Russell R5 & R6 Mid Life Upgrade Concept Design, RussellRussell, Canberra ACT

The concept design for the Mid Life Upgrade Project is the result of  the need to carry out a mid life upgrade of the services at Buildings  R5 & R6 at Russell Offices to ensure the continuity of capability for  its tenants.

The major tenant, DSD maintains a 24 hour, 7 days per  week operation in the provision of signals intelligence and  information security to the Australian Government and Australian  Defence Force. A considerable amount of work was completed with  the various stakeholders to establish the project scope, culminating  in 36 discrete upgrade projects. The primary objectives of the project were identified as the  following:

  • To upgrade the building services of the respective buildings  (R5, R6, R6 Annex and the Diesel House) to enable them to  achieve a life expectancy commensurate with the building life  spans envisaged.
  • To remove the interdependency of systems between buildings.
  • To ensure the services design approaches for the upgrade  represent value for money for Defence.
  • To maintain 24/7 operational capabilities.
  • To mitigate identified Workplace, Health and Safety and  Security issues associated with the scope.  

The project included whole of life analysis of engineering options,  energy and thermal simulation modelling for the buildings, cogeneration and tri-generation opportunity analysis and sustainability  opportunity analysis. Testing, both destructive and non-destructive,  was been carried out to assess the condition of a number of  systems and to ensure a value for money solution was provided for  Defence.  

Other Project Information:
Construction Value:
$44,430,000
Architect: Archited
Project Manager: Point Project Management
Completion: November 2012

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