St Pat’s man wins

Central Leader - - News -

The man in charge of the St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral restora­tion has been recog­nised with a pres­ti­gious award.

John Jonassen, project man­ager for the restora­tion com­peted last year, was pre­sented with an award for ex­cel­lence at the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Build­ing awards din­ner last Fri­day.

Mr Jonassen was one of five fi­nal­ists cho­sen for projects be­tween $5 mil­lion and $15m.

Judges noted Mr Jonassen dis­played re­spect for all par­ties in­volved in the cathe­dral restora­tion, es­pe­cially when there were con­flicts be­tween her­itage and dura­bil­ity is­sues.

In his ac­cep­tance speech, Mr Jonassen said the project was a spe­cial one to work on and ac­knowl­edged the determination of Bishop Pa­trick Dunn and Mon­signor Bernard Kiely in see­ing St Pa­trick’s re­stored.

“I am grate­ful for be­ing en­trusted with manag­ing this im­por­tant project for the church.”

The cathe­dral re­opened in Septem­ber last year af­ter $12.8m of re­de­vel­op­ment work.

Mr Jonassen’s award fol­lows on from the Cathe­dral man­age­ment team be­ing pre­sented with an award of merit at the Prop­erty Coun­cil of NZ awards din­ner at the end of June.

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