With approximately 1000 race meetings held across 13 venues throughout Victoria, Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) distributes to owners and trainers more than $40 million dollars in prize money every year.
GRV is the body responsible for promoting and controlling the sport. A key part of its role is the setting of standards, regulating and policing the industry and the people involved. As an industry, GRV employs more than 3000 people and generates millions of dollars in wagering.
West Melbourne is corporate headquarters to GRV where their 4 level commercial high-rise building was in need of a desperate heating & air conditioning overhaul to fulfill the environmental requirements for the staff and management of the organisation.
The existing equipment, aged approximately 25 years, was failing on a regular occasion which was becoming not only an operational nuisance for GRV, but increasing the ongoing repair and maintenance costs with un-reliability and major component failure.
In addition, the current design was not providing any benefits for the internal layout of the offices and the existing control system was not delivering any advantages to the system or the business.
To that end, GRV engaged Air Control to offer a smart, robust, energy efficient and user friendly solution to cater for the company’s expansion and partial redevelopment of office spaces within the building.
Following an analysis of the building Air Control designed a practical, energy efficient and sensible solution to deliver the heating and air conditioning needs by incorporating x12 new Temperzone based reverse cycle ducted and rooftop packaged air conditioning systems controlled via a new Innotech building management control system (BMCS) accessible over the internet.
To reduce costs, Air Control was able to utilise the existing duct work already installed in the building and undertake various layout modifications to suit new zoning and office partition layouts.
Careful planning and project managing also meant that this project was able to be delivered during a “business as usual” situation for the staff of GRV. Air Control undertook a unit by unit replacement regime ensuring the existing equipment could be kept functional during the project to minimise discomfort for the GRV staff.
Centralising the controls to the equipment means that Air Control and GRV can make changes to temperature set points, equipment schedules and monitor the system from any convenient location. The system can now monitor all building conditions and electronically report any fault or alarm events directly via email.
The new system has provided GRV head office with exactly what they were looking for – “a hassle free system that could run itself and provide the temperature and building conditions needed for each and every work space”.