School projects located in Melbourne’s northern suburbs accounted for half of the wining entries in the Steel Design Awards 2012 program for Victoria it was announced on Friday evening, 13 July at the Crown Palladium, topping the small and large buildings categories. Exacting steelwork required to fit the all round curved exterior of the new Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School building in the Melbourne suburb of Keilor won in the Buildings – Large Projects category. The entry was submitted by Arup and Cocciardi Nominees. The entry submitted by GHD on the economical, yet aesthetically pleasing roofing structures to shelter sporting and assembly areas at Reservoir West Primary School in Melbourne’s north-east scored top place in the Buildings – Small Projects stakes. The entry from International Protective Coatings on the striking façade that wraps the redeveloped Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne won the Steel Clad Structures category. And structural strengthening works that support extra lanes and traffic loads on Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge won in the Engineering project category. It was submitted by John Holland. Awards convenor, ASI State Manager – Victoria, Mike Simmons said he was impressed by the quality of the select number of entries submitted. “The outcome of this latest program proves that projects don’t all need to be huge in scale to have enough intrinsic value to attract the accolades,” he said. “The common thread that links all the placed projects is the ability of steel to provide high strength to weight structures that are frequently both eye catching and highly practical.” This State awards program has been sponsored by GB Galvanizing with Surdex sponsoring the presentation function.