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Airmaster Excels: 2023 AIRAH Awards Finalist for Best HVAC Retrofit or Upgrade

The AIRAH Awards 2023 finalists have been announced, with Airmaster proud to have been named a finalist for Best HVAC Retrofit or Upgrade for our work at Dumas House in Western Australia.

About the project

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit Australia’s shores in 2020, Airmaster was engaged to upgrade the building management system (BMS), at Dumas House in Perth’s western business district.

Constructed in 1965, the 14-storey building became home to the State Governments COVID crisis team and still plays a critical role in the function of the State Government, accommodating the Premier, Ministers and associated staff.

Two years later in 2022, as pre-pandemic occupancy levels returned, Airmaster was re-engaged in conjunction with Jones Lang LaSalle, to commence a major Mechanical Services Switchboards (MSSB) upgrade, inclusive of all BMS and Fire Interfaces. Airmaster Automation achieved practical completion of the design, supply, installation, and commissioning, ensuring compliance, while mitigating the risk of electrical failure to key building services.

“Given the building’s critical role in an operating Government, it was imperative that works did not disrupt tenants, or put at risk the day-to-day function of the Government.”, stated Airmaster Automation & Controls Manager, Darren Arthur.
“The success of a project encompassing this size, complexity and level of risk was reliant on successful interpersonal relationships, engineering delivery and collaborative abilities maintained by all stakeholders. Airmaster, in association with Jones Lang Lasalle and key sub-contractor NRP Electrical Services, completed the works, not only with zero impact or downtime to building tenants, but also one month ahead of the scheduled completion date.”

About The Award for Excellence – Best HVAC Retrofit or Upgrade

The ‘Award for Excellence – Best HVAC Retrofit or Upgrade’ category is open to all individuals, companies, corporate bodies, institutions and government authorities, recognising work carried out during 2021/2022.

It acknowledges excellence in the retrofit, or upgrade, of a HVAC system and covers all aspects of project delivery. This can include planning through to engineering, documentation, procurement, teamwork, installation quality and workmanship, working in operational facilities, commissioning, fit-for-purpose outcomes and handover, including training and documentation.

Airmaster State Manager for Western Australia, Matt Wisniewski, is thrilled with the nomination, acknowledging its significance.

“Being selected as an AIRAH Awards 2023 finalist holds immense significance for the Airmaster WA Branch, particularly for our dedicated electrical team responsible for the successful upgrade of the MSSB's at Dumas House. Being a finalist in the AIRAH Awards underscores the team's contributions, reinforcing Airmaster’s reputation for delivering outstanding results in complex projects. Congratulations to the entire team for this well-deserved acknowledgment.”

About the AIRAH Awards

The AIRAH Awards recognise excellence and achievement in Australia’s HVAC&R building services industry. The annual gala dinner is the chance to celebrate the industry's high achievers, stand-out projects and ground-breaking research.

The 2023 ceremony will be held in Sydney on Thursday November 30.


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