A commitment to recycling and reinvention has been rewarded with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) achieving the city’s first 4 Star Green Star – Interiors PILOT rating for its Ashmore headquarters.
The rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) acknowledges best practice in sustainable interior fit outs.
To help make the Games a gold medal success, GOLDOC needed a facility which would grow as its workforce grew – from 50 in 2014 to more than 1,000 employees by the April 4, 2018 Opening Ceremony.
The answer was found with the refurbishment of two buildings at the Ashmore TAFE campus.
According to GOLDOC chair, Peter Beattie, the Ashmore headquarters is a great example of a cleverly designed sustainable workplace with an emphasis on healthy and active living, which has a range of accessible indoor and outdoor working spaces and high levels of indoor environment quality.
“Our local suppliers have done a fantastic job creating a unique office environment for our workforce to deliver a successful GC2018,” he said.
“We hope the fit out will inspire other organisations and the wider community to make smart, sustainable choices.”
GBCA CEO, Romilly Madew said the GOLDOC team embraced a reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy. “The project team has kept a tight rein on budgets and achieved this coveted rating,” Madew said.
Gold Coast firm Condev Construction delivered the fit outs of the office and meeting space. Interior design was done by the Principal of the Gold Coast office of Group GSA Melissa Reid.
Point Project Management oversaw the project management and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff provided building engineering services for mechanical, electrical, fire and hydraulics.
Key features of GOLDOC’s headquarters include:
Reuse of an existing building, with a focus on recycled materials, fixtures and fittings, including floorboards sourced from a dismantled basketball court.
Waste-wise practices, including an industry-leading 12 colour-coded waste streams available for office staff to recycle and maximise diversion from landfill.
More than 360 indoor plants that enhance the visual aesthetics and working environment.