Doncaster Hill Green Civic Precinct: Sustainability Education Hub

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Do
ncaster Hill Green Civic Precinct
:

Sustainability Education Hub

Final report


Green Precincts Fund

Manningham City Council

Dece
mber 2012

Introduction

MC²

(Manningham City Square)
,
Manningham City
Council's new $3
8

million multi
-
tenanted community centre
, the largest of its kind in Victoria,

was officially opened in
September 2012. This vibrant community hub provides

access to a wide range of
organisations
in one
accessible
location, with services and programs available in
health, education, welfa
re, arts and culture

and
children’s services
.

Tenants

includ
e
:



Chinese Community Social Services



Doncare Community Services



Interact Youth and Community Services



Manningham Community Health Services Limited



Manningham YMCA Youth Services



Early Years at MC²/Doncaster Kindergarten



Doncaster Maternal and Child Health Centre



Manningham Art Gallery



Manningham Community Arts Centre



Doncaster Library



M
C² Café.


The building is designed to
achieve a
5 star Green Star rating
signifying Australian
Excellence under the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) ‘Pilot Public
Buildings’ rating tool. The building is also seeking to achieve a 5 Star NABERS
energy and
water rating.
MC²
includes a
n innovative

trigeneration system
that
generate
s

electricity

and provides

heating and cooling
-

a first for Local Government
in Australia. The

building also features a number of
innovative sustainability features

that
will be hi
ghlighted in this report.


The square in MC² refers to the
modern, angular
shape of the building
, sustainable
energy generation and
the fact that the building’s
civic plaza
will function like an old
style town square or meeting place.



In addition to the

new community support facil
i
ties

such as

an expanded
library, art
gallery and café
; improvements to the
public
realm and bus access will strengthen
community connectedness and encourage participation in

programs, events and
festivals.


This report outlin
es the community
and sustainability
benefits of the MC² project
(
also
known as the Doncaster Hill Green Civic Precinct
-

Sustainability Education Hub
)

that
will be achieved through the $1.5 million in funding generously provided by the
Australian Governmen
t’s Green Precincts
F
und.
The Green Precincts Fund


encourages local communities to better manage their water and energy use for
current and future generations.


Project
b
ackground

Manningham City Council is committed to reducing its
environmental
impact
and
demonstrating its leadership by
implementing best
practice
sustainabi
lity projects.

Council and its community are facing a wide array of challenges now and into the
future, such as climate change, peak oil, energy
and food
security
.



In r
espon
se
to t
hese multiple challenges
,
in 2009

Council adopted an ambitious
target of being a ‘Carbon Neutral Council by 2020’ and has
since identified
a number
of ongoing actions to achieve this target.


Manningham’s
Doncaster Hill Strategy and the Smart Energy Zon
e
P
lan identified
localised clean energy infrastructure as the only pathway to achieving zero emissions
on Doncaster Hill by 2030. Decentralised energy systems
can
produce low and zero
carbon energy from local
ised
energy centre
s that
distribute this energy

to local

connected customers.


In line with Council’s commitment to
encourage
sustainable urban development

through the
planning and constructi
on of energy efficient and low
carbon buildings
with
reduced
ecological footprints, MC
2

(Manningham City Square) was designed
from the
outset
to be a 5
-
Star Green Star
1

(design) and 5
-
Star NABERS
2

(operation)
rated building. Both of these ratings
signify Australian excellence with regard to
sustainable building and
ensure that the design an
d operation of the building
compl
ies

with comprehensive codes of practice
that
apply
to
both to Council as

the
building

owner/
manager and the tenants.


Community
b
enefits

The development of MC² is a key element of
the
Doncaster Hill Strategy

that will see
the
creation of a sustainable urban village in the heart of
Manningham

that
over the
next 20 years

will house
an additional 8,000 residents
.


The project concept was developed through a network of service providers who
cater

for

the needs of
a broad
range of user groups, including older adults, young people,
people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with
a
disabili
ty,

families and children.


The concept was supported by extensive social and community n
eeds research and
a desire by Manningham City Council to adopt a whole
-
of
-
government and
community partnership approach to this exciting project.


In addition to the sustainability initiatives and community education component of the
facility, MC² will pro
vide a ‘one
-
stop
-
shop’

for

health, community, learning, cultural
and social support service for
the

local, metropolitan and regional catchment.



Project
o
bjectives




1

Green Star is a

national, voluntary environmental rating system that evaluates the environmental design and
construction of buildings and communities


and is
certified by the Green Building
Council of Australia (GBCA)
.

2

NABERS (
National Australian Built Environment Rating System)



measures an existing building's environmental
performance during operation. NABERS rates a building on the basis of its measured operational impacts in
categorie
s such as energy, water, waste and indoor environment

.

NABERS is certified by the NSW Dept of
Environment & Heritage.



The MC² project
also known as
The Doncaster Hill Green Civic Precinct
-

Sustainability Education Hub is a high
-
profile demonstration project
of national
relevance that will
openly
showcase
best practice

sustainability initiatives in a
purpose built building for the public.
MC² will make a bold statement through its
functional
ity, environmental initiatives and public expression.


MC²

will bring a sense of belonging and community connectedness, creating long
standing partnerships within the community, and provide a local example of
leadership to other developers
within and beyo
nd
Doncaster Hill.


A Sustainability Education Hub integrated into th
is

new
state
-
of
-
the
-
art multi
-
purpose
c
ommunity
c
entre will provide ongoing opportunities to actively engage the wider
community, to educate and encourage the uptake of water and energy
measures.


This multi
-
dimensional project has the potential to deliver savings of not only a
financial nature, but more significantly, will include important social and
environmental benefits.


The MC² project objectives

stated in the Green Precincts Prog
ram funding
agreement

were to:



Create a showcase green precinct



Significantly reduce energy and water use on site and subsequently reduce
carbon emissions



Demonstrate these measures to the community and communicate the results to
encourage uptake by the co
mmunity; and



Increase the number of people engaged in sustainability programs.


The Green Civic Precinct will be
c
ome

an important demonstration site to show
case

how
w
ater
s
ensitive
c
it
y objectives
can be delivered and
demonstrate how
e
nergy
efficiency and
trigeneration can provide Local
G
overnments with a pathway towards
a clean

and low emissions

energy future.


MC²
s
ustainability
f
eatures

Sustainability has been at the forefront of the development of Council’s new
community facility, MC², located at 687
Doncaster Road, Doncaster.

Council
adopted a whole
-
of
-
government approach to funding and sustainable building
outcomes for MC².


The E
cologically

Sustainable Design
(ESD)
aspects in particular were facilitated by
a
$1.5 million grant from
the Federal Gove
rnment’s Green Precinct Fund
. The State
Government contributed $500,000 through the
Smart Energy Zone
s Program

and
$148,000 through the
Stormwater and Urban Water Recycling Fund.


Aptly named MC² (Manningham City Square) to reflect the formula for determi
ning
energy, this new facility has many innovative design features aimed at achieving best
practice sustainability outcomes.
Some of the building’s key sustainable design
initiatives are outlined below.


Aiming for excellence:
The building
has been designed
to achieve a 5 Star Green
Star Design Rating signifying ‘Australian excellence’ in
sustainable
building
. The
building is also aiming to
achieve a National Australian Built Environment

Rating
System (NABERS) 5 Star E
nergy and
W
ater rating.





Building design:

A critical yet often understated and obvious aspect of sustainable
building is the actual design of the building. MC² was designed and constructed to
achieve a highly insulated and air tight building fabric. The building employs high
pe
rformance glazing with deep overhangs, coupled with well
-
insulated external walls
and roofing. Light
reflective
colours have
also
been used for the roofing and external
cladding of the building to minimise radiant

heat transfer.

T
ogether t
hese features
ens
ure that the building’s heat losses and gains are kept to a minimum
, r
esulting

in a
reduction in the building’s heating and cooling requirements
and greenhouse gas
emissions.



Full height glazing is installed only along feature areas to improve the
passive
thermal performance of the building
. North
-
facing glazing maximises

views
of the
distant
Kinglake

mountain
ranges and minimal glazing is installed along the
Doncaster Road façade to optimi
s
e the acoustic performance of the building.




Daylight
wi
thin the building is maximi
s
ed through an
internal “street” with high
ceiling
s, void areas,
skylights
and
full height glazing that face
s to the west, north and
south
.





To capitali
s
e on this strategy
,

electric lighting around the building’s perimeter is
controlled via d
aylight

sensors. So when there is enough daylight the lights


automatically dim or turn off. This strategy reduces

energy consumption associated
with lighting and lowers emissions
.


Key h
abitable spaces
within the building
are separated from other spaces by doors

and
zoned

via the building management system so that heating and cooling for
different zones can be controlled independently
to minimis
e
energy consumption and
emissions.

Airlocks

are loca
ted at main entrances to minimis
e the inflow of
un
conditioned
air

into the building
.


Energy

efficiency:

This theme
was central to the building’s design, operation and
maintenance. The building’s key energy efficiency strategy is delivered through

the
natural gas
-
fired trigeneration plant

-

a

first for
L
ocal
G
overnment in Australia
. The
trigeneration
system
suppl
ies

the building’s
electricity, heating and cooling
.
There is
also

an electrical connection ‘mico
grid’ between
MC²
and Manningham’s existing
civic centre building that allows any surplus energy generated by the trigeneration
system to be shared across both buildings. By u
sing natural gas to
power the
trigeneration system
,

a predicted
reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) e
missions of
around 60%

compared to a business as usual approach

can be achieved.


The building’s Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system incorporates
a number of passive and active strategies that all contribute to the building’s superior
en
ergy efficiency. Located

at the top of the internal street are passive s
olar thermal
chimneys

that were
installed to
remove
hot air from the

building.

This measure
ut
i
lises
the natural tenden
cy
of hot air to
rise and allows the building’s cooling system
to run more efficiently.


The HVAC system was designed to operate in a “mixed mode” scenario where
occupants have the ability to maintain air conditioning through the space or switch to
a naturally ventilated
environment; promoting low energy use. The building also has
the ability to be pre
-
cooled overnight through an economy cycles and the thermal
chimneys
,

reducing the load on the cooling system in the early part of the day. This
results in energy and greenho
use gas emissions savings.


Vertical Transport
:

Energy efficient lifts have been installed to service the building
.

Once in the building users are encouraged to use stairways that are prominently
located in the central street as opposed to the lift locatio
ns which are to the side of
the main building thoroughfare.


Building performance

and
monitoring:

T
he building is controlled and monitored
via a building management system (BMS). The building is fully zoned and the BMS
enables all areas within the building and its services such as heating and to be
monitored, controlled and adjusted according to usage
p
atterns and user
preferences.
The BMS is the central nervous system of the building and will enable
both Council and
building

tenants to operate the building as efficiently as possible.

It
will ensure

optimum efficiency by monitoring and controlling air co
nditioning, lighting
and security systems.


Coupled to the BMS is a proprietary
interactive building
performance display
system
called ‘Engauge’ that enables Council to c
ontinuous
ly

display
real time electricity,
heating and cooling usage
,
greenhouse gas e
missions

and water use and savings.
This information
is captured

and

displayed via a

‘live feed’ on two screens
located in
the
building
’s entry foyer and on the first floor

(see image below)
.







Beyond the live information feed, the Engauge

system enables Council to track and
report on the buildings
historical and current
performance.
The system can also be
used to set performance targets for the whole building and i
n
dividual tenants as well.
Consequently the system

is a key element of the S
ustainability Education Hub within
MC² and is
a valuable tool to educate Council
, t
enants and the public about the
building and how it performs.



I
ndoor environment quality:
This

is an important theme in sustainable building
because its objective is to
create healthy internal spaces. MC² achieves this objective
in a number of ways
, through
:


Ventilation
:

The library is serviced by a positive displacement system air
conditioning system that is a once through system that provides full fresh air at low
leve
l which is relieved naturally through operable windows in the thermal chimney.


Fresh outside is provided to spaces
at rates of 150% improvement over standard
requirements. Additionally, Carbon dioxide (CO
2
) monitoring and control system are
provided
within the air conditioning ducting system to ensure CO
2

levels within the
building are kept to a min
i
mum across all parts of the building.


CO
2
monitoring is also provided within the car park, and linked to the mechanical
extraction system so that the sys
tem operates once CO
2
levels hit a minimum
prescribed threshold to maintain good air quality.




Noise
:

The acoustic design features ensure that the building achieves 95% of the
Nett Lettable Area (NLA) below ‘satisfactory’ ambient noise levels in accordan
ce with
Australian Standard (AS) 2107.


Indoor pollutants
:

All paints, adhesives and finishes such as carpets and furniture
coverings u
sed in the construction and fit
out of the building are low in Volatile
Organic Compounds (VOC) substances.


Water
conservation and stormwater management:

MC² demonstrates how a water sensitive city can be achieved by including all the
elements of a fully integrated water management solution. The building highlights
current and future best practice features and provid
es a cutting edge example for
Melbourne’s infill developments to follow.


The d
esign of MC² was developed to achieve:



Best Practice Stormwater Quality objectives



Compliance with Council’s

On Site Detention policy



Reduced frequency of runoff flows



Reduced m
ains water consumption


In addition to

the

standard water conservation measure such as the use of

water
efficient appliances (dual flush toilets, low flow urinals and water efficient fixtures and
fittings
) the building has a
dedicated ‘third pipe’

that will be supplied with recycled
Class A water for toilet flushing. Currently

water for toilet flushing is supplied from a
58,000 litre combined
ons
ite
d
etention and rainwater tank.


In terms of
s
tormwater
m
anagement a
n integrated approach was taken to

achieve
both
stormwater quality and quantity outcomes while delivering value for money and
providing a range of leading sustainable practice
s
.


Specific examples include
:

The use of an ornamental wetland to treat forecourt runoff
:

The extended detention
component of the wetland overflows to passively irrigate a large garden area at the
entry to
C
ouncil’s civic precinct. The wetland also provides an
o
n
s
ite
d
etention role
with large storm events (
ie
. 1 in 100 year storm)
,

discharging

to the stormwater
network at a controlled rate.


Doncaster Boulevard

treatment:

As part of the Doncaster Hill vision for a liveable,
pedestrian friendly precinct the
b
oulevard is an integral component of connecting
si
tes along the main connecting roads
within the Hill
. The boulevard includes a
water
sensitive urban design

tree

pit to collect road runoff and large areas of garden bed
which are passively irrigated from specially constructed kerb in
lets which divert road
runoff.
A swale drain located away f
rom the road verge directs excess water to the
stormwater system. Plants were selected to meet Council’s maintenance
requirements, retain road visibility for drivers and create a appealing landscape
aesthetic.


Biofitration beds
:

Runoff from the northern a
nd western plaza areas is directed to two
biofiltration cells which filter runoff to remove pollutants before it is passed through to
the stormwater system.


Kindergarten rainwater tank
:

Filtered runoff from the western bio
-
filter is directed into
a rainwa
ter tank at the kindergarten located on site. Children are able to use the
collected rainwater for play and gardening activities.



Transport:
Promoting sustainable

and alternative modes of
transport
and
encourag
ing

people to live, work and play locally cont
inues to be a high priority for
Council. Council continue
s

to promote sustainable transport options such as:



Public transport (Smart buses)



Car sharing



Walking and cycling



E
lectric vehicles or other
low
carbon options.


MC²
taps into this ethos by providing
pedestrian links and wayfinding signage

across
the precinct and by providing secure bicycle parking and a
purpose built

bus shelter
for Manningham’s extensive bus system
.



Environmental Management Plan

An Environmental Ma
nagement Plan (EMP) has been prepared for MC² that aims to
ensure that MC
2

meets or exceeds world and Australian
best sustainability practices
,
in particular for energy and water use. Other key objectives of the EMP are to:



Achieve a 5 Star (Operational) N
ABERS rating (National Australian Built
Environment Rating System)



Reduce energy and water consumption through the use of innovative
technology and education



Reduce waste sent to landfill through education and use of recycling/diversion
systems



Provide a
practical framework for establishing best practice environmental
management standards and guidelines to mitigate potential environmental
harm for each activity undertaken



Provide a mechanism to assist tenants and staff comply with the
requirements of all r
elevant environmental legislation, conditions of any
applicable licence or permit



Provide guidelines for the development of energy, water and waste
management plans
.


Ongoing items to be evaluated include power/water consumption, waste reduction
and
working environment comfort.

The MC² project demonstrates leadership,
innovation and learning opportunities for tenants and visitors. It will demonstrate to
the community how we can dramatically and cost
-
effectively reduce our carbon
footprint and work tow
ards a more sustainable future.


Sustainability Education Hub

Community engagement and education has
also
been an important element of MC²
sustainability

initiatives
. A sustainability education hub within the MC² Library was a
key element of the Green Prec
incts Program grant funding and provides community
education programs, particularly for local school students, access to online
sustainability resources and dedicated spaces for educational seminars.


The sustainability initiatives of MC² are a leading exa
mple for the local and wider
community
on
how we can dramatically and cost
-
effectively reduce our carbon
footprint and work towards a more sustainable future.


Project deliverables


The following deliverables were included in the MC² project in line with
the Green
Precincts f
unding requirements:






Focus

Efficiency Measures

Deliverables (outputs)

Energy

EcoTracker lighting trial
*

Installation of EcoTracker


Sustainability Education
and Technologies
Management Plan

Includes development of tenant
training, reporting, green leases and
consideration of other interventions
such as CSIRO ComfortSENSE
(system to enable occupant comfort
level feedback)


High performance glazing

Installation of high performance
glazing


Shading

Installation of sun shading eves

and
blinds


High performance façade
and thermal chimney

Installation and commissioning of
the eves and high performance
glazing and thermal chimney effect


Water as thermal mass

Installation and commissioning of
steel water tanks


Cogeneration plant and
trigeneration absorption
chiller

Installation and commissioning of
500kW cogeneration plant and
300kW chiller


Chilled water link to
existing building
*

Installation and commissioning of
trigeneration chilled water loop
through both buildings



BAS system point of use

Installation and commissioning of
BAS system


Wind turbines (10kW)

(or equivalent innovative
renewable power source)
*

Installation and co
mmissioning of

2 x 5kW Aerogenesis turbines


Solar panels (5kW)
*

Installation of solar panels



Efficient lighting

Installation of a range of lighting
including LED downlights and tubes,
T5 lights and compact fluorescents


Common electrical system

Installation an
d commissioning of
shared micro
grid

Water

Water efficient fixtures and
fittings

Installation of fixtures and fittings
including flow restrictors, diversion
from hand basins to toilets and
WELS 5 star rated fittings


Dual supply water
pipes in
building

Installation of dual supply as point of
access for rainwater supply to toilets


Rainwater harvesting tank
for main roof areas

Installation of 50,000L tank for
internal use within the building for
hand basins and flushing toilets


Fire
water reuse collection
tank

Installation of tank to capture
firewater discharge tests



Focus

Efficiency Measures

Deliverables (outputs)


Fire system modification to
reuse water

Installation of plumbing to enable
discharge to be reused



Bioretention system to roof
deck and civic forecourt

Installation
of water sensitive urban
design edge treatment green roof
planting in the sustainability
education hub


Stormwater collection tank

Installation of 200kL tank to service
ovals and green open spaces


Plumbing and diversion for
oval irrigation with
stormwater

Installation of plumbing to allow
diversion of stormwater harvesting
and storage to ovals and green
open spaces


Water saving warm season
grasses

Use of seasonally suitable drought
tolerant grass species

Community
engagement

Green civic
precinct
sustainability education
hub
-

community centre

Community centre development to
facilitate sustainability education


Launch of precinct
(materials)

Host public launch to ensure
maximum awareness and interest in
precinct development


Engagement
and
education program

Proof of the implementation and
uptake of the community education
and engagement program

Other

Green building design and
life cycle assessment

Design building elements to ensure
maximum efficiency and savings


Landscape water
sensitive
urban design

Design landscape elements to
ensure maximum water efficiency
and savings


Green civic precinct design

Design of precinct


Construction management

Green civic precinct construction
management

*
See ESD rationalisation below for
explanation on amen
dments to Green Precincts
deliverables.


ESD rationalisation

The original Green Precincts funding application included a broad range of initiatives
that sought to achieve best practice ESD outcomes. This submission occurred in the
early concept stages of the design while the details of the building were still being
finalised.
A
s the design progressed it became apparent that a number of the
proposed ESD initiatives needed to be rationalised.


Con
sequently, initiatives that provided either inadequate cost benefits, were
unsuitable due to site conditions or simply coul
d be integrated into the design were
excluded. Key items that were originally proposed but not included in the final design
outcome are as follows:




Focus

Efficiency
Measures

Deliverables (outputs)

Reason for exclusion

Energy

EcoTracker
lighting trial

Installation of EcoTracker

Not necessary because
the

lighting system and
BMS provided the
necessary degree of
control and monitoring
.


Chilled water
link to existing
building

Installation and
commissioning of
trigeneration

chilled water
loop through both buildings

Council’s ESD consultants
determined at a very early
stage of the project that
installing a chilled water
link would add no
significant benefits to the
operation of the
trigeneration system.


Wind turbines
(10kW
)

(or equivalent
innovative
renewable
power source)

Installation and
commissioning of

2 x 5kW Aerogenesis
turbines

Funds redirected

into the
trigeneration system as a
wind study revealed there
is

not enough wind on
Doncaster Hill

for turbines
to be a viable energy
generation source.


Solar panels
(5kW)

Installation of solar panels

Evacuated tube solar hot
water panels were installed
to provide domestic hot
water. Photovolatic panels
were not installed due to
the fact that the
tri
generation system would
be providing electricity for
the site at a more cost
competitive rate and
greater output.


Key project milestones achieved


All project milestones of the Green Precincts funding were successfully achieved. In
terms of overall project management, the fitout of the MC² café and the installation of
the civic precinct bus shelter were the only two items to be delayed beyond the
ori
ginal project timeframe.


The café operators were required to complete a number of items in order to receive a
building permit, which was issued on 13 June. The additional fitout requirements
were not included in Kane Construction’s original construction
program and the café
operators decided to use their own contractor to carry out these works. While the
Kane had possession of the site, any other contractors carrying out works on site
were required to comply with Kane’s standards.


Conditions were put in

place to ensure the café operator’s consultants were providing
services in line with those already documented and partially installed by Kane.
Unfortunately due to the café operator’s lack of experience on similar projects,
documentation had to be resubmi
tted to Council’s Statutory Planning and Building
Services departments, which resulted in unanticipated delays in the commencement


of the café fitout. As a result of these issues, access to the café to commence the
fitout was delayed until late June 2012.


The civic precinct bus shelter installation was delayed pending approval of $100,000
in grant funding from Public Transport Victoria. Notification of funding was given in
late August 2012 and tender documentation has been prepared
for the con
struction
of
the shelter
and
it is anticipated that the shelter will be complete by February 2013.


Official opening events

M

was officially opened on 3 September 2012 by
Anna Burke MP, Federal
Member for Chisholm
,

The Hon Mary Wooldridge MP, Member for Doncaster

and
Manningham

Mayor, Cr Geof
f

Gough
. A

community open day
held on

Sunday 16
September

attracted more than
4,000 people
who
exploring the new centre over the
course of the day
. Other activities held on the day

included the inaugural Fine Design
Market, Ma
nni
n
gham Community Jam

music concert and unveiling

of the MC² time
capsule
, which will be opened in 2062
.

More
than
70
,000

people have visited MC²
since it opened.


Marketing and Communications

A comprehensive communications and marketing plan for the
project ensured that
extensive media coverage was received during the construction and relocation
phases and once the building was opened to the public. Important elements of the
plan included:



Regular meetings with key stakeholders, ie. Doncaster Primary
School,
Doncaster Bowling Club, neighbouring businesses



Production of a bi
-
monthly Civic Precinct newsletter



Regular updates on Council’s website and the Doncaster Hill website and
articles in the bi
-
monthly Manningham Matters community newsletter



Articles

in Council’s internal staff newsletter, MFocus



Production of an MC² promotional brochure

to promote the new centre, the
tenants and facilities to existing and new user groups



Production of media releases at key stages of the project’s development, ie.
tur
ning of the first sod, highlighting the sustainability elements of the project
and the official opening.



Community Engagement

A vital aspect of the MC² project was community engagement. The Department of
Planning and Community Development (DPCD) funded

a Community Hub
Engagement Officer role on a three year contract basis.
A dedicated role to work in
conjunction with the foundation organisations, neighbouring organisations and
individuals and the broader Manningham community has assisted in building
eff
ective relationships and opportunities for genuine involvement
by

the
c
ommunity.


The premise for creating an Engagement Role for Council’s largest capital works
project was that as a member of the project team, the position could act as the key
driver responsible for facilitating and generating engagement opportunities in parallel
to t
he planning, construction and initial operational phases of MC². This would ensure
that the services located at MC² would operate within an integrated service delivery
model and that the community were kept informed with building and operational
progress a
nd opportunities for participation.


The role has ensured that community engagement has been embedded in all phases
of the project to support services located at MC², maximise relationships amongst
organisations and the broader community, provide a focus

in the programming of
activities and encourage collaboration and service integration.




An Engagement and Communication action plan was developed by Council Officers,
MC² Services and DPCD. This ensured that there was a guiding document of
activities that

met the objectives of MC² services, community, stakeholders and
broader strategies for MC². The action plan was modelled upon the widely
recognised International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum of
Engagement.


The major activities ac
hieved through the Community Strengthening Program include

the following
:


Storyboard Hoardings Project

This project has now been completed with the
community
artwork

and funding
acknowledgment signage originally

installed on the temporary fencing
that
sur
rounded

the construction site

moved to the
underground basement car park.


Youth Action Plan

One of the meeting rooms on level 1 has been designated as a specific youth friendly
meeting space to be booked by groups for meetings and event planning purpos
es.
The room will be equipped with casual furniture and Wi
-
Fi connectivity.


The Manningham YMCA Youth Services and Council Officers have been developing
an emerging designers market
with the stallholders being made up of young
Manningham students and
residents. T
he inaugural market
titled the Fine Design
Market was

launched at the Community Open Day
on 16 September and is now a
regular monthly event.


The Community Hub Engagement Officer will continue to explore opportunities
following

building occup
ancy. Topics include:




Planter box and light pole wraps project



Programming and collaboration opportunities



Project fo
r improving the amenity of the t
rigeneration
flue.


Time Capsule

Following extensive c
onsultation the contents for the
time c
apsule

were p
laced into
the capsule and launched by Mayor, Cr Geoff Gough at the Community Open Day on
16 September. The time capsule will be hung in the foyer of MC² in late October and
is scheduled to be opened in 2062.


Manningham Community Jam

To celebrate the opening of MC², Council contracted renowned musician Gillian
Howell to facilitate the Manningham Community Jam. Gillian facilitated a number of
community workshops for individuals and groups with the aim of learning a piece of
music that c
ulminated in a 30 minute performance at the Community Open Day.


Sustainable Pledge Art Project

Approximately 400 students from 14 primary schools and
six

secondary schools
across Manningham participated in the Currawong Sustainable Education Day on
Frid
ay 14 September. As part of the day’s activities, students wrote on a dried gum
leaf a pledge they could implement to live more sustainably.

These leaves will be
used to produce a 3
D

artwork by a Council
-
engaged artist.
The artist will produce
four

orbs ea
ch representing a different season. The artwork will be installed in a
prominent location at the new Doncaster Library located at MC²
in
November 2012.




Volunteer Ambassador Program

More than 30 volunteers were recruited under the
Volunteer Ambassador Prog
ram
,
which was established in August 2012
.
Volunteers are

based at the information kiosk
in the foyer of MC² and support the MC² Facility Officer by providing directional and
facility information, greeting visitors and undertaking basic administrative duti
es.


Evaluation Program

The Community Hub Engagement Officer has continued to c
ollect and collate data
relevant for
evaluation purp
oses. I
n May 2012 the Community Hub Engagement
Officer visited tenants to photograph their existing offices and staff
.

K
ey

members of
the organisation were

also interviewed

on camera. All tenants will be photographed
and reinterviewed with follow up questions once they have relocated. The purpose of
this exercise is to use the data for tenant evaluation and for posterity.


Council o
fficers
have also
met with research staff
from the Melbourne School of
Population Health at The U
niversity of Melbourne to discus
s potential collaboration
on MC² evaluation.


Project outcomes

The $38 million MC² (Manningham City Square) project
has and will continue to
deliver significant benefits to both local and regional communities and will cater for
the future needs of new residents of Doncaster Hill. MC²

is a key element of the
Doncaster Hill Strategy, which will see the creation of a susta
inable urban village in
the heart of Manningham and an additional 8,000 residents over the next 20 years.


MC² is the largest community centre of its kind in Victoria

and provides a wide range
of community organisations and services in one accessible location. These
organisations provide a range of programs that focus on health, education, welfare,
community, youth, children, arts and cultural activities.

This facility

will provide
sustained long
-
term benefits for the local community, provide for future population
growth, and meet key Government objectives in the provision of health, welfare and
community services.


While Council has never previously managed a project
of this size and complexity,
the outcome was v
ery successful


all critical stages
of project planning and
construction

were met
.

Planning, process documentation and internal project
management
w
ere

major contributor
s

to the success

of the MC². A number of

w
orking committees
were
set up to specifically target critical aspects of the project
.
These included:



MC
2

Executive Steering Committee



MC² Project Control Group



MC
2

Relocat
i
o
n
Committee



Site Meeting
s



These meeting
s were attended
by Council Officers
including

from the CEO, Director
of Assets
and

Engineering, Director of Community Services, Director of Planning
and

Environment, Chief Financial Officer and a number of senior Council
o
fficers.
A
rigorous budget control and internal reporting process was put in place at the
beginning of the project to ensure expenditure was in line with budget forecasts and
met grant funding requirements.
It is important to note that no income from rates was
used

to fund the building, with the majority of funding being sourced from grants,
developer contributions and asset sales.




A number of w
orking committees
were
set up to specifically target critical aspects of
the project
. These included:



MC²
Executive Stee
ring Committee
(monitored and r
eport
ed

progress of
the
project to organisational stakeholders and
the senior
management team
)



MC² Governance Committee (operated in line with a
Memorandum of
Understanding

and managed

relationships at a senior level between
the
organisations located in the building and Council officers
)



MC² Project Control Group (effectively managed
budget expenditure and
contingency budget allocation
)



MC² Operational Working Group (e
nsure
d

that Council maintain
ed

a coordinated
approach to re
solving key operational tasks for MC²
)



MC²
Relocat
i
o
n
Committee (managed all aspects of relocation to MC²)



Site
m
eeting
s

(conducted weekly with Kane Constructions, Haskell Architects
and other key contractors/consultants).


By bringing key Council officers
, consultants and the builder together on a regular
basis, major elements of the project were able to be carefully mana
ged and
monitored, so that the
essential ESD outcomes of the project could be delivered.


The MC² project showcased what can be achieved
when a whole
-
of
-
government
approach is adopted.

More than $11.5 million in

funding
was

received from both
the
Federal and State Government through programs such as the Regional and Local
Community Infrastructure Program (Federal
-

$5 million), the Green Pr
ecincts
Program (Federal
-

$1.5 million) and the Targeted Urban Renewal Program

(State
-

1.5 million)
.


The project created local jobs during the two year construction period, with more than

150 trades
people

on site for a period of
four

months

during the

peak of construction
.
The number of
trades
people

employed in the construction of MC²
averaged
approximately 60.
In addition to the tradespeople on site and the Council staff who
worked on this project, Council employed a number of consultants, including
a
rchitects, surveyors, signage experts and technical consultants. In terms of long
term job creation benefits, more than 200 staff and over 25 volunteers are now
employed at MC².


Anticipated energy and water savings

The first year
of operation for
MC
2

will be known as the ‘
b
aseline year’. Energy and
water consumption figures and waste disposal/recycling volumes will be collected
and collated to provide this
b
aseline year data. Subsequent years will be compared
to this data to identify trends and
opportu
n
ities for improvement.


As it is only in the
early stages
of building operation and
consumption of utilities,

Council does not yet have an accurate estimate of savings that will be achieved.
However,
with
t
he
trigeneration system
supplying 75% of the buil
ding

s power
requirements
,
large savi
ngs are being anticipated
.


The Green Precincts funding
should

enabl
e

Manningham Council to deliver:



Reduced energy consumed from grid, with savings of 2,065,000 kWh/year

utilising electricity micro
grid from on
site gas

generator of 500kW.



Trigeneration from waste heat to provide power, heating
and

cooling


(saving
equivalent value of gas input energy
-

12,414 GJ/year)



CO
²

emission reductions
-

2,360,000 kg/year



Water savings
-

8 ML/year





Total CO² savings:

o

equivalent
CO² emissions from coal fired electrical 1.39kg CO²/kWh =
1,820 tonnes CO²

o

equivalent CO² emission from gas electrical 64.2kg CO²/GJ = 797
tonnes CO²

o

Savings = 1,024 tonnes CO² per year

The building’s main mechanical plant components include

Trigeneration
system:

-

500kVa gas fired electrical generator

-

250kWr absorption chiller with a Muller 3c cooler providing primary chilled
water

-

300kW heat exchanger providing primaryu heating hot water

Air cooled chiller

-

A
ncillary chilled water coacity from a 250kWr elec
tric chiller for top up

Gas fired boiler

-

H
eating capacity of 300kW gas fired condensing boiler for top up


Mode
l
ling results comparing
MC²
to a benchmark building show that the building is
capable at operating at 89kg CO
²
/m
²
.

This demonstrates a 5 star NABERS energy
result and a percentage reduction of 46% in
gr
eenhouse
gas e
missions over a
benchmark building.


Lessons learned


Trigene
ration system

The trigeneration

system was tendered as a separate package for the supply,
installation and commissioning of the system. Given this was a separate contract
through a nominated supplier
,

coordination issues arose
,

particularly in the
commissioning of
the system at building

handover
.


As the system is directly connected to both the Council

s offices and MC
²,

a number
of testing scenarios were required, however to achieve this both buildings needed to
be vacant as
there were

power disruptions
. The testing a
ffected IT power
back up

systems

and
resulted in
rebooting of
m
echanical plant.


The trigeneration system is currently being monitored remotely from Sydney

to

ensure that the system operates at its peak
. Whi
l
e the system is

still under warranty
the
cost to
C
ouncil for the

next 12 months
is

minimal as they have been absorbed
into the construction costs.


As the trigeneration system is a new item of plant, its full potential needs to be
explored in maximising such an investment, ie. as

a generator in power blackouts,
supplying power back into the main grid system, maximising both the chilled and
heating hot water connections.





Green Star

rating

The project utilised the Green Star pilot public buildings tool to rate the design of the
building. During the course of the project certain credit criteria changed as the tool


was being finalised for official release. Consequently, a number of consultants
involved in the project have since needed to adjust their fees to cover additional work
a
ssociated with the release of the official tool.