Close cooperation and deft planning shone through as key factors in selecting the winners of the 2014 Steel Excellence Awards in four categories announced on 15 September at the Marriott Surfers Paradise. In choosing the Star City Events Centre in Sydney as the winner in the Buildings - Large Projects category sponsored by OneSteel, the judges described it as “an elegant solution especially difficult on an existing structure whilst it was still operational involving a high degree of team coordination”. The judges also commended Queensland’s Global Change Institute entry for considerable architectural merit and attention to sustainability in that category. Teamwork was also a key factor in the Scenic Railway Upgrade at Katoomba in the NSW Blue Mountains winning in the Engineering Projects category supported by BlueScope, cited by the judges as “a most complex project (accomplished) to the credit of the high level of coordination of the whole team involved”. They were impressed by the technical and innovative solutions applied on a rugged landform in redeveloping what is the world’s steepest railway with most components installed via helicopter. The judges also commended the Melbourne Star observation wheel as having considerable engineering and fabrication merit in that category. Careful planning prevailed for the AGL Lakeside Pavilion located at the Botanical Gardens at Mount Annan in regional NSW that topped the Buildings – Small Projects category sponosred by Konecranes, regarded by the judges as “an impressive structure well placed in the facility” and “a logical solution well thought out in concept and construction”. Topping the Steel Clad Structures category supported by Fletcher Building was the IGLU Central Student Accommodation building on a confined Sydney CBD site applying weathering steel panels for a striking façade affixed with simple self-tapping connections to speed construction. The projects shortlisted for the national program are those which won in their respective categories from the five state programs conducted earlier in the year. The awards are organised every two years by the ASI and recognise project teams associated with winning entries. Awards convenor, ASI National Manager Marketing David Ryan said the awards attracted high interest with 104 separate entries submitted at State level.