By Andrew Starc

7 April 2010Parsons Brinckerhoff has opened its new sustainable Melbourne office space at Southbank to accommodate rapid staff growth.

PB Regional Director for Victoria John Theodoulou said the company had appointed 30 per cent more staff in Melbourne since January 2009.

”This new space is part of looking after our people,” Mr. Theodoulou said.

The company has more than 14,000 staff worldwide, including 2500 in Australia and New Zealand providing planning, environment and infrastructure consultancy services.

“One reason we selected the new office building was because of its environmental credentials, Mr Theodoulou said.

“We complemented the building exterior by implementing a range of green interior

elements.

“Our aim is to eventually achieve a 5 star Green Star rating.

“The green interior elements mean that in the long term we will reduce our energy and waste costs.”

More than 300 staff will move from the old PB office on St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, into their new office located at level 15, 28 Freshwater Place, Southbank.

The new office features a number of sustainable attributes, including:

  • Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) furniture constructed from low impact materials that reduce human and environmental health impacts
  • Low energy lighting system that includes zoned motion sensors
  • Maximised use of natural daylight
  • Energy efficient appliances such as printers and refrigerators
  • Real-time resource monitoring to raise awareness of consumption
  • Water efficient appliances such as dishwashers, tap and shower fittings
  • Management of waste that includes a worm farm