NZIOB awards demonstrate the passion of an industry

Published 15 August 2009

The NZ Institute of Building’s focus on discipline rather than occupation thrusts forward some passionate players in the world of property – people with a positive inclination toward innovation, keen to demonstrate their imagination.


This year’s winner of the institute’s young achiever & innovation awards, Ross Copland, carries on the tradition. As Mainzeal Property & Construction Ltd’s first sustainability manager, one of his projects has been to find ways to use recycled glass at Lion Nathan’s new Project Century brewery – the solution was to use crushed glass as an aggregate in concrete.


He established Engineers Without Borders in New Zealand, told last night’s awards dinner that he hadn’t grown up wanting to become a construction engineer but, through his work on sustainability at Mainzeal, found it was fantastic.


A second recipient of a major award was Jack Smith, who’s had a lifetime passion for the construction industry through his 35-year career at the Fletcher Group and into his retirement. He was made an honorary member of the institute – a rare distinction as he joins the only other 2 holders of this award, Christchurch architect Sir Miles Warren and Auckland engineer Sir Ron Carter.


Mr Smith’s career included 6 years as general manager of Fletcher Construction & 15 years as managing director of Fletcher Holdings, until he retired in 1988. Fletcher Construction Ltd’s Penrose headquarters are named after him. He was a founding member of the NZ Institute of Building and is a fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers.


The recipient of the NZIOB Medal, Gina Jones, headed the institute’s awards judging panel for 6 years. She’s a director of her own firm, Accent Architects Ltd, and is also an artist.


An award not announced at the awards ceremony went to Linda Kestle, who was made a fellow of the institute. She became president of the institute’s northern chapter in June, taking over from Martin Fahey, who was elected national president for a 2-year term.


Ms Kestle is a senior lecturer in construction at Unitec, runs her own company specialising in sustainable design & construction, Kestle Design Associates Ltd, and is also working on her PhD. She’s worked as an international consultant & researcher on environmental sensitive design, construction technology for hostile environments and design, construction & environmental strategies for projects in remote areas.




Under $5 million, Hayes Construction award: Excellence, Megan Roberts & Paddy Molloy (NZ Strong Construction Ltd, Auckland), for Yellow tree house restaurant, Warkworth; highly commended, Kathryn Yule (St Cuthbert’s College, Auckland) & Pieter de Zeeuw (Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner), for Kahuni outdoor education facility for the school at Waiotahi Valley Rd, Opotiki


$5-15 million, Colorsteel Endura award: Excellence, Martin Kernighan (Hawkins Construction Ltd, Auckland) & Matt Allen (RCP Ltd, Auckland), for tunnels & corridors, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland; highly commended, Brian Cullen (Aspec Construction Ltd, Auckland), for Diocesan School aquatic centre, Auckland


$15-50 million, Holcim award: Excellence, Julian Huggins (Arrow International Ltd, Auckland), for Te Whanau o Tupuranga School, Manukau; highly commended, Paul Lloyd (Apollo Projects Ltd, Christchurch), for Yealands Estate winery, Seddon


Over $50 million, Davis Langdon award: Excellence, Gus Smith & Mark Evans (Fletcher Construction Ltd, Wellington), for the new regional hospital, Wellington; highly commended, John Pengelly (Mainzeal Property & Constrguction Ltd, Wellington), for Vogel Centre stage 1A, Wellington


Innovation, James Hardie award: Excellence, Ross Copland (Mainzeal, Auckland), for Project Century, Lion Nathan brewery, Auckland


Young achiever, NZIOB Progressive Building magazine award: Winner, Ross Copland (Mainzeal, Auckland); highly commended, Susan Temple (Mainzeal, Auckland)


Supreme award, NZIOB Gib: Gus Smith & Mark Evans (Fletcher Construction Ltd, Wellington)


Honorary members award: Jack Smith


NZIOB Medal: Gina Jones.


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Attribution: Awards dinner, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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