Hewlett-Packard House, SA

Duration: August 2003 to September 2004

Value: $10 million

Contract type: Negotiated Lump Sum

Summary: Built Environs constructed this four-storey building (now LGA House) in the eastern precinct of the Adelaide CBD, winning awards for energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and professional excellence.

With 4,650 m2 of rentable office space and a basement car park, the building is wrapped in a curtain walling system of double-glazed, energy saving glass. The state-of-the-art building management system and economy cycle air conditioning system further cut down energy costs. A lightweight glazed skin maximises both the levels of internal natural light and external views.

Behind the glazed architectural feature entrance doors, the sandstone tiled lobby floor leads to three high-speed lifts, which are faced in a combination of timber veneer and frosted glass.

Access to the site from the busy city Flinders street and narrow Dawkins Place demanded strict planning and coordination for deliveries and to lift subcontractor materials to higher floors.

With various residential and commercial neighbours, regular communications with adjacent businesses and residents was a critical management component.

The building was the joint winner of the South Australian Master Builders Association 2005 Award for Energy Efficiency / Environmental Sustainability and an Australian Institute of Building’s Professional Excellence Award.

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