Friday 14 Jun 2013
Following the development of a strategy and guidelines document, Geyer helped Aurecon select a site and desiged their Melbourne accommodation. Aurecon’s workplace comprises 4.5 floors within the C7 Development at 850 Collins Street and is home to over 700 employees. The workplace offers the opportunity to align the environment with their global business strategy, Aurecon’s brand, improve productivity and reduce operating costs.
The design solution: assists in knowledge transfer by eliminating physical obstructions in the space, fewer built spaces. There is greater agility by introducing room defining furniture enables Aurecon to respond to changing economic conditions. Specialist engineers and senior leadership are exposed to foster knowledge transfer to an emergent workforce. Economic volatility and resultant headcount fluctuation addressed through flexible bench desking that provides elasticity to add or subtract staff. The zoning of the floor plan takes full advantage of a side core building by positioning interactive breakout and casual meeting areas at the entry points.
This space serves to build community and is a venue for knowledge transfer. It is masked from the passive workzone by built meeting space to reduce distraction. Ubiquitous communication technology reinforces Aurecon’s position as a global organisation. Workplace transparency enables greater visibility, exposing clients to Aurecon’s culture and brand attributes. The design demonstrates that Aurecon are Leaders in Sustainability by targeting a 5 Star Green Star Rating and immerses clients in a vibrant, open, collaborative environment Aurecon were committed to adopting contemporary workplace approaches while remaining sensitive to the realities of their ‘paper based’ business.
Currently, technology does not support Aurecon transitioning to a full paperless workplace: hard copy large-scale engineering plans are still an important tool that technology cannot yet replace. Screen technology is rapidly improving, as are workstyles within the business. Geyer continue to work with Aurecon to identify components and people who can evolve to mobile working practices.