19 - 21 October, 2016 | Hilton Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Focus Day: Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Day 1

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Doing More with Less: Maximising the Value of Existing Building Stock

Khoa Do , Associate Professor, Department of Architecture & Interior Architecture (AIA) Department of Construction Management (CM) School of Built Environment (SoBE), Faculty of Humanities , Curtin University

Con Bafitis , Director, Facilities and Asset Management Services, AECOM

Steve Appleby , BIM Practice Lead, Australia and New Zealand, AECOM

David Guilland , Principal, Hassell

Mick Serena , Director, SAFM

Universities are operating within a tight fiscal environment where it is not always possible to commit to major new build capital infrastructure projects. Maximising the value of existing building stock is a cost effective alternative that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the quality of the teaching and learning experience.

In this focus day you will explore the following strategies to re-life existing building stock:
  • Unlocking the Potential Big Data: Assessing How to Use Data to Future Model Availability of Space
  • Utilising Technology to Maximise your Physical Space
  • Maximising the Potential of Existing Land by Carrying Out Vertical Expansion of Existing Stock
  • Maximising Asset Productivity and Operational Performance 
  • Improving the Performance of Buildings through Retro-commissioning
  • Research Facilities: Determining Feasibility of Retrofitting Existing Space vs Designing New Facilities for Long Term Cost Benefits

If you’re looking for cost effective strategies that you can utilise when retrofitting existing campus infrastructure whilst also exploring how you can maximise the operational performance of current building stock, then this focus day will provide you with the solutions to the challenges you will face.

Focus Day facilitators:
 Khoa Do
Khoa Do
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture & Interior Architecture (AIA) Department of Construction Management (CM) School of Built Environment (SoBE), Faculty of Humanities
Curtin University
Con Bafitis
Director, Facilities and Asset Management Services
 Steve Appleby
Steve Appleby
BIM Practice Lead, Australia and New Zealand
David Guilland
 Mick Serena
Mick Serena
  • Designing progression route maps: Creating a case for investment in a step-by-step process to strengthen the college and business case for future investment
  • Managing the demand of space to a 10 year horizon
  • Analysing the context of the problem: Assessing the problem set, resolving it and how this looks in other sectors
  • Case study using 30,000 square meter space: Assessing the above questions and applying methodologies
  • Debating the next steps of how they have built robust systems to do this
  • Potential ways to look at other data sets: Where this fits into the general space
  • Going back to big data and how you can harness some of that potential with a higher education budget
Increasing student numbers have put pressure on traditional classroom and laboratory spaces. Simply building bigger lecture theatres and/or more labs is a costly solution. We therefor need to consider creative methods to maximise those spaces that we already have in operations 
  • Active learning spaces: In classroom technology to promote collaborative and team based learning 
  • Flexible pedagogies that allow the classroom to be flipped 
  • The remote sciences laboratory, lab casts, virtual and augmented reality 
  • Participatory co-design approaches for creative solution building
  • Developing a staged feasibility study approach incorporating risk mitigation strategies for both time and cost control 
  • Planning considerations 
  • Understanding how to upgrade and refurb existing building stock into technologically advanced buildings
  • Overcoming the challenge of designing collaborative teaching and learning spaces in a commercial building type
Because of the energy requirements associated with the 24/7 running of a university campus, it has become essential in a period of strict financial constraints that facilities manage and control their energy consumption more efficiently. 
  • You can’t manage what you don’t measure and you cant save what you don’t manage 
  • Energy monitoring as an easily implemented, cost effective means for conserving energy and saving money
  • Displaying energy data in front offices or public places to encourage whole organisation ownership in energy conservation 
  • Measurement post retrofit on cost and efficiency savings achieved
  • Retro-commissioning as a process tom improve the efficiency of an existing buildings equipment and systems
  • Resolving problems that have occurred during design or construction, or addressing ageing equipment 
  • Addressing operational and occupancy changes that challenge and hinder optimal performance 
  • Understanding cost reduction achieved through reduced operating costs from energy savings and better equipment performance 
  • Quick wins and long-term financial paybacks
Each research facility goes through a unique process when determining the need to expand; and it has been questioned and quantified whether retrofitting is beneficial in the long run when compared to building from the ground up. This session will look in to the cost and operational benefits of retrofitting a facility vs. designing and building a new facility. 
  • Variations in advantages of retrofitting and new builds depends on building type, materials and end user needs
  • Whole building life cycle assessment to determine the best path of action 
  • Creating lab environments that are responsive to present needs and capable of accommodating future demands while being cost effective in designing and developing