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New Museum for Western Australia

Refurbishing heritage buildings to provide new services at the State’s modern gateway to exploration

  • $378M

    Project Value

  • 19K

    Square Metres

  • Perth, Western Australia

    Perth, Western Australia

Bringing more historic content to Western Australia while improving the reliability and efficiency of Perth’s cultural precinct

The New Museum for Western Australia provides a modern and significantly larger home for exhibition content—much of which has remained in storage for many years. In addition to permanent galleries, it contains spaces for temporary and touring exhibitions, offices, restaurants, and function spaces.

Refurbishing heritage buildings dating back to the 1850s presented both a challenge and an opportunity. Care was taken to minimise impact while also providing new services and allowing for public spaces. Stantec worked closely with Multiplex and architects HASSELL+OMA, providing design and consulting for electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, fire, lighting, ICT, audio-visual, acoustic, and vertical transport services. Our mechanical and electrical teams designed a central plant system serving the entire Perth Cultural Precinct, improving the reliability, efficiency, electrical demand, ongoing running costs, and environmental impact of the precinct. Efficiencies continue into the museum, with LED lighting controlled via presence detection and daylight harvesting. We selected and positioned façade lighting following on-site testing to emphasise the heritage features of the existing buildings.

This exciting project creates a modern civic and learning environment that shares the stories of the State’s people and place, acting as a gateway to explore Western Australia.

At a Glance

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Hassell+OMA
Meet Our Team

Elliot Alfirevich, Director, Group Leader, Buildings, WA

I build trust with clients, contractors, and stakeholders and offer practical and buildable solutions that meet project goals.
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Grant Sheppard, Principal, Senior Electrical Project Engineer

I enjoy engaging with the design team on complex projects, contributing to imaginative design, and introducing technical innovation.
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Andrew Wakelam, Principal, Mechanical Section Manager

I’m a people person—I thrive on the collaborative process with both the project design team and between the disciplines at Stantec.
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Stephen King, Principal, Fire Section Manager

Mixing prescriptive with performance-based design, I like to be involved in technical detail without losing focus on the big picture.
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Imran Khan, Principal, Acoustics Section Manager

There’s always acoustic complexities to be resolved, and I relish the opportunity to create environments that meet my client’s needs.
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Ben Hyde, Principal, Hydraulic Project Engineer

With more than 20 years of contracting and design experience in the hydraulic industry, I deliver effective and creative solutions.
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John Pezzin, Associate, Fire Project Engineer/Australian Discipline Leader, Fire Engineering

I enjoy examining every aspect of a building to identify the best strategy to safeguard life safety while meeting the client’s goals.
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Michael Matrakis, Principal, Electrical and Vertical Transportation Project Engineer

I enjoy designing and refining efficient engineering solutions—seeing them in built form functioning as intended is rewarding.
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Elliot Alfirevich

Director, Group Leader, Buildings, WA

Grant Sheppard

Principal, Senior Electrical Project Engineer

Andrew Wakelam

Principal, Mechanical Section Manager

Stephen King

Principal, Fire Section Manager

Imran Khan

Principal, Acoustics Section Manager

Ben Hyde

Principal, Hydraulic Project Engineer

John Pezzin

Associate, Fire Project Engineer/Australian Discipline Leader, Fire Engineering

Michael Matrakis

Principal, Electrical and Vertical Transportation Project Engineer

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