As the world’s largest producer of air-cooled petrol engines, US-based Briggs & Stratton has high standards when it comes to facilities, and these were realised in the company’s new double-storey head office and warehouse on a 31,400m2 site at Goodman’s conveniently located Oakdale South Industrial Park in Kemps Creek, NSW.
Designed and constructed by Qanstruct, using SBA Architects, the distinctive new $15 million facility comprises a 2300m2 main office over two levels, 13,000m2 warehouse with recessed docks and a dock office, and a number of specially designed resources including an auditorium, gymnasium and archive.
Completed in October 2018, the larger facility will allow the company to continue to meet growing market demand for its range of small petrol engines, lawn mowers, whipper snippers and pressure equipment in the Australian marketplace.
It provides Briggs & Stratton with significantly expanded manufacturing capabilities, a custom-built facility to ensure the company’s range of outdoor power equipment meets Australian Standards, and the space and resources required to test new engine technologies and products here in Australia.
The building incorporates eco-friendly options including LED lighting, a 150,000L rainwater harvesting system and 100kW solar PV system, which offset operating costs to the company and decrease the facility’s environmental footprint.
The project was characterised by collaboration, with Briggs & Stratton consulting widely with its staff during the design and development phase, and Qanstruct working closely with the client, the architects and other contractors to ensure the company’s aims were achieved, down to the last detail.