Monash University 30 Collins Street Mechanical and BAS Upgrade

Client: Monash University

Location: Melbourne CBD, Victoria.

Year: 2016-2017



Challenge: The 30 Collins Street building is owned by the University, including mixed use retail, commercial office and events/conference spaces. The building is also of high importance to the University, being occupied by the Vice Chancellor, and other high value tenants.

In 2016, the University undertook to renew the aging mechanical central DX and HHW plant, the building ventilation system and replace legacy pneumatic controls with modernised DDC based building automation. Being one of the University's highest energy intensive buildings, the project objectives required a design that delivered a significant improvement in energy performance, and also seeks to address any historical thermal comfort and control issues.

FGA Role: The FGA team focused on achieving asset modernisation utilising high efficiency mechanical design, utilising condensing boilers (total 900kW) with provision for domestic hot water, twin adiabatic chillers (total 950kW), Full VAV conversion, and modern open protocol BAS based building automation. The FGA design progressed through all stages; Concept Design, Detailed Design, Tender Specification, Procurement and Contract Administration ahead of schedule.

Outcomes: The 30 Collins Street building is expected to achieve a NABERS 5 Star Energy Rating on project completion, and has already substantially reduced its energy consumption by over 30% and eliminated pre-existing space conditioning control issues.