Comdain is a privately owned Australian company celebrating over 50 years in business. The now 500 employee-strong company is experiencing a steady rate of development. CEO Peter Coen stated “We have always planned for sustained growth, we have some of the best engineering and management minds in the country and a culture which attracts a positive vibe.”?
The new $9 million facility was opened by the Hon. Minister Lisa Neville, Minister for Water, and showcases Comdain’s commitment to provide clients and partners with service delivery excellence, industry-leading IT and technology systems, and the latest innovations in energy and costs savings. As well as providing an enhanced working environment for staff, the new office consolidates Corporate, the Engineering team, Asset Management Services team, and the Systems Group to the one convenient location.
The facility has currently 1500 sq m of office space and is designed for further expansion with 800 sq m available when constructed for future growth. The new 2,000 sq m warehouse includes mechanical, tool storage, and fittings area. Design technology incorporated into the building includes an uninterrupted power supply (UPS), with battery back-up for continuous power if supply has been cut. Meeting rooms, named after the seven largest rivers in Australia, feature Evoko “˜touch and schedule’ fingertip room-booking intelligence. And over 200 data points for phone, computer, print and communications have been installed.
Energy and cost savings include: scheduled and motion sensing LED illumination controls to prevent lights being left on, double-glazed windows and insulated walls, and energy efficient air-conditioning systems. Use of recycled material featured heavily in the building’s design, with any waste produced during construction sorted into recyclable materials, and a rain tank installed to catch fresh water for use as a truck wash.
According to Victorian State Manager, Matt Joyce, the new office complex is in an ideal location for clients and networks. “With the co-location of our corporate and operational teams, the new Comdain facilities are placed for quick decision making, and service excellence,”? he said. “Comdain understands the value of being hands on, so urban and rural environments have immediate access to leading engineering and asset management services.”?
Peter Coen commented “The building is an investment in optimising functionality and efficiency for all our staff, subcontractors, suppliers and ultimately our clients. Combining the Corporate team with the Asset Management, Engineering, Land Development and Systems Group teams, is the best for business functionality. Already noticeable after a couple of months is the internal collaboration between the business units and the discreet corporate functions, face to face contact is invaluable.
“There are many highly gifted individuals within Comdain and by working closely together we learn from each other, share experiences, challenge, drive innovation and mentor the next generation of Comdain leaders.”?