A boutique Gold Coast stadium construction has topped half of the categories in the latest Steel Design Awards for Queensland it was revealed on 3 August at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The new home of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team won in both the Buildings – Large Projects and Engineering Projects categories, particularly for its use of lightweight steelwork supporting a membrane canopy and efficient incorporation of standard sized steel sections. Both entries were submitted by Arup. The judges were particularly impressed by scale model wind tunnel testing of the project’s steel framed canopy, expert roof membrane design input and impact assessment of faceted solar arrays to confirm structural soundness. They commented that the structure also takes advantage of the design flexibility enabled with steelwork via bolted connections to allow the structure to readily adapt for hosting higher profile international events. In other categories, the entry from Guymer Bailey Architects on a strikingly angled 4WD retail and showroom building with a ‘folded’ façade that grabs attention on a busy motor trader strip in Townsville topped the Buildings – Small, Projects category. The building’s distinctive angular profile was also designed with the region’s cyclonic-prone climate in mind. In the Steel Clad Structures category, the wholesale embrace of weathering steel as a cladding material to suit a naturalistic setting attracted the win for the Fitzgibbon Community Centre entry submitted by Richard Kirk Architect. Awards convenor, ASI State Manager – QLD, John Gardner said the winning projects embodied the design flexibility, environmentally sustainable responsibility and structural integrity achievable with modern steelwork. The winners go on to vie for national honours to be announced in Canberra this September.