Construction of the new South Tower was completed mid 2020. The world-wide pandemic and local quarantine restrictions impacted the manner in which new tenants could take up occupancy and receive training regarding their new workplace. Online training has been presented to cater for incoming tenants and existing tenants in the North Tower.
These training sessions provided the opportunity to commence education regarding the relocation of the evacuation assembly area. When the precinct is fully occupied the number of potential evacuees is more than double. Consequently, the existing locations serving as assembly areas were inadequate.
When CAPACITY commenced our initial engagement with 80 Collins St. we undertook the challenge of raising awareness in the existing tenants of the diversity of modern threats. Consequently, we began a journey into the realm of ‘emergency management’, rather than the existing concept of ‘evacuation training’. After some initial resistance this is a mindset that has won through, resulting in an enthusiastic and capable emergency control organisation within both Towers and adjoining spaces.