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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Master Builder of the Year 

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: The Geelong Library & Heritage Centre
Designer: ARM Architecture

Photographer: Gollings Photography Pty Ltd, John Gollings

This project is distinctive, complex and demanding comprising a highly innovative building enjoying a major design overhaul, without compromising the original architectural intent. Unique in its design, this building offers a bespoke façade and cladding with a dome structure. The unique glass fibre reinforced concrete cladding distinguishes the new GLHC, displaying approximately 550 panels including convex hexagon and pentagonal panels, facia and gutter panels. These panels have been manufactured off site, complete with secondary steel sub framing, and bolted to the primary steel structure to create the domed façade and roof.


Regional Master Builder of the Year

BFN Developments
Project: Newmason, Warragul
Photographer: Bride 2 Be Photography

This project is a design and construct development comprising an ultra-modern multi-storey hotel, retail, medical services and an apartment complex in the heart of the country town of Warragul. The orientation of the residential component of the development, has been selected to take advantage of northern winter sun and features a pergola style roof designed to limit western sun during the summer months. High thermal load building materials with insulation in the walls, ceiling and floors provide effective ventilation to control internal temperatures, delivering a development with an innovative and ecofriendly style.

Young Builder of the Year

David Purcell
Kane Constructions Pty Ltd

David Purcell graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Applied Science Construction Management in 2001. David joined Kane Constructions in 2003. Since that time, David has successfully delivered a wide range of complex and highly regarded projects in Melbourne, Queensland and in Beijing. David was responsible for the delivery of the complex, challenging and highly technical Geelong Library Complex which included arranging and managing the preparation of shop drawings and the installation of the geometrically shaped and curved GRC roof panels. He has also been responsible for the refurbishment of the Australian Embassy in Beijing, China as well as a number of other projects at Melbourne Airport. He is to be commended for his award

Excellence in Health and Safety

Project: Rialto Regeneration, Melbourne
Designer: Woods Bagot
Photographer by Sarah Louise Photography, Sarah Louise Jackson

Built have managed the partial demolition and modernisation of the plaza and entrance foyer of this iconic Melbourne office building with significant safety challenges. Built had to ensure the safety of the workforce and 12,000 daily users of the building whilst overcoming significant complex design, demolition and construction challenges, which were overcome through extensive engagement with all stakeholders.

Excellence in Fit-Out

Project: AGL Melbourne, Docklands
Designer: Hassell
Photographer: Sarah Louise Photography, Sarah Louise Jackson

AGL Energy's new 20,000-square metre nine-floor head office is a five-star NABERS and six-star Green targeted building boasting an 80,000-litre rainwater catchment and re-use system, a 90-kilowatt rooftop solar system and a bespoke fit-out responding to ‘shared workplace learning’ concepts. The twelve- level building sits atop an elevated platform built over Southern Cross Station with AGL occupying levels three, and five through twelve.

Excellence in Construction of Industrial Buildings

Vaughan Constructions
Project: Woolworths Meat Facility, Truganina
Designer: Vaughan Constructions
Photographer: Nick Billings Photography, Nick Billings

The purpose of this building is to provide facilities to automate the preparation of retail-ready meat for the grocery giant Woolworths, therefore minimising the need for in-store preparation and packaging. The building’s structure consists of pad footings, fibre slabs and steel framing. The external finishes include PIR coloured insulated panel and metal deck roofing. As the plant is a meat processing facility, the driving factor for the selection and detailing of internal finishes involves hygiene and cleanliness.

Excellence in Civil Construction

Lloyd Group
Project: Penguins Plus Boardwalk, Phillip Island
Designer: Roger Wood, Wood Marsh + Mark Reily, Tract Consultants

‘Penguins Plus’ is the exclusive viewing area at Penguin Parade and is situated 50 metres from the waterline. Inspired by the natural elements of the surrounding landscape, the new platform mirrors the coves of Phillip Island’s spectacular southern coastline and offers visitors unprecedented, up-close viewing of the little penguins as they make their way along the most popular penguin pathway. The works included the demolition of the existing boardwalk and tiered seating area. This made way for the next stage of the project that included a new viewing bunker excavated into the ground where penguins can now be viewed at eye level.

Excellence in Highrise Apartment Buildings

L.U Simon Builders Pty Ltd
Project: Sanctuary Apartments, Abbotsford
Designer: Rothe Lowman

This construction includes 193 high-end apartments consisting of eight three-bedroom apartments, 76 two-bedroom apartments, 102 one-bedroom apartments and seven transformer apartments. Having an extravagant wedding cake-style design as well as a varying floor plate of cantilevers and protrusions, this provided the added complexity to the overall intricate design. Residents all have access to concierge services, lobby bar, rooftop entertainment facilities and gymnasium.

Special Commendation - Excellence In Highrise Apartment Buildings

Project: The William, Melbourne
Designer: Bruce Henderson Architects

This project consists of a 23-storey tower situated on William Street and a 21-storey tower on Little Bourke Street. The result is two uniquely repurposed towers containing 547 premium residential and serviced apartments. The towers feature efficient, elegantly tapered, operable glass facades with large office spaces, retail tenancies, a gym and an open rooftop pool.

Best Specialist Contractor

Nuform Steel Fabrications P/L
Project: Olympic Park Community Facility, Melbourne

This project had a very technical and difficult metalworks package to deliver. The innovation is shown in particular in the balustrades with weighted panels. Door portals presented similar challenges. Specialist crawler fork lifts were used to design a lifting frame that allowed portals to be shifted into position. Extensive detail was undertaken to ensure all features were captured effectively.

Best Sustainable Project

Grocon Constructions
Project: 150 Collins Street, Melbourne
Designer: Peddle Thorp Melbourne
Photographer: Jaime Diaz-Berrio

A building that defines how far sustainable construction has come. At face value it looks just like any other office building, but hidden inside is a building which received the maximum GreenStar rating of 6 Stars (As built). This puts it into a world’s best practice standard. The building is also aiming for the maximum NABERS rating of 5 stars. This was all delivered in a site with difficult access and one that incorporated a number of surrounding heritage buildings and facades. A great deal of work went into ensuring that the people in the building would be comfortable at all times by including stratification sensors and adjustable floor diffusers. Highly efficient chillers and water reduction features reduced ongoing energy and water use. A high level of monitoring throughout the building means whole of life savings as the heating and cooling systems can be balanced effectively and ongoing maintenance is made easier.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings Under $3M

Ballarat Construction Management
Project: BCM Headquarters, Mount Pleasant
Designer: Alan Cubbon
Photographer: Michelle Dunn Photography

A showpiece of exceptional design, cutting edge finishes and stunning components, this spectacular office facility is a once in a lifetime build. Taking materials and expertise to their limits the construction methodology is unique and extreme. The emphasis from start to finish focuses on quality, and this complex designed structure utilises components to the maximum limitations whilst maintaining a strict budget.

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

Lloyd Group
Project: Eastern Innovation Business Centre, Mulgrave
Designer: Rohan Waldie

The Eastern Innovation Business Centre (EIBC) provides a highly innovative and sustainable building to facilitate, inspire and grow small business to achieve great success. This small business incubator has a focus on science, technology and research-based operations. The site integrates ecologically sustainable design with diverse and comfortable working environments. It features renewable energy, passive solar design, integrated water cycle technology, water-sensitive design, sustainable material selection and equipment supporting collaborative and diverse working arrangements. With high levels of architectural specification, the finished building is bright, inspiring and functional – the perfect workplace for a start-up.

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

Special Commendation

Johns Lyng Commercial Builder Pty Ltd
Project: Somerville Technical Education and Trade Training Centre
Designer: Gray Puksand
Photographer: Christine Francis

The site is located on Indigenous ground, so all works, especially excavation, had to be meticulous. A major emphasis of this project was the environment and sustainable design, which utilizes the use of rammed-earth walls, native plants, locally sourced products and natural ventilation. The building consists of practical workshops, machine rooms, study areas, theory rooms and multimedia laboratories.

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

Building Engineering Pty Ltd
Project: Ivanhoe Grammar School Senior Years Building, Doreen
Designer: McBride Charles Ryan
Photographer: John Gollings Photography, John Gollings

This building was designed to provide specialised learning experiences for senior students. This is a two-storey circular building comprising of structural in situ concrete and steel construction. The external building finishes are complemented by the circular nature of the design, longline metal and prefinished, compressed, cement-sheet cladding for building access points. This design is complete with spotted gum timber fins to provide passive solar protection.

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

Buxton Construction
Project: The Eastern Golf Clubhouse, Yering
Designer: Brian Mathieson & Herb Greenwood, Perott Lyon Mathieson
Photographer: Glenn Hester Photography, Glenn Hester

The Eastern Golf Club sold its existing golf course, situated in Doncaster, to relocate to Victoria Road on a newly constructed, Greg Norman-designed golf course. This elevated clubhouse has function, dining and lounge areas that are oriented to the north of the building all with large-scale windows that capture sprawling vistas over the golf course and Yarra Ranges. The southern side of the building contains a children's playroom, administration areas and outstanding amenities.


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

Brady Construction (VIC) Pty Ltd
Project: Brady Hotel Central Melbourne
Designer: Brady Design & SJB Interiors

The brief required the construction of a four star boutique hotel, well designed and to make full use of functional spaces in a compact area. Given the building’s small footprint and compact design Brady were mindful of the construction constraints and access requirements. As a result all structural elements of the building including columns, walls, core and external envelope has been designed as precast concrete elements to assist with ease of construction and reduce congestion of site personal. All selections of fixtures, fittings and finishes have been utilised within budget, with the finished products representing value for money.

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

ADCO Constructions (VIC) Pty Ltd
Project: Olympic Park Community Facility, Melbourne
Designer: Hecker Guthrie, Croxon Ramsey

Olympic Park Community Facility is a new major sport, events and training complex in the heart of Melbourne, linked to the Holden Centre. The split-level facility provides community spaces including a function centre, dining room, boardroom, executive suites, a café, wine bar, lecture theatre and a fitness centre. The new building completes the Holden Centre elite training facility, home to the Collingwood Football Club.

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

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: The Geelong Library & Heritage Centre
Designer: ARM Architecture

Kane Constructions was awarded a fixed lump sum contract to construct the landmark Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. The design is unique focusing on a bespoke façade and cladding, complemented by a dome structure. Works commenced with the basement retention system consisting of 56 bored piers and shotcrete wall alongside the existing two heritage listed buildings. Additional investigative works were required to update the geotechnical report, as the initial report was undertaken when the existing library was still standing.

Commercial Buildings over $80M

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

This building comprises five levels of basement car parking and eight levels of hospital facility, plus two smaller levels containing plant and complex service infrastructures to serve the medical facilities. The facility includes major upgrades to the fire services, sewer mains extensions and new water tappings, nurse call and medical air. In addition, the facility comprises isolated patient rooms for treating infectious diseases, operating theatres and a number of sterile areas. The building finishes and fit-out satisfies the need for a hospital environment but also gives the hospital a ‘hotel feel’.


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