As the multi-million dollar renovations continue at SMC, much attention to detail is being paid to the aesthetics and material palette of the new interiors. Beyond the luxurious décor that is layered with rich patterns and neutral tones, the centre has a ‘green’ heart and wears its sustainability credentials with pride.

One of the cornerstones of SMC’s refurbishment has seen the introduction of an intelligent Daikin heating ventilation and air-conditioning system (HVAC) that is integrated with the Building Management System. This innovative Daikin technology has been proven in Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, and SMC is the first commercial building in Australia in which this best-in-breed system will be installed.

The major difference is that Daikin’s technology is an air-based system not a water-based system, which dramatically improves energy efficiency and attendee comfort. Being air-based, there is no need for chillers, boilers or cooling towers and all such old infrastructure has been removed. As a result, the new system has none of the any risks associated with water-based cooling systems such as the potential for Legionnaire’s Disease.

“Daikin’s HVAC system is intricately designed and finely tuned to operate at high efficiency for optimal energy saving outcomes and improved well-being for occupants,” explains General Manager Paul Davison. Rooms will be maintained at a certain temperature mitigating the need to cool or heat from too low or too high a baseline. Consequently, less power is required as there’s less need to push large volumes of air around the venue. As well as being far more responsive, the smart Daikin system is digitally controlled and remotely monitored so any issues can be diagnosed and rectified before they become problems.

“For attendees, the new system will even out comfort levels throughout the building. And if the debate is getting too heated, organisers can adjust temperatures up and down by four degrees, and cool the room themselves,” suggests Paul.

In addition to the HVAC upgrade, SMC has spent nearly $200,000 upscaling its lighting with 2nd generation LEDs for unprecedented output and energy efficiency.

Sustainable water bottle

SMC has also introduced sustainable, safe, refillable water bottles to eliminate single use plastics from the venue. These BPA-free Tritan 690ml translucent drink bottles leak-free and shatter, odour and stain resistant. They are ideal for one day events or for multi-day conferences. Clients and/or attendees can purchase and refill their own water bottle at the many water coolers throughout the venue. No doubt the water cooler conversations will be free-flowing too.

These initiatives are part of SMC’s long-held commitment to sustainability. In 2010, a Level 2 Energy Audit was conducted and the report applauded the number of initiatives already undertaken and highlighted opportunities to further reduce energy consumption and waste. SMC took the report as a catalyst to identify and action its ‘green’ goals, including cutting paper use by 99%, reducing waste from over 210,000kg/annum to just 31,200kg/annum, donating unused food to OzHarvest as well as water savings of 35% (8,232 litres per day), gas savings of 70%, electricity savings of 79% and maintenance cost savings of 60%. At the NSW Business Chamber’s Business Awards 2015, the centre was named winner for Excellence in Sustainability in the Sydney City region. SMC aspires to make every day ‘Earth Day’ and you can find out more about the centre’s environmentally friendly policies and initiatives here: https://www.smcfc.com.au/images/SMCFC_Sustainabilty_Policy.pdf

SMC is a proud member of the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage’s Sustainability Advantage which works with organisations to build their capacity to undertake and achieve on-going improvements to their environmental management practices, to achieve shorter-term environmental improvements and to develop a process that ensures long-term, on-going positive environmental and social outcomes.

Be first to experience the newly renovated SMC

It’s a great time to start planning your next event before SMC re-opens, and take advantage of 2018 prices for all new events confirmed before June 2019. Talk to SMC’s venue managers and book now for a ‘first look’ in May 2019. Places are filling fast for morning, lunch and evening ‘famils’ that will include a tour of the newly renovated spaces, a presentation of new services and facilities as well as a taste of the world-class catering. 

To book, follow the link https://www.smcfc.com.au/smc-reopening-famil.html

Audio Visual and Broadband Internet

All spaces can be fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment to suit your requirements. Every room (except the larger Banquet Hall and Grand Lodge) has a ceiling mounted projector available for hire and a screen, flip chart and whiteboard are included. Banquet Hall and Grand Lodge have the capabtility of one or two screens either in 16:9 or 4:3 format, front or rear projection, depending on your set up and budget.

When it comes to internet, we recognise that fibre-optic internet is the industry standard. Taking this standard seriously, SMC invested in a fibre-optic backbone and has the capability of providing clients their own private preimuim network reaching speeds of up to 500 mpbs. This is ideal for live streaming and delegates making use of social media and digital applications. SMC also offers free Wi-Fi throughout the entire venue and a wired in connection in every room.

More information and technical specifications are available in these tech sheets:

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Parking

SMC and Secure Parking have teamed up to offer you 15% off ALL parking products at the Secure World Square Carpark when booking online.
At the Secure Parking World Square booking page, click “BOOK NOW” next to any of the products and apply the promotional code: SMCFC16.

Arriving by train? The closest station is Museum Station (300 metres or a 3 minute walk) and then Central Station (700 metres or 7 minutes). To walk from Museum Station, simply follow the Castlereagh Street exit signs inside the station, then turn left heading south down Castlereagh Street. At the first intersection (corner of Castlereagh & Goulburn Streets), turn right to come to the SMC main entrance at 66 Goulburn Street.

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SMC Hotel Partners

 

Located within a stone’s throw of the venue are a range of quality affiliated hotels that makes SMC an attractive option to organisers hosting delegates for multi-day events.

Click on the hotel icon in the above map to see each hotel’s address, phone number and website, or download SMC’s Accommodation Fact sheet.

 

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Sydney University Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference

Event Highlights

Date: 5-9 March 2018

Event Type: International Conference

Delegates: 350

Key achievements: Fully flexible venue use, high speed, large-volume internet usage and special requests.

Introduction

The Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK) was held for the first time in Australia in March 2018. Sydney University brought the event to Australia after a winning the bid to host the conference.

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Event Highlights

Date: Aug - Sep 2015

Event Type: Annual Meeting, Conference and Workshops

Delegates: 600

Introduction

SMC Conference & Function Centre’s (SMC) versatile spaces provide an elevated level of accessibility to all types of events via extensive accessible design, including direct access for unassisted entry, and indirect access compatible with assistive technology such as hearing loops.

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ACEL Inaugural Hedley Beare Memorial Lecture

Event Highlights

Date: 13 February 2015

Event Type: ACEL Inaugural Hedley Beare Memorial Lecture

Guests: 169

Key achievements: Effectively managed a high profile, high risk national event

Introduction

The objective of this event was to bring educators across the nation into an open forum, inclusive of a Q&A with the Australian Minister for Education and Training, and to be briefed on the release of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report.

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Event Highlights

Date: 8 November 2014

Event Type: NSW Australian Cinematographers Society Awards Event

Delegates: 200

Key achievements: Delivery of the third consecutive award event for ACS

Introduction

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Starlight Children's Foundation

Volunteer Thank You Event

Event Highlights

Date: 20 October 2014

Event Type: Starlight Children's Foundation Volunteer Thank You Event

Delegates: 120

Key achievements: SMC Conference & Function Centre’s Marble Foyer facilitated one of the largest groups of volunteers as part of the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s community

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Australian Medical Students' Association

10th Global Health Conference

Event Highlights

Date: 5 — 9 September 2014

Event Type: Australian Medical Students' Association 10th Global Health Conference, workshop, social events

Delegates: 720

Key achievements: SMC Conference & Function Centre's (SMC) Plenary Hall facilitated the largest ever AMSA global health conference. AMSA engaged a wider than ever range of speakers including, for the first time, a webcast featuring a high profile speaker from the UK

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