St Pat’s man wins
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.