2017 Innovate Awards winners

Gold Award winners

Olkaria IV and Olkaria 1AU Geothermal Power Project - Jacobs for Kenya Electricity Generating Company

The Olkaria IV and Olkaria IAU Geothermal Power Projects are an extension of an existing geothermal scheme that supplies reliable, sustainable and affordable electricity to the Kenyan grid. Kenya’s electricity supply was being reduced by more frequent droughts affecting hydroelectric sources and the high operating costs of diesel-powered generators. In 2010 Jacobs was selected from an international competitive bidding process as the Project Manager and Owners Engineer for two separate power stations, each generating 140MW and to design the steam field system that linked geothermal wells to these power stations. To meet the urgent demand for electricity, the design and construction of the steam field piping and separation plants had to start before the output from the geothermal wells was known. 

Project Takatu - AECOM for Christchurch International Airport

Christchurch International Airport’s Project Takatu was not only a project to undertake routine maintenance but an opportunity to complete future-focused work to ensure its operational capability for years to come. Christchurch Airport is one of only two runways in New Zealand that is rated to receive “Code F” aircraft. It must also be available to receive emergency medical flights or diversions at very short notice. AECOM had a massive challenge to design for the remediation work to be undertaken without disrupting air traffic arrivals or departures. The project called for adding an additional 7.5 metres to each shoulder of the runway in addition to standard maintenance work.

Skellerup Project Viking - Beca, Calder Stewart Industries, Inovo Projects, and Skellerup Holdings for Skellerup Holdings

Skellerup, a world leader in the design and manufacture of food-grade dairy rubber ware needed a new home after the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence. Their significant position in the global dairy market made completing this project on time and ensuring no problems or errors occurred critical to the project’s success. Any delay would result in reputational and market losses that would take years to regain.

Beca, working collaboratively with Calder Steward Industries, Inovo Projects, and Skellerup’s Project Team, delivered an elegant solution to a highly complex and critical project.

Arts Centre of Christchurch C Block - Holmes Consulting for Arts Centre of Christchurch

The Arts Centre of Christchurch is a nationally significant set of buildings with heritage status. The resulting damage from the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence instilled fear in the heart of the community as to whether this treasured facility would re-open for use. The entire centre is a cluster of 23 neo-Gothic buildings, with a subsection known as “Block C” including the Great Hall, Clock Tower, Rutherford’s Den and Bunsen Café.

The various areas within Block C presented quite a challenge for Holmes Consulting tasked with the repair, restoration, strengthening and conservation of this treasured centre. Each structure required different structural solutions, which needed to be invisible to the eye as much as possible, using the original stone and a variety of new materials to repair the extensive damage.

Taumanu Reserve (Onehunga Foreshore) - Tonkin & Taylor for Auckland Council

In Auckland’s south-west, next to State Highway 20 (the South-western Motorway) is the Taumanu Reserve (Onehunga Foreshore). What was cut-off from the community by the motorway’s installation in the 1970s is now a vibrant public recreational space including naturally engineered coastal infrastructure and bird refuge and roosting areas. The redeveloped reserve occupies 6.8 hectares of land reclaimed from the Manukau Harbour. The site had multiple engineering constraints including existing infrastructure such as stormwater, wastewater, high tension power lines, a gas main, State Highway 20 itself and an active coastal environment.

Tonkin & Taylor led the design and consenting of this large scale design and build project. Excelling at creating a unique and sustainable coastal reserve, T&T delivered the technical functions in a dynamic marine environment with the feel of a natural New Zealand beach

Mason Brothers Building Information Modelling - Beca for Precinct Properties

In the heart of Wynyard Quarter is the Innovation Precinct and the newly refurbished Mason Brothers Building, a three-story commercial development with approximately 5,600m2 of space. The vision of this building is to focus on creating a sustainable urban environment which fosters innovative thinking and supercharges economic development. With that vision driving the developer, Precinct Properties engaged Beca to create an innovative cloud-based mobile platform which integrates building data and services information from the contractors and various service providers into one place.

Harnessing the power of Autodesk’s 3D and other modelling software, Beca integrated separate programmes into one easy to use digital platform that can be carried on-site using mobile technology.

Special Award winners

Christchurch - Our Underground Story by Phil Wilkins and Martin Coates of Beca

Christchurch - Our Underground Story is the story of the rebuilding of Christchurch's in-ground infrastructure as told by engineers for children. This is an amazing story brought to life in picture book form. The book seeks to educate and inspire young minds about the world of engineering, to simplify the complexity of engineering and encourage a wider understanding to the importance of the work engineers undertake. Written by Beca engineer Phil Wilkins, and illustrated by Beca engineering Martin Coates, this inspirational and inspiring book has presented complex information in a simple way that is interesting, funny, and easy for children to relate to.

Community Award winners

Taumanu Reserve presented to The Onehunga Enhancement Society

The Taumanu Reserve has been a work in progress since the mid-1970's when State Highway 20 was constructed, cutting off the community of Onehunga from the Manukau Harbour and foreshore. At the time of construction, there were plans to design and develop a new public space, but due to funding restrictions was never completed. The Onehunga Enhancement Society (TOES) advocated strongly for the revisitation of a new public space with pedestrian connections to the foreshore. After more than 30 years of advocacy and petition, the project was finally delivered in partnership between Auckland Council, NZTA, Fulton Hogan, Tonkin + Taylor, AECOM, and Isthmus. 

Silver Award winners

  • SKYCITY Generator Replacement Project by Beca
  • The Majestic Centre by Holmes Consulting
  • Northern Winter Schedule Remote Stands - Stage 1 by GHD
  • Paraparaumu 220kV Upgrade by AECOM
  • The Aurora Centre by Holmes Consulting
  • Cashin Quay 2 Container Wharf Reconstruction by WSP Opus
  • Remote Bridge Monitoring by WSP Opus
  • Christchurch Bus Exchange by Aurecon
  • Christchurch City Council Insurance Programme by Beca

Merit Award winners

  • ECan Project - 200 Tuam Street by Quoin Structural Consultants
  • Paeroa WTP Upgrade by Harrison Grierson
  • Causeway Upgrade Project by Jacobs, AECOM, Coffey International, Fulton Hogan, and CPB Contractors
  • Southern Response Global Consent - NES by ENGEO
  • Deans Head and Shag Rock Reserve Landslide Remediation by Aurecon
  • Christchurch Adventure Park by ENGEO
  • Auckland Light Rail Utilities Clash Detection Interactive Model by Arup NZ and Jacobs
  • Len Lye Centre by Holmes Consulting
  • Grand Central by Aurecon
  • Temporary Fisherman’s Wharf by BVT Consulting
  • Opus House by WSP Opus
  • Local Path Design Guide by MRCagney and Resilio Studio
  • Holcim Cement Imports Terminal by Beca, Van Aalst Bulk Handling, Holcim, and Downer
  • Omaru Creek Stormwater Management Plan by Harrison Grierson, WSP Opus, and Jasmax

Read about all the winners in our 2017 awards magazine here