Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally opened the new VACC House in front of automotive dignitaries and VACC directors, members, and staff, saying the move represented a new chapter for the chamber.
“Those of you joining us this evening, thank you very much for being here for this important occasion for VACC, moving into this new building just three weeks ago, located on St Kilda Road for 64 years prior to that I understand, before embarking on a new chapter,” Morrison said.
Designed by Gray Puksand, built by Hacer Group and project-managed by Case Meallin, VACC House is located at 650 Victoria Street North Melbourne. It features four levels, state-of-the-art AV, extensive training spaces, 91 car spaces, and five electric vehicle charging stations.
VACC said the building is at the forefront of modern sustainable technology, with its architectural features a “subtle nod” to the automotive industry including a facade inspired by the grille of the classic Ford Mustang. VACC will use the expansive level one lobby area as a function space and exhibition area to showcase new technology and automotive achievements.
“This cutting edge, five-star green-rated, architecturally significant building is a showcase for what automotive is now and what it will remain – modern and future-focused,” said VACC President Mark Awramenko, in his welcome address.
“Automotive is experiencing an evolution not seen in the 130-year history of the automobile. Changes in vehicle power sources, fuels, how we drive – or not drive – nothing will remain the same.
“When one considers other trades and other sectors – like building and plumbing – they will change, of course, but they will not be impacted in the same way. That is both our burden and our opportunity.”