The Member: Brookfield Johnson Controls:
Brookfield Johnson Controls is a leading provider of integrated real estate, facilities and project management services, including specialist expertise in energy, sustainability and workplace strategy solutions. Brookfield Johnson Controls manage more than six million square metres of property and infrastructure around Australia and New Zealand. They ensure full compliance on all projects through their ISO accredited and integrated safety, quality and environmental management system. As part of the wider Brookfield Asset Management Group and Johnson Controls their combined strength delivers world class technology, asset management and leadership across 75 countries.
The Certified Supplier: Buri Building & Design:
Buri Building and Design Pty Ltd is an Aboriginal owned, developed and managed building company. The family run business was founded by Will Morgan and his wife Sharna Morgan in January 2010. The NSW based Indigenous business offers a diverse range of services including construction, asset management, refurbishment, office fit out and modifications for government and non government sectors. Buri Building & Design’s philosophy is to provide opportunities and sustain Aboriginal employment and training by promoting and encouraging Aboriginal employment. The business currently has an 80 per cent Indigenous employment rate.
The Opportunities and Outcomes:
The relationship between Brookfield Johnson Controls and Buri Building & Design first began at Supply Nation’s premier annual event, Connect, in Sydney in 2010. Derek Jacobs, Director Infrastructure at Brookfield Johnson Controls was immediately impressed with Will and Sharna’s work ethic after visiting their tradeshow booth at the Indigenous Business Tradeshow. Derek invited the couple into his office to discuss the possibility of working together. Since Brookfield Johnson Controls first partnered with Buri Building & Design they’ve spent in excess of $500,000 with the Indigenous construction firm on minor refurbishments and small civil engineering works. “The fact that Buri Building & Design continuously receives repeat business is testament to their high quality work. Will and Sharna are very easy to work with which is important as we’re often looking for a quick turnaround,” Derek said. Will credits Derek and his team for being open and honest from the off. "In the beginning of the relationship, Brookfield Johnson Controls assisted our company in understanding their tender process and they were open and honest about all possibilities within their company and the expectations they had for Buri’s performance," Will explained. "Our apprentices and younger carpenters have been exposed to new learning environments and projects that they may not have encountered before."
How Supply Nation was able to help:
Derek believes Brookfield Johnson Control’s membership with Supply Nation was the conduit to "accelerate the contractual process” between the two parties. “We may never have met Will and Sharna without Supply Nation, who also assisted to fast track their engagement.” Derek notes the tendering process can appear daunting for some Certified Suppliers and encourages other Supply Nation Members to utilise their membership to its full potential. “A company the size of Buri Building & Design may not have applied without meeting me at an event like Connect,” he explained. Will echoes this sentiment. He urges other Certified Suppliers to take advantage of the great opportunities that Supply Nation provides. "A company of our size may not have ever been lucky enough to meet with and sell our company to a large player like Brookfield Johnson Controls," he explained. "Supply Nation also enabled us to meet the “boss” in Derek who was able to promote and drive the relationship from the top. In saying this I am also proud of our staff that continue to deliver on Brookfield Johnson Controls contracts, which enables the relationship to prosper," he concluded.