Airmaster developing Building Services Network for new $130 million development at Tuggeranong

Airmaster has commenced work on the provision of a Building Services Network at the new $130 million headquarters of the Department of Social Services, located at Tuggeranong Office Park in Canberra.



Scheduled for completion in mid-2017, the 30,400sqm building will include five floors of office space and two levels of support facilities, storage and parking. It will feature floor plates of more than 5000sqm and a central atrium allowing natural light to flow through the building. It will accommodate up to 2,500 Department staff.


The energy-efficient building will achieve a 4.5 Green Star rating, a five-star NABERS rating and provide end-of-trip facilities with bike storage.


Situated on eight hectares on the western side of Tuggeranong town centre, Tuggeranong Office Park was designed and built in 1991 and is fully leased to the federal government.

The office park currently comprises five individual buildings with two distinct wings joined by an enclosed walkway. There are 291 secure parking spots and a further 469 open-air spots onsite. The complex also includes an auditorium and library.


Streamlining Operations

As the majority of technologies used to operate a building share a common network platform (Ethernet TCP/IP), the new Building Services Network (BSN) designed by Airmaster is designed to streamline operations for the tenant, as well as minimise overheads duplications in services networks.


The primary objective is to provide commonality for data transfer between all engineering systems on site, and to reduce the amount of cabled infrastructure and hardware across the building.


The solution gives the facility operator a clear vision of head end software systems across all engineering disciplines, accommodating the two dominant forms of data infrastructure in use; serial communications and ethernet-based systems.


Smart Design, Maximum Benefit

Airmaster’s design of the BSN infrastructure is a combination of passive structured cabling and active networking that supports the large amount of information that will transmit throughout the building.


Network outlets will be ‘enlivened’ with the required trade service so that the connected devices can communicate securely to other devices or servers as required.


By integrating building services such as HVAC, Lighting, Lifts, Load Management and Energy Metering over a single set of communications network infrastructure, the design provides for significant cost savings across the project.


This is achieved through the BSN’s design that allows for either a reduction or elimination of the need for multiple cabling distribution systems, parallel networks and additional head end equipment.


Benefit is achieved through the resilient nature of the infrastructure for the day-to-day running of the building, as well as providing a cost effective platform for rapid roll of site-wise services, right from day one and into the future.

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