australia Square
MLC Centre
The group stopped for a photo on the steps of MLC Centre
Castlereagh Centre
Grosvenor Place
Delegates admire the interior of Cove Apartments
Looking up at Cove Apartment
The EY Centre is supported by canting columns, so as to clear a complex site with heritage buildings and winding laneways.
Simon Healy, General Manager of Commercial Development, Mirvac Developments, addresses the significance of a collaborative approach to development and its impact on the design of EY Centre.
Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director, fjmt, details the environmental strategies that make EY Centre a human-focused place to work.
Michael Wheatley, Development Director, AMP Capital Investors, describes his company’s vision for the workplace of the future.
Communicating stair at EY Centre aids collaboration and spontaneous interaction between departments.
One of many collaborative breakout spaces in EY Centre.
The tour group poses in front of EY Centre.
The extraordinary Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at UTS.
Brian Moore, Manager of Delivery, University of Technology, Sydney, recounts how as owner’s representative, he interpreted the need to deliver an “iconic” building to the campus.
George Cunha, Associate Principal, Arup, describes the advanced parametric modeling that went into designing The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building and other iconic projects.
Attendees listen as the project practitioners explain how the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building was realized.
Attendees admire the detailing in a conference room.
Attendees take a group photo on the building’s terrace.
During the off-site program at International House, attendees learned that the building is the first mass timber building in the world to puncture beams with services, a feat achieved by adding two layers of reinforcing LVL to the elements (seen as dark stripes along the bottom of the beam).
Delegates admire the construction quality of International House, the structure of which was assembled from a kit of fabricated components by only eight skilled workers.
Delegates ascend the staircase at International House, traversing the point at which the concrete structure gives way to timber above the first floor.
Aveo Norwest is a 10-story mass timber retirement community in a suburban Sydney development. Eventually it will be linked to several dozen buildings in the Norwest complex via underground tunnels.
A model unit in the Aveo Norwest showroom.
Georgios Anagnostou, Senior Associate, Jackson Teece, delivers a presentation on the significance of timber construction in sustainable developments.
A double-height reception area, in the concrete-frame base of the project, will greet residents and visitors to the completed Aveo Norwest. The wood construction begins on the mezzanine level.
Acoustical separation gaskets are placed on both sides of the cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors.
The roof framing includes a steel beam, fastened by bolted clip to the structural CLT wall.
Both stairwells and elevator cores are made of timber, fire-rated and sprinklered.
The tour group inspects a balcony next to a residential unit
The group pauses for a photo atop the 10th floor of the Aveo Norwest project.
The visit to the CPP Wind Tunnel would have been incomplete without at least attempting to “feel the breeze.”
Scott Clohessy, Frasers Property, explains how wind-tunnel testing guided the design of Central Park, the 5.8-hectare mixed-use project built on the site of the former Carlton and United Brewery in Sydney.
Roy Denoon, Vice President, Cermak Peterka Petersen (CPP), Inc., discusses the latest approaches to measuring and predicting wind effects in the urban environment.
The vast array of building models that have been tested in the tunnel.
The tour views the models placed in the tunnel.
The turbine that powers the wind tunnel.