Eureka Tower High-Rise Apartment Building, Australia
Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group designed a multitude of systems including acoustics, communications, controls and integration, fire protection, mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and vertical transportation for this award-winning apartment skyscraper.
- Size: 123,000 square meters (1,323,961 square feet)
- Construction Cost: AUD$606 million (USD$415 million)
- Client/Owner: Eureka Tower Pty Ltd
- Architect: Fender Katsilidis
- Contractor: Grocon
- Completion Date: 2006
At 92 stories and with more than 550 apartments, Melbourne’s Eureka Tower is not only one of the tallest apartment buildings in the world, it is also a vertical village providing all the associated amenities required for a small community. The size and complexity of Eureka Tower required a high level of coordination of services, structure, and architecture to ensure that the tight construction program was achieved. Standing at 292 meters (959 feet), with a floor area of 123,000 square meters (1,323,961 square feet), the building consists of the following elements:
- Podium (carpark, retail, restaurants, showrooms)
- Apartment Tower (apartments, penthouses)
- Summit Complex (serviced offices, restaurants, observation deck)
Tetra Tech was commissioned to design and document all building services for this project, which included the following key services: mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), building automation systems, audiovisual, communications, fire services, and vertical transportation. Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to ‘The Edge’ tourist attraction on the 88th floor, where a glass cube, the world’s only moving glass structure, slides out horizontally from the building.
In addition to the above, Tetra Tech developed the overall fire and life safety strategy for Eureka. Elevators, refuge areas, and smoke control provide a safe, manageable and cost-effective environment for the occupants of the building. This would not have been possible under a strict 'deemed to comply' system—where regulatory performance requirements are deemed to have been met as long as prescriptive provisions are strictly adhered to.
By providing a coordinated services design and proactively engaging the architect and structural engineer, Tetra Tech provided a highly coordinated and rationalized services design that minimized plant and vertical riser space, housing the mechanical and electrical pipes and cables. The design also focused on flexibility and ease of maintenance to enable the tower to function effectively over its long-life cycle.