8 August 2013 — Engineering services firm Wood & Grieve Engineers has had demand for environmentally sustainable design and construction work grow so significantly it has created a new ESD section for the Sydney office and appointed Melbourne staff member Nick Johnson as head.
Sydney office manager and director Joseph Walsh said the office had seen a large increase in projects that had Green Star, NABERS and/or ESD input requirements, and that it necessitated creating a dedicated section, rather than going through the Melbourne office.
“Relocating Nick from our Melbourne office to Sydney will enable us to service our Sydney clients in a more efficient and innovative manner,” he said.
Walsh told The Fifth Estate the Sydney office had experienced significant growth, going from six people in 2007 to 40 people today, and that they had been looking to bring in a full-time ESD consultant for some time.
The decision to promote internally was due to the difficulty of starting up a section while preserving the cultural values and knowledge of WGE. He said there was good talent in the market but that an internal promotion was the best fit for this appointment.
“Nick has over nine years experience in the ESD sector and we are looking forward to seeing his experience help expand this section,” he said.
Nick, who has been with the company five years, is backed up by group of 10 ESD consultants nationally.
Walsh said that Nick, along with most of the ESD people in the company, came from a mechanical engineering background, which was essential for the ESD advice WGE gives.
There were many ESD projects the office was working on at present, including ESD services for the expanded Dubbo Base Hospital and advice on a new Tier 3 data centre in Canberra.
The company has worked on a range of Green Star-accredited buildings recently, including the Affinity Village Clubhouse in Perth, the Upper West Side apartments in Melbourne and the Quay Haymarket in Sydney, which is registered for Green Star Multi Residential v1.
Walsh said one of the biggest building projects they’d worked on was the Jessie Street Centre in Parramatta, a highrise commercial building upgraded by Brookfield, which has achieved 5 star NABERS, as well as a 4 Star Green Star As Built v2 and Office Design v2 rating.