The winners of Australia’s first ever national steel awards program from the commercial and leisure sectors epitomise the innovative public structures possible using the material.
The award presentations were held as part of the ASI’s annual national Convention held in Perth (14-16 September). The program is the culmination of ASI steel awards held earlier during the year covering all mainland states, territories and Tasmania. The national accolades are vied for in the categories of Architectural Steel Design, Metal Product Building Design and Structural Engineering Design.
Work on the National Institute of Circus Arts in Victoria won the Architectural Steel Design category for Cox Architects & Planners with the St John the Baptist Catholic Church project in Woy Woy (NSW) Highly Commended for Kingston Building.
The Boroondara Sports Complex project in Melbourne won in the Metal Building Product Design category for Suters Prior Cheney Architects, whilst the Liquid Oxygen (LOX) Facility at Richmond RAAF Base in NSW was Highly Commended for Campbell Luscombe Folk Lichtman.
Arup scored the top honour in the Structural Engineering Steel Design category for their work on Allianz Centre at 2 Market Street in Sydney, with two other entries gaining high commendations - Wallbridge & Gilbert for Adelaide Central Bus Station and BG&E Pty Limited for Exmouth Marina Foot Bridge in WA’s North West Cape region.
ASI Chief Executive, Don McDonald said the nature of entries well portrays why Australian-fabricated steel is the preferred material when flexible design is required for robust structures. “The awards highlight the high standard of design and execution achievable with the versatility of steel, aesthetics and the industry’s capacities and efficiencies,” he said. “The awards program was well supported with about 1700 industry people having attended ASI award presentations in 2008.”
The national awards program was sponsored by BlueScope Steel and OneSteel.
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