By Don Douloff, March 6, 2008
Construction continues on the Melbourne Convention Centre, which will feature 323,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and has been awarded a ‘6 Star Green Star’ environmental rating.
Opening for business in 2009, the new centre is part of a $1.4-billion development in South Wharf, central Melbourne.
Exhibit space will be divisible by four operable walls at 13 location points, providing up to five separate bays. Space will be configured from 32,000 sq. ft. up to 323,000 sq. ft. in 16,000-sq.-ft. increments.
On the environmental side, a black water treatment plant will collect building wastewater and stormwater to provide treated water for toilet flushing, irrigation and cooling towers. Low-level air delivery and high-level air exhaust in the plenary hall and foyer areas will provide effective airflow with high indoor air quality at low-energy consumption.