IBM Innovation Centre

Area 4,500 sqm
Client IBM
Interior designer GEYER
Data, IT & communications
Engineering advisory
Engineering design & documentation
Fire protection
Hydraulic/public health
Specialist lighting

As part of their world-wide roll out of Innovation Centres in 2000, IBM chose a derelict wool store in Pyrmont to be the home of their Australian e-business.

Medland Metropolis worked closely with Geyer Design to provide a well coordinated package of Mechanical, Electrical and Data, Lighting, Hydraulics and Fire services.

The main challenge was sympathetically providing the necessary air conditioning, electrical and data services within the surrounding heritage building.

The building had no concealed ceiling spaces, nor does it have any voids or risers to assist service distribution across the floors. However, the sheer volume of the 4,500sqm warehouse provided the inspiration for expressing the services in an orderly manner within the space.

As the building was void of any existing services, we designed and installed a new chilled water air conditioning system throughout. In addition, a totally wireless telephone, data and AV system was established as part of their advanced technical requirements.

The Innovations Centre is now a hi-tech, well designed showcase for IBM’s emerging web-based business. The site has since been expanded to include for a national business command centre.