Charity job turns into award winner

Published 16 August 2008

Mainzeal’s contracts manager in Christchurch, Graeme Earl, found himself on both sides of the deal when he helped a charity turn a rundown 1930s villa into a modern surgery.


His efforts saved the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital more than $1 million and, on Friday night, saw him win double honours at the NZ Institute of Building’s awards.


Mr Earl & his team won the award in the under $5 million category, then came through as supreme award winners. He became involved supporting the charity through his wife’s work, before also having a company involvement.


The winner of the young achiever’s award, Aaron Muir, scored his first job as project manager on a new highrise building at the age of 28, 5 years after joining Fletcher Construction. It wasn’t an easy one – managing a staff of 20 & workforce of 350 around the clock, 7 days/week, to build the 16-storey Maritime Tower in Wellington.


The Institute of Builders’ awards differ from others in that the focus is on the individual’s (or team’s) role, not how spectacular the building might look. Winners:


Supreme award (NZIOB, Gib): Graeme Earl (Mainzeal), for the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital


Young achiever (NZIOB, Progressive Building magazine):


Winner: Aaron Muir (Fletcher Construction, Wellington)

Finalists: Jessica Kirkwood (Brookfield Multiplex) & Elliot Bartley (Mainzeal)


Innovation (James Hardie):


Winner: Paddy Molloy (NZ Strong, Auckland), for the 120m walkway across the Northern Motorway to the new Northern busway Akoranga station; and a second nomination for his work as project engineer on the Blister hangar relocation at MOTAT

Highly commended: Andrew Rolfe (Fletcher Construction, Auckland), for incorporation of innovative ideas into the construction sequences before work started on the Auckland University Business School’s Owen G Glenn Building


Under $5 million (Hays Construction Recruitment Specialists):


Excellence: Graeme Earl (Mainzeal), for the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital, where he was appointed project manager for the client, then took on dual roles after Mainzeal, where he was contracts manager, won the contract

Highly commended: Kelvin Billett & Kayne Adams (Aspec Construction, Auckland), for the SkyCity skywalk on level 54 of the Sky Tower


$5-15 million (Colorsteel Endura):


Excellence: John Jonassen (Exception Management Consultants), as the bishop’s project manager for the St Patrick’s Cathedral restoration in Auckland

Highly commended: Ivan Hatton (Hawkins Construction), for the 9-storey Ibis Hotel on Hereford St, Christchurch


$15-50 million (Holcim):


Excellence: Nick Page (Canam Construction project manager) & John Schermbruker (Waitakere City Council’s project manager), for the city’s new civic centre & rail bridge

Highly commended: Richard Joseph & team (Dominion Constructors), for the Queen St footpath upgrade in Auckland; & Chris Leahy, Brett Goodall & Matt Gow Campbell (Aspec Construction), for the SkyCity casino gaming floor expansion


Over $50 million (Davis Langdon):


Excellence: Richard Coupe (Fletcher Construction), as project manager for the Auckland University Business School’s Owen G Glenn Building

Highly commended: Murray Svendsen (Mainzeal project manager), Ray Bryant  (Octa’s project manager) & Chris Boss (Jasmax, project architect), for Sovereign House, a 5-story office building at Smales Farm, Takapuna.


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Attribution: Awards night, story written by Bob Dey for The Bob Dey Property Report.

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