Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards
The Master Builders Association of Victoria's Excellence in Construction Awards showcase the outstanding craftsmanship and professional standards of Association members and demonstrates the commitment to building excellence in the commercial/industrial sectors throughout Victoria.

The minimal time and effort it takes to complete an award entry is easily outweighed by the benefits of winning. The marketing exposure and branding opportunities are endless.

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2013 Winners

Master Builder of the Year

APM Group (Aust) Pty Ltd
Project: Centre for Catholic Leadership, East Melbourne
Designer: Woods Bagot

Works to transform this former school site involved a number of new constructions and the refurbishment of existing structures.  The new four storey, short stay building reveals 45 apartments, in addition to a new training facility for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. This building is constructed over a 2,500 square metre basement, extending to all site boundaries and features car stacking pits and related equipment. Further works include the restoration and refurbishment to the existing Celtic church, Anglican church, existing school building and extensive paving and landscaping. In addition, a glazed roof walkway runs down the spine of the site utilising recycled timber supports created in the architectural rebirth of this disused site.


Regional Builder of the Year

Zauner Construction
Project: The Cube (Wodonga Community Arts Centre), Wodonga

Zauner Construction is a family owned business that has been in operation for over  50 years specialising in major commercial and industrial construction. This project, the Wodonga Art Community Entertainment Centre is a high quality, contemporary structure, purpose built as a public entertainment complex. The high quality finish on the external facade is a testament to the company and the level of standards achieved in the eclectic mix of internal surfaces. Finishes include woven patterned carpet and exceptional acoustic and architectural wall panelling. Overall the structure is a cleverly designed asset to the community.

Excellence in Fitout

Equiset Construction Melbourne Pty Ltd.
Project: 990 La Trobe Street, Docklands
Designer: Woods Bagot

During construction of the base building of the new headquarters for Melbourne Water, Equiset successfully won the integrated fitout component. Construction techniques included incorporating a combination of precast and in-situ construction methodologies that accommodated deflection and settlement in the structure, and supported the integrated fitout process. The project consisted of a Six Star Greenstar office design and a Five Star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) rating. The integration of the base building and the fitout works enabled Equiset to provide continuity of work, as well as providing maximum risk management of the delivery, completion and handover process.

Excellence in Construction of Industrial Buildings

Cockram Construction Limited
Project: CSL Behring Cell Culture Facility, Broadmeadows
Designer: Aldo Mattessi & Raymond Kenyon, A5 Architects, Pty Ltd

This green field facility within the existing compound delivers a four storey building of approximately 6000 square metres. The building includes a ground level featuring offices, amenities, a documents storage area and a -40 degree freezer communications room. Level two is the main processing and production area with grade C and D clean rooms, level three is the trafficable ceiling area above the main processing areas, and level four houses the main plant area for air handling systems. A lift services all floors. The project also includes the extension of the existing boiler house to allow for the expansion of stem generation for the Cell Culture Facility and future buildings.

Excellence in Health & Safety

Cockram Construction Limited
Project: Costco Ringwood
Designer: George Barbas, Group GSA Pty Ltd.

This project involved the construction of Victoria’s second Costco warehouse comprising of a new multi-level structure of approximately 45,000 square metres of floor area including a two level basement car park, a suspended loading dock including ramps to the adjacent street, and a retail trading floor with suspended post tension slab.  Strengthened by the project safety management plan and its procedures, the project achieved an injury free workplace. The ongoing process of identifying and assessing workplace hazards through auditing and review began from well before day one. Reviewing the risks throughout the initial planning stages, tender letting and into construction, the aim was always to be one step ahead.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings under $3M

Buildcept Pty Ltd
Project: Volkswagen, Ringwood
Designer: Nicholas Daviotis

All refurbishments on this flagship dealership were to be completed in strict accordance with Volkswagen’s latest Module Concept Specification which outlined the precise design, materials, finishes and suppliers. Works consisted of part demolition of the existing building to house a unique and specific building façade, fit out of a new 20 car showroom and 15 car bay workshop. Unique features displayed throughout include a façade boasting a structural steel canopy clad in white Alucobond with an incorporated LED light channel. In the showroom, five metre high suspected ceilings are complemented by three metre high bulkheads.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $3M - $5M

S.J Weir (Ballarat) Pty Ltd
Project: Ballarat Grammar Centre for Early Education, Wendouree
Designer: McIldowie Partners - Terry Mason

The new CEED building design sits at the cutting edge of sustainability and energy efficiency, overlooking the school sports ground through aged oak trees.  Constructed over two levels it delivers 1300 square metres of learning space including outdoor play areas, a commercial kitchen, an administration section and open common areas. Construction methods include concrete slabs set on bored piers and suspended steel frame structures with timber infill framing, suspended floor to level one and Alcubond and compressed sheeting cladding with feature pop out windows.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $5M - $10M

FDC Construction and Fitout (VIC) Pty Ltd
Project: Treasury Wine Estates, Southbank
Designer: Chris Jovanovic, Via Architetturg

The Atrium, Treasuray Wine Estates,  is a freestanding structure spanning 7400 square metres over two levels. Works required a fitout over approximately 5600 square metres. It includes 400 workstations, multiple tea points, leisure and entertaining areas, a library, telepresence rooms, a boardroom, one office and a wine tasting room. High end architecture features throughout the space, has created a feel of a rustic winery from the raised timber floor to the joinery fabricated from red wine staves. The wine tasting room boasts a floor to ceiling wine barrel along with many more exquisite features.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $10M - $15M

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Epworth, Richmond
Designer: Silver Thomas Hanley

This two staged redevelopment project called for the refurbishment and extension of existing areas within the site. The fitout included the demolition of the existing level five offices and a new steel structure to support a new roof and glazed curtain wall. The education and training facility integrates new teaching spaces, simulated operating theatres and simulated wards with fully integrated AV equipment, such as control rooms, debrief rooms and tutorial rooms, a student library and various staff and student areas. The execution of this project was extremely challenging to ensure the successful construction of the new facilities whilst maintaining a fully operational hospital.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $15M - $20M

Watpac Construction (Vic) Pty Ltd
Project: Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn
Designer: FJMT

This project involved a brand new community centre to create a signature facility. Incorporating the expansion of the Hume Global Learning Village, as well as providing a living community facility and an active street function centre, the project enhances the surrounding area and allows for a prominent landmark and vibrant community destination. In addition to the core library function, the centre includes a variety of functional areas to accommodate several uses, including a local history museum, exhibition and gallery spaces, council offices, customer service and call centre facilities.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $20M - $30M

APM Group (Aust) Pty Ltd
Project: Centre for Catholic Leadership, East Melbourne
Designer: Woods Bagot

The transformation of the former St. John’s school site in East Melbourne into the Centre for Catholic Leadership involved a new teaching and 45 short stay unit building over a basement extending to all site boundaries. Works also involved a new pre-function building, restoration and refurbishment of the existing Celtic Church, restoration and refurbishment of the Anglican Church, restoration of the existing school building and extensive paving and landscaping. In addition, a glazed roof walkway runs down the site utilising recycled timber supports, created in the architectural rebirth of the site. The existing St John’s Church to the north east corner remained in full operation during the redevelopment.

Special Commendation
Construction of Commercial Buildings $20M - $30M

McCorkell Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Camberwell Grammar School, The Wheelton Centre, Canterbury
Designer: Peter Crone (PCA)

Construction works involved the addition of a wing to an existing science building within the operational grounds of the school. Built over three levels, the building required the extensive use of in-situ off form, concrete walls and basement works with deep piles and cast walls retaining the natural grade of the land to one side of the building. The structurally glazed façade of the building displays curved steel, glazed roof lights, various and extensive zinc cladding, a complex steel window system and associated screens. Fitout works included a beautiful curved feature timber batten bulkhead to the main light well, and new joinery throughout the learning area. 

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $30M - $80M

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Victoria University Construction Futures, Sunshine
Designer: Jonathan Gardiner, Cox Architects

The scope of works for this project included the construction of a 10,500 square metre integrated trades training and education facility, along with 10,000 square metres of car parking and external works. To accommodate areas for practical trades, such as carpentry and joinery, the area has been divided using a mixture of Perspex panel walls and acoustic timber walls. The design has intentionally left much of the structure and services on display to promote further student interest and understanding of construction methods. Colours have been selected from a palette that is inspiring without being overbearing and distracting from the building’s built appeal.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings over $80M

Watpac Construction (Vic) Pty Ltd
Project: Melbourne Park Redevelopment Eastern Plaza, Melbourne
Designer: Jackson Architecture

The design philosophy for this project involved the construction of a building that was sensitively scaled to respect the character and heritage of the existing arenas. The facility consists of the National Tennis Centre Building containing a reception area, world class gym, change room facilities, warm up areas, hot and cold plunge pools, treatment rooms, video playback rooms and staff administration rooms. It also houses eight indoor and five outdoor plexicushion rooms, eight outdoor clay courts, an elevated plaza area, car parking, bridges, a ramp and landscaping.

Best Specialist Contractor

HBS Group Pty Ltd
Project: Melbourne GPO Façade Restoration, Melbourne
Designer: Lovell Chen

The heritage restoration component of this project is a significant example of specialist trade contracting. The original sandstone structure was built with solid stone blocks without the consideration that they may need to be undermined, and as such, the extent and sequence of demolition of the deteriorated stone had to be carefully judged so as not to compromise the structural soundness of adjacent blocks. New sandstone was selected on its quality and likeness to the original. Leadsheet roofing, gutters and leadsheet cornice stone capping were individually measured, cut, molded, folded and walled into place in exactly the same way as the original lead was worked.

Best Sustainable Energy Project

Equiset Construction Melbourne Pty Ltd.
Project: 990 La Trobe Street, Docklands
Designer: Woods Bagot

Works on this project included the design and construction of a commercial building that incorporates environmentally sustainable design through the integration of services, structure and architecture. In keeping with the tenant (Melbourne Water) the design focused on water conservation strategies including extensive rainwater and stormwater collection and reuse, with all water fixtures maintaining high efficiency. Other initiatives include careful material selection, renewable energy power sources, waste management and recycling initiatives, high energy efficient glazing and high insulation levels to walls and floors. By applying all these sustainable features the building has achieved a Five Star NABERS rating

Best Specialist Contractors Collaboration Award

B Lamble Builders Pty Ltd have successfully operated for 30 years in residential and commercial projects. They are current specialists in the Education, Aged Care and Retail sectors. They achieved the highest assessment in categories from Estimating & Contract, through to Site Organisation, to finance and Security and were consistently professional in their dealings with Specialist Contractors.



Best Specialist Contractors Collaboration Special Commendation

Thiess Contractors Pty Ltd are proud to be Australia’s leading construction, mining and services contractor. For more than 75 years, Thiess have amassed enormous depth and breadth of experience, capabilities, skills and resources.  Today, Thiess play a pivotal role in building vital infrastructure, promoting the country’s resources sector and providing essential services for our communities. They achieved an exceptionally high assessment and are to be commended for their collaborative approach when working with Specialist Contractors.



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