Buildings - Small Projects

Buildings - Small Projects

Buildings - Small Projects

Up to $5,000,000 for application component.

State winners of the Steel Excellence Awards will be nominated for the Australian Steel Institute’s National Australian Steel Excellence Awards, presented at the 2022 Australian Steel Excellence Awards Gala Dinner in Sydney in November.

The application fee of $450 is payable at the point of submitting your entry. You may enter the same project in multiple categories for only one entry fee. Please ensure that you use the same project name and email address for each entry and you will only be charged for the first submission.

Select the state where the project is located to start your entry. Entries can be saved and edited before submitting.

Scroll down to view judging criteria.


Qantas Founders Museum
Qantas Founders Museum

Judging Criteria

Please read the criteria on how awards will be judged.

Overall Design Merit (20 points) – The application should address innovation in design using Australian steel, efficient use of materials and dependent on the category, have substantial engineering, architectural or other design merit.

Construction Efficiency (10 points) – This covers demonstration of the advantages of Australian steel, speed of construction, safety in the process and containment of overall project costs. The application needs to demonstrate that the project was examined for the long-term corrosion environment and a fit-for-purpose corrosion and maintenance system chosen.

Environmental Sustainability (10 Points) – The award should address the use of Australian steel to enhance a sustainable environment. This can be for example, obtaining a longer life out of the construction by future proofing, dematerialisation by use of high strength Australian steels, or use of sustainable Australian steel suppliers and Australian steel processors (refer to the ASI Environmental Sustainability Charter). Awareness and consideration of LCA and the AGIC or GBCA schemes would be valued.

Buildability (10 points) – Practicality for fabrication and erection, effective documentation for tendering and throughout the building process. Effective use of data transfer technology such as construction BIM. Effective engagement of design teams with construction teams. Working with the fabricator/erector to ensure selection of standard members, penetrations, optimisation of costs using standardised connections, bolted connections and provision for shop welding rather than on-site and practicality and safety of erection. Note this criterion should reference the issues associated with providing sufficient standard of design detail for efficient transfer of data without reliance on RFIs. Reference can be made to the Australian Construction Modellers Association (ACMA) design document checklists for architects and engineers regarding documentation. Refer to www.austcma.org.au

Your entry must include:

1. Completed entry form.

2. Name and location of the project – locations at which the various parts of the work were performed.

3. Date the project was completed. All projects must be substantially complete by the closing date of entries (Friday 29 July 2022) for each category and completed within the previous two years from the closing date.

4. Names of the client and the companies associated with the project: architect, structural engineer, head building contractor, Australian steel fabricator, distributor or manufacturer, Australian steel detailer and coatings supplier. The name of the metal building contractor is to be provided for entries in the Australian Steel-Clad Structures Building Design Award category.

5. Description and images of the project. A minimum of six images illustrating the project's construction and completion, including the completed connections; 700 words describing the project submitted as a PDF document. You may include a PowerPoint presentation (preferably up to 4MB but no greater than 10 MB in size) to be used during the judging process.