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Project Manager : Project Manager Dec Jan 2014
22 Project Manager KEY PLAYERS CHRIS NUNN, Sustainability Leader, Norman Disney & Young THANH QUACH, Project Manager, Grocon Group KEN MAHLER, Chairman International Executive, Hassell PROJECT: Camperdown Common Ground PROJECT CLIENT: Mission Australia and the NSW Department of Housing SCOPE: Construction of a six-storey complex that provides innovative inner-city accommodation for Sydney's homeless and low income earners COMPLETION: November 2011 CASE STUDIES BACKGROUND BRIEFING Providing safe shelter and housing for the estimated 105,000 homeless people in Australia is always a high priority for welfare groups like Mission Australia. In a city like Sydney where large numbers of job seekers struggle with the high cost of accommodation, the need for affordable and emergency housing is crucial. In 2010, leaders in the development industry joined together to commit to building a six-storey complex in Sydney's inner-city suburb of Camperdown. It would feature 104 high-quality, self-contained residential units, some community areas for activities like yoga and cooking classes, a couple of shopfronts and a highly innovative and unique natural ventilation system to replace the need for air conditioning. Many of the key players -- including Norman Disney & Young (NDY), which was responsible for the project's ground- breaking sustainability design and engineering -- worked at cost or donated large slabs of their time. The project was funded by state and federal governments at a total cost of $29 million. Both the name and overall philosophy of this project come from a successful model used to combat homelessness in New York where individuals, families and communities are strengthened through the provision of affordable housing and access to services. As Grocon's Project Manager, Thanh Quach, says: "This was a project for the soul". Breaking common ground An integrated social housing project broke new ground in sustainability and philanthropy. FIONA BAKER KEY CHALLENGE Since its completion, Common Ground Sydney has achieved the much-lauded 5 Star Green Building Council of Australia -- Green Star Multi-Unit Residential v1 rating. It was the first project in NSW to receive this, which NDY's Sustainability Leader, Chris Nunn, says was no easy path. The overarching aim of the project was to implement a highly sustainable design that delivered lower energy costs. Many innovations were implemented to achieve this goal, such as the natural ventilation system which uses the passive stack effect, whereby natural forces activated by airflow remove stale and hot air, and replace it with fresh air. Nunn says while they knew they had a system that would work in this development using a central atrium, it took long hours of computerised modelling to prove their system would work. It was a big challenge, says Nunn, but today it means that each unit is efficiently cooled using natural ventilation and ceiling fans.
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