NATIONAL LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

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OUTSTANDING NATIONAL LEADERS ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 7 September) announced the National Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

Held at the National Arboretum in Canberra, guests heard how the judging panel was seriously impressed with the quality of the winning works from previous state and territory Awards programs.

National Jury Chair, Peter Henden said “the line-up this year was an eclectic collection of projects from all corners of Australia that embraced the best techniques and talent available to the construction industry”

“It is refreshing to see the construction professional using tools such as BIM to great effect on a number of projects as well as a vast array of information software to ensure the end project is the best it can be” said Peter.

The jury went on to say that this year the environment was a strong theme that cut through all projects from re-cycling of waste materials to power generation and water reticulation. The strong message here was reduce, reuse and recycle.

Outgoing National President, Paul Heather commented saying “even in my two years as President, I have seen a change for the better in the quality and environmental considerations that continue to be delivered to both the client and the community. It is a true testament to our professionals and the way they not only solve at times not insignificant issues, but to how teams of people look ahead to future generations”

See below a full list of National Award winners.
Photos from the night can be viewed here (please allow 5-7 working days after event): https://www.flickr.com/photos/aibnational/sets/

For further information, please contact:
Mr Greg Hughes, CEO
Phone 02 6253 1100
Email: ceo@aib.org.au

The list of recipients is detailed on the attachment. Most recipients are available for interview, please contact the Australian Institute of Building on 02 6253 1100 to organise.

2018 AIB People’s Choice Award

2018 AIB People’s Choice Award
Winner: Yi Zhang
Company: China State – Shui On Joint Venture
Project: Hong Kong Children’s Hospital
Location: Hong Kong

2018 AIB National Building Professional of the Year

2018 AIB National Building Professional of the Year
Winner: Eddie Gangemi
Company: Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Newstead Central Stage 2 & 3
Location: Queensland

2018 AIB National Building Professional of the Year
Winner: Yi Zhang
Company: China State – Shui On Joint Venture
Project: Hong Kong Children’s Hospital
Location: Hong Kong

2018 AIB National Professional Excellence in Building Award Recipients

Category: Commercial Construction up to $5 Million
Winner: Philippa Seldon
Award: High Commendation
Company: Manteena Commercial Pty Ltd
Project: Australian Peacekeeping Memorial
Location: Australian Capital Territory

Category: Commercial Construction up to $5 Million
Winner: Melisha Willington
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Adelaide Oval Arena LED & Lighting Upgrade
Location: South Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Mark Cramp
Award: High Commendation
Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: St Peters Girls Middle School + Library
Location: South Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Darcy Gumley
Award: High Commendation
Company: L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Zagame Automotive – Rolls-Royce & Aston Martin Dealership
Location: Victoria

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Tony Jachmann
Award: High Commendation
Company: Built Environs Pty Ltd
Project: Transforming Health – Modbury Hospital – SpARC & Level 3 Ward Refurbishment
Location: South Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Peter Tobin
Award: High Commendation
Company: ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: On the Point – Point Fraser
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Victoria Brown
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Cockram Construction
Project: Australian Red Cross Blood Service Perth Processing Centre Refurbishment Stage 2, 4 & 5
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Dean Veldhuyzen
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: d’Arenberg – The Cube
Location: South Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Kris Goodwin
Award: High Commendation
Company: Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Cockburn Aquatic & Recreational Centre (Cockburn ARC)
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Leo Maria
Award: High Commendation
Company: Hansen Yuncken
Project: Salamanca Building, Parliament Square
Location: Tasmania

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: John Moore
Award: High Commendation
Company: Badge Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Baptistcare RAC Restoration Project
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Marco Bonadio
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: GMHBA Stadium Stage 4 Brownlow Stand Redevelopment
Location: Victoria

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Shaun Burke
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Cockram Construction
Project: Ralph & Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Simon Rua
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: CPB Contractors Pty Ltd
Project: National Football Stadium (NFS) Project
Location: Queensland

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Salem Tredrea
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Regis Burnside
Location: South Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Rocky Slater & Jason Orso
Award: High Commendation
Company: Badge Perkins Joint Venture
Project: WA Schools Public Private Partnership
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: James Terry
Award: High Commendation
Company: Lendlease Building Pty Ltd
Project: Helicopter Aircrew Training System Facilities
Location: New South Wales

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Bill McEvoy
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Multiplex Australasia Pty Ltd
Project: Optus Stadium
Location: Western Australia

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Paul Melville
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd
Project: Flinders Medical Centre Redevelopment Project
Location: South Australia

Category: Residential Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Ryan Capron
Award: High Commendation
Company: L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Rosny Apartments
Location: Victoria

Category: Residential Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Dennis Moschoyiannis
Award: High Commendation
Company: L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Brunswick Heart
Location: Victoria

Category: Residential Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Eddie Gangemi
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Newstead Central Stage 2 & 3
Location: Queensland

Category: Interior Construction
Winner: Goran Colovic
Award: High Commendation
Company: Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd
Project: Adelaide Town Hall – Queen Adelaide Room
Location: South Australia

Category: Interior Construction
Winner: Cherise Czislowski
Award: High Commendation
Company: Lendlease Building Pty Ltd
Project: NAB Place Commercial Office Fit-Out
Location: Queensland

Category: Interior Construction
Winner: Jae Gripske
Award: High Commendation
Company: iQ Construct
Project: UQ City – 293 Queen St
Location: Queensland

Category: Interior Construction
Winner: Natalie Radich
Award: High Commendation
Company: Lendlease Building Pty Ltd
Project: Telstra 275 George St
Location: Queensland

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Ross Greenup
Award: High Commendation
Company: Shaw Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: The Canberra Hospital “Continuity of Services – Essential Infrastructure (COSEI)”
Location: Australian Capital Territory

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Tony Isaacson
Award: High Commendation
Company: Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Deakin University Burwood Link Pedestrian Bridge
Location: Victoria

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Stephen O’Brien
Award: High Commendation
Company: Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Lucinda Drive Bridge – Port Drive Upgrade
Location: Queensland

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Andrew Buchanan
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Lendlease Building Pty Ltd
Project: Hunter Correctional Centre
Location: New South Wales

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Steve Pilling
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Georgiou Group
Project: Aubin Grove Train Station
Location: Western Australia

Category: Project Management
Winner: Yi Zhang
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: China State – Shui On Joint Venture
Project: Hong Kong Children’s Hospital
Location: Hong Kong

Category: Research, Development and Technology
Winner: Alan Jeary
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: STRAAM Group
Project: Risk Management and Assessment
Location: New South Wales

Category: General
Winner: Matt Banek
Award: High Commendation
Company: Johnstaff Projects Pty Ltd
Project: 401 Collins Street Heritage Façade
Location: Victoria

Category: General
Winner: Roger Poels
Award: High Commendation
Company: Shaw Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: Refurbishment of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet (CCMJ)
Location: Australian Capital Territory

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO (30 August 2018)

I recently attended a meeting of industry stakeholders in Canberra where we reviewed the work the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has been undertaking with regard to developing a consistent structure across all three volumes of the National Construction Code (NCC)

I think you would agree that the Code and its contents while exceptionally helpful, has been for some, a difficult series of documents to traverse and get the best out of. The aims of the work going on behind the scenes has been to (amongst other things):

-Improve the general structure of the volumes
-Improve the readability
-Dispense with the ‘clutter’
-Deliver this in plain language
-Ensure that the visual display is easy to navigate
-Ensure appropriate document accessibility

The structure is the result of extensive consultation with industry stakeholders, as well as the Building Codes Committee and Plumbing Code Committee. The updated suite of documents still has quite a way to go including a significant period for public comment and is scheduled for release in both 2019 & 2022.

At a recent meeting of the Building Ministers Forum in Adelaide, Industry (including the AIB) was invited to a roundtable to discuss a number of key issues including:
Views on the ‘Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia’ Report (Building Confidence Report).

The Building Confidence Report makes 24 recommendations fundamental to the effective delivery of Australia’s National Construction Code (NCC). The BMF directed the development of a paper that sets out an implementation plan for reform, incorporating feedback from industry stakeholders, for consideration at the BMF’s next meeting. The paper will focus on recommendations 9 to 11, with further consideration of recommendations 1, 2 and 13.

Ministers also continued their discussion of the national Review of Security of Payment Laws: Building Trust and Harmony. The BMF agreed to work collaboratively to consider ways to improve consistency between security of payment regimes across jurisdictions.

Ministers received an update from the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on the development of the 2019 version of the NCC, to be adopted by jurisdictions from 1 May 2019. NCC 2019 will be the first new edition since NCC 2016, following the BMF’s decision to introduce a three-year amendment cycle.

It’s hoped that industry will again play a part in future Building Minister Forum’s and that the AIB can continue to play an active part in this.

Finally this week, a call out for your last chance to buy sought after tickets to this year’s National Professional Excellence Awards, set for September 7 at the National Arboretum in Canberra. In talking with the National Jury recently, I can tell you it was tough going in the judging stakes given the high calibre of winners from across the country as well as overseas.

I look forward to seeing you in the National Capital early next month. I promise that we will deliver a special night to those who are in attendance. Ticket sales close Monday 3 August so head here to secure your seat!

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

I was delighted at the most recent meeting of National Council where our leaders signed off on the Institute’s new Strategic Plan.

In essence the plan commits to working with our leaders of tomorrow in the building and construction industry. It is designed to grow the Value Proposition and to continue to ensure that we are relevant and focused on growth that we can reinvest back into the profession. Like myself, the team here in Canberra are committed to the Strategic Plan and trust that we will all benefit from its fruits.

See the new and succinct plan by clicking here.

With just under a month left before the National Awards (September 7), can I remind you not to leave your ticket purchase/s until the last minute.This year, we have lined up a great night of entertainment at the National Arboretum here in Canberra. For those who don’t know, the location is a 250-hectare site that was created after the area was burned out as a result of the Christmas 2001 and 2003 Canberra bushfires. The Himalayan Cedar forest lost about one third of its trees and the commercial Radiata Pine plantation was burned out, allowing the Arboretum to be created.

In 2004, the Government of the Australian Capital Territory held a nationwide competition for an Arboretum which was to be part of the recovery from the bushfires. The winning design proposed 100 forests and 100 gardens focussing on threatened, rare, and symbolic trees from around the world.The site includes ceremonial trees planted by visiting heads of government and ambassadors and was officially opened in February 2013. So while our Awards will be held at night with spectacular views over Canberra, it is well worth a trip in the daylight hours to see the Arboretum in all its splendour.

Again, don’t miss this night celebrating outstanding talent in our profession, as well as a chance to mix with your colleagues and key industry people. If you would like assistance with accommodation options in Canberra please email Alanna on awards@aib.org.au. Wrapping up the 2018 Awards year promises great food, great wine and great entertainment! Click here for tickets.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Nominations are now open for the election of our National Office Bearers (2018/2019) which will take place on 7 September at our next face to face meeting in Canberra.

Nominations will be called for:

  • National President (1 position)
  • National Senior Vice President (1 position)
  • National Vice President (2 positions)
To nominate, you must be either a current member of National Council, a past member of National Council or due to take office as a member of National Council.

Please submit your CV and a Vision Statement to the AIB (limit 500 words) to ceo@aib.org.au by COB Friday 17 August 2018.

The CV/Vision Statement might include things such as:

  • Brief overview of work history
  • Overview of involvement with the AIB at Chapter / National level
  • Industry Qualificiations
  • Long term vision of the AIB while supporting the mission statement / pillars
  • What will you bring to the role / area of expertise
  • How will you support the CEO to grow the AIB
  • Why are you best qualified for the role.
Should the current National Council have questions they need to ask of you, then this will be done in a timely manner so all nominations can be tabled and voted upon on 7 September. Nomination forms which must also form part of the application and can be found here.

I was delighted to be in Hong Kong recently along with the Chapter President Overseas, Norman Faifer to hold the Chapter’s Annual General Meeting, conduct a number of Professional Interviews for potential membership and to stage the inaugural Hong Kong Professional Excellence Awards. We also took the opportunity to resign our MOU’s with both the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers as well as the Hong Kong Institute of Clerk of Works.

While our schedule in Hong Kong was somewhat hectic, it also reminded me that with in excess of 500 members, just how active the Chapter has been and continues to be so. At the Awards function, we met one of the founding members of the Chapter, John Chan who is not only charming and highly intelligent, but a person who spearheaded the judging of out first Awards program.

Any not for profit, member based association is only as good as the members who contribute to its growth and prosperity by growing a strong Value Proposition. From what I saw whilst in Hong Kong, the Chapter is committed not only to growth, but to working with other like – minded organisations to ensure that we can deliver the best possible events and activities as well as relevant and cutting edge Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

I am also delighted to welcome Henry Ng as the new Hong Kong Chapter President. While we pass on our sincere thanks to Lap Wa Lam for his work over the last few years, I returned home knowing that Henry will bring a breath of fresh air to the Chapter, as well as think strategically in order to best service the needs of both current and potential new members.

Finally this week, a reminder that tickets are now on sale for the National Awards to be held at the National Arboretum on September 7. This will be a great night at an outstanding venue if you have not had a chance to visit as of yet.

Just visit our website for all the details on how to grab your tickets – I sincerely look forward to seeing you there.

Have a good weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Last week we hosted the inaugural Hong Kong Professional Excellence Awards at the Hong Kong Sheraton Towers Hotel. While the number of entries for the first time event was modest, the enthusiasm and excitement in the room was high with a really good outcome at the end of the night.

On a membership note, can I again remind you that there are always great products and discounts up for grabs as part of your Membership Advantage card. You can qualify for significant discounts on everything from Airline Lounge membership through to insurance for your business and even how to get a substantial discount the next time you are thinking of buying a new car.

Our Victorian Chapter Awards will be held in Melbourne this Friday evening 20 July.  This is a sold out event and is the last of our Chapter Awards for this year.  I look forward to see all those in attendance on the night.

And finally, the AIB Awards season culminates with our National Awards in Canberra on Friday 7 September.  Tickets are now on sale – so I would suggest you get in quick to be assured of a great night.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Tuesday 19 June, the National President Paul Heather and myself along with a number of other key players including former AIB National President Bob Whittaker and representatives from the Institute of Quantity Surveyors secured a meeting with the Building Minister’s Forum Chair and Federal Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy at Parliament House in Canberra.

On the agenda we discussed a number of items including:

  • Reviewing the recently released Shergold – Weir Report and discussing ways to improve productivity and increase employment
  • Discussing (in particular the first 4 recommendations) about how we achieve a nationally consistent approach to the registration of certain categories of building practitioners and compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • The potential for further discussion with other government stakeholders reference a more harmonised approach to teaching between universities

The meeting was fruitful and well received with the AIB particularly focusing on how facilities such as the current AIB National Building Professionals Register could significantly assist in delivering initiatives such as this. There will certainly be more to come in this arena.

And before we wrap up this week, thanks to the team in WA for putting together another spectacular night for their Professional Excellence Awards. Just over 300 people headed to Crown at Burswood for a memorable evening and showcasing some outstanding individual talent from our profession.

The final state/territory Awards before we head off to Canberra for the National Awards in September will be in Victoria on 20 July.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone

Greg Hughes
CEO

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

I just wanted to take this opportunity to firstly thank the small, but dedicated team who gave freely of their time at last week’s Strategic Planning Meeting in Canberra. There was an extraordinary amount of energy in the room and I look forward to bringing you some of the outcomes in the near future after first undertaking some work with National Council.

What I can say though looking ahead is that my focus will be very much around the following in 2018:

  • Developing new revenue streams for the organisation so that we can continue to deliver products and services to members
  • Ramping up the commitment to Online CPD with courses specific to our profession
  • Developing a generally stronger membership Value Proposition
  • Ramping up our Advocacy initiatives with government at both a local and Federal level

A reminder as well as we head into the ‘silly season’ that your Member Advantage card offers you a myriad of discounts at literally dozens and dozens of commercial outlets. I think we would all agree that we can do with a helping hand at Christmas time and this benefit is one certainly worth looking at regularly.

Finally this week, a reminder that nominations are open for the 2018 Professional Excellence in Building Awards. I sense that next year will be a solid year for entry numbers, so make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a big year in more ways than one.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO, Australian Institute of Building

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

As I mentioned earlier, next week will see a number of outspoken and committed AIB members meet in Canberra to craft a long overdue and new Strategic Plan for the Australian Institute of Building. This will set a roadmap for us over the next couple of years which will address new opportunities both from a revenue generating perspective as well as a Value Proposition point of view.

There will be much to share with you and I look forward to this post presenting the outcome/s of the meeting to National Council.

Great news with the 2018 Professional Excellence in Building Awards nominations and submissions now open. Our Awards reflect the highest standards of building and construction management, research and development of building projects across Australia and now in Hong Kong.

Check the front page of our website for details of how to enter.

I am happy to say that tomorrow the AIB will present Sir Anthony Mason with an Honorary Fellowship in Sydney. The Governor General, The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove has kindly agreed to present Sir Anthony with the highest Award we can bestow on a member – one in which is must deserved to a person who has contributed so much to the profession.

I will be in Perth on 23rd of this month at an Industry Leaders Dinner. Special guest for the evening will be the WA Minister for Mines & Petroleum; Commerce & Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs and Asian Engagement, Bill Johnston MLA. There will be a lot to talk to the Minister about including:

The key to maintaining well-educated and skilled professionals is the provision of suitable CPD Providers and ultimately having mandatory CPD for practicing professionals. The AIB is certainly ramping up our efforts in this area.
Licencing and Registration is important to the profession and helps to maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity in the Industry
Finally, I am pleased to let you now that we have now loaded a number of new AIB CPD Online courses – namely ‘Energy Efficiency’
These courses are part of the Cross-Industry Skills Training Project and is supported by funding from the National Energy Efficient Buildings Project, on behalf of COAG Energy Council National Energy Productivity Plan through a project managed by the Government of South Australia. The National Energy Efficient Building Project (NEEBP) aims to support consumers, government and industry to achieve better energy efficiency in new buildings, renovations and additions.
I encourage you to look at undertaking these courses.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO, Australian Institute of Building

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

At the most recent meeting of National Council – last Thursday (26/10) it was agreed that the organisation would embark on the development of a new Strategic Plan. I am sure you would agree that most organisations cannot rely with any great confidence in forward planning without a Strategic Plan.

Later this month, a Taskforce will work toward establishing not only a Mission Statement and Vision, but also to establish a series of priorities that will assist us in targeting our business development over the next three to five years. While we will always keep our attention focused on things such as the membership Value Proposition, it is vital that we continue to look further afield with regard to the diversification of our revenue streams.

I look forward to keeping you up to date on the outcomes of this important meeting and how we will look strategically in growing the AIB.

In closing this week, I wanted to wish those students who have either graduated or are now in ‘break mode’ from University until next year a great Christmas/New Year. I am very aware of the commitment that you have given or are continuing with as far as your studies. Building & construction is a rewarding profession to be a part of and I sincerely trust that we can look forward to your continued and ongoing AIB membership as a Graduate etc and that you may be able to derive much benefit from being a member of the organisation.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO, Australian Institute of Building

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Just thinking back on some of the outcomes of the most recent face to face meeting of National Council in early September and it was resolved to look at ways of improving our Professional Excellence Awards. With this, it was agreed that following the success of the combined NSW/ACT Awards this year, we would again look at this in 2018. I was particularly pleased to receive our ‘first entry/submission’ into these Awards from Hong Kong. It was also great to see a full table from Hong Kong at the National Awards in Brisbane as well. As a result of this, I am hoping to introduce a modest Awards program for our members in South East Asia in the not too distant future.

South Australia have agreed to trial a different approach to their Awards in 2018 with a more contemporary look and feel (more to come). I believe it is important to always look at ways of keeping our events and activities fresh and I hope that you agree that these improvements are a step in the right direction.

A reminder that AIB CPD Online has been refreshed and relaunched. We are very proud when it comes to delivering first class and relevant Continuing Professional Development and ask that you get behind this facility. As a professional in your field, you have a personal responsibility to ensure that you are up to date with everything from innovation, trends, legislation etc. Ahead, we will be bringing more AIB specific courses online and again, hopefully sharing with you courses from other like – minded organisations. We also welcome Asta Powerproject – our new partner that is now fuelling our CPD commitment.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes
CEO, Australian Institute of Building