A new flagship facility for the Illawarra's maritime community is on the way with construction of the new Port Kembla Maritime Centre proceeding well.
To be constructed adjacent to the ports eastern breakwater, the facility will bring various marine related organisations together under one roof in a new, environmentally sustainable building.
Minister for Ports Joe Tripodi said that "the foresight to incorporate various port related agencies into a new state-of-the-art facility reflects a new era for the port, it shows we are looking seriously at future growth and development opportunities".
This move places the Port Corporation close to future port growth in the Outer Harbour. As well as providing the headquarters for the Port Corporation, other tenants will include NSW Maritime, NSW Police, and AQIS.
Member for Wollongong Noreen Hay said the state of the art facility is reflective of the growth happening as the port readies itself to be the states leading car import facility.
"This investment reaffirms this governments commitment to the ports transformation and the significant role that it plays in the Illawarra region. This Maritime Centre will become a landmark building reflecting the current development and innovation taking place at Port Kembla," said Ms Hay.
As well as cost savings in utilising areas within the existing pilot station building?the facility will be one of the most energy efficient in Wollongong.
Using the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR) scheme, the facility will achieve a base building rating of 4.5 (out of a potential 5) stars. The design of the building aims to conserve energy and recycle water thus reducing energy use, energy costs and greenhouse emissions.
Specific initiatives in the Maritime Centre include: passive solar design (sunshadowing of windows and appropriate orientation); use of energy efficient single and double glazing window systems; energy efficient lighting with sensors and dimmer controls; eco cycle energy efficient air conditioning systems; wall and roof insulation; and solar powered hot water heaters.
Along with energy efficiencies, the design of the building will also allow for significant water saving measures with the inclusion of rainwater harvesting of up to 100,000L.
PKPC CEO Dom Figliomeni said that "the new facility will have the flexibility to accommodate all Port Corporation staff and services within the one modern purpose built building".
The new building location will place the Corporations staff closer to the Port with direct line of sight for port operations. "It will bring all of our people together and create efficiencies to enable us to handle the extra ship movements expected in the coming year as a result of the car trade relocation".
At a cost of $6 million, building completion is expected at the end of April 2009 with fit out commencing after practical completion. The building occupation should occur early in the 2009/10 financial year.
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