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CTBUH Australia Hosts Breakfast Seminar to discuss 180 Ann Street in Brisbane
March 3, 2016
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BRISBANE - The CTBUH Australia Chapter’s Brisbane Committee held the first of its Breakfast Seminars on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The topic of discussion was “The Changing Face of Brisbane,” with a particular focus on 180 Ann Street – a unique building that features an imprint of the Brisbane River on its façade. More than 120 people were in attendance for the presentation.

Chair of the Brisbane Committee for CTBUH Australia John Flynn opened the event with a summary of current tall building news, emphasizing the proposed Queensland projects; Flynn then introduced presenter Greg Crone – CEO of Crone Architects.
For over 25 years, Crone has successfully guided and developed his company, achieving international recognition for Design Excellence across Australia, the Middle East, South East Asia, and China. In Sydney, Crone’s award winning projects include World Square, Observatory Tower, King Street Wharf, 2 Park Street, and 400 George Street.  The company’s most recent projects include 20 Martin Place, 333 George Street, and 180 Ann Street Brisbane.

Welcoming Crone to the stage,
Flynn shared that Crone had previously served as a Chapter Council Member for the New South Wales Institute of Architects and was also a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. In 2013 and 2014, Crone attended the Harvard Business School’s CEO Executive Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in New South Wales as well as an Honours Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS). 
Greg Crone, CEO, Crone Architects presents.

In his presentation, Crone offered an informative and technically interesting outlook covering both the architectural and structural engineering challenges presented at 180 Ann Street. He described how Crone had been involved with the project since 2011, introduced to the site by developer Daisho. The location was particularly difficult  to work with, due to its connection to the Mincom building east of the site; the heritage-listed “Brisbane School of Arts” west of the site; the public access route from Turbot Street to Ann Street; as well as the existing railway line located directly below the building – all of which imposed significant constraints to the project.

Crone described the project as having an ambitious, gutsy, and highly intelligent building design; the tower is Brisbane’s first six Star Green Star V3 certified office building. It is also aiming for a 5.5 Star NABERS Energy Rating – the highest sustainability rating attainable from the Green Building Council of Australia.

At 152 meters in height, the building boasts 3.75-meter floor-to-floor heights across 34 levels . It provides 57,500 square meters NLA (Net Lettable Area) as well as 1,630 square meters of retail and amenity space with 200 car spaces.

Water, daylight, sunlight, and rain inspired the design process, leading to the iconic façade of the building. The façade also features a dramatic motif of the Brisbane River – highly recognizable from a number of vantage points throughout the city – which becomes a recurring theme throughout the development.
180 Ann Street, aims for a 5.5 Star NABERS rating, the highest sustainibility rating attainable from the Green Building Council of Australia.
The tower’s innovative structural design utilizes a side core with a steel-frame superstructure for the office floor plate – designers were able to straddle the Brisbane railway lines that run directly under the site. Crone worked with Arcadis structural engineers in order to develop the structural system along with a series of large diagonal trusses to support the typical floor plates. The resulting floor plates are regular in shape, open-planned, and saturated with light and spectacular views of the city.

Completed in late 2015 by main contractor Watpac Construction, this iconic building has truly transformed the city’s central business district and set a new standard for commercial buildings. Business Development Manager of Building Structures at Arcadis Ross McDonald thanks everyone who participated in the event on behalf of its sponsors.
180 Ann Street
Name Company
Derek Forbes AECOM
Wayne Blair AECOM
Mark Blackman AECOM
Matthew Mackey Aquenta
Ross McDonald Arcadis
Simon Pettigrew Arcadis
Masud Hasan Arcadis
Peter Cauchois Arcadis
Carmel Atkinson Arcadis
Chan Hew Arcadis
Dylan Smith Arup
Ben Griffin Arup
Giorgio Giaroli BG Group Engineers Pty Ltd
John Maclean BG Group Engineers Pty Ltd
David Farah BG&E
Brett Taylor Bornhorst & Ward
Tony Avis Bornhorst & Ward
Anthony Le Bornhorst & Ward
David Teakle Bornhorst & Ward
Dean Taylor Bornhorst & Ward
Ian Macrae Bornhorst & Ward
Jeremy Cockerill Bornhorst & Ward
Paul Kelly Bornhorst & Ward
Ross Kynaston Bornhorst & Ward
Will Cave Bornhorst & Ward
Peter Gibson, Brisbane Airport Corporation
Mark Grimmer BVN
Bruce Wolfe Conrad Gargett
John Flynn Conrad Gargett
Patricia Redmond CONRAD GARGETT
Phoebe Thompson CONRAD GARGETT
Francis McDonnell CONRAD GARGETT
Brooke Lloyd Cox Rayner
Lauren Hickling Cox Rayner Architects
Nathan Coleman CPB Contractors
Matthew Mooney CPB Contractors
Ross Olsen CPB Contractors
Michael Banak Crone
Mark Clements Crone
Vish Kunjur Crone
Nicholas Bandounas Crone
Greg Crone Crone Architects
Robert Atkins Daisho
Allen Potgieter DMA Engineers
Andrew White DMA Engineers
Byron Roberts DMANN Group
Scott Chapple dwp|suters
Harrison Wraight Elenberg Fraser QLD
Peter Scott Elenberg Fraser QLD
Greg Ewart Elenberg Fraser QLD
Mark Bowes Floth Pty Ltd
Ben Madsen Floth Pty Ltd
Richard Hewitt Floth Pty Ltd
Ian Osborne Floth Pty Ltd
Loreta Brazukas Floth Pty Ltd
Anthony Marklund Floth Pty Ltd
Glenn Ralph Floth Pty Ltd
Gavin Adams, GHD Woodhead
Donna Roffey GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens
Alison Sayce GWA Kitchens & Bathrooms
Jason Preston Hames Sharley
Yvonne Rantzen Hames Sharley
Michael Bruderlin ISPT
Dan Hudson Jackson Teese Architects
Andrew Read, JLL
Jake Thornton KPMG
Frank Ehrenberg Marchese Partners
Simon Johnson Marchese Partners
John Marshall Marquee Projects
Yves Du Bois, MBMpl
Johan Bornman, MBMpl
Kerry O'Connor, MBMpl
Luke Anthony, MBMpl
Cameron McLean McLean Consult
Trevor Barker Mode Design
Jonathan McCowen NDY
Sean Bell NDY
Ryan Garrahy NDY
Arthur Giannakis NDY
Kymme Laird Neylan Architecture
Stephanie Thomas Neylan Architecture
Joe O'Brien Northrop
Brian Wooldridge Opus
Mark Kreutz Opus
Drew Gordon Opus
David Norris Opus
Bruce Street Opus
Roger Macknish Opus
Michele Brown Philip Chun Consultants
Willie Tait Philip Chun Consultants
Scott Fyfe Pradella
Malcolm Middleton Qld Gov Architect
Mahlah Ludekens RecruitR
Sally Farquhar Robert Bird Group
Willy Huang Robert Bird Group
Russell Brothers Russell Brothers
Lawson Katiz, Savills Savills
Cameron Oliver Savills
Dean Miller Savills
Matthew Mason School of Civil Engineering, UQ
Jose Torero School of Civil Engineering, UQ
Carmen Gorska Putynska School of Civil Engineering, UQ
Ken Liao Shayher Group
Oswald Blacker Shayher Group
David Saini The GPT Group
Glen Hutchinson. The Star Entertainment Group
Cameron Boyd Watpac
Ross Jarden Watpac Construction
Brad Ross Watpac Construction
Gilbert Gouveia Watpac Construction
Tim Dempsey Watpac Construction
Andrew Negri Watpac Construction
Chris Field Woods Bagot
Will Griffin