AWCI ANZ Awards of Excellence 2017

The Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of Australia and New Zealand Inc. (AWCI ANZ) Awards of Excellence 2017 celebrated our members' outstanding work. The judging panel commented on the extremely high calibre of all projects and that every entrant should be applauded for their workmanship and leadership in the industry.

Steve Langridge, President AWCI ANZ, congratulated all entrants and gave special praise to the winning projects. The projects nominated for the AWCI ANZ Awards were winners in each State and New Zealand award programs through the year.  The best project for Australia and New Zealand in each category was announced at the AWCI ANZ Gala Dinner on Hamilton Island.

2017 Category winners are:

People’s Choice

Precision Interior Walls and Ceilings Pty Ltd for 1 William Street, Brisbane

This Queensland Government 44 storey office tower which accommodates over 5,000 Queensland public servants, is quality of the highest order, both in materials and workmanship. This is no ordinary building where each floor is usually a rubber stamp of the previous floor, here everything changes, even the decorated plaster, plants and colour schemes match. The drywall finish is exceptional with massive quantities of curved walls and special plaster walls, ceilings and coffers to complex, elaborate, detail and specification. The lift corridors are a nightmare as they go from one side of the building to the other but Precision have come through with flying colours. The radii on some of the columns and walls were unbelievably tight. there is so much detail on display in this building, it is impossible, firstly to imagine how Precision priced it and then how they were able to get their heads around all the special details, for example the formation of the coffered ceilings and lighting constraints within them. In short, the building speaks for itself and our congratulations to John and all the Staff at Precision Interior Walls and ceilings for this great achievement. This project was a delight to inspect and the Precision team should be aptly proud of their achievement. This project won its category and took out the overall winner for the AWCI Qld 2017 Awards of Excellence evening.

 Commercial less than $500,000

Perth Plaster Mouldings for Crown Towers Hotel

The manufacturing of many different moulds were required for this job and they were all manufactured and installed by Perth Plaster Mouldings. The public areas outside the Grand Ballroom were dressed with custom made light trough bulkheads, in some areas total length of the light troughs were 150m – 200m in length. Hundreds of casts needed to be manufactured in a short amount of time, this meant producing products with small radiuses from 1 metre up to large radiuses of 300 metres and totalling in length in some cases 80 metres long. Total metres in castings required were just over 3000 metres, all the mouldings that were manufactured were made from plasterglass and were installed to the Lobby Bar, Grand Ballroom, Foyer, Public areas and Porte Cochere. Working at the Crown Towers was a challenging job for many reasons. The timeframe was unrealistic and the Architect was based in Las Vegas which made it difficult to communicate.

Commercial greater than $500,000

Seddon’s – The Fibrous Plaster Company / Hush Interiors for the ANZ Building


Construction of a 3 storey Commercial building, comprising basement carpark, 3 upper floors of individual office suites, ground floor housing public cafe and retail units. Hush Interiors were sub-contracted to carry out all ceiling works throughout the building, including suspended ceilings in the upper office areas. In conjunction with Seddon's of Dunedin, the ground floor feature ceilings within the open glazed atrium, were seismically designed (by BVT Engineering), and installed around all mechanical, electrical, and sprinkler services. Hush created the suspended framework from timber profiled supports based on architects plans, below a "floating" braced ply deck. All the radius up-lighters and angles are cast Fibrous Plaster supplied, fixed and stopped by Seddons. Each individual radius was a separate mould, some only had a few casts taken off them. Site measurements of the timber framework were taken to ensure accuracy. As the set out was extremely detailed, close attention was to given to the installation in both framework and plaster casts so as to ensure a seamless transition from the curves to the straights. As can be seen in the photographs, each level had its own strip lighting, so the stopping had to be top quality. The use of Fibrous Plaster on this contract enabled the Architect to achieve a unique designed atrium ceiling in a building which is very prominent in the Christchurch rebuild. Hush and Seddon's worked closely to provide straight and curved fibrous plaster bulkheads around the perimeter of each of the upper office floor areas.

Residential less than $100,000

Ceiling Force for Private Residence, Perth

The judging panel was very impressed with the design and the standard of work carried on this project. All of ceilings on metal framing, with standard plasterboard, insulation and shadowline finish to the wall and ceiling junction. Other features of this project is the recessed curtain pelmets, bulkheads, floating bulkheads, light troughs and layered ceilings. The other challenge with this project was the main ceilings painted black. The project had many challenges working in with other trades: air-conditioning, electrical, all challenges were overcome by extensive planning when designing actual ceilings and outside of the square for solutions in conjunction with other trades.

Residential greater than $100,000

Premier Ceilings (WA) Pty Ltd for Private Residence, South Perth

The judging panel was treated to another Premier Ceilings outstanding ceiling project. The ceilings consisted of metal faming with standard plasterboard. Features of the ceilings: • Bulkheads ( straight and curved ) • Plasterglass light troughs • Curtain pelmet bulkheads • Rondo shadowline bead to the wall and ceiling junction to some of the areas • Plasterglass cornice (2 sizes) to most of the house, straight walls and curve walls. The judging panel that visited the site were very impressed with the quality of the work.

Decorative

Perth Plaster Mouldings for Crown Towers Hotel


The Manufacturing of many different moulds that were required for this job were all produced and installed by Perth Plaster Mouldings. The public areas outside the Grand Ballroom were dressed with custom made light trough bulkheads, in some areas total length of the light troughs were 150m - 200m in length. Hundreds of casts needed to be manufactured in a short amount of time, this meant producing products with small radiuses from 1 metre up to large radiuses of 300 metres and totalling in length in some cases 80 metres long. Total metres in castings required were just over 3000 metres, all the mouldings that were manufactured were made from plasterglass and were installed to the Lobby Bar, Grand Ballroom, Foyer, Public areas and Porte Cochere. Working at the Crown Towers was a challenging job for many reasons. The timeframe was unrealistic and the Architect was based in Las Vegas which made it difficult to communicate.

Decorative

Old Melbourne Plaster Pty Ltd for Palais Theatre, St Kilda


The scope of works at The Palais Theatre began with removing 90 years of building and maintenance waste from above all three ceiling domes as well as removing nicotine off the surface of the domes. Then we vacuumed the back of all the domes and sprayed with a Westock glue (PVA) to soak through the deteriorating plaster glass. We then re-skimmed all domes as a previous contractor had cut them all off, therefore making the 25metre diameter dome extremely dangerous. After all the domes were secured, we replicated and replaced the damaged moulds and parts of the surrounding light troughs and finally re-stucco'd all the surfaces. Challenges These included: - Removal of building waste: carrying it from above the Domes, down a five-story fire escape to the bins - Loading of materials: carrying it up a five-story fire escape, then up to the Domes - The time frame was 5 weeks, with a 15-man crew - Having to secure some Heritage items, and not being allowed to use desired finishes, as certain items were Heritage Victoria protected. - Working off a 25metre high scaffold We loved this project. Our client strove for perfection and as mentioned above there definitely were challenges, however, my staff & I only saw these as motivation.

Facade

Oz Set Australia Pty Ltd for Multi User Facility Geraldton


This project definitely has the wow factor. Equitone and Barestone exterior cladding were the special feature materials used on this project. The Equitone and Barestone had to be continually assessed by the team to achieve a precise to mm spacing required between the sheets. Delays in the exterior cladding materials, being a product made in Belgium with extremely long lead times meant we had to be precise in our ordering and extra vigilant in cutting and strategic planning on where each panel was placed to minimize waste. The other challenge was the weather, Geraldton is known as "windy harbour" and this we saw first hand and were able to overcome this with patience and being versatile, some days the tasks were impossible to carry out.

Facade

WS Images Pty Ltd for Quarry House


Is a Renovation and addition to an existing Victorian terrace house in Brunswick East. The design takes its cues from the history of the local area, with particular reference to the brick and bluestone quarrying industries upon which Brunswick was founded. The upper floor recalls the local bluestone industry through a figurative representation of naturally occurring bluestone formations. These tessellated patterns are formed when basaltic lava flow cools to create bluestone, cracking and shearing in geometric fragments. The upper storey is clad in folded Alpolic/fr zinc-faced composite panels which recall columnar basalt, eroded at the rear facade to provide an arched, cave-like outline to the new master bedroom window. One of the biggest challenges on the project was to find a facade contractor who was willing to take on the job of creating the complex geometry at the rear of the house. A number of zinc installers pulled out of the project late in the piece, citing the geometrical complexities as being too great for traditional zinc installation techniques. This meant re-thinking the construction methodology. The decision was made to change to a zinc-faced composite panel system, which could better accommodate the folded hexagonal extrusions. Unique panel types were designed and shop drawn then CAD/CAM cut and routed by CSP Architectural. The resulting panels were then folded, assembled and installed by WS Images over a laser cut plywood box-beam substrate. The resulting facade is constructed with a dimensional tolerance of less than 1 millimetre.

Specialist Linings

Wadsworth Contracting for The Kitchens Robina


ADCO's successful delivery of Stage 2A of the Market Hall at Robina for QIC has seen Wadsworth Contracting appointed to deliver the next stage of the redevelopment – Stage 2B. This $55 million project ties into Stage 2A and completes the new Market Hall section of the centre, culinary playground known as the "The Kitchens". Slatted timber ceilings form a wave effect which twists and curves in different directions and is integrated with south facing windows. This effect is repeated several times down the length of the mall and installation involved working at considerable heights from time to time. Make a point to have lunch at the kitchens to see this spectacle.


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