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.

Our 2018 Award programs are now CLOSED.

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Master Builder of the Year 

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: The University of Melbourne Arts West Redevelopment, Parkville
Designer: Marina Carroll (Architectus) and Aaron Poupard (ARM Architecture)

Photographer: John Gollings, Gollings Photography P/L

This state-of-the-art academic facility provides world-class spaces and teaching facilities encompassing six levels of teaching areas and a 150-seat lecture theatre. The project has been described as the “perfect storm” in terms of challenges; the issues encountered during construction seemed immense at times, yet through perseverance it became a once-in-a-career opportunity. The building’s outer façade is covered with horizontal fins that are profile-cut to reveal 3D images of objects from the university’s cultural collection. Step one, using sophisticated software, was to create virtual models of the building and the objects, and then press them together. The expansive atrium linking the existing 1990s building was formed with the use of a verendeel truss (a giant ladder beam without diagonal bracing), which spans 30 metres.


Regional Master Builder of the Year

BFN Developments
Project: Abbey Gardens Aged Care Facility, Warragul
Designer: De Nova Group

The scope of works for the construction of a new 123-bed Aged Care Facility on a green filled site included a ground slab, a suspended slab, timber framing and brick veneer, rendered walls, feature stone cladding, timber arbours, a BBQ pavilion, street works, car parks and landscaping. The east end and middle section of the building is single-storey with the west end of the building being 2-storey with a plant room and undercroft at basement level. In ground precast piling with concrete columns have been constructed to support the ground floor suspended slab. Efficiency, precision, problem solving and outstanding client service have cemented BFN Developments as a preferred builder and developer with a commitment to building high quality projects on time and to satisfaction.

Young Builder of the Year

Michael Rapinett
Foursquare Construction Management

Michael Rapinett obtained his bachelor degree in Applied Science Project Management (Honours) from RMIT in 2010. He has worked for Porter Davis Homes, Hacer Constructions and FourSQ, and been entrusted with projects valued up to $15M including Highpoint West Shopping Centre, DFO South Wharf, Frankston Bayside Shopping Centre, Altona Gate Shopping Centre, Aldi Springvale and, most recently, Essendon Field. He is a very well-accomplished, composed, polite, well-spoken and professional builder who links every challenge to a logical and systematic process geared to achieve client and company expectations. He leads by example, communicates calmly and quietly, but with intent and driven by a very strong work ethic. Michael strives to improve himself professionally and seeks to become a better teacher to upcoming graduates.

Excellence in Health and Safety

Cockram Construction
Project: CSL AlbuRX Facility, Broadmeadows
Photographer: Sarah Louise, Sarah Louise Photography

CSL is currently expanding its manufacturing base in Broadmeadows with the new AlbuRX facility. When completed, the facility will manufacture a blood plasma-based intravenous therapy, which is produced solely in the recently completed CSL facility in Bern, Switzerland. The product is primarily used for the treatment of burns, shock, pancreatitis and albumin loss. Construction methods include conventional in-situ concrete slabs and precast concrete panels over a fibre-reinforced ground floor slab. The upper floor generally consists of composite condeck concrete floors and plant spaces over large free-span steel trusses. External features include cladding with 150mm insulated, sandwich-panel, Alucobond and painted, precast concrete panels.

Excellence in Fit-Out

Hedger Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Pure South Restaurant, Southbank
Designer: Herbert & Mason
Photographer: Paul West, Paul West Photography

Situated on the river promenade of Southbank in central Melbourne, the owners of an existing restaurant had the opportunity to expand the floor space and consequently develop the fine dining experience by taking over the shop on the floor immediately above them. The fitout involves a complete demolition of both floors and a design brief to integrate the promenade experience into a new open-plan first floor. The second floor would allow for a more formal experience incorporating the city skyline views, whilst maintaining intimacy. A key component of the refit involved including earthy tones and materials to reflect the menu concept of using solely Tasmanian produce. This link is a cornerstone of the restaurant’s philosophy and guided material selection, colour palettes and layout.

Excellence in Construction of Industrial Buildings

CPB Contractors
Project: Post-Entry Quarantine Facility, Mickleham
Designer: Jacobs
Photographer: Christian Pearson, Misheye Photography

CPB Contractors has overall responsibility for the design and construction of the facilities at Post Entry Quarantine facility including a fit-for-purpose obligation. To ensure the facility meets the Commonwealth’s functional and operational requirements, the team not only managed a detailed user consultation process to inform the design, but inspected the Commonwealth’s existing post-entry quarantine operations, met with industry stakeholders and engaged subject matter experts throughout the design development process. In addition, the team undertook a study tour of international quarantine facilities to ensure the new PEQ facility incorporated best practice from around the world. All buildings are required to have a structural design life of at least 50 years.

Excellence in Civil Construction

2Construct Pty Ltd
Project: Power Street Habitat Filter, Southbank
Designer: Drysdale, Myers & Dow & Tract Consulting P/L
Photographer: Chris Keenan, Create It

This unique architectural streetscape development was introduced into the urban city location and comprises ecologically conscious concepts of fauna and flora habitat, green energy production and water-harvesting principles. The project involves the design, development and off-site fabrication of the feature structures while the in-ground substructure and infrastructure were completed. The onsite erection of these feature structures, combined with the installation of aluminium, galvanised mesh and recycled hardwood cladding has provided a sanctuary for the nesting of the area’s native Australian bird species. The development has been completed with the installation of locally inspired native landscaping to complement the installation.

Special Commendation - Excellence in Civil Construction

Rendine Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: Rocke Bros Container Handling Facility, Lara
Designer: McGann Architects
Photographer: Andrew Sanigorski, Andrew San Photography

The principal component of this project incudes a 15,000m2 post-tensioned concrete slab that was required to support the loads of shipping containers stacked five high, exerting loads of up to 125 tonnes, and the traffic loads from an 80-tonne forklift and b-double trucks. During earthworks, 14,000m3 were moved with machinery typically found on large mining and civil infrastructure projects, with over 5000 tons of cement-treated, crushed-rock base for the concrete slab. The complex nature of this project required all elements to be constructed to the highest standard. Works were constantly audited via engineer-supervised hold points and inspection test plans, to ensure that works conformed to the specification.

Excellence in Highrise Apartment Buildings

Brady Constructions (VIC) Pty Ltd
Project: Vision Apartments 500, Melbourne
Designer: Robert Giano

This development comprises 557 high-end apartments, incorporating a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, in addition to five luxuriously appointed penthouse apartments with dedicated lifts. A landmark both in size and stature, its 72-level curtain wall facade stands as one of the tallest residential buildings in Melbourne's CBD; its breadth and quality of resident amenities rank among the finest yet seen. Construction methods consist of high-performance double-glazed curtain wall façade, pre-cast concrete panels and a feature ‘kinetic’ podium carpark screen. All selections were completed within budget, with the end product achieving value for money, without compromising aesthetics.

Best Specialist Contractor's Collaboration Award

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: South Melbourne Vertical School, South Melbourne

The collaboration that prompts this award is work on the Vertical School project at 129 Ferrars Street in South Melbourne. Wagstaff Piling Pty Ltd offers their high regard to Kane Constructions for their professionalism, support and cooperative spirit, adding that they would happily work with Kane again if the opportunity presented itself. The processes used by Kane Constructions in the tender, negotiation, site works and contract administration stages, were at all times, safely performed, ethical, and amicable. The Master Builders Specialist Contractor’s Committee applauds Kane Constructions and congratulates them on being this year’s standout nominee.

Best Sustainable Project

CPB Contractors
Project: Melbourne International Ro-Ro Terminal (MIRRAT)
Designer: PLUS Architecture and Three Acres Landscape Architecture

While the physical centrepiece of this facility is a world’s best practice 6 Star GreenStar As Built rated building. A host of other less obvious achievements make it a stand out. A 100 kW solar panel system generates the equivalent to 75% of the energy used by the administration building and 260,000 tonnes of recycled concrete, brick, glass and asphalt replaced virgin materials during the construction of the hard stand areas. Water sensitive urban design features such as bio-retention wetland basins are used to improve the quality of stormwater runoff from the large car parking areas.

Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings under $3M

Foursquare Construction Management
Project: The Tarrawarra Cellar Door, Yarra Glen
Designer: Kirstin Thompson Architects

The multi-function commercial retail space called for a design and construct project that is a worthy addition to the already design-friendly collection of buildings at the Tarrawarra Estate. The project has brought together a collection of innovative designs and clever construction techniques, which has created a unique space. Given the unusual nature of the building, and its location in the Yarra Valley, the team at FOURSQ saw benefits in changing the way the building was constructed and the methods proposed in the tender documents. Originally, the project was documented as being built out of an in situ concrete wall and ceilings complemented by a ship-lapped formwork finish that would become a feature of the tunnel. An alternative method was proposed using precast concrete panels made off site and lifted into place.

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

Lloyd Group
Project: St James College, Performing Arts Centre, Bentleigh East
Designer: Williams Ross Architects

Making a statement with a modern exterior, this facility was architecturally designed to inspire and engage students throughout their visual and performing art studies. Following though to the interior the building continues the use of colour, quality finishes and design features that appeal not only to the students and teachers, but the public who will have the enjoyment of attending concerts and exhibitions. The technologically advanced theatre equipment, coupled with the striking acoustic-ply treatment to the performance area, creates a state-of-the-art-facility that will be utilised for many years. As these ply linings were such an important feature of the new performance space and surrounding rooms, detailed shop drawings were created for each panel to ensure a perfect fit whilst maintaining acoustic integrity.

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

Schiavello Construction VIC
Project: Garden State Hotel, Melbourne
Designer: Techne Architecture + Interior Design

Schiavello have transformed the former 1890s cotton factory and later infamous Rosati restaurant located in the cosmopolitan heart of Flinders Lane adjacent to AC/DC Lane into a sprawling five-level pub and restaurant. The quintessential Australian venue offers a variety of spaces for patrons including a ground-level public bar and bistro, beer garden, basement bar, private dining room, and function space. From mature trees, to a rose garden and fern patterned flooring, botanic references are bountiful. A robust material palette coupled with contemporary design and historical referencing sees many of the building’s original characteristics maintained. Its distinct glass sawtooth roof, window fenestrations, brickwork and steel beaming remain, while a variety of materials were repurposed such as floor joists into wall panelling.

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

McCorkell Constructions
Project: Ruyton Girls School, Kew
Photographer: Michael Downes, UA Creative & Jade Cantwell, Peter Bennetts Photography

The McRae Building project at Ruyton Girls’ School comprised demolishing an existing school classroom building before constructing a four-level multi-purpose building, plus extensive landscaping. The building displays a concrete-reinforced structure and includes a basement with a functions area, plus kitchen for catering and performing arts spaces /facilities. Three additional storeys above house classrooms with technologically advanced digital interactive learning facilities, staff rooms, science laboratories/learning spaces and amenities. State-of-the-art services feature throughout the building both internally and externally; layer upon layer of decorative architectural features collectively embody what is a highly functional and visually striking building.

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

Built Pty Ltd
Project: Palais Theatre, St Kilda
Designer: Lovell Chen Architects
Photographer: Sarah Louise Jackson, Sarah Louise Jackson Photography

Constructed in 1927, Palais Theatre is a Melbourne treasure with economic, architectural, historical and cultural significance. The key objective of this refurbishment project was to secure the long-term future of the theatre as a live performance venue by resolving critical maintenance and refurbishment issues for Life Safety Services. The project received significant investment from local and state government. The program was undertaken in a live environment, without disruption to the schedule of events at the Palais. It addressed heritage requirements, health and life safety issues, compliance requirements (e.g. BCA, DDA), deteriorating functionality and aesthetics. In order to reverse the deteriorating functionality of the building, the scope of works included a services infrastructure upgrade, structural works, and internal plaster repairs to make good services works and façade restoration. Asbestos and hazardous materials were also removed.

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

Construction Engineering (Aust) Pty Ltd
Project: Southwest Regional Cancer Centre, Warrnambool
Designer: Melina Thomas, Silver Thomas Hanley
Photography: Open2View Warrnambool

The scope of works for this medical facility and adjacent carpark included the design, construction and commissioning of the main building with two radiotherapy bunkers (one with installed Linac), a local planning and physics area, treatment and consulting rooms, cytotoxic suite, associated utility rooms, conference and meetings rooms, receptions and office administration, alternate therapy rooms and a community area constructed on a 139-space carpark. The structure of the building involved CFA piles, ground-floor-suspended slab (due to poor ground conditions) level one and two suspended concrete floors constructed using Bondeck, and traditional formwork post tensioned and traditional reinforcement systems.

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

Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Project: The University of Melbourne Arts West Redevelopment, Parkville
Designer: Marina Carroll (Architectus) and Aaron Poupard (ARM Architecture)
Photographer: John Gollings, Gollings Photography P/L

The Arts West Redevelopment Project at the University of Melbourne is the new home of the Bachelor of Arts, giving students access to world-class spaces, and providing academic staff with a new purpose-built teaching and research environment. The new building comprises six levels of teaching and academic space, a 150-seat lecture theatre as well as the refurbishment of the adjoining six-level 1990s building. The building provides state-of-the-art learning spaces with an emphasis on informal learning, the new north wing and Bailieu Library are linked by the atrium, an expansive, light-filled space with a suspended central staircase giving access to the upper levels and the basement lecture theatre. Outside, the visual impact of the finned façade is immediate with representations of images from the university’s rich cultural collections.

Commercial Buildings over $80M

Grocon PCL Joint Venture
Project: Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Melbourne
Designer: Silver Thomas Hanley (STH Health Architecture) and McBride Charles Ryan Architecture

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is a purpose-built centre of excellence for cancer treatment, research, education and care. VCCC brings together ten world-leading cancer organisations to form the VCCC Alliance in a collaborative effort to focus on cancer research, education, treatment and care. Due to the nature of some of the areas housing imaging equipment, all aspects of the concrete structure were required to be designed and installed to meet the specific shielding requirements of the relevant regulations. The building fabric, services and the fit-out of ‘accreditable’ spaces had to be validated through the stringent accreditation process that Grocon PCL followed to ensure the facility was able to be accredited when the facility operator applied for their relevant licenses.

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