A.G. Coombs: Finalist in 2020 AIRAH Award for Excellence in Innovation for UTS Central

October 6, 2020

This year A.G. Coombs with Steensen Varming and Wood are a finalist in the AIRAH Award for Excellence in Innovation for the UTS Central building in Sydney.

This award recognises significant Australian improvements in the areas of HVAC&R achieved through innovation, including new or significantly improved systems or plant and equipment or processes.

UTS Central in Sydney combines world-leading, collaborative learning spaces that embody contemporary tertiary education and push the boundaries of educational architecture. From its double-helix staircase, to its twisted tower and modernist glass façade and world-leading Hive Super Lab, the 17-storey building, and its systems reflect experimentation and innovation.

A highly collaborative team approach by A.G. Coombs, Steensen Varming, and Wood as part of the Richard Crookes Construction team has delivered mechanical and HVAC systems in UTS Central that they say “set a new benchmark for Australian higher educational buildings industry in terms of innovation, quality and performance”.

An agile approach to HVAC and mechanical services design responded to the project’s challenging complexity and produced a sophisticated low-temperature system that delivered lower fan energy, smaller ductwork and a reduced footprint for risers, air‑handling units and plant rooms. In this multifaceted complex building, it also produced a simplified solution for the client, with less equipment to operate and maintain.


More information on the UTS Central Building can be found here.

The award will be announced at the AIRAH Awards Gala that will be live-streamed on November 10.

More information on AIRAH Awards can be found on the AIRAH Awards website.

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