Winners celebrated in night of success

New Zealand Institute of Building showcase winners of the 2022 NZ Building Industry Awards – Darren Cutfield wins the GIB Supreme Award.

The New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) announced the winners of the 2022 New Zealand Building Industry Awards on Friday, 2 September at a spectacular gala evening at the Cordis Hotel, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.

Chief executive Pamela Bell says, “The Institute congratulates all this year’s winners and finalists, their employers, families and supporters, and our family of sponsors. These Awards showcase and celebrate the commitment of those working right across the built environment and contribute to the Institute’s goal of raising quality across the industry.

“We are really impressed with the entrants who have embraced new technologies and we recognise the positive impact this technology has had on construction programmes. That reflects a global uptake in technology adoption across construction, driven by the considerable investment into companies focused on improving how we design and deliver the built environment.”

The GIB Supreme Award was won by Darren Cutfield from Built Environs NZ for the Auckland City Mission HomeGround Development on Hobson Street, Auckland. HomeGround is the Auckland City Mission’s newly constructed $110 million multi-purpose headquarters. The 11-storey complex includes 80 apartments, a healthcare centre, detox facilities, educational and training facilities, meals and other support networks, including community spaces for the public. The complex uses an innovative Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) solution for most of the structure – a strong, lightweight, renewable and sustainable material. The building is the tallest CLT building in New Zealand and has championed the adoption of mass timber across New Zealand.

The judges say Cutfield managed the project’s design and construction from many perspectives, from the philanthropic investor to the multiplicity of users, to the City Missions’ current homeless clients. Cutfield listened to and directed the project to meet the needs of all involved.

The BCITO Young Achievers Award was awarded to Emma Mannion from Beca. Mannion will feature in the next issue of NZCN in the ‘Women in Construction and Engineering’ special feature.

The winners of the six Cost-based Category Awards are:

• NZIOB Charitable Education Trust: Projects under $4 Million Award – Carl Charlton, C3 Construction; Pacific Coast Village Lakehouse, Tauranga

• GIB: Projects $4 Million -$10 Million Award – Matt Soppit, Naylor Love; project Mercy Hospital Level 2 Ward Refurbishment, Dunedin

• XLam: Projects $10 Million – $25 Million – Nicholas Botha, Kalmar, The Marlborough, Auckland.

• Carters: Projects $25 Million – $40 Million Award – David Featonby, Aspec Construction Limited; Saint Kentigern School, Specialist Facility and Senior Boys Building, /Auckland.

• Mates in Construction: Projects $40 Million – $65 Million Award – Sam Gordon, Hawkins;

Foodstuffs North Island Head Office, Auckland.

• BBD: Projects over $65 Million – Darren Cutfield, Built Environs NZ; Auckland City Mission HomeGround Development, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland

The James Hardie Innovation Award, recognising innovation in the industry in a project or a new product or procedure, was won by Tim Beresford and Jack Wong from Norman Disney & Young for the AiHear Acoustics Auralisation tool. The tool assists users to hear how a room will sound if various physical parameters about the room are changed during the design phase of a project.

The judges say that this tool enables designers to make decisions on construction materials, surface finishes, and composite construction methods to deliver the best sound requirements with a high degree of certainty. It will also save significant design time in achieving the required sound quality in buildings.

Ben Tomason from Scope Total Project Partners won the Thermosash Consultants Award for his work on the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery in Whangārei.

Tomason was the lead engineer and project director for German architect Heinz M. Springmann with Grant Harris of HB Architecture in NZ for this project. He had to overcome a series of obstacles, including changing engineering standards and evolving design, leading to a construction cost overrun and delayed completion, compounded by Covid-19.

The judges say he achieved over $10 million in value engineering by collaboratively challenging methods, design and thinking, resulting in the successful delivery of this project.

The Hays Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award, which recognises exceptional collaborative partnerships between consultants and contractors, was won by a team working on the Modular Build Programme for the Department of Corrections. The winning team comprised Brendon Keenan, Naylor Love Canterbury; Corde Rhodes, WSP; Joshua Joe-McIndoe, RCP; Elliot Smith, White Associates; and Jeremy Harding, Department of Corrections.

The project involved completing seven Modular prison units across four different sites, three in Waitaha/Canterbury (Christchurch Men’s Prison, Christchurch Women’s Prison, Rolleston Prison) and one in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington (Rimutaka Prison). The team had to implement the previous contractor’s incomplete design, as well as address quality and design issues.

The judges say the project team rose to the challenge of picking up and completing complex projects in various stages of completion across four sites, and under considerable time pressure due to the projects being behind schedule.

GIB Supreme Award winner Darren Cutfield from Built Environs NZ.