The new School of Dentistry building at the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University topped half of the project categories in the latest Steel Design Awards for NSW and ACT it was announced on 22 June at presentations held at Doltone House near Sydney Harbour. The awards are organised every two years by the ASI, the winners of which go on to vie for national honours to be announced in Canberra this September. CSU School of Dentistry project won for Buildings - Large Projects and was equal winner in the Steel Clad Structures category, sharing that accolade with the owner-designed Killen Falls House in northern NSW. The new building provides modern dental teaching facilities for 150 students and a large Public Dental Clinic to serve southern NSW. The project took advantage of the ability to prefabricate off-site by choosing a steel structural and cladding system that reduced the construction period for the building envelope and maximised cost efficiencies. Killen Falls House employed generous use of steel for building elements including the primary structural framing, bathroom roof and as cladding material with many of the components prefabricated to ease erection issues on its secluded hill location. A totally modular design approach for a multi-purpose building to accommodate a variety of sporting and social activities on a water-locked site landed the Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium the top honour in the Buildings - Small Projects category. In the Engineering - Infrastructure, Resources and Mining category, the win went to a patented Australian-made conveyor system installed on the world’s largest aluminium smelter developed in the United Arab Emirates.The awards also recognise the outstanding design work of up and coming engineers with Gavin Lume of Hyder Consulting winning the Young Designer, Detailer and Tradesman Encouragement Award for his contribution to the redevelopment of Sydney Showground. Awards convenor, ASI State Manager – NSW & ACT, Phil Casey said he was impressed at both the quality and diversity of entries and the level of support at the event. “Despite the challenges the industry is facing from the so-called two-speed economy, the industry came out in force tonight with capacity attendance and the submissions displaying the collaboration of project teams to produce high quality results worthy of the accolades received.”

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