Leading food industry design and construction company, Wiley
has won the Queensland Master Builder’s Brisbane Regional Award for ‘Excellence in Sustainable Building’ at the recently held gala awards dinner.
The award celebrates the outstanding level of environmental design and retro greening techniques employed during the year-long redevelopment of the Brisbane Market’s Building F (re-launched as the Fresh Centre). Building F was originally built in 1964 to house a banana ripening and warehouse space with basic offices.
Wiley was also recognised at the event with a Certificate of Appreciation for being Master Builder members for 50 years. The company specialises in the design and construction of complex food processing facilities.
In his acceptance speech, Project Manager, Barry Murphy observed that the award was validation of the hard work and brave decisions made by the client and the Wiley team during their intensive early discovery phase when they set a strong benchmark for recycling everything from the existing structure to provide the entire project with the best possible sustainable foundation.
Barry recalled that designing an environmentally sound and sustainable solution to cooling the building was a major challenge, which was achieved by cutting two large light shafts through the second floor and the roof allowing access for natural light across all floors of the building.
A natural ventilation system with the ability to sense wind, rain, temperature and fire was then installed with motorised louvers that would be operated to naturally cool the concourse area on the ground floor and the common areas on level one. The system is linked to the air conditioning in these areas, with the latter shutting down when the louvers are open to save power and extend the lifespan of the equipment.
Wiley is now in the running for selection to compete at the State level, with the award winners to be announced at the State Housing & Construction Awards in September in Brisbane.