Victorian State Emergency Service Headquarters

Location Melbourne VIC
Project Completion 2004
Project Size 1,700m2
Project Description Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) Headquarters is a two storey building adjacent to the western entry for the City Link freeway and tunnels. The projects provides educational, operational and administration facilities for the State Administration and the Central Region Unit of the SES. The planning and internal amenity of the project focuses the open plan office areas on the south facade of the floor plate with the activity of the freeway visible through large south facing windows – reminiscent of a Jeffrey Smart painting.

The Department of Justice developed the SES Headquarters as a benchmark sustainable office project incorporating the latest requirements for OH&S, disability access and facility management. The building has a strong focus on energy management, with the incorporation of passive and active environmental design responses for venting and lighting in a progressive, friendly and healthy work environment.
The long narrow plan form is simply zoned around a top lit rear spinal corridor and ground floor parking with offices and meeting rooms above. Passive and active environmental control systems, with natural venting and lighting account for a 40% reduction in energy usage. The scheme achieved the RAIA Sustainability Award in 2004.