Cooper Energy

Cooper Energy
April 23, 2020 hoskins_2sWneSj62l7

Client: Cooper Energy
Designer: IA Design
Project Manager: LPC Cresa

ENGAGED UNDER AN ECI CONTRACT, WE BECAME PART OF THE DELIVERY TEAM FOR THIS FIT OUT WITHIN A PREMIUM, OCCUPIED BUILDING IN THE HEART OF THE CBD DURING DESIGN PHASE, ENABLING BUILDABILITY ADVICE AND PROVIDING ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS TO ISSUES THAT COULD HAVE AFFECTED THE DELIVERY DATE AND BUDGET; BOTH OF WHICH WERE SET AND NON NEGOTIABLE.

Features of this project included:

A highly accelerated programme from tender, this was restricted further by lease negotiations which reduced the construction phase. Our input at the early stage and relationships that we quickly formed with the building management to enable early access for investigation enabled all milestone dates, including early handover of comms room, to be met and exceeded.

Solution focused, we provided significant workarounds to ensure functionality whilst delivering the client and architectural vision. Initially, floor boxes were specified but tenancy agreements below meant that no cores could be cut into the slab, along with the building owner’s requirements regarding chasing into the slab but the client not wanting umbilicals, resulted in us proposing services columns that are still visible but less frequent and were more in line with the architectural vision.

Works included the creation of several offices and meeting/conference rooms with significant services installations which had the ability to be reconfigured to allow for emergency response meetings and their own kitchenette to reduce the need for visitors to enter into the main work space that had its own secure entry. Within the main area were open plan office space, quiet rooms, utilities area, break out areas that maximised the views over the Quay and collaborative spaces for hot desking.

Working with the consultants and building owners we ensured that issues in the Cooper Energy office – most notably acoustic, were resolved in their new fit out. Our discovery of acoustic treatments missing from base build requirements, combined with working closely with our trade partners to provide cost effective but functional solutions resolved this.

Effective communication was key to successful integration with the IT team whom were based in Adelaide and whom had specialised requirements to meet the needs of their business – notably the ability to communicate with their team in remote or off shore locations.