At Northrop, we are passionate about leading change to create a positive legacy in the built environment. As a signatory to Engineer’s Declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, we are committed to climate action, starting with our own operations and people first.
Northrop’s Melbourne office is embarking on a period of significant growth, with plans to double the size of its team by 2025 – a year that will mark the 10th anniversary of the business arriving in Victoria.
We’re excited to announce eleven new Northrop Associates; Casey O’Sullivan, Chris Buntine, Craig Hinton, Emily Lukasiak, Kane Sinclair, Kiri Hetariki, Shaun Burgess, Shawnee Finlayson, Stuart Johnstone, Tanya Squires and Trudy Myers.
As a young child raised on the NSW north coast, Northrop's Group Manager, Structural Drafting, Amanda Thomas, was brought up with the firm belief that she could do anything she wanted to do. Certainly, anything a man could do.
A cold start to the day broke to reveal beautiful weather as 136 golfers took part in Northrop’s annual Golf Day, now in its 23rd year. An incredible success, the day raised a whopping $41K which has been donated to Ronald McDonald House. This money will cover the cost of 303 nights of accommodation for families in need.
As part of its continual evolution to create an increasingly diverse, inclusive and flexible workplace that enables people to realise their potential, Northrop has introduced a range of initiatives that it hopes will further increase its appeal as an employer of choice for talented, ambitious professionals within the engineering consulting industry.
Good design is about striking a balance between cost and performance, whilst ensuring compliance standards are met. Successfully achieving this relies on having clearly defined goals and access to the right tools and expertise.
Amendments to the Retirement Villages Act 1999 mean that all NSW retirement living facilities are required to have an asset management plan in place, and available to current and prospective residents, by 1 September 2021.
The Living Building Challenge has be referred to as the “Everest of green building rating tools” and it’s not a bad analogy. Certification is likely to be an uphill battle with the elements against you, but getting to the top will be exhilarating and transformative. But unlike an ascent of Everest, which is life changing, LBC is world changing.
By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail, the adage goes. And this is particularly true when it comes to replacing mechanical systems in existing buildings. Northrop associate and mechanical engineer Robert Boland outlines the key considerations and discusses why long-term planning has all manner of benefits.
Starting out her career as an interior designer and decorator, Northrop’s Fairouz Ghanem always saw buildings from the point of view of how they were used or how people interacted with the space. Only later, when Fairouz shifted careers becoming a sustainability consultant for Northrop, did she appreciate that beauty in a building needed to be more than skin deep.
At Northrop, our ethos is about helping to realise potential. Often, that’s focused on the projects we work on, but it applies equally to our people too – both inside and outside of engineering. Mechanical Engineer Roberta Brosco has been in the industry for almost a decade and has been a key part of Northrop for the past five years.
Northrop has partnered with the Property Council of Australia to sponsor its Victorian Mentoring Program, in a move that both underlines its commitment to the property sector as a whole, as well as a strong belief in the power of mentoring.
One of the key considerations of any new project are the acoustics. They can have a major impact on a number of factors, including human health and wellbeing, performance, communication and privacy. Recently, Northrop completed two healthcare projects that, while similar in some respects, had some very different acoustic challenges – the solutions to which, of course, needed to comply with NSW Health Engineering Services Guidelines.
Since 2019, Northrop’s Remedial & Diagnostic team has grown significantly. The founding member of the team, Leo Meng, who is now the Team Leader, attributes the growth to Northrop’s dedication to – and growing reputation for – identifying and addressing the root cause of an issue rather than just treating the symptoms.
On International Women’s Day, we’d like to take a moment to recognise some of the fabulous women we have here at Northrop, especially acknowledging some of the people that recently joined the Northrop family and those who have been promoted.
For Surekha Parajuli, the opportunity to progress her career in engineering was a major drawcard when she joined Northrop. Seven years on and now a Principal (owner), Surekha continues to deliver successful projects, build high performing and stable teams, and is inspiring the next generation that follow.
Unveiled in October, the new Green Star Buildings tool from the Green Building Council is a game changer, ushering in a new era of buildings that contribute positively to people and planet. Coupled with a compelling sustainability brief, it will deliver truly transformational project outcomes.
We’re excited to announce the appointment of four new Northrop Principals (owners); Graham Coles, Jonathan Low, Robert Boland and Surekha Parajuli. These appointments recognise their contribution and influence as leaders within Northrop and the industry, their passionate commitment to the success of our business, and the value they provide to our clients.
We’re excited to announce ten new Northrop Associates; Brian O’Halloran, Elli Painter, Gareth Collins, Katie Malvaso, Lawrence Robinson, Leo Meng, Mitch Blyth, Pratik Shah, Richard Officer and Shane Miley.
Over time existing buildings become non-compliant with current construction codes. How to deal with this when it becomes time to renovate the existing building is a key challenge, and one that needs to be properly addressed.
Unlike other property markets in the construction industry, the industrial sector remains well placed to ride out the uncertainty caused by COVID-19. Northrop’s Brisbane office has seen the completion of several large-scale industrial projects over the last six months, with more in the pipeline.
Northrop has introduced a new 3D scanning and BIM integration solution into its technology stack. The new addition will enable the Northrop team to capture high-resolution 3D data of existing sites during a one-off site visit, offering more effective and higher quality outcomes.
Beiersdorf, the brand owners of NIVEA and Elastoplast, recently achieved the coveted WELL Certification from the International WELL Building Institute, for the refurbishment of their Head Office in a 30-year-old building in North Ryde. Northrop’s Pratik Shah assisted with the project as a WELL Accredited Professional.
It’s with great sadness that we share that our founder and very good friend, Murray Northrop passed away this past Friday, surrounded by family. An inspirational business leader, highly skilled engineer and cherished husband and father, our hearts go out to Diane, Justin and Elissa Northrop as we commemorate this extraordinary man.
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.