The winning projects in the latest Steel Design Awards for Western Australia presented in Perth on 10 August reflect the State’s increasingly diversified economy, spanning a ‘top end of town’ commercial tower, an open air entertainment venue, a mega logistics centre and a massive rotary ore loader. A steel framed approach to developing a premier commercial office tower that eased site disruption and sped construction on a busy CBD site won in the Buildings – Large Projects category for City Square in Perth. The entry was submitted by Pacific Industrial Company. The judges commented that it is “a most efficient and well managed large-scale building structure benefitting significantly from the advantages of a rational framework and considered construction processes”. The entry from Paradigm Architects on the Northam Soundshell facility alongside the Avon River topped the Buildings – Small Projects category, the project being considered by the judges to be an “outstandingly elegant and efficient achievement, particularly given the minimal available budget”. The entry on the mega new Coca Cola Amatil Distribution Centre in Hazelmere from Gavin Constructions was the clear winner in the Steel Clad Structures category as “representing a major application of current cladding and purlin detailing,” according to the award judges. And the design and fabrication of a unique single cell tandem rotary rail car dumper for Hamersley Iron’s Cape Lambert Port B Iron Ore Upgrade in northern WA won in the Engineering Project stakes. The entry was submitted by Metso Minerals and Civmec Construction & Engineering. The judges remarked that “fabrication of a state-of-the-art precision undertaking of this scale confirms the Australian steel industry’s sometimes overlooked latent capability to competitively produce significant heavy engineering projects”. ASI State Manager – WA, James England said the range of entries clearly testifies to how Australian steel helps enrich both business and the WA community at large. “Whether it’s making giant heavy duty components for mining, supporting high level executive operations or creating iconic forms as public centrepieces, our local steel supply chain has demonstrated ample capability,” he said.