The Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), is an outstanding example of exciting, best practice contemporary museum architecture. Built on the lands of the Yorta Yorta peoples on the shore of Victoria Park Lake, SAM opened to the public on the 20 November 2021.
Kane Constructions was contracted to deliver the project to a 5 star rating, achieving this in a first round submission. The landmark building has since been awarded a 6 star rating with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in a second round submission. This is an exceptional achievement for the team.
In a demonstration of the relationship established throughout the design and construction of SAM, Kane, Greater Shepparton City Council and the consultant team led by Denton Corker Marshall and ESD consultant Integral Group worked collaboratively to achieve this result.
Enhanced initiatives were established during the projects lifecycle to upgrade the rating points from the original contracted position of 5 stars achieved in the first round submission to the second round 6 star award.
Project Manager Brandon Finucane shares his thoughts with the team:
“Once again great job and what a great team. I could not be prouder of all of you as professionals and team mates. Be proud of yourselves and if you pump your chest out a little today, well deserved, and great job.”
Launched by the GBCA in 2003, Green Star is Australia's only national and voluntary rating system for buildings and communities. Green Star is helping to improve environmental efficiencies in our buildings, while boosting productivity, creating jobs and improving the health and well-being of our communities.
The SAM building stretches vertically across five levels, making it the tallest building in the topographically flat town in regional Victoria.
The contemporary new building replaces the old gallery on Welsford Street. The art museum houses more than 4,000 artworks across four main gallery spaces and features a dedicated kids’ space and workshop space; a visitors’ information centre; the Kaiela Arts Aboriginal community arts centre; an outdoor amphitheatre; a café; and a 150-person event space and terrace.