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Haden has won an appreciative audience for its work with HVAC systems at the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Precinct.

The Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust (MOPT) is one of Australia’s best-known sporting and entertainment precincts. It’s a multi-purpose venue which hosts a wide range of sporting and entertainment events throughout the year. As well as the Australian Open Tennis Tournament, it also hosts boxing, Crusty Demons (freestyle motocross), rodeos, rock concerts, Disney on Ice and many business functions. The precinct has housed the World FINA Swimming Championships and some of the sporting events that were part of the Commonwealth Games.

Haden has had a contract to look after the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) for the precinct since January 2001, says Aaron Palmer, Account Manager, Haden. “We carry out comprehensive maintenance, repair and upgrade work of the HVAC equipment across various venues within the precinct. These include Rod Laver Arena (where the major tenant is Tennis Australia), Hisense Arena, the Function Centre and the Westpac Centre (where major tenants are the Collingwood Football Club and the Victorian Institute of Sport).”

Graeme Riley, MOPT Project Coordinator – Capital Works, says that Haden’s Mechanical Services team looks after MOPT’s preventative maintenance program, “but in addition they involve themselves in our capital works upgrades. Their knowledge and experience enables MOPT to bounce ideas and look at alternatives rather than just going with traditional methods or ‘consultant’s recommendations’ with regards to major upgrades and installs,” he says.

“The relationship has grown to a level of mutual trust and comes from working together on project delivery, which can often be urgent (for example in the lead up to the Australian Open).

“I have particularly appreciated Haden’s attention to detail, even in minute matters such as wiping greasy fingerprints off newly installed cooling tower fan motors before final inspection,” he adds.

Graeme paid tribute to the work of Karl Saari who has been Haden’s on-site technician at MOPT for over 10 years. “Karl’s dedication and site knowledge has been instrumental in the successful preparation and delivery of the Australian Open. All the key tenants and MOPT management know that Karl can provide a prompt response and solution to any HVAC issue that might arise. His personable manner and technical knowledge is widely known and appreciated,” Graeme says.

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