Government funds AIM office in ACT

By Paul Hemsley

A training and management centre from the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) has been opened in the ACT with funding from the Australian Government.

Located in the centre of Canberra’s business district, Childer’s Square, the Australian Government under the Commonwealth Government Industry and Indigenous Skill Centre Program contributed $470000 in funding.

ACT General Manager, Greg Field said the facility will enable AIM to meet the changing needs of its members as well as the increased demand for its training and management products.

Mr Field said the facility is double the size of AIM’s former property.

“The opening of our custom built property is testament to the leading role the Australian Institute of Management plays in the advancement of education and learning in the field of management,” Mr Field said.

Key features of the new AIM ACT office include a bookshop, library, meeting rooms and exclusive Member’s lounge.

According to AIM, these features will enable a ‘strong foundation’ for members and clients to improve their knowledge and skills.

Sound proofing and mechanics throughout each room will allow more focus, as well as interactive projectors and white boards to be equipped with sound and audio.

Also implemented were Epson Interactive Projectors as part of the learning environment, used for electronic presentations and mark up by facilitators, back to a central content system.

The technology also handles the multi-configuration and flexible training room environment, allowing training rooms to be separated or combined from an audio visual perspective.

Digital signage and way finding was implemented using BrightSign for content management and back office upgrades included implementing the ShoreTel VOIP system, Cisco network hardware and IBM servers.

Experimental design agency, e2 was appointed head designer of the AIM ACT facility

The agency conducted a thorough audit and analysis of AIM’s business needs through a series of workshops prior to the concept design.

The SMI Group was awarded the tender under a fixed lump sum contract, and was selected from a panel of five construction contractors.

AIM’s Sydney headquarters will be the next redevelopment with a move expected in late 2012.

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