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September 15, 2011

Melbourne Wins Big at Master Builders Awards

AAMI Park Melbourne

Melbourne has yet again proven its industry excellence at the 2011 Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards. While many of the night’s big winners were obvious favourites, lesser known projects stole the show, proving that the city’s industry only has further to grow.

The awards are judged by a range of top industry associates including members from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Engineers Australia and the Master Builders Association. The judging is varied and project winners are awarded in different categories according to their strongest features.

Not surprisingly, the overall winners were Grocon for their AAMI Park development scoring the top Master Builder of the Year award. The highly acclaimed 30,000 seat sporting stadium was designed by Cox Architecture and completed in 2010. While the project is host to a barrage of design and construction intricacies, it is the lightweight bio-frame roof that separates it from traditional stadiums worldwide.

Another big winner included McCorkell Constructions who took home the title of Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $10 million to $12.5 million for their work on the State Library of Victoria’s ’Wheeler Centre’ development, designed by peckvonhartel and architects Ancher/Mortlock/Wooley the development was officially opened in 2010. The southern wing of the city library was completely redeveloped into the Wheeler Centre as part of Melbourne’s “City of Literature” initiative, the construction team using great skill and expertise in order to blend the addition with the original historical building.

Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication at Monash University Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication Lab

Tertiary and research institutions were a common theme as winners on the night included: the Melbourne Brain Centre and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication at Monash University Science Research Park Clayton, both constructed by Cockram Construction Limited; the Monash School of Rural Health by Joss Constructions; and the Swinburne University ATC Hawthorn, constructed by Kane Constructions, all taking home the top wins in their respective categories.

The latter project by Kane Constructions took home the prize for Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $30 million to $80 million, with their $75 million research and learning centre development. In association with H20 Architects and Waterman AHW Consultants, the construction team were able a complete the world class facility that boasts state of the art interiors and an iconic white circular patterned façade. Due to this striking design the project and construction team were also the proud winners of the Australian Institute of Architecture’s award for Public Architecture.

Additional winners included Upgrade Commercial Interiors for the Myer Melbourne Redevelopment, FDC Construction & Fitout for their OPSM Eye Hub fitout and of course Grocon’s carbon-neutral Pixel building, which unsurprisingly took home the award for Best Sustainable Energy Project.

The 2011 Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards has set a benchmark that can only offer to promote positive growth and excellence on an industry level. Next year’s competing projects will have to reach an incredibly high standard in order to wow the judges of this year’s competition.