South Australian projects have taken out four of the top awards at this year’s Master Builders’ National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards, held on the Gold Coast Saturday 14 November.
Lendlease’s redevelopment of Adelaide Oval was named as the country’s best commercial construction project over $100 million, and the company’s construction of Flinders University’s new Tonsley campus was named as the best commercial or industrial project $50 million to $100 million.
Kangaroo Island-based Kauppila was recognized for its work on the Little Sahara Interpretative Centre – a commercial project under $1 million that valued environmental and local employment outcomes within an accelerated timeframe. The project won the National Environment and Energy Efficiency Commercial Building Award.
Victor Harbor-based South Coast Constructions won the National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award for its work on the purpose-built detached dwellings for Chiton Retirement Village.
Winner - National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award - over 100m
The extraordinary scale and complexity of this project was successfully managed by Lendlease and required them to develop and implement many sophisticated systems in relation to Quality Assurance, Programming and Safety. This became particularly relevant in relation to the millions of man hours required to construct the project.
Winner - National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award - $50m to $100m
Lendlease worked successfully within a number of significant restrictions and challenges to produce an exceptionally high score in all assessment categories. The execution of a very high level of finishes and complex detailing was exceptional and a number of innovative solutions initiated by Lendlease were used to deliver this project ahead of time and within budget.
Winner - National Environment and Energy Efficiency Commercial Building Award
Kauppila constructed a well finished and cost effective project on a remote and difficult site. The attention to the many environmental issues and use of local contractors and on site materials was a key requirement of the client and the project was delivered in an accelerated timeframe, meeting all the objectives of the client.
Winner - National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award - Purpose Built Detached Dwelling
In a water course setting, with a backdrop of revegetated wetlands, this retirement village consists of modern, efficient, practical and affordable homes. The builder's commitment to the principles of sustainability is evident throughout the development. External and internal walls and ceilings are fully insulated. Living areas feature extensive true north double glazing, good cross flow ventilation and ceiling fans. Solar shades maximise the winter sun while providing shade in the summer. Residents are able reap the benefits of sustainable, energy efficient living in a unique environment.
A complete list of winners from the 2016 Building Excellence Awards
View all of the outstanding winning projects from the 2017 Awards.
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