As part of Northrop’s commitment made with Engineers Declare recognising a climate and biodiversity emergency, we’re excited to be embarking on an internal Climate Emergency Training Series. Chris Buntine, Northrop’s Sustainability Lead, talks us through why this training is critical to embed climate leadership in our work.
"We don’t have a vertical hierarchy here," says Justin Davies, Chief Operating Officer at Northrop. “We have a very flat structure, and business support sits alongside everything else. It’s a critical function. The people doing those roles are crucial, because if they’re not there nothing else happens."
Systems thinking can be a game changer for design teams, unlocking the potential for design integration that drives performance, innovation and cost savings. In addition to project design issues, a holistic approach also considers the larger impact on social and ecological systems.
The use of collaboration tools in building information modelling (BIM) is critical to achieving the very best outcomes for our clients. Dane Murphy, our Building Services BIM Leader in Sydney, explains all.
Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) may be a new term for some, but it’s the way Northrop’s been primarily working for a long time. So, what exactly is DfMA and what are the benefits of working this way?
If you work in property, development and construction, chances are that when you think of the health, well-being and safety of your team, you might understandably first think of hard hats and hi-vis vests. But what lies beneath needs as much attention – our mental health. Northrop's Mal Brown shares his own personal journey with stress and anxiety.
Recent events have highlighted the importance of having access to modern and well-equipped hospitals and healthcare facilities. Northrop’s civil engineers Nick Gill and Mitch Blyth, and structural engineer Craig Hinton discuss the key considerations involved in upgrading or renovating healthcare facilities.
At Northrop, our project coordinators work on some of our more complex multidisciplinary projects, ensuring everything happens when it needs to happen, and preventing things from falling through the cracks. Brian O’Halloran is an experienced project coordinator in our building services team in Sydney. He tells us all about the day-to-day realities of project coordination.
As part of Northrop’s accelerating climate action, we have achieved another significant milestone by switching our default superannuation fund to Australian Ethical. Australian Ethical directs investment towards renewable and restorative activities, helping us move towards a more sustainable future.
Disruption feeds innovation. COVID-19 has been the biggest disrupting factor to our economy, working habits, and social lives in generations. It has forced many of us to move our workspaces to our homes; to swap our boardrooms for our bedrooms. The availability and accessibility of video conferencing has changed how people meet and collaborate. Now that we are coming close to a return to the office, is your workplace prepared for people enlightened by this new wave of working from home, to be faced with the old way of doing things?
Think flood-prone sites and your mind may spring to a coastal location. Or maybe a building on the banks of a heavy-flowing river. But it’s not always the most obvious sites that are high-risk. Northrop associate and flood engineer Angus Brien explains why it’s prudent to get a flood assessment done as part of the due diligence process on any proposed project.
While sustainability may be seen by some as a ‘nice to have’ business owners and directors are running a serious reputational and legal risk by failing to embed defined sustainability practices into the construction and running of their buildings.
“I always say that, if you can see our designs, we’ve done a bad job,” says Cathy Lean, Northrop’s Senior Electrical Level 3 Engineer. “No one wants to have decorative electrical infrastructure!” Cathy, who leads Northrop’s Level 3 Accredited Service Providers (ASP3) team, has – among other things – been creating electrical connections, designing and relocating substations and liaising with the NSW state grid for over 20 years.
If you’re amongst the current first wave of those off-loading a commercial building or looking to pick up a bargain, then you need to understand the new paradigm of asset valuation. As tenants strive to compete in the post-COVID-19 economy, value must be derived from their changed needs. Not only the tightening of floor space but the sale of entire assets. This doesn’t necessarily represent a contracting of their businesses but instead can be a sign of a tighter focus on value creation.
After an extended grace period due to COVID-19, NSW fire safety reforms are set to be enforced from July 1, 2020. Only persons accredited as competent fire safety practitioners (CFSPs) will be authorised to endorse plans and specifications of fire safety systems. Northrop's Alan Zois Margaris jumped at the opportunity to become qualified.
With half of the world’s population in lockdown due to Covid-19, where airports are silent, roads are empty and factories are closed, we have seen global carbon emissions fall by a mere 5.5%. The climate emergency has not gone away, and this gives us some idea of how much work there is to do.
Northrop's expert panel of engineers; Todd Bailey (Structural), Peter Young (Mechanical), Craig Hinton (Structural), Mitch Blyth (Civil) and Chris Buntine (Sustainability) discuss the key considerations of converting a building into a temporary hospital.
With the recent appointment of Chris Buntine as their Melbourne Sustainability Manager, Northrop is keen to apply its sustainable engineering expertise to the Victorian property industry which is increasingly embracing sustainability as mission critical in a time of climate emergency.
As Northrop's new structural manager in Victoria, Katie Malvaso is excited about the prospect of both influencing the state's aesthetic over the coming years – and helping Northrop grow, too. And, while global events, of course, provide some unforeseen challenges, Katie and the team at Northrop are focusing on what is needed to keep delivering to clients in the short, medium and longer-term.
When working on heritage projects, it’s critical to understand the history of the building and the context of the work you’re doing – otherwise your name may be added to the history books for all the wrong reasons!
As the current situation is rapidly evolving, Northrop has been reviewing and preparing to ensure we protect our staff, their families and all who we work with. In the event of a mandated shutdown, we assure you that we will remain open for business, continue to achieve deadlines and provide the high level of service that our clients expect from us.
Evolving tenancy requirements, heritage listing (prohibiting loss of historic fabric) and tight space constraints are some of the key challenges Northrop overcame on the $32M renovation of Cambell's Stores as it was transformed into a pre-eminent harbourside dining precinct.
A medical linear accelerator (LINAC) is a device used for external beam radiation treatment of patients with cancer. It delivers high-energy x-rays or electrons to the region of the patient's tumour. It's critical that the LINAC is shielded to prevent high-energy rays from escaping the treatment room. Here's what you need to consider.
By their very nature healthcare facilities are challenging to significantly alter or add to once operational – public facilities have to be operational around the clock – while closing part of a private facility has significant financial implications. It is therefore critical to take into account future demand and growth opportunities when planning healthcare facilities. Here’s what you need to consider.
Civil and environmental engineer Angelica Kamperos features in Northrop’s latest video. Based in our Sydney office, Angelica joined our civil team in 2016 as an undergraduate. She completed her studies at the University of New South Wales in 2018 and is now a full-time engineer with Northrop.
Our Canberra team recently hosted their first event at their new premises – an office warming party! A fantastic evening, guests enjoyed tasty food, live music and good company. A big thank you to the 60 clients that attended.
Our Sydney office hosted over 100 clients at the Old Clare Hotel rooftop in Chippendale for the Melbourne Cup race this year. Our guests dressed to impress in the ‘splash of red theme’ while sipping on frozen watermelon margaritas.
Roads and Maritime Services is the leading authority when it comes to design, construction and maintenance of roadways in NSW. To ensure developers meet their requirements for quality and safety, they have implemented a series of sophisticated protocols, specifications and systems. These systems can be inherently difficult to navigate. Selecting the right RMS Project Verifier can make all the difference.
The Northrop team had an absolute blast filming our newest recruitment video at our Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne offices. It was exciting to see that so many of our people wanted to contribute by being interviewed or starring as an ‘extra’. A big thank you to everyone involved.
Congratulations to Benjamin Lawrence and Casthuri Kamalaraj who were members of award-winning teams in a design competition to develop Parramatta Jail precinct. The awards were part of Consult Australia’s FutureNet program.
“When faced with an aging commercial office that still has ‘good bones’ but doesn’t suit the current market, too often the focus moves to major alterations or a full knock down rebuild approach,” says Northrop Associate and Senior Sustainability Consultant, Ian Van Eerden. “But re-lifeing buildings and changing their use can yield great results both financially and performance wise.”
Northrop’s Board has appointed ten new Associates; Matthew Allen, Angus Brien, Roberta Brosco, David Bryceson, Mark Dorling, James Gilligan, Alan Zois Margaris, Lachlan McRae, Chris Piper and Jeremy Sue.
When it comes to hydraulic and fire consulting in Australia, few people have as many runs on the board as Simon Matthews, who joined the Northrop team in October 2018, after 24 years as a director at a building services multi-disciplinary company.
Michael DiRienzo, Chief Executive Hunter New England Local Heath District, announced last week that Northrop Consulting Engineers will join the team working on the $780M John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct Project.
Life’s looking up for retirees according to recent research from the Property Council of Australia, with 30% of all new retirement communities under development including ‘vertical village components’. Here at Northrop, vertical retirement living is an increasingly important area of expertise.
Senior living and care facilities aren’t what they used to be. Once a stark, sterile environment, fluorescently lit and lacking in creature comforts, today they’re designed to be homely and welcoming, with special attention paid to practicality and functionality.
Over the past 20 years Australia has hosted multiple iconic sporting events and, as a result, has some of the most recognised sporting and entertainment stadiums in the world. With Brisbane launching a bid for the 2032 Olympics, Northrop Brisbane’s lead structural engineer, Josh Neil, shares his insights on what goes into the planning of the major venues that host an event like the Olympics.
Working on award winning projects is a testament to our collaborative approach and commitment to successful partnerships. We are extremely proud to have a number of our client's projects nominated for the UDIA Excellence Awards.
As we redevelop our urban areas, we often need to upgrade underground services and utilities, or simply avoid damaging them. Here are a few tips and tricks to successfully navigate the murky world of underground services and avoid clashes.
One of Northrop’s pro bono clients, Knowledge Water, is going ahead in leaps and bounds. The majority Indigenous-owned business based in Arnhem Land is close to finalising a national product trial with one of Australia’s largest office supplies companies.
Design and Construct (D&C) contracts are a great way to streamline projects by delegating responsibilities to the builder. Northrop Principal and Sydney Regional Manager, Todd Halliday, offers his tips to ensure a successful D&C project, minimising any potential dramas.
In the face of escalating climate risk, the process of creating smart and innovative precincts is something we must excel at if we are to deliver sustainable and resilient communities and create more prosperous and meaningful places for people. Digby Hall, Northrop’s Sustainable Communities + Climate Resilience Lead, recently chaired the final day of the ‘Smart Precincts and Innovation Hubs’ conference held in Sydney. Here’s the key takeaways.
Did you know that pouring a beer into a glass greatly changes the flavour of the beer? International beer educator, writer and judge, Kirrily Waldhorn and globally renowned cheese expert, Claudia Bowman, joined the Melbourne Northrop team, along with 90 guests at our recent Beer & Cheese evening.
Emma Hayes is not your typical graduate. A structural engineer from our Canberra office, Emma joined Northrop in February 2018, and has big plans to use her engineering skills to make the world a better place.