Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally opened VACC House in front of automotive dignitaries, VACC directors, members and staff.
In his welcome address VACC President Mark Awramenko said: “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 and why VACC House is so important. 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.”
Upon officially opening VACC House Prime Minister Morrison said: “Thank you very much for the opportunity to come and be here with you on this very important night.
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.”
Designed by architects 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. 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.