Inspire : Public Works July Aug 2013
40 Public Works Professional July-August 2013 AGAINST STIFF COMPETITION, GLEN EIR A City Council in south-eastern Melbourne has won the top prize at the 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence, with its Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC) -- the largest council-r un facility of its kind in Victoria. Opened to the public on 7 May 2012, the $46.6-million centre is the largest capital project ever undertaken by Glen Eira City Council. Facilities include a 50-metre outdoor pool, four indoor pools, sauna, steam room, spa, indoor multi-sports stadium, water slides, leisure water features for kids, a gymnasium, crèche, café and consulting suites, including physiotherapy ser vices. "The facility incorporates innovation to improve proftability, community participation and environmental performance, with best-practice energy and water saving," says Mark Judge, Group Manager of Major Projects and Infrastructure Renewals at Glen Eira City Council. GESAC's award-winning features are mainly centred on ecologically sustainable development (ESD). These include glazing that balances thermal performance with natural lighting; 300,000-litre capacity rainwater har vesting; pool backwash recovery for fushing toilets, irrigation and topping up the pools; heat exchangers with 60--70% effciency; and a building management system that har vests energy-use data throughout the centre. ESD engineers estimate these features and others will avoid the emission of 82,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases and save the council $550,000 in water costs and up to $2.8 million in energy costs over a 25-year period. Further carbon emissions are offset using green power. No project is without challenges, and in keeping with the centre's aquatic side, [COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE LEISURE ] In its largest-ever capital works project, Glen Eira City Council has set the benchmark for council-run sports and aquatic centres, meeting community health and leisure needs with a focus on sustainability. BY GEMMA BLACK GOING SWIMMINGLY The $46.6 million centre is the largest capital project ever undertaken by Glen Eira City Council.
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