Fujitsu?s new Woodhead designed Victorian office is situated in the ?Gauge? building at Melbourne Docklands. This new office fitout and workplace has not only contributed to the development of sustainable office design but also provides a corporate bench mark for the design of Fujitu?s future global workplace. Woodhead?s process of research, collaboration and innovation with the intent of achieving world?s best practice for Workplace design has contributed exponentially to our understanding of the use of suitable materials & finishes. There is a greater awareness of our local products to deliver affordable sustainable outcomes. The contemporary Interior design practice is now more focused on the complex nature of the Workplace. Effective workplace design will improve performance and therefore increase productivity. This project experience has developed our environmental design intelligence and growth of our knowledge base which is a key contribution to the delivery of sustainable design for the next generation interior design practice Collocation of Fujitsu staff within a new high performance commercial building provided the opportunity to implement cost saving energy efficient systems, more collaborative work practices, uniformity of workspace and administrative efficiencies. Through thoughtful sustainable design, our offices have managed to achieve a workplace designed for people. It is finely attuned to the needs of individuals, where people not only enjoy their work, but others aspire to work there. It is a sustainable workplace that balances social, environmental and economic outcomes, without compromise. The clients brief was ?to create a 6 Green Star sustainable work environment? for the collocation of multi-disciplinary teams in a flexible workspace. Woodhead has provided a design solution which aligns with Fujitsu?s clear commitment to safeguard the environment and provide a healthy and innovative workplace for staff. The development sets a new benchmark in workplace innovation and represents one of the most progressive and sustainable office fit outs in today?s market. The design concept integrates innovation and the use of built fabric to respond to the client mission of sustainable design and creates a workplace that is welcoming, fresh, relaxed and open. All of the floors in the new fitout have been spatially planned to accommodate staff at the perimeter of the floor plan, where daylight and views are prominent. The carefully planned internal shared spaces compliment the exposed structure of the building as well as the working environment of its users. Fittings and furniture are not the only part of making an office space work. Creating a healthy working environment through the use of new and sustainable technologies is now the key to designing the future workspace. Our principals for material and detailing intent included: o Use of research based materials selection to achieve and deliver highest potential environmental criteria without compromise to quality of workplace environment and durability of the furniture fixtures and fittings. o Maximize the integration of base building fabric and materials through the sustainable design process. o Use of innovative detailing and coordination of existing and new to deal with acoustics, ceilings & retention of existing base building materials. o Use of availability and deliverable green products to achieve environmental targets o The interior design and planning was developed to maximise the architectural and engineering features of the building. Strategic use of colour gives a lively, active feel and provides connection between each of Fujitsu?s floors. This further enhanced by the inclusion of a ?green-wall? and sustainable timber panelling in the reception area. Clean, fresh air is circulated throughout the building; rather than by high velocity ventilation. Low Voss materials and finishes improve indoor air quality and promote a healthier working environment. Carbon dioxide sensors are installed in meeting rooms to monitor and help improve indoor air quality. A ?living? green wall in the reception area and green plants are distributed throughout the tenancy to assist in removing any indoor pollutants.
Abundance of daylight with automated window furnishings improves the quality of the visual environment, reducing the reliance on artificial lighting. Workstations located within eight meters of the building perimeter maximise daylight exposure and energy efficiencies.
Both the internal architecture for the fitout and selection of electrical equipment, have been carefully designed to minimise energy use and work sympathetically with the passive chilled beam air conditioning system. This strategy greatly improves both the energy efficiency as well as thermal comfort/environment for building users.
Passive chilled beam system minimises the need for additional heating/cooling systems. Gas-fired cogeneration is the primary source for low-Greenhouse gas, electricity and heating, minimizing electrical lighting, heating and cooling consumption. Energy-efficient computer and IT systems reduce direct electricity consumption, as well as additional cooling demands on the air conditioning systems. Fujitsu is the first Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Company in Victoria to move into a 6 Star Green Star Office Design Certified Building. More than 400 employees now work at Fujitsu?s new Docklands premises which have recently been awarded a 6 Star Green Star ? Office Interiors v1.1 rating, the highest possible rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. The project has also achieved world?s best practice in environmental sustainable design with a 5 star NABERS rating. The strategy undertaken was to design and deliver sustainable outcomes with ?minimal impact? on the base building. Materials were researched and selected for their full VOC Green Star credits including paints, carpets, adhesives, sealants, workstations, chairs and tables. Water efficiency was assisted through the selection of highly efficient dishwashers, fixtures and fittings. Minimizing the company?s carbon footprint is a key priority for Fujitsu The sustainable solutions within the fit-out have provided a noticeable difference to the air quality, a fresh, light environment which will contribute to the well being of staff. As testament to our effective design outcome, our clients website proclaims ?There is an abundance of natural light, fresh air and transparency. People feel connected to each other with layouts that promote easy movement and open space.? Further to that Fujitsu has noticed a 42% decrease in absenteeism since moving into their new premises.