Informal breakout space

?Project Overview

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) occupy four levels, 8500 sqm,  of office space within Aviation House, Woden ACT. This project was originally briefed to undertake a full refurbishment and fit an additional 40 workstations. We have managed to exceed that amount by almost double.

As Aviation House was a fully occupied building, additional office space was leased off site to allow for staging space within the building. The project was broken up into 12 staged moves – all working to a very tight schedule.

The refurbished spaces were designed to maximise the transference of natural light through the spaces by lowering all workstation screens to 1200mm and using a light, bright & reflective colour scheme. The existing spaces were full of furniture purchased in 1995 and the space had not been refurbished since 2005. One of the biggest challenges facing us both financially and logistically was what to do with all of the surplus furniture, as it can be a very expensive exercise when you have to factor in removal and or disposal costs. Disposing of the furniture was the absolute last resort. All furniture was advertised for tender, and a second hand furniture company agreed to take everything - 350 large workstations, bookcases, tambours, task chairs & miscellaneous items. All of these items will be refurbished and on sold which is a win both environmentally and financially.

As well as refurbishing office spaces, we also updated the lunch rooms and foyers.

CASA have now managed to be on par with the ACT Government Real Estate Policy guidelines for square metre space per work point.

Images: Eddison Photographic Studios