Te Uru Taumatua at Taneatua.

Tuhoe building a multiple winner for project manager & architect

Jeff Vivian of Arrow International cleaned up with 3 awards at the NZ Institute of Building’s national awards held in Auckland last night for his work on Tuhoe’s Te Uru Taumatua at Taneatua.

Mr Vivian, a project manager at Arrow for 7 years, won the excellence award in the $25-50 million category and, with Jasmax co-founder & project lead architect Ivan Mercep – who died just before the project was completed – won the institute’s innovation & supreme awards.

Mr Mercep’s son, broadcaster Simon Mercep, said this was his architect father’s last project “and a great one to finish with”, and went on to describe how they’d won the tender: “Most of the 45 tenders arrived with plans & designs. Ivan arrived with a piece of paper and a pencil and said, ‘What do you want?’”

The institute differentiates by making its awards for individual performance rather than for the project, but this project has won multiple construction industry awards. At the Property Council awards in June it won best in category for both green Building & special purpose structures, but lost out to ASB North Wharf for the supreme award. It was designed to the stringent criteria of the international Living Building Challenge (LBC), and the completed project is New Zealand’s most advanced sustainable building.


Under $2.5 million, Resene award: Excellence, Lueder Stock (Kalmar Construction Ltd), for Hurstmere Green, Takapuna; highly commended, Aaron Stephens (Fletcher Construction Co Ltd, Wellington), for new Wellington cable car terminal

$2.5-5 million, Steel Construction NZ award: Highly commended, Chetan Jeram (Hawkins Construction Ltd, Wellington), for SPCA Wellington project re-home

$5-10 million, Hayes Construction award: Excellence, Tonchi Glamuzina (Fletcher Construction, Auckland), for Spring Hill correctional facility, Waikato, unit 16B reinstatement project; highly commended, Corey Bennett & Jared Smith (Cook Brothers Construction Ltd, Christchurch), for Carlton Corner redevelopment, Christchurch

$10-25 million, Coloursteel award: Excellence, Jeff Vivian (Arrow International (NZ) Ltd, Auckland), for Te Uru Taumatua, Taneatua, Bay of Plenty; highly commended, Robb Noble (Arrow, Wellington), for IGC student accommodation project, Wellington, and Craig McCullough (Hawkins, Hamilton), for Citygate, Ward St, Hamilton

$25-50 million, Holcim award: Excellence, Shane Beech (Hawkins, Wellington), for Newtown Park flats upgrade, Wellington; highly commended, Eugene Duggan (Fletcher, Christchurch), for Forte Health, Christchurch

Over $50 million, Davis Langdon award: Excellence, Bryce Marx (Fletcher, Auckland), for ANZ Centre, Albert St, Auckland; highly commended, Chris Goldsbury (Fletcher, Wellington), for Project Maunga, Taranaki Base Hospital redevelopment, New Plymouth

Innovation, James Hardie award: Excellence, Jeff Vivian (Arrow, Auckland) and the late Ivan Mercep (Jasmax), for Te Uru Taumatua

Young achiever, NZIOB & Progressive Building award: Winner, Matt Cameron (Beca, Auckland), who secured pro bono engineering for seismic upgrade of a quake-damaged historic Christchurch cottage; highly commended, Samantha McGavock (Arrow, Auckland)

Supreme award, Gib: Jeff Vivian and the late Ivan Mercep.

Attribution: Awards night.

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