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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb March 2012
CASE STUDY • TECH TOYS Commonwealth Bank staff were given access to the following technology tools and gadgets to use in the new office building: • MacBook Airs with a built-in webcam for video calls. • Adjustable docking stations with 24-inch monitors so staff have the option of dual- screen working. • Unified Communications solution Microsoft Lync is used to coordinate phone calls, video calls and instant messages. Integrated softphones replace most traditional desk phones. • Numerous multi-function devices that print, scan, copy and fax are available on each floor. • Connecting a MacBook Air to any ‘Smart board’ turns the board into a giant screen. Staff can open files, presentations, and websites by touching the screen, and use electronic pens to circle, underline and make notes. ACTIVITY-BASED DESIGN The largest activity-based working environment in the world, Commonwealth Bank Place has no permanent home-desk staff. Anyone can use any desk in the building, with personal lockers provided for storage. Consultants from EGO Group and Davenport and Campbell led the design of the building interiors which aim to promote flexibility and efficiency in the workplace and improve employee engagement. “ We trialled this approach with great success,” said Commonwealth Bank CFO David Craig. The Bank is undertaking a significant change program to implement activity-based working, he added. “It’s about bringing our staff on the journey.” OUTCOME Commonwealth Bank Place officially opened for business in September 2011. The development, which comprises two eight-storey commercial office buildings, houses 6200 Commonwealth Bank staff. Achieving a 6-star Green Star design rating, the project’s environmental features will reduce carbon emissions by 2500 tonnes per year, with main water consumption reduction targets of 90 per cent. In addition to being the largest activity-based working environment in the world, Commonwealth Bank Place is also a “paperless office”, revealed the Bank’s CIO Michael Harte. “Our staff will only need to carry a laptop. We will see a significant reduction in paper usage.” ••• www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 27
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