Sydney RECO August & September Winners!

Congratulations to our recent RECO Award winners!

Stuart Johnson, Director NSW, received the RECO award for August. Stuart has embraced his recent promotion, stepping up his commitment to project delivery and creating a great environment for the Sydney.

Philip Li, Hydraulic & Fire Engineer, received the RECO award for September. Philip is a relatively new addition to our team, but his efforts to ensure successful project delivery and fast-tracked adoption of Revit has already made a positive impression on the rest of the team.

RECO is a team member led group in our Sydney office who focus on giving our teams different ways to engage with each other and provide a platform for positive peer recognition. This year’s committee is organising exciting activities and events throughout the year.

Secure collaborative spaces for Melbourne’s government office

A new government fitout is almost ready! Located at 35 Collins St, Melbourne, once completed this fresh space of 6,500m2 will provide users with quality office areas, collaborative opportunities and functional amenities. The design intent of the project team is to manifest flexible working and promote a digital workplace for the future.

Critical to the success of this digital facility is the integration and simplicity of enhanced video conferencing, unified room booking process and wayfinding to guide users and guests through the new physical environment, while improving their understanding and experience. Our designers and engineers worked with specialists and end users to integrate adequate solutions into the design and fully realise the vision for the fitout.

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New internal stairs are an integral axis of the overall functionality and collaborative nature of the space, which require advanced fire protection requirements. BSE’s designers provided solutions to the building code requirements while ensuring the appropriate aesthetic nature of the fitout.

BSE worked with project partners JLL and PTID to deliver this direction though our concept design, detailed documentation and construction assistance for electrical, communications, mechanical, fire protection and audio-visual services.

BSE at PCA Property Congress 2019

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BSE will once again be in attendance at the PCA Property Congress. Our attendees on Hamilton Island this year will be Andrew Fraser (CEO), Cameron Webb (Director) and Godfrey Frederick (Director – National Business Development). The team is looking forward to connecting with all of the attendees and participate in the thought leadership, networking opportunities and hearing from the exciting line up speakers at the many sessions over Congress.

If you are there, come and say hi!

BSE Fundraises for PIF

BSE is a passionate corporate donor of the Property Industry Foundation; their National Hard Hat Campaign is our annual (and favourite) way of including all our teams in the important fundraising work PIF do to build homes for homeless youth. Our 2019 target of $2000 which was completely smashed with $3,162 raised!

Our 2019 National Hard Hat Campaign was certainly a campaign! Our fundraising activities included a cupcake decorating competition, trivia night, brownies and PIF cookies, champagne raffle, and sweet guessing jar. The cornerstone of our fundraising each year is team members donating an hour of their pay, which is matched generously by BSE.

Gavin Hanbridge from PIF, attended our Sydney office and undertook the gargantuan task of judging our cupcake decorating competition. Participants donated $5 notes for their cupcake decoration entry, and we were blown away by the creativity and skill of the team. Wade Prendergast (Hydraulic/Fire Team Leader) took top prize with his cupcake creature that seemed to be truly alive. Our guest judge was less impressed with other creations, awarding the wooden spoon to our CEO, Andrew Fraser, for ‘most in need of improvement’ – Andrew was a great sport about it all.

Next up, brownies and PIF cookies kindly crafted by Amelia Fraser for our Melbourne office, the team getting into the giving spirit.

On Hard Hat Day itself, BSE’s Sydney office dug deeper into our pockets for a trivia night (closely won by Stuart Johnson and Godfrey Frederick), bought raffle tickets for a donated magnum of Moet and bottle of Verve champagne, and emptied their spare change for a chance to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar. Adam Kelly (Mechanical Engineer) was spot on for his guess of 750 jelly beans (actual 749), and Siti Mustaffa (Mechanical Engineer) made a clean sweep of the Moet and Verve (which she will enthusiastically share with the whole office!).

The magnum was re-donated to the raffle after Jessica Chesser (National Operations Manager) won it at PIF’s Poker Night, the Verve graciously donated by a special BSE client. BSE donated all other prizes allowing all funds raised be sent directly to PIF.

Congratulations on Promotions!

BSE are delighted to announce the promotion of Stuart Johnson to NSW Director and Chris Moore as Team Leader for our Interiors and Refurbishment team!

 Since joining BSE nearly 3 years ago, Stuart has consistently delivered positive project outcomes and innovative solutions while developing a stellar Building and Infrastructure team and expanding our project partner scope. This promotion gives Stuart the scope to drive NSW growth and continue exceeding expectations of our clients.

 Chris Moore has been part of the BSE team for almost 4 years and utilises his multi-discipline approach to streamline the project delivery process and launch amazing workspaces and refreshed buildings for end users. With this new scope, Chris will lead the Interiors team, partnering with architects, project managers and end users.

 Pictured here with our recently named new National team members - Jessica Chesser, National Operations Manager, Mike Taherian, National BIM Manager and Nicki Fraser, National Finance Manager. In the past few months BSE has seen positive growth with new projects and an increase in project partners. This would have not been possible without a team formed of spectacularly talented and result-driven individuals.

RECO Peer Recognition for June & July [Sydney]

WINNERS! | Congratulations to Jessica Chesser and Maggie Xia for winning the RECO awards for June and July!

Jessica was nominated for outstanding efforts in her QA audits and re-certification and training Maggie also won the award for her bright attitude towards her work and assistance towards others.

 RECO is a team member led group in our Sydney office who focus on giving our teams different ways to engage with each other and provide a platform for positive peer recognition. This year’s committee is organising exciting activities and events throughout the year.

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Ever Evolving Teamwork

TEAMWORK: Delivering successful project outcomes is our core business, developing our team’s relationships and capacity to work effectively in teams enhances our capacity to do this.

BSE’s teams connect regularly, often over some tasty food, refreshing drinks and fun activities. BSE’s Melbourne team has expanded to 6, recently everyone stepped away from the computers to share lunch, laughs and ideas. The Sydney RECO committee (staff led social and recognition committee) took the team out for an informal lunch in the winter sunshine.

In addition to the lunches, BSE celebrated a successful financial year with several very competitive rounds of ten-pin bowling, giving many laughs and the inevitable controversary of who the actual winner was! We’re still undecided if it was Chris Moore or Andrew Crowe.

Our approach to this team relationship building, is both planned and reactive. Intentionally planned, budgeted and organised, while flexible in opportunities, capturing snippets of non-resourced time and filling them with fun.

Kennards Hire equipment opens new store at Airport West, Victoria

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The newest Kennards Hire equipment warehouse has recently opened in Airport West, Victoria. Kennards Hire is renowned for equipment hire for small and larger projects across Australia and New Zealand. The BSE VIC team collaborated with MCHP Architects and Kennards Hire to provide the design documentation for the new Kennards Hire outlet building. This project was listed as a pilot project to accommodate a larger than usual Kennards store which allowed for internal vehicular access.

 BSE was assigned to document the relevant services documentation aligned with the Kennards design standards and liaise with the relevant electricity and water authorities for the external connections. BSE delivered electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and fire services as well as documenting in Revit which was key from a services coordination perspective given the amount of exposed services.

Preston Medical Centre design stage complete

The newly proposed Preston Medical Centre located at 353 Plenty Road, Preston, has recently completed the design phase. In collaboration with architects COAD88, BSE’s Victorian team designed and documented services solutions for electrical (lighting and power), hydraulic and fire protection. The Medical Centre will include two floors of reception/ welcome spaces, medical and consulting rooms, carpark and capacity for ambulance entry. The striking design of reverse flat roof and quality finishes gives the building presence in this location. The Centre will provide the local community with qualified doctors, health practitioners and a welcoming place.

Our design team used creative design and practiced methods to deliver this design and are looking forward to seeing the building come to life during construction soon.

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BSE attends PCA’s Annual Women in Property Lunch

BSE’s Sydney team recently attended the NSW Property Council’s Annual Women in Property Lunch! With bubbles, a fabulous lunch and guest speaker Magda Szubanski AO, we had a great time listening to topical discussion and a few jokes around inclusion in the workplace with more than 1000 other industry professionals! BSE is an ally of diversity in the workplace, it was great that so many of our fantastic female team members were able to enjoy the afternoon.

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Department of Education & Training team moves into a new office space

A new commercial space is now complete for the Department of Education and Training, Victoria. BSE’s Victorian team delivered building services along with Jones Lang LaSalle as the project managers. The government fitout is approximately 1,100sqm, encompassing open plan office, meeting room, workstations and a new large kitchen to accommodate roughly 100 team members.  

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This new flexible workspace has views of Melbourne to Port Philip Bay and allows the DET’s team to improve engagement and collaboration through coworking and shared office solutions. The design is to DET’s office standards is aligned with their operational needs. BSE’s team were able to supplement base-building supply to allow sufficient lighting to all workstations and meet lighting quality requirements. Services delivered were electrical, communication, security, mechanical, fire and hydraulic services across tender documentation and construction services.




RECO Peer Recognition for May [Sydney]

WINNER! | Michael Yan received May’s RECO award from our Sydney team, nominated by his peers for outstanding customer service and exceptional project results. Each month our winner receives a certificate, trophy and gift card.

RECO is a team member led group in our Sydney office who focus on giving our teams different ways to engage with each other and provide a platform for positive peer recognition. This year’s committee is Kenneth Tang, Mike Taherian and Jessica Chesser.

Pedestrian safety is boosted at Deakin University

Godfrey Frederick, BSE’s National Business Development Manager recently visited Deakin University in Melbourne to have a look at one of BSE’s projects on the campus. We recently designed part of the new street lighting infrastructure at the Burwood Campus entry. Congratulations to the BSE Melbourne team for a job well done.

BSE has undertaken a pedestrian safety upgrade project for the Entrance 2 at the Burwood campus. Construction and installation phases are complete.

Wesley Hospital, Ashfield is in full operation

Located in the Sydney’s Inner west, Wesley Hospital in Ashfield offers patients and hospital staff well equipped accommodations and for their care.

The hospital recently conducted an upgrade project carried which included the new construction of 4 recreation rooms along with the refurbishment of entry, reception, offices and nurses’ stations and ancillary works throughout the existing private hospital.

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BSE’s design team tackled the challenge of limited as-installed information by undertaking detailed investigation to understand and document the existing services. The services designed were engineered and planned to enable the facility to continue full operation across the entire upgrade program.

BSE provided professional engineering consulting services including mechanical and electrical services, which were were designed to support the operational requirements of the hospital with robust plant and equipment selection, ease of maintenance and the safety of occupants a prime consideration. With Impact Group as Project Manager and BSE as services engineers, this project was delivered successfully - on time and on budget.

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Revamp of TC Beirne Building & B. Lucky Sons Fit-out

The revamp of TC Beirne Building and B. Lucky & Sons’ newest gaming venue are now open to the public! BSE partnered with both project teams across to deliver base-building upgrades and tenancy fit-out to deliver these outstanding rejuvenated spaces.

TC Beirne Building, a heritage listed building located in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley underwent a full base-building upgrade. BSE partnered with Funlab to revitalize the building delivering mechanical, hydraulic, gas and fire services consulting engineering.

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Following TC Beirne’s all services upgrade, BSE partnered with Funlab to deliver mechanical fit-out services to create a relaxing and entertaining recreational space for B. Lucky & Sons within the TC Beirne Building. The new space offers customers a singular experience of entertaining new and old-school arcade games with kitchens offering pizza to prawn crackers and a full-service luxury bar.

 The approach of delivering tenancies in a building after a base building upgrade, is an approach which all of BSE’s design teams appreciate. Given the opportunity to design a tenancy space gives our engineers the ability to take full advantage of a new and well documented base-building design. This ensures a high quality, buildable and maintenance-effective outcome.

Queensland’s Largest Police Station opens

BSE team members recently attended the opening of the largest police station in Queensland. The Brisbane City Police Station is a new $13.5 million facility which is now home to approximately 300 police officers.

The station has multiple floors totalling approximately 5,100sqm and features holding cells, interview rooms, general office, training spaces and a control room for managing events around the CBD.

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 BSE delivered a range of engineering services including fire, hydraulic, mechanical, electrical, security and audio visual, to help create an environment that will provide Queensland Police Service with the tools and flexibility to complete their tasks efficiently.

 BSE worked in conjunction with Queensland Police Service, Harry Poulos Architects, Building as Asset Services (BAS), Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA), Blades Project Services, and Abri Projects and is proud to be a part of the project team.

 You can read more about the project here: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-s-largest-operational-police-station-opens-in-brisbane-s-cbd-20190320-p515zr.html

Curved fins of iconic architecture shines over Sydney’s skyline

The Arc By Crown is a $250m residential mixed-use development on Clarence Street that has set sail with the curved fins complete on the striking buildings. The development is now fully operational with the rooftop garden and Horizon Lounge providing a new perspective on the Sydney skyline.

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This iconic tower located in the Sydney CBD comprises of a 25-storey tower including a mix of 173 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, 42 serviced apartments and two levels of specialty retail. This is a building with state-of-the-art building services and amenities second to none in the residential market.

 Koichi Takada Architects (KTA) designed this impressive structure alongside developer Crown Group. BSE designed the electrical, mechanical and fire services engineering respectfully with the existing heritage façade on the lower levels requiring an innovative design approach.

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Refreshed PIF

BSE were pleased to be among guests at PIF’s brand re-fresh and calendar launch, hosted by WT Partnership in Sydney recently. Kate Mills, CEO of PIF provided her vision for the evolving organisation – Building Homes for Homeless Youth, with her commitment to clear and simple messaging, a national approach to industry engagement as drivers to increase beds built for homeless youth.

The insights provided by PIF Ambassador Greg Paramor AO were generous - philanthropy rather than charity and the unimportance of wealth in relation to giving, with the conclusion that no one is better placed to have an impact with transition accommodation for homeless youth, than the property industry.

BSE has been a passionate supporter of the Property Industry Foundation for many years, as a corporate donor, fundraiser, event supporter, and through initiatives allowing our team members to volunteer their time at fundraising events and provide their technical expertise to PIF building projects.

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CSR Prequalification received for BSE’s Victorian Office

BSE’s presence in Victoria continues to flourish, with the team receiving Construction Supplier Registration pre-qualification from Victoria’s Department of Treasury and Finance in February 2019. The Construction Supplier Register (CSR) is an open pre-qualification scheme for construction works and services suppliers for Victorian Government construction projects.

Occupational Health and Safety is a crucial aspect of BSE’s successful CSR application, prioritising the health and safety of our team members and the occupants of the spaces we design. As Designers under Section 28 of Victoria’s OHS Act 2004, our approach to design ensures that users of workspaces designed by BSE meet the requirements of the Act for our clients and project partners, by identifying hazards and eliminating or minimising the potential harm through engineering controls as far as reasonably practical.

Australia’s OHS/ WHS landscape continues with complexity despite attempts to standardise legislation and approaches across different state and territory jurisdictions. Operating across Australia, BSE’s commitment to workplace health and safety is founded on consistency and specialised local knowledge. A comprehensive system that meets the requirements of our different office and project locations while providing compliance with varying local obligations.

Combining WHS commitments under BSE’s certified quality management system (ISO9001:2015) ensures that business and project goals are aligned, while promoting safe, quality engineering design and team member health and safety.  

Project Flashback | Amazing ‘Gracewood’

BSE is proud to be associated with the seniors living and aged care development for the multi-award winning Gracewood independent living community in Kellyville.

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 The seniors living project which opened at the end of 2016 is two new residential seniors style apartment clusters for the stage 2 addition to the Baptistcare Gracewood Community. The new apartments comprise eighty (80) 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments that are integrated with the existing development.  Additionally, a new state-of-the-art aged care facility known as the Gracewood Centre has recently opened becoming home for 138 residents, who will have access to all levels of care, including 32 specialised dementia care rooms.

 Both developments were constructed by Lipman.

 BSE’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Fraser commented, “BSE has provided a range of building services engineering consultancy for the Gracewood development since 2013. In that time, we have watched Gracewood grow to become a major community of people enjoying retirement living in the heart of the Hills District”