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

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The Victorian and Tasmanian Chapters of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 20 July) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

This year, guests heard how the judging panel was impressed with the quality of submissions overall.

Jury Chair, Dino Krommydas said “This year’s nominees have once again demonstrated that we are part of a vitally important industry that is delivering homes, workplaces and facilities to an exceptional standard, whilst working in a most complex and challenging environment”

The judging panel was consistently impressed with the quality of entries which resulted from construction projects delivered by professionals that have utilised planning, innovation and construction management skills that are nothing short of world class. The evening showcased some of the best Victorian builders and their project and construction managers. Projects ranged from small retail fit-outs to restaurants, hospitals, schools, childcare centres, universities, apartments and multi million dollar high-rise buildings, all completed with various constraints and complexities and all providing benefits and improvements to the built environment.

“The construction professionals of our industry should be proud of their achievements at this year’s Awards and all award recipients as well as their teams are to be applauded for their skill, diligence and innovation in delivering their products to the greater community” said Dino.

The AIB Awards are acknowledged through peer recognition. It’s about how it was built, not what was built.

AIB National President, Paul Heather said “The Awards recognise the contribution and leadership shown by individuals to the successful completion of a construction project, reinforcing that the success of any building firm can be attributed to those responsible for construction projects”

Recipients of Professional Excellence Awards will go forward to the National Awards to be held on Saturday, 7 September, 2018 at the National Arboretum in Canberra.

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 TAS Chapter Building Professional of the Year

2018 AIB TAS Chapter Building Professional of the Year

Winner: Leo Maria

Company: Hansen Yuncken

Project: Salamanca Building, Parliament Square

2018 AIB VIC Chapter Commercial Building Professional of the Year

2018 AIB VIC Chapter Commercial Building Professional of the Year

Winner: Marco Bonadio

Company: Kane Constructions Pty Ltd

Project: GMHBA Stadium Stage 4 Brownlow Stand Redevelopment

2018 AIB VIC Chapter Residential Building Professional of the Year

2018 AIB VIC Chapter Residential Building Professional of the Year

Winner: Ryan Capron

Company: L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd

Project: Rosny Apartments

 

2018 AIB VIC/TAS Chapter Professional Excellence in Building Award Recipients

Category: Commercial Construction up to $5 Million

Winner: Carlo Delas Alas

Award: High Commendation

Company: FDC Construction & Fitout (VIC) Pty Ltd

Project: HSV Walkinshaw Head Office & Showroom

 

Category: Commercial Construction up to $5 Million

Winner: David Purcell

Award: High Commendation

Company: Kane Constructions Pty Ltd

Project: MPavilion 2017

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Chris Bainbridge

Award: High Commendation

Company: Kane Constructions Pty Ltd

Project: Monash University Caulfield – Business School Project

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Darcy Gumley

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd

Project: Zagame Automotive – Rolls-Royce & Aston Martin Dealership

 

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

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Damien Penfold

Award: High Commendation

Company: Hansen Yuncken

Project: Monash University Caulfield Library Redevelopment

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Leo Maria

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Hansen Yuncken

Project: Salamanca Building, Parliament Square

 

Category: Residential Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Craig Hopcraft

Award: High Commendation

Company: Bayside Construct

Project: Mint Apartments

 

Category: Residential Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Ryan Capron

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd

Project: Rosny Apartments

 

Category: Residential Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Dennis L. Moschoyiannis

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: L.U. Simon Builders Pty Ltd

Project: Brunswick Heart

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Ned Ireland

Award: High Commendation

Company: Ireland Brown Constructions

Project: Mayfair Display Suite

 

Category: Infrastructure

Winner: Tony Isaacson

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Kane Constructions Pty Ltd

Project: Deakin University Burwood Link Pedestrian Bridge

 

Category: General

Winner: Matt Banek

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Johnstaff Projects Pty Ltd

Project: 401 Collins Street Heritage Facade

 

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The Western Australia Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Saturday 23 June 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a gala dinner at Crown Perth, guests heard how the judging panel was provided with a showcase of quality submissions.

Jury Chair, Greg Downing said “The 2018 Professional Excellence Award submissions have all made a significant contribution to the built environment with the majority of the projects entered having a direct benefit to the Western Australian community, be it the Telethon Kids Institute, Bullsbrook Community Centre or Optus Stadium.

The nominees demonstrated outstanding professional skills and knowledge to meet the challenges occasioned by each of these unique projects.”

Submissions this year included health care and education facilities, civic, community, commercial, aged care and residential developments as well as infrastructure projects.

“The Building Professional of the Year recipient, Bill McEvoy and his dedicated team demonstrated professionalism and excellence of the highest order in delivering to the people of Western Australia the world class Optus Stadium ahead of time” said Greg.

The Jury went on to say that Each one of the projects entered into the awards are exemplary of the standard of professionalism in the WA building industry and provides a benefit and legacy to all Western Australians for many years to come.

AIB National President, Paul Heather said “The Awards recognise the contribution and leadership shown by individuals to the successful completion of a construction project, reinforcing that the success of any building firm can be attributed to those responsible for construction projects”

The judging criterion for the Awards weights the contribution of individuals and the challenges that they face. It is based on the complexity of the project in its construction phase as opposed to the characteristics of the completed structure.

In addition, a series of inaugural subcontractor awards were also made in the categories of sub and super structures, services and finishes in recognition of the contribution subcontractors make to the community and built environment.

Recipients of Professional Excellence Awards will go forward to the National Awards to be held on Saturday 7 September, 2018 at the National Arboretum in Canberra.

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 WA Chapter Building Professional of the Year

2018 AIB WA Chapter Building Professional of the Year

Winner: Bill McEvoy

Company: Multiplex Australasia Pty Ltd

Project: Optus Stadium

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2018 AIB WA Chapter Professional Excellence in Building Award Recipients

Category: Commercial Construction up to $5 Million

Winner: David McNichol

Award: High Commendation

Company: Broad Construction Services Pty Ltd

Project: Highgate Primary School – New Teaching Block

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Siljan Stojkovski

Award: High Commendation

Company: Broad Construction Services Pty Ltd

Project: WASSF Upgrade

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: William Lillie

Award: High Commendation

Company: PS Structures

Project: Pluslife – Perth Bone and Tissue Bank

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Jay Brenton

Award: High Commendation

Company: PACT Construction

Project: McNabb Loop Aged Care Facility

 

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

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Peter Tobin

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd

Project: On the Point – Point Fraser

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Shaun Burke

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Cockram Construction

Project: Ralph & Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: John Moore

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Badge Constructions Pty Ltd

Project: Baptistcare RAC Restoration Project

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Kris Goodwin

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd

Project: Cockburn Aquatic & Recreational Centre (Cockburn ARC)

 

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus

Winner: Bill McEvoy

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Multiplex Australasia Pty Ltd

Project: Optus Stadium

 

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus

Winner: Rocky Slater & Jason Orso

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Badge-Perkins Joint Venture

Project: WA Schools Public Private Partnership

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Andy Scallan

Award: High Commendation

Company: Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd

Project: Telethon Kids Institute Fit-Out

 

Category: Infrastructure

Winner: Jason Flowerdew

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Georgiou Group

Project: Aubin Grove Train Station

 

Category: Project Management

Winner: Scott Allen

Award: High Commendation

Company: BHP

Project: Quattro South Hedland Residential

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2018 AIB WA Chapter Subcontractor of the Year

2018 AIB WA Chapter Subcontractor of the Year
Winner: Mechanical Project Management Pty Ltd
Project: Optus Stadium

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2018 AIB WA Chapter Subcontractor Award Recipients

Category: Sub & Super Structure
Winner: Jasmat Steel Fabrications
Award: Commendation
Project: I Fly

 

Category: Services
Winner: Mechanical Project Management Pty Ltd
Award: Category Winner
Project: Optus Stadium

 

Category: Services
Winner: CMS Engineering Pty Ltd
Award: Commendation
Project: Telethon Kids

 

Category: Services
Winner: Fredon (WA) Electrical Pty Ltd
Award: Commendation
Project: Intercontinental Hotel

 

Category: Finishes
Winner: Ferguson Corporation Pty Ltd
Award: Category Winner
Project: Intercontinental Hotel

 

Category: Finishes
Winner: Floorwise Pty Ltd
Award: High Commendation
Project: Optus Stadium

 

Category: Finishes
Winner: Ferguson Corporation Pty Ltd
Award: High Commendation
Project: Springs Aloft Hotel

 

Category: Finishes
Winner: Diverse Shopfitters
Award: Commendation
Project: Optus Stadium

 

Category: Finishes
Winner: Le Grove Landscaping
Award: Commendation
Project: Ursula Frayne College

Queensland Annual Dinner and Awards