A cel­e­bra­tion of in­no­va­tion and ex­cel­lence in steel

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STEEL CON­STRUC­TION NEW ZEA­LAND (SCNZ) cel­e­brated the best and bright­est in the in­dus­try at its an­nual Ex­cel­lence in Steel Awards in Ro­torua last month.

The awards ac­knowl­edge the in­dus­try’s com­mit­ment to in­no­va­tion, qual­ity and col­lab­o­ra­tion. This year SCNZ re­ceived a record 34 en­tries for the awards.

Chair­man Wayne Car­son said the awards show­case the best of the in­dus­try and this year the body re­ceived an un­prece­dented num­ber of ex­tremely high-qual­ity, suc­cess­ful projects that were all wor­thy of recog­ni­tion.

“Yet, in the midst of the cur­rent con­struc­tion boom, there have been mul­ti­ple re­ports of con­struc­tion projects fal­ter­ing, too of­ten as a re­sult of poor qual­ity and poor pro­cure­ment de­ci­sions, which has seen prod­uct im­ported from off­shore sources.”

Com­pli­ance is a key driver for SCNZ, so the or­gan­i­sa­tion is pleased that the new AS/NZS 5131 stan­dard is now cited in the Build­ing Code as the ap­proved doc­u­ment for fab­ri­ca­tion and erec­tion.

The stan­dard is also the ba­sis for in­dus­try-led qual­ity as­sur­ance scheme Steel Fab­ri­ca­tion Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (SFC). Launched in 2014 and based on in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice, SFC is go­ing from strength to strength. SFC has re­cently been ex­panded to in­clude erec­tion, and it will be manda­tory for SCNZ mem­ber­ship from 2020 – there are now 29 SFCqual­i­fied struc­tural steel fab­ri­ca­tors.

Car­son said SCNZ’s fo­cus on com­pli­ance is a credit to the lo­cal struc­tural steel in­dus­try.

“This, and the high cal­i­bre of our fi­nal­ists and the projects on show at this year’s awards, is what sets our lo­cal struc­tural steel in­dus­try apart from the rest of the world.”

The en­tries were whit­tled down to 14 fi­nal­ists who show­cased the ex­cep­tional de­sign and ex­e­cu­tion pos­si­ble when steel is used as the prin­ci­pal con­struc­tion ma­te­rial. Award cat­e­gories ranged from un­der $500,000 to more than $3 mil­lion.

Cat­e­gory win­ners:

• MJH En­gi­neer­ing for 20 Cus­tom­house Quay, Welling­ton (Over $3 mil­lion and win­ner of the Supreme Award).

• Waikato Steel Fab­ri­ca­tors and BCD Group for the River­bank Mezz Box, Hamil­ton (Un­der $500,000)

• D&H Steel for Smales Farm He­li­cal Stair, Auck­land ($500,000 – $3 mil­lion)

• John Jones Steel for 5 Sta­bles Drive, Christchurch (Stand­alone Res­i­den­tial)

Ta­mati Cof­fey, MP for Wa­iariki, pre­sented all the Ex­cel­lence in Steel awards and con­grat­u­lated all re­cip­i­ents on their suc­cess.

In ad­di­tion, Cof­fey pre­sented the Ap­pren­tice of the Year Award to Sean Car­roll from Waikato Steel Fab­ri­ca­tors. The award, es­tab­lished in 2016, demon­strates the in­dus­try’s com­mit­ment to up­skilling young mem­bers of the trade and in­vest­ing in the fu­ture. “Sean’s drive, will­ing­ness to learn and work hard is proof of the prom­ise of our young peo­ple,” said Cof­fey.

The awards evening at­tracted an au­di­ence of more than 150 lead­ers and ex­perts from the struc­tural steel in­dus­try.

PIC­TURED L-R IS: TA­MATI COF­FEY (MP FOR WA­IARIKI), GARY LIGHT­FOOT (DI­REC­TOR, WAIKATO STEEL FAB­RI­CA­TORS), SEAN CAR­ROLL ( WIN­NER, AP­PREN­TICE OF THE YEAR AWARD) AND KERRY WIL­LIAMSON (REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVE FROM WELDWELL, AP­PREN­TICE OF THE YEAR SPON­SOR).

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