Richmond RAAF – 5 Star Green Star Building
DAC is proud of our contribution to the Richmond RAAF project, the first building in Australia to achieve 5 Star Green Star for design and as-built, as recognized and acknowledged by the Australian Federal Government.
The Hon. Dr Brendan Nelson,
Minister for Defence
07 Apr 2006
DOUBLE ACCOLADE AT ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE BASE RICHMOND
I was honoured to attend a formal Welcome Home ceremony at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Richmond held today for members of No. 36 Squadron who have recently returned from deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations.
The detachment of 40 personnel successfully completed its second rotation through theatre in late January 2006, having completed operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Australian and Coalition Forces.
To date, the C-130 detachments have achieved over 1100 missions and moved in excess of 2.1 million kilograms of cargo. The men and women of Air Lift Group continually impress with their dedication and unrelenting commitment, both overseas on operations and at home in Australia.
Whilst visiting the base I was also invited to officially open the new headquarters building for numbers 36 and 37 squadrons. The new building is not only highly innovative in design but also award winning, achieving 5 Star Green Star – Office Design and 5 Star Green Star – Office As-Built. Indeed it is the first in Australia to receive both Design and As Built certifications and it was a great pleasure that I could be there as part of the opening ceremony.
The building’s design received a Five Star Green Star Certified Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia for design and construction and, built at a cost of approximately $13 million, the design of the combined headquarters building provides an overall saving in the lifetime running costs of the facility due to its energy efficiency.
I would like to extend my congratulations to all at RAAF Base Richmond, those of you who have returned from deployment and to all, including local infrastructure teams, associated with the design and construction of the fabulous new headquarters building.
Joining me at Richmond today were Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Shepherd, Head Infrastructure Division, Mr Geoffrey Beck and the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Green Building Council of Australia, Ms Romilly Madew and my thanks go to you all for your attendance at this important event.