It’s often said it’s smarter to stand on the shoulders of giants than start from scratch and that principle is at the heart of the projects which won the latest Steel Design Awards for South Australia announced on 17 August at Semaphore Palais in Adelaide. The redevelopment of Adelaide Oval’s Western Grandstand which utilised a steel-intensive approach to enlarge the facility whilst respecting heritage elements of the historic cricket ground won in the Buildings - Large Projects category. The entry was submitted by engineers, Aurecon. Another entry from Aurecon on the project which created an iconic new licensed meeting spot above existing sections of Adelaide Convention Centre won the Buildings - Small Projects category. Steel construction minimised building weight on Regattas Bistro & Bar and provided the flexibility to solve a number of challenging structural loads which avoided having to structurally upgrade the existing structures, demolish or rebuild them. The expanded new home of one of the State’s prominent steel contractors, Manuele Engineers’ new factory and offices which aptly stay true to the material won the honours in the Steel Clad Structures stakes. The entry was submitted by project architect, Giordano & Associates. Steel member sizes and spans, connection details and surface finishes were all thoroughly analysed to minimise upfront cost, ease fabrication and erection, lower of waste and extend useful life with little ongoing maintenance required for the facility. ASI State Manager – SA, Sam Contouris said the outcome of these awards particularly showcases the ability of the material make possible lightweight, yet high-strength structures that readily facilitate building extensions. “The cost benefits are obvious in being able to avoid complete demolitions and rebuilds,” Mr Contouris said. “Several of the placed projects also took advantage of the ability to pre-fabricate off-site to help ease onsite disruption of existing building operations.” Awards were also presented to outstanding Third Year undergraduate engineering students, Peter Herpich from University of South Australia and Tin Tse at the University of Adelaide. The State awards were sponsored by BlueScope Lysaght, Brice Metals, Fielders, Industry Capability Network SA, OneSteel Reinforcing and OneSteel Steel & Tube, and International Paint supported tonight’s presentation event.