Melbourne’s 100 Queen Street is typical of many of the city’s buildings currently undergoing refurbishment.
Built in 1993 to complement the restoration of the heritage-listed former Melbourne Stock Exchange and ES&A buildings, the 37-storey commercial office tower’s original mechanical-services plant were due for upgrade being near to the end of their useful life.
Managed by facility manager Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), 100 Queen Street is one of a number of buildings in Melbourne’s financial district to be owned and occupied by ANZ. Others include the neighbouring 90 Queen Street building, and those around the corner in Collins Street.
Since late 2012 when it won the service and maintenance contract for 100 Queen Street, Airmaster Australia has worked closely with JLL to improve the energy performance and NABERS Energy rating of the building.
This work included efficiency upgrades to the building’s original main chilled-water plant, consisting of two aging high-load chillers, two low-load chillers, cooling towers, pumps and associated ancillary equipment.
Nearing the end of its useful life, plans were put in place to begin design work on its replacement and upgrade.
This is an excerpt from a full article in AIRAH’s HVAC&R publication.