Association of Consulting Structural Engineers NSW

2014 ACSE Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

Awards Judging Committee - Joe Agius (Director, Cox Richardson Architects), Brian Uy (Professor of Structural Engineering & Director, UNSW), also representing iStructE and Michael Jaroszewicz) representing the ACSE Board.

On Tuesday 3rd March 2015 we held a presentation night for the ACSE Awards 2014 at Hotel CBD. The event was well attended with almost 100 people representing 14 structural engineering firms and 35 entries. Images of all entries were on display throughout the evening and following an introduction by the President, the awards were presented to the winners by the Judging Committee who gave a citation for each winning project. The celebrations continued into the evening.

The event offered an opportunity for engineers from the different companies represented to congregate and socialise and promote the best of our profession. It was particularly encouraging to see so many young structural engineers in attendance. A big thank you to the Judges and our sponsors for the evening Constructive, Ultrafloor, Bosfa, Australian Glass Group and CBP Lawyers.



The winners of the 2014 awards were as follows:-
Large building – Robert Bird – One Central Park
Commendation – TTW – Chatswood Interchange
Medium building – TTW – Bankstown Library 
Commendation – Hyder – 400 George Street
Small building – Hyder – Port Arthur Penitentiary Conservation
Commendation – Partridge Structural – Ramsgate Avenue
Special/Unusual projects – Hyder – Sydney Town Hall Clock Tower
Commendation – Aecom – Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
Small practice award – Cantilever Engineers P/L
Gold Medal Award – Richard Green

Event Photo Gallery



Below are the judges citations for the winners:


Large Buildings Award 

Projects of Construction Value > $25.0m

Recipient: Robert Bird
Project: Central Park Sydney
Architect: Jean Nouvel with PTW Architects

This project demonstrated excellence and creativity in structural engineering design for a large project with a number of key challenges solved with  innovative solutions to comply Architects project brief.
In particular the Judges were impressed with some of the key engineering challenges for which creative and innovative solutions were evolved by the structural engineering team.  These were: 
• A cantilevered "sky garden" structure and eccentrically-supported reflector array that extends a total of 45m from the building facade.
• A "heliostat" system that is able to reflect light into the podium.
• A facade supporting the world's tallest vertical garden, extending over 100 metres in height.
• A precinct-wide central thermal plant providing sustainable energy to the precinct
• A "Blackwater" treatment plant capable of harvesting and re-using water through the site.
In so doing this remarkable building has significantly  improved the built environment and provided    exceptional sustainability attributes for which it has been rewarded with other industry awards of excellence.


Medium Buildings Award

Projects of Construction Value $5.0m – $25.0m

Recipient: Taylor Thomson Whitting
Project: Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre
Architect:  Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT)

This project demonstrated excellence in structural engineering design for a medium project.  The new Library and Knowledge Centre, commissioned by the Bankstown City Council, has transformed the existing Bankstown Town Hall to an integrated, flexible, state of the art community hub and it has become a new iconic public building in the heart of Bankstown. The redevelopment includes demolition of the existing auditorium and construction a new library over three storeys including an outdoor reading garden and a new aquatic sculpture garden; renovation of the existing Town Hall including a 300 seat theatre, conference facilities and cafeteria.
TTW worked closely with the client and Architect FJMT to deal with site constraints that consisted of the geometry of the existing building, existing floor to floor height, building height limit and design around the existing substation chamber and existing switchroom which needed to be operational throughout the project.
The judges were particularly impressed with the structural innovations including the steel branches and the 3D finite element analysis used for the design of the roof and façade. The load carrying capability of the mullion system was particularly innovative.  The project has also set a new bench mark in sustainable design through the adaptive re-use and materials salvage strategy including structural timber, precast concrete, existing piled foundations, orchestra pit, and many architectural features.



Small Buildings Award
Projects of Construction Value < $5.0m

Recipient: Hyder
Project: Port Arthur Penitentiary Conservation

This project demonstrated excellence in structural engineering design for a small project  and how the resolution of  structural remedial details when using a combination of modern day repair systems and materials in a dilapidated old structure can result in overall renewed structural integrity.
The judges were impressed with this Small Buildings Project that provided an excellent example of the important role structural engineers can play in the rectification of Heritage listed buildings.
Hyder were responsible for replacing an old and structurally ineffective support system on this World Heritage listed site.  This was completed using an innovative amalgamation of relatively simple structural solutions to provide the required structural stiffening with minimal heritage impact
By combining innovative thinking and creativity with an understanding of structural principles and using a combination of modern day repair systems and materials with old existing materials , Hyder, delivered a solution to provide structural integrity into the previously failing structure. 
The end result conforms to the project brief and achieves the Heritage aesthetics requirements of the client and architect.



Special/ Unusual Projects

Recipient: Hyder Consulting
Project: Sydney Town Hall Clock Tower

This project demonstrated excellence in structural engineering design for a special/ unusual project and the role that structural engineering has to play in the seismic strengthening of one of Sydney’s iconic heritage structures which is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.
The engineers worked in close collaboration with the client, City of Sydney and their design review panel  Hyder’s role included responsibility and care for the historic fabric of the building and protection of Council staff and the general public, who continued to use the building through the works. Hyder’s work included scaffold and hoarding performance specifications; schematic design of rooftop loading platforms; consideration of scaffold, plant and machinery loads to the Town Hall curtilage; design of methods and fixings for sandstone repair and replacement; and design of cast stainless steel seismic strengthening to the belfry.
The judges were impressed with the innovation and creativity used by Hyder in arriving at a structural solution which used many innovative features, including BIM techniques to develop the structural model and cast stainless steel for the construction of the vierendeel cage solution adopted.




Small Practice Category

Awarded to a NSW based small practice with less than 10 staff or an annual turnover of less than $1.5m demonstrating continued excellence in Structural Engineering.

Recipient: Cantilever Consulting Engineers

Cantilever Consulting Engineers encompasses the type of company the Judges were looking for with the following attributes well demonstrated in their submission:
• Continued excellence in Structural Engineering.
• Safety of the community through their engineering solutions
•  Collaboration with other consultants, client and builders
• Continued professional and personal development and learning
• Sustainable design solutions minimising structural intrusion, inbuilt flexibility and adaptability
• Flexibility in design across a number of different building categories.


Gold Medal Award


Recipient: Richard Green

Richard Green is one of the preeminent structural engineers in Australia, with a long history of producing innovative and architecturally outstanding structures in Australia and South East Asia. He also has a significant record of contribution to the development of the engineering profession, through leadership of the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA), the Association of Consulting Structural Engineers (ACSE) and the Council of the Built Environment Design Professionals (BEDP). Additionally, throughout his career he has maintained an ongoing role in Apex and then Rotary, and made substantial contributions to Emergency Architects Australia (EAA) in assisting with their overseas projects, and acting as EAA Patron.
After graduating from the University of Tasmania as the holder of the Hydro-Electric Commission Scholarship, Richard completed work experience on potential dam sites around Tasmania before returning to full time study to complete his Masters of Engineering Science. After working for Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW) he spent three years in Holland designing off shore structures, and returned to TTW in 1972. Richard was appointed Director of TTW in 1974 and continues in this role today. In this time he has driven the growth of the company to have the largest building structures group within Sydney, as well as offices in Canberra, Melbourne and Jakarta. Richard’s drive and enthusiasm has seen TTW grow to a substantial company of over 170 employees, which remains wholly Australian owned.
Richard has always been heavily involved in the promotion of engineering through his involvement in professional organisations. Not only has he led many of these, but is continually encouraging the younger members of staff to be involved and appreciate the benefits of contributing to these bodies.
The board has recognised Richards continual contribution to structural engineering in NSW by awarding him the inaugural Association of Consulting Structural Engineers New South Wales Gold Medal Award.