Commercial contractor leads the way in building innovation


Hawkins Construction was commended for its building expertise and collaborative approach when it was named national winner in the Commercial Award $2 – $5 million at the Registered Master Builders 2005 Commercial Awards in association with PlaceMakers. 

Hawkins impressed the judges with its approach to challenges during the contract period and the way it formed close working relationships, while ensuring the project remained on time and on budget. Hawkins Construction regional manager Ross Hargood says the company’s competitive edge has been enhanced following the award. 

The competition encourages excellence and the constant desire to improve. “Standards set in the competition means there is no time for complacency on the job, and everyone in the business enjoys seeing the rewards additional effort brings,” Mr Hargood says. 

The award-winning property, Innovation Park, was built for Innovation Waikato. The building acts as an “incubator” for hi-tech companies involved in research and development to commercialise their resulting products. 

“To know we achieved against the exacting standards of our industry was a real buzz. Clients understand the importance of winning, and to be able to differentiate ourselves and benchmark our business in this way is invaluable,” Mr Hargood says. 

The commercial sector is constantly changing and, as a specialist commercial contractor, Hawkins enjoys the challenge of developing better solutions for clients as the demands of modern business increase. 

Mr Hargood and his team are already looking forward to seeing how the company will perform in this year’s enhanced RMB Commercial Project Awards competition, and urges others to consider entering the commercial categories. “Entering really is worth it. Your standards increase and staff morale skyrockets. 

It’s important to get your business recognised and to stand out from the crowd,” he says.

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