Supreme Award Winner 2017

L to R: David Thomas (GIB), Graeme Birkhead (NZIOB President), Supreme Award Winner Andrew King (Hawkins), Gary Walker (Hawkins), Hon Dr Nick Smith.

The New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) announced the winners of the 2017 NZIOB and GIB® Awards for Excellence last Friday, 25 August at a gala evening at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland. The awards, which are in their 24th 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 2017 GIB® Supreme Award was Andrew King, a project director with Hawkins Wellington, for his role in managing the Wellington Airport Terminal Extension. This project encompassed 6,000m2 of combined new build and refurbishment at the southern end of Wellington Airport’s Main Terminal Building and the reconfiguration of the Airport’s southern apron.
This year the judges awarded the BCITO Young Achievers Awards to two recipients: James Reed and Chris Bassett. James is a senior project manager with Dominion Constructors Ltd, Auckland; and Chris is a project leader with Dominion Constructors Ltd - Dominion Residential, Auckland. The Judges commented that James is “someone whom will go far and make a significant difference to the New Zealand Construction sector, while Chris Bassett is “an exceptional professional, whose achievements over such a short career are outright impressive.”
Sarah McDonald of Fletcher Construction won the Site Safe Safety Excellence Award for her work on the $630m Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway on the Kapiti Coast, while another Wellington construction practitioner was also recognised; with Kerrin Manuel of LT McGuinness winning the James Hardie Innovation Award for the St Mary of the Angels Church earthquake strengthening project.
The winners of seven Project Cost Categories Awards were:

  • Resene Projects under $2.5 Million:
    Winner: Sam Hill, Project Manager with Hawkins Central.
    Project: Good Union, Cambridge.
  • Steel Construction Projects $2.5-$5 Million:
    Winner: Greg King, Site Manager/Cadet Mentor with Aspec Construction Ltd, Auckland.
    Project: Holy Trinity Cathedral – Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Parnell, Auckland.
  • Hays Construction Projects $5 - $10 Million:
    Winner: David Rayson, Site Manager/Cadet Mentor, Aspec Construction Ltd, Auckland.
    Project: Mackelvie Street Redevelopment, Ponsonby, Auckland.
  • Coloursteel Projects $10 - $25 Million:
    Winner: Jimmy Corric, Project Manager with NZ Strong Group, Auckland.
    Project: Mason Brothers Building, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland.
  • Allied Concrete Projects $25 - $50 Million:
    Winner: Andrew King, Project Director, Hawkins Wellington.
    Project: Wellington Airport Terminal Extension, Wellington.
  • Hilti Projects $50 - $75 Million:
    Winner: Tony Kavanagh, Project Manager/Design Manager, Arrow International (NZ), Hamilton.
    Project: Rototuna Junior & Senior High School, Hamilton.
  • AECOM Projects over $100 Million:
    Winner: John Palm, Project Manager, M2PP Alliance - Fletcher Construction, Wellington.
    Project: Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway, Kapiti Coast.

Simon Barnes FNZIOB, 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.