Association of Consulting Structural Engineers NSW

2015 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

On Tuesday 8 March, 2016 we held the presentation night for the 2015 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards at Harbour 220. The event was well attended by nearly 120 people representing 22 engineering firms and 25 submissions.  

The calibre of submissions was outstanding and the judging panel had some tough decisions to make. Consequently a number of commendations were awarded in addition to the winners of some categories. ACSE NSW extends huge thanks to the judges for their time and their citations can be read below. 

2015 Awards Judging Panel:

Richard Green - TTW & Previous Gold Medal Winner
Harry Partridge - Founder, Partridge
Brian Uy - Professor, School of Engineering, University of NSW
Shaun Carter - NSW Chapter President, Australian Institute of Architects
Kevin Berry - 2016 President, ACSE NSW

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2015 Award Winners and Judges Citations:

Submission competition was particularly strong in the Medium and Large building categories in addition to the Special Projects Category.

Entries for the small consultancy award were very limited this year. As such, the Judges have decided not to award this prize in 2016. We would encourage all our smaller practice partners to enter this award to highlight the contribution you provide to the community and the profession as a whole.

The quality of the submissions were generally of a high calibre. In some instances, the judges felt that the submissions did not do the engineering complexity and skill justice which was unfortunate. The Judges have agreed to provide some further guidance and examples for the submissions. The entrants always need to think about what aspects of this project are structurally excellent and why are they structurally excellent.

Award for Large Building Projects - construction value greater than $25m 

The large building structures category was another strongly contested category this year. The awards dealt with complex structural forms, challenging sites with adaptive reuse being a consistent theme throughout many of the entries. The award winner was difficult to select with a number of projects standing out for a variety of different challenges and successful outcomes.

enstruct, 180 Thomas Street, Ultimo

This project showcases successful engineering design in a number of aspects. The innovative design allowed for the extension and reuse of an existing structure. The design showcases a number of facets of good engineering design from complex analysis and staging design, detailed integration with structural fire engineering and heavy engineering design associated with the transfer trusses. All of which were constructed over an operating building below. 
Aurecon, 5 Martin Place

The judges thought this project exemplified the execution of heavy structural engineering design and execution. The development of the large noded connections and the detailed modelling and monitoring of the movement of a large cantilever over an existing building, were well thought out from a buildability and safety in design perspective. The proposal highlighted the team-based approach taken by the structural engineering team to successfully deliver this challenging project.
Taylor Thompson Whitting
UTS Science Faculty Building 7

This project exhibits the integration of structural engineering with architecture. In addition to the complex geometric challenges and transfer structures around the building’s façade, the structure consisted of a large atrium and a three level basement with an automated retrieval system. Much of the building structure is visible, with specific effort made to work with form workers to develop sandwich concrete sections and enable construction of complex elements.

Award for Medium Building Projects - construction value between $5m and $25m 

This category was closely contested with a variety of structural types entered. All entries were of a high standard of engineering design excellence with the award winner outlining the design and processes well in a strong award entry.

ARUP, Netball Central, Courts Hall

The judges were particularly impressed with the quality an implementation of this solution from an innovation and sustainability perspective. The well thought through and researched solution combined acoustics, aesthetics and buildability to form a well-rounded structural solution. The submission clearly presented the engineering challenges and provided good insight and detail into the solutions developed. 
Taylor Thompson Whitting
Abbotsleigh Multi-Purpose Sports Facility

This project showcased an elegant engineering solution to express an architectural concept. Simple in its appearance, the detailed engineering design and analysis required to achieve the solution has allowed the architectural intent to be realised. This project has allowed the architect and engineer to explore a common building typology and develop it with excellent results.

Award for Small Building Projects - construction value less than $5m

This category was well represented with a range of different engineering projects. Usually a strongly contested category, this year there was one standout entry.

SDA Structures 
Australian Museum, Crystal Hall

The Crystal Hall extension to the Australian Museum was a well delivered project which showcased collaboration between the Structural Engineer, Architect and Builder to deliver a strong engineering solution. The works deliver a modern structure in a heritage backdrop in a very public space. The architectural detailing of the steelwork and its integration of the façade elements in particular was an engineering highlight of the works.

Special/ unusual projects – of any value that promotes Structural Engineering in the wider community and is of an unusual nature.

This category was one of the most difficult to judge with a broad range of entries showcasing a range of high quality structural engineering solutions.Due to the range of entries, 2 projects in particular stood out. As a result, the judges decided to jointly award 2 winners for the ACSE Special Projects category.

Partridge Event

The Judges were impressed with the imaginative response to a playful adventure based structure. The structure responds well to a challenging architectural brief through use of well thought out engineering concepts coupled with complex analytical tools to develop a robust engineering solution. The attention to detail of all of the exposed connections showcase structural engineering to the public. The well-conceived entry sums up the project well with the closing statement “The overall structural form adds to the adventure and thrill of the experience and will evoke a curiosity from its users, how does it stand up?”

Taylor Thompson Whitting
50 Martin Place, Glass Lifts

The Glass Lifts at 50 Martin Place exhibit a strong collaborative effort between the Architect, Builder and Structural and Vertical Transportation engineer to develop an innovative structural engineering solution to a key visual element of an iconic Building. The judges were impressed with the drive and effort which delivered a solution which was able to remove the requirements for the majority of the supporting elements through an innovative design of the Lift Car guide system. The simplicity of the solution is a result of detailed analysis design and collaboration with the project team which has delivered an Australian First.

Gold Medal Award - Mike Haysler, Arcadis

 Mike is a highly respected structural engineer in the industry with over 40 years of international and local experience across Australia, Asia and the Middle East. He is currently a senior technical director at Arcadis, and has been with the company for over 28 years. Some of the prominent projects that he has successfully led include Westpac Place in Sydney, Citigroup Tower at 2 Park Street, Sydney, Federation Square, Melbourne, Ernst and Young Tower, Sydney and the Emirates Towers in Dubai. His unique ability to provide innovative and buildable design solutions for challenging projects has earned him many accolades from clients and peers, particularly contractors whom he has forged meaningful and fruitful relationships with. His commitment to high technical quality and project delivery to clients’ expectations are some key differentiating attributes of Mike’s work ethic. Mike was also a past president of the NSW branch of the Association of Consulting Structural Engineers, contributing to the development of the engineering profession. In his capacity as a senior technical director within Arcadis, he also actively provides technical leadership to the younger generation of engineers.   

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