Construction industry awards celebrated

Locals designed and integrated artwork on precast panels for the Walter Nash centre in Lower Hutt.

The New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) has celebrated its 23rd annual awards for excellence in the construction sector.

The winner of the GIB supreme award was Rodney Verhoeven, a project manager with Hawkins, for his role in managing the Walter Nash Centre.

The new centre provides Lower Hutt with a sports and community hub, combining the Walter Nash Stadium with the Taita Community Hall, library and Hutt Valley netball courts in a single integrated property.

Mr Verhoeven overcame initial hostility toward the project by getting locals to design and integrate artwork on precast panels. He also provided view slots so they could watch the project progress and installed a platform so a photographer could take progress photos for the client’s website.

The BCITO young achievers awards went to Annalise Johns, a project engineer with Fulton Hogan and Glenn Jowett who leads BIM at Aecom in Christchurch.

The winners of the eight project cost categories awards were:

·         Resene Projects under $2.5 million:
Ben Connick, Interiors & Special Projects Manager with Hawkins, Hamilton.

Project: Sky City Co-operative hospitality precinct project.

·         Steel Construction Projects $2.5-5.0 million:
Dave Corbett, Project Manager with Fletcher Construction, Auckland.
Project: Bledisloe Lane Upgrade.

·         Hays Construction Projects $5-10 million:
Garyth Jones, Project Manager, Hawkins, Auckland.

Project: Pridelands Escarpment – Auckland Zoo.

·         Steltech Projects $10-25 million:
Rodney Verhoeven, Project Manager, Hawkins, Wellington.

Project: Walter Nash Centre, Hutt City.

Declan Scanlon, Project Manager, Fletcher Construction, Christchurch.
Project: Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.

·         Holcim Concrete Projects $25-50 million:
Jimmy Corric, Project Manager, NZ Strong Group Ltd, Auckland.

Project: LynnMall Redevelopment.

Winner: Bruce Halligan, Senior Construction Project Manager, Arrow International (NZ) Ltd. Remarkables Base Building, Queenstown.

·         Hilti Projects $50-75 million:
Kevan Bird, Project Manager, Arrow International (NZ) Ltd, Auckland.
Project: Vodafone Rural Broadband Initiative Rollout.

·         Metro Performance Glass Projects $75-100 million:

Gerard Anderson, Project Manager, Fletcher Construction, Auckland.
Project: Fonterra Head Office and VXV3 Development.

·         Aecom Projects over $100 million:
Peter Lawson, Project Director, Fletcher Construction, Auckland.
Project: NorthWest Shopping Centre, Auckland.

Jeff Robertson won the site safe safety excellence award for his work on the King’s College centennial project. Mr Robertson is a project manager with Aspec Construction in Auckland.

The James Hardie innovation award was won by Dave Corbett, a project manager with Fletcher Construction in Auckland for the Penrose campus redevelopment and industrial buildings demolition in Auckland.

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