BHP Towering Above the Competition

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BHP Billiton is not shy about showcasing their reputation as the unrivaled leader in Australian mining with their new head office towering over the city of Perth. It’s the city’s second tallest building at Brookfield Multiplex, 125 St. Georges Terrace. Completed this past winter, the workplace merges employees from 21 locations across the city under the one roof.


Julius Matthys, Vice President of External Affairs WA says the skyscraper will hold “The biggest grouping of BHP Billiton employees in a single building anywhere in the world,” hoping to encourage collaboration and flexibility across WA operations. Costing an estimated $500 million, the building’s open plan layout has no individual offices to encourage conversation amongst employees and also maximizes natural light.


In an industry not considered eco-friendly, BHP Billiton is showing they make an effort as sustainability was clearly fundamental to the design of the building. Every piece of wood used in the building’s construction is recycled Jarrah from a timber mill in WA. Promoting exercise and sustainability, they staff are encouraged to ride to work and leave their bicycles in one of the basement’s 550 bike racks. The building’s lights adjust automatically depending on available natural light, and are sensor activated to turn off when the office is empty. As a workplace for over three thousand BHP employees, these sustainability efforts make a difference.


At a speedy eight meters per second, employees can take the lift to the mixed-use 45th floor to take a break and enjoy the unparalleled views of Perth. Modern lift technology ensures the shortest route is taken to eliminate unnecessary travel. On top of all the bells and whistles and possibly the best views in the city, the building received a Green Star energy rating of level five, and a National Australian Built Environment Rating System rank of five stars.


Garrett Mundy of ABC News says “As the state’s economy and population continue to grow, the world’s most isolated capital is beginning to cast off the shackles of architectural homogeny.” The new addition to Perth’s skyline has received mixed reviews on aesthetics, but either way it’s making an impact both on the environment and the company’s high profile. They are going to great lengths to show they are the leader of the pack, literally looking down on the competition.


References

BHP Billiton press release, no web address Mundy, Garrett. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-29/open-house-perth-feature/4339474

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