The Premier of Western Australia Alan Carpenter officially opened Alcoa’s new Peel Regional Office recently, in front of more than 200 people.
Thanks to the new office, Alcoa has positioned the Peel region as a global ‘centre of excellence’ for the alumina industry.
The Peel Regional Office is a demonstration of the company’s ongoing commitment to the region and furthers its economic contribution through future employment opportunities for local community members, increased local expenditure for goods and services and community capacity building with more people living and working locally.
Alcoa managing director Alan Cransberg said the region was already home to the Pinjarra and Wagerup alumina refineries as well as the Willowdale and Huntly bauxite mines, so it made good business sense to bring Alcoa’s essential support services closer to the other sites.”
The Peel economy has been boosted thanks to a number of services being supplied to Alcoa locally. These include: office security, cleaning, building maintenance, gardeners, recruitment companies, waste disposal and caterers.
“Our move proves to industry that support roles can and should be co-located near to their operations so local employment and economic benefits are brought to local communities,” Cransberg said.
“Sixty people have relocated to the new office from Alcoa’s head office at Booragoon and that means they are likely to take advantage of local services like drycleaners and doctors which is all positive for the region.”
Alcoa has also reaffirmed its position as a business leader in sustainability with the new office being an example of best practice in energy efficiency.
The state-of-the-art building falls into line with Alcoa’s global commitment to sustainability and has been designed to achieve a 4-star ‘base building’ Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR). The sustainability features of the office include the use of large roof overhangs to limit solar gains light coloured, well insulated roof planes to limit heat absorption and the need for mechanical heating and ventilation.