Supreme Award winner photo

The New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) announced the winners of the 2016 NZIOB and GIB® Awards for Excellence last night (Friday, 26 August) at a gala evening at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland. 

The awards, which are in their 23rd year, celebrate and recognise the professional excellence of individuals in the building and construction process, rather than the project or completed structure.
 
The winner of the 2016 GIB® Supreme Award was Rodney Verhoeven, a project manager with Hawkins, for his role in managing the Walter Nash Centre. The new centre provides the Hutt City community with a sports facility and community hub, combining the Walter Nash Stadium with the Taita Community Hall, Community Library, and Hutt Valley netball courts in a single integrated facility. Rodney, who holds a National Certificate in Carpentry, demonstrated exceptional leadership and passion for the project. He overcame initial hostility towards the project by engaging the community and allowing them the opportunity to design and integrate artwork on precast panels. Rodney also provided view slots so locals could watch the project progress, and installed a platform so that a photographer could take progress photos for the client’s website.
 
This year the judges awarded the BCITO Young Achievers Awards to two recipients: Annalise Johns and Glenn Jowett. Annalise is a Project Engineer with Fulton Hogan, Christchurch, and Glenn is the BIM Practice Lead with AECOM, Christchurch.
 
Annalise Johns’ most recent construction achievement was her contribution to the successful delivery of the Christchurch Art Gallery base isolation external works. Her achievements have had a strong positive impact on young women within the company and wider industry, demonstrating the unique skills that women offer in construction and the built environment.
 
She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with First Class Honours from the University of Canterbury. Annalise has also had a secondment to the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) where she worked with the senior management team as innovations coordinator and in one of the design teams as a graduate structural engineer.
 
Glenn Jowett is the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Practice Lead – New Zealand for AECOM. Leading AECOM’s BIM Consulting offering nationally, Christchurch-based Glenn works with clients to implement improved project and asset information management solutions and processes. He has become one of the leading figures within the New Zealand and Australian BIM communities, was a key contributor to the MBIE supported New Zealand BIM Handbook, and regularly writes articles and speaks at seminars in relation to BIM.
 
Glenn completed an apprenticeship in structural drafting in the UK, supported by two years’ part-time study at Leeds College of Building where he achieved a Double Award Edexcel Level 3 National Certificate in Civil Engineering. Since relocating to New Zealand, he has attended and spoken at various conferences and seminars across Australia and New Zealand in relation to BIM.  
 
The winners of the eight Project Cost Categories Awards were:
 
• Resene Projects under $2.5 Million:
Winner: Ben Connick, Interiors & Special Projects Manager with Hawkins, Hamilton.
Project: Sky City Co-operative hospitality precinct project.
• Steel Construction Projects $2.5-$5 Million:
Winner: Dave Corbett, Project Manager with Fletcher Construction, Auckland.
Project: Bledisloe Lane Upgrade.
• Hays Construction Projects $5 - $10 Million:
Winner: Garyth Jones, Project Manager, Hawkins, Auckland.
Project: Pridelands Escarpment – Auckland Zoo.
 Steltech Projects $10 - $25 Million:
Winner: Rodney Verhoeven, Project Manager, Hawkins, Wellington.
Project: Walter Nash Centre, Hutt City.
Winner: Declan Scanlon, Project Manager, Fletcher Construction, Christchurch.
Project: Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.
• Holcim Concrete Projects $25 - $50 Million:
Winner: Jimmy Corric, Project Manager, NZ Strong Group Ltd, Auckland.
Project: LynnMall Redevelopment.
Winner: Bruce Halligan, Senior Construction Project Manager, Arrow International (NZ) Ltd. Project: Remarkables Base Building, Queenstown.
• Hilti Projects $50 - $75 Million:
Winner: Kevan Bird, Project Manager, Arrow International (NZ) Ltd, Auckland.
Project: Vodafone Rural Broadband Initiative Rollout.
• Metro Performance Glass Projects $75 - $100 Million:
Winner: Gerard Anderson, Project Manager, Fletcher Construction, Auckland.
Project: Fonterra Head Office and VXV3 Development.
Winner: Peter Lawson, Project Director, Fletcher Construction, Auckland.
Project: NorthWest Shopping Centre, Auckland.

Jeff Robertson, a Project Manager with Aspec Construction Ltd in Auckland won the Site Safe Safety Excellence Award 2016 for his work on the King’s College Centennial Project.

The 2016 James Hardie Innovation Award was won by Dave Corbett, a Project Manager with Fletcher Construction in Auckland for the Penrose Campus Redevelopment and Industrial Buildings Demolition in Auckland.
 
Simon Barnes, the Convenor of the Judging Panel, congratulated all those who entered this year’s NZIOB and GIB® Awards for Excellence. He said that the standard of entries was again impressive, and the eventual winners were justly outstanding and worthy of award recognition.
 
The NZIOB recognises the support the winners have received from their companies, teams and families, which has allowed them to deliver world class construction projects to their clients and the wider community.
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