Forsyth Barr Stadium tops steel awards


New Zealand’s structural steel industry celebrated outstanding steel construction projects at the biennial Excellence in Steel Construction Awards hosted by Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) in Tauranga recently.

The awards, which were presented at a gala dinner during the Metals Industry Conference, recognise steel structures built by SCNZ member companies.
Grayson Engineering secured the premier award in the Over $3 million category for Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Grayson’s commitment to excellence and engineering innovation helped it overcome considerable time pressures to successfully deliver this prominent and multi-faceted project in time for the Rugby World Cup.

“The Forsyth Barr Stadium was a stand-out project that won ahead of some other notable projects,” SCNZ manager Alistair Fussell says.
“However, the judges were so impressed by the exceptional standard of entries in this category that they also awarded a Judges Merit award to MJH Engineering for the Wellington Indoor Community Sports Centre.”

RedSteel won the $0.5 – $1.5 million category for its part in delivering another Rugby World Cup-related venue — The Cloud, the novel lightweight steel and fabric structure built on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf as part of “Party Central”.
“We’re delighted the awards attracted entries of such a high calibre,” Mr Fussell says.
“The bar has been set very high, and it’s a credit to our local structural steel industry that New Zealand produces work of this scale and quality.”

The independent judging panel assessed entries based on the steel constructor’s commitment to best practice, teamwork, sustainability, safety management and innovation.
The awards were presented by SCNZ vice-chairman Peter Donohue, group product manager of Steel & Tube Ltd.

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