14.05.2015

Five Beca superstars recognised at the Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards and the University of Auckland a

Beca has had a lot to celebrate over the last week with five young superstars – Sarah Neill, Gail Royston Mikyla Davidson, Jaiman Patel and Azin McLeish – winning an award at either the 2015 Hays National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Excellence Awards or the University of Auckland faculty award ceremonies.

Sarah Neill and Gail Royston were proud winners at the 2015 Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards which celebrate and honour the achievements of women working in construction and affiliated industries.

Sarah Neill from our structural team received the 'Outstanding Achievement in Design' award. Her commendation reads, "Her work on the Wiri Correctional Facility project as lead structural engineer demonstrates her considerable talent both as an engineer and a member of a wider delivery team. Sarah shines in her ability to develop relationships, and understand her clients and the importance of delivery."

"Winning this award really showcases the opportunities available for recent graduates at Beca" says Sarah. "It's about showing support for women in this industry."

Gail Royston from our project and cost management team received the 'Student or Apprentice Excellence Award' in recognition of her high level of potential within the construction industry. Her commendation reads, "Gail demonstrates her commitment and passion to affecting change for others in the industry. Gail doesn't see things as an obstacle, but as a hurdle to jump over any way she can."

Gail, who hopes to become a future leader says, "Winning this award is an amazing opportunity. I hope it will inspire other women to excel in the construction industry."

Mikyla Davidson, Jaiman Patel and Azin McLeish all received awards from The University of Auckland; recognised for excellence in planning and project and cost management.

Mikyla Davidson, a planner from our environments team, was awarded the 'National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries Senior Scholar Award for Planning' and the 'NZ Planning Institute Award for Best Research Project'. Her research project explored the themes of residential intensification and urban consolidation in an Auckland context. "I'd like to thank the environments team for all the advice they offered during my internship with them last year" says Mikyla.

Jaiman Patel received awards for 'Most Promising Student – Year 3 of Planning' and the 'Harrison Grierson Best Practice Award in Urban Planning and Design'. Jaiman is a planning technician in our environments team and has been working with us part-time after successfully completing a summer internship. "I'm really grateful for all the support, knowledge and advice Beca has given me while I've been studying" says Jaiman.

Azin McLeish from our project and cost management team won the 'Emerging Talent Award' at the University of Auckland Property Awards. The judges acknowledged Azin’s exceptional industry knowledge and understanding as well as her technical capability and drive to achieve her career ambitions. She was also acknowledged for the way she represents Beca’s values through her positive attitude and delivery of work to a high standard. "It's a great feeling” says Azin. "I'm honoured to have been selected among so many talented graduates".

Congratulations to our five superstars and to all the finalists and award recipients for 2015.

Find out more about the NAWIC Excellence Awards and The University of Auckland.

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