Celebrating five ACENZ INNOVATE award wins

Beca has been recognised amongst the very best for engineering excellence in New Zealand – winning 1 Gold, 2 Silver, and 2 Merit Awards at the 2015 ACENZ INNOVATE Awards of Excellence gala dinner in Christchurch this evening.

The awards attract outstanding and innovative projects from various engineering disciplines and recognise the valuable contribution that engineers make towards developing and maintaining a sustainable built and natural environment in New Zealand.

Entries are judged on technical excellence of the design and execution by evaluating complexity, innovation, depth of technical knowledge, the elegance of the solution, social environmental impacts and the client relationship.

Beca received awards for the following projects:

Counties Manukau District Health Board Harley Gray Building – Gold Award of Excellence: A 34,000m2, five-storey hospital development requiring a high level of detailed planning, stakeholder engagement and robust reviews to maintain existing hospital services during construction.

The University of Auckland Chemistry Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories – Silver Award of Excellence: An open plan laboratory with leading edge facilities for over 200 students, designed using innovative seismic strengthening and rehabilitation techniques.

Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative Phase 1 – Silver Award of Excellence: A key piece of high-quality travel infrastructure that integrates a new public transport interchange and major enhancements to the urban realm.

Victoria University of Wellington Campus Hub – Award of Merit: A vibrant space for collaborative learning and socialising that maximises and works with the surrounding built form, structure and services elements as part of the whole building design.

Waitoa UHT Plant –Award of Merit: The design, construction and commissioning of New Zealand's largest UHT milk processing and packaging plant within a challenging 12 month period.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the awards, and we're delighted that our projects have received recognition throughout the years, including the Air NZ No. 1 Hangar in 1980, the Auckland Sky Tower in 1998, Wellington International Airport Terminal in 2001, and the Wairakei Bioreactor in 2014.

Congratulations to our five 2015 winners and three finalist entries: Ballance Agri-Nutrients Acid Plant Deconstruction, Picton Wastewater Outfall, and Waikato River Bridge. Congratulations also to Ben Henson, our Auckland Building Services Manager, who received 1st runner-up for the Future Leader Award.

Visit the ACENZ website for more information on the awards.

Photo credit: Joe Joseph

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