CSR Gyprock is an influential and reputable Australian manufacturing company renowned for the certainty built in to the it's large range of building materials.
CSR building materials brands cover a full range of construction applications from Virdian Glass, Bradford Insulation, Gyprock Plasterboard, Cemintel Fibre Cement, Fricker Ceiling Systems, Hebel Aerated Concrete, PGH Brick & Pavers, and Rockcore and Alturi Panel Systems.
Staking a major claim on building innovation and a proud 150 year heritage committed to more sustainable living, CSR recently embarked on a project with Stockland to build its own headquarters as a monument to environmentally sustainable, modern design and a centerpiece of CSR’s expertise.
CSR’s Triniti III Building, situated in Stockland’s North Ryde office campus, is a six storey, 9000sqm building that has brought together 360 CSR staff from multiple CSR operations in one location. It has transformed company culture, business efficiencies, staff comfort, and set a higher benchmark for corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability.
“A major move like this presented the unique opportunity to bring together all our brands, with each of their innovative features and unique contributions, and apply them to create one outstanding building that says as much about our brands and products as it does about our company culture and values,” said Andrew MacKenzie, CSR General Manager of Property.
The project was a collaboration between CSR and three primary parties; property owners Stockland, Architects Morris Bray and builders Baulderstone.
“The intention was to create a bright, comfortable and pleasing space that took advantage of natural light and encouraged a collaborative culture among the staff working across different brands,” says Architect Cameron Martin of Morris Bray.
Viridian’s EVantage SuperBlue glass with a vertical glaze was used to create a unique and distinctive visual appearance within the office campus, while harnessing the good light transmission offered in order to reduce the need for artificial lighting. Performance of this glass was enhanced by using it in Viridian ThermoTech Double Low E insulating glass units, which minimises variations in office temperature to improves office comfort and assist in reducing building running costs.
CSR also registered for a Green Star Office Interiors rating, which provided a great opportunity to work with the interior design team on the requirements of the Green Star Office Interiors rating tool.
Colliers were engaged for the interior design of the Triniti building, with a brief which included requirements for the design to meet Green Star standards and the integration of a range of CSR products.
The slender office floor plates, orientated in an east-west direction, minimise early morning and afternoon heat loads while allowing maximum natural light into all office spaces, while the open plan layout for all staff, including those at executive and CEO levels, fosters a collaborative approach to inspire innovation in products and processes.
The use of glass for the staircase creates a decorative and harmonious feature that welcomes people to move easily between floors, while the absence of an elevator improves energy efficiency and encourages a healthier workplace.
The stairwell features Cemintel’s new BareStone 9mm compressed fibre cement lining panels, with 50 customised, perforated units with an acoustic back feature to provide a striking design treatment.
When choosing building materials the Triniti building, CSR paid special attention to minimising noise transference, resulting in a surprisingly quiet atmosphere for the workplace.
“It was important this space allowed for collaboration as well an adequate level of acoustic privacy, and the design of each desk space, special break-out rooms, over 20 meeting rooms of varying sizes and the large communal kitchen areas on each floor all incorporated the choice of acoustically superior building materials,” says Acoustic Consultant Victor Fattoretto of Acoustic Logic Consultancy.
Providing the backdrop to the Triniti workplace is 5000m of CSR Gyprock EC08 plasterboard, a fire grade board with high acoustic properties and a Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) certification. This reduced the documentation required to contribute to certification points in the Wall & Partition calculator.
Bradford Insulation supplied 2800m of 75mm, 14kg partition batts throughout the partition walls to further improve the acoustics of the building and contribute to improving the building’s energy efficiency and comfort level.
Hebel lightweight masonry products, approved by GECA and quick to install, are fastened to the Rondo wall grid and when attached to the Gyprock EC08 provides a complete acoustic and environmentally sustainable solution that meets and exceeds BCA fire grade regulations.
New water blocking technology, from Cemintel Fibre Cement Systems, has been used in the bathrooms and showers to provide the best acoustic option for wet zones.
The office ceiling disguises a wealth of scientific research into sustainable building design. Suspended ceilings provider, Flicker, supplied their premium 611 tile for use throughout the Triniti building, with specialist areas such as the boardrooms featuring the Fricker System 150 perforated metal ceiling tiles.
Suspended from the Fricker ceiling are Ecophon MasterSolo slim floating panels, which are fully encapsulated high density wool panels that have excellent sound absorption for frequencies above 250 Hz, while also providing high absorption for low frequencies.
Additionally there are a colourful collection of Ecophon wall panels, which look and function like fabric pin boards, installed on each meeting room wall. These wall panels absorb around 80% of sound energy, which equates to a 7dB reduction in reflected sound.
Bradford Insulation has also placed 10-12 of their 75mm, 14kg insulation batts on top of each other throughout the 2000sqm of ceiling area to further maximise ceiling acoustic and thermal performance.
Below the roof on Trinti’s concrete underslab, 2000m of Bradford’s Anticon 75, 80mm R1.8 blanket with light duty foil was chosen to protect the area from the build up of condensation as it provided the highest density rating of glasswool and reflective insulation in a single product for maximum protection.
CSR moved into the Triniti III building in January and the knowledge the company gained from working directly with the Green Star project team is now being put into practice helping designers work on their own projects.