Turning Ambition to Action at Building Nations 2023

Beca is proud to be a Gold sponsor of Building Nations 2023, New Zealand's leading infrastructure conference, taking place in Christchurch 7-8 June.

At last year's conference, we looked ahead to the future state of infrastructure in 2050 and the pathways needed to achieve results critical to the future of New Zealand. This year's theme, Ambition to Action looks at the practicalities of delivering that critical infrastructure within the context of massive system change, and the commitment to bold action as we head into a national election.

In the Delivering Transport session on Day 1, Andrea Rickard (Beca General Manager - Transport & Infrastructure) will lead a panel discussion: Delivering Our Carbon Zero Future. Panelists Nicole Rosie (CEO, Waka Kotahi), Dean Kimpton (CEO, Auckland Transport) and Peter Reidy (CEO, KiwiRail) will discuss how we can bring the sector together to progress decarbonisation.

This year's Building Nations conference comes at a critical juncture for the infrastructure sector in Aotearoa New Zealand, says Andrea. “As we support our clients and communities to rise to the challenges of climate change, and respond to recent extreme weather events, we must build on each other’s strengths and further our bonds of collaboration and partnership, now more than ever.

Together, we must be innovative, courageous, and determined in our approach to decarbonising our future, to address the needs of today while looking out for the needs of tomorrow. I am very much looking forward to leading the fantastic panel we have brought together for our session, and the insightful conversations from across the conference agenda.

We are also excited to have Ashe Cooper (Senior Geotechnical Engineer) and Te Huhi Raupō - Taranaki Base Hospital Renal Unit as finalists for the Building Nations Impact Awards.

Ashe Cooper is one of three finalists for the Next Generation Leader Award, which celebrates infrastructure professionals under 35-years-old who have demonstrated exceptional and sustained commitment to changing the way things are done.

Ashe joined Beca as a graduate eight years ago. He has made an outstanding contribution both to the industry through his extensive involvement in the geotechnical and student engineering communities, and our business through shaping service offerings, mentoring juniors, and leading complex projects including one of the largest geotechnical investigations ever commissioned by Beca. 

Te Huhi Raupō - Taranaki Base Hospital Renal Unit is one of three finalists for the Decarbonisation Award. The award recognises projects which embed an outstanding ‘whole of life’ approach to reducing carbon to respond to a carbon zero future, and embed carbon reduction into decision making and delivery. This landmark project is setting the benchmark for sustainable healthcare, and we’re proud of our Sustainable Buildings and Building Services team for leading the way with energy-efficient, low carbon design. Learn more about the project here.
Award winners will be announced at the conference Gala Dinner on 7 June.

To register or find out more, visit the Building Nations website. Follow #BN2023 on LinkedIn for conference updates.

See also May 2023