Building Excellence Award Winners 2022

Interior/Finishes – Commercial

Built Surfaces

Project: Greek Orthodox Church

Built Surfaces was a standout winner in this category. Their attention to detail, commitment to service and exceptional trade knowledge and skills were outstanding. To avoid any potential mistakes, they dry laid the entire mosaic floor
before commencing adhesive fixing. The team was able to overcome every challenge thrown their way to deliver an extremely high level of workmanship that will prevail for generations to come.The judges were impressed with how well Built Surfaces assisted other contractors on site, while also working closely with the Church Parish. It appears nothing was too much for this contractor, even going so far as manufacturing individual mosaic pieces by hand to replace missing corners. The judges stated that it was refreshing to see such commitment and trade excellence.

Sponsored by Smeg

Services – Commercial

Hindmarsh Plumbing Services

Project: Modbury Hospital Upgrade

This project required Hindmarsh Plumbing to install a $4 million Hydraulics Package. The team faced several challenges, the most significant of which, was working around the stringent constraints of a fully operating major hospital. There was no time lost to injury, which the head contractor recognised by presenting the team with a safety award. Hindmarsh Plumbing’s internal design team worked closely with project managers to provide design advice and identify cost- effective solutions. The overall standard of their work was exemplary. Congratulations Hindmarsh Plumbing on a job well done.

Sponsored by Vonex



Project: Aldinga Super School

Packers scored highly across all criteria with this project. The scale of required fabrication, coupled with tight delivery time frames posed substantial challenges. However, the Packer’s team worked closely with the head contractor and architects to overcome these challenges and mitigate potential supply issues. They sourced and used local materials, successfully worked around a myriad of trades on site at any one time and were extremely safety conscious throughout the entire project. The Packer’s team is to be commended on their expertise, delivery methods, time conscious approach and commitment to achieving outstanding customer service.

Sponsored by Cbus Super & Industry SuperFunds

Retirement Living/Aged Care

Sarah Constructions

Project: Encore Apartments

This project was exemplary in all facets and the Sarah Constructions team should be justifiably proud. The internal and external finishes are faultless. Gold Standard Liveable Housing Guidelines were required to be met with external auditors employed to audit against this set of guidelines. The project was delivered ahead of schedule and afforded excellent value for money. The client boasted that it was the best project that they have been involved with. High praise indeed for the Sarah team.

Sponsored by Vonex

Civil Construction

McMahon Services Australia

Porject: Offshore Wave Generator Remediation

McMahon Services was selected to undertake the complex deconstruction of a prototype wave generator that had sunk in 16 metres of water 1.5 km off shore. The work was undertaken in a highly sensitive marine environment with challenging weather and operational conditions. It was managed meticulously by McMahon Services and their outstanding contractor, Deep Bight Marine, who was proactive with their safe work practices, providing detailed job and environmental procedures. An exceptional job on a mvery difficult project.

Sponsored by Load 28


Hindmarsh Construction Australia

Project: The Brougham

Hindmarsh Construction Australia delivered the Brougham Apartments to a very high standard. Works carried out to a heritage bluestone cottage that formed part of this build was exceptional and added another complex dimension to the project and made Hindmarsh Construction a worthy winner of this excellence award.

Sponsored by James Hardie

Commercial Refurbishment/Redevelopment over $5m

Besix WatPac

Project: Underdale High School

The Underdale High School project by BESIX Watpac was exceptionally well planned and organised to ensure the construction and refurbishment happened seamlessly in a live school environment. It was evident from the client that they were extremely happy with the builder’s management and delivery of this project. The judges found the finish was of an exceptionally high standard with a flawless integration between old and new.

Sponsored by MC Labour

Commercial Refurbishment/Redevelopment up to $5m

Shape Australia

Project: Memorial Hospital CSSD Upgrades Stage 2 and 3

SA Health rated this project high risk due to the requirement of maintaining Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) operations and strict infection control. The project team implemented several innovative solutions and staging that required detailed daily consultation with the hospital staff, managing quality, safety and environmental aspects of this project very effectively. SHAPE’s attention to detail and team approach was a major contributing factor in the successful outcome of this project. An outstanding job by SHAPE.

Sponsored by Portable Long Service Leave

Commercial Fit-Out over $5m

Shape Australia

Porject: Flinders Street

The Flinders Street fitout was a credit to Shape Australia. The project was made very complex by the client’s requirement that the noise transmission from work areas through the atrium be strictly controlled. Shape managed this very effectively with the development of modular reusable acoustic hoardings. The quality of workmanship was exceptional throughout. Shape’s ability to plan and execute a challenging contract whilst maintaining a very high level of performance across quality, safety and environmental aspects all whilst maintaining excellent relationships across all stakeholders was a highlight. Whilst there was only one entry in this category, Shape achieved a high level of excellence they should be very proud of.

Sponsored by Dulux

Commercial Fit-Out up to $5m


Project: Ferrari Showroom

Kennett delivered an outstanding project, overcoming the problems created by a building that had undergone many fit outs in the past. The Adelaide Ferrari Showroom was the first one outside Italy to be built utilising Ferrari’s new look, and Kennett did not disappoint. The client was so impressed by Kennett that they have been contracted to complete showrooms in Melbourne. It was not possible to find any substandard workmanship on this project, and Kennett’s systems and approach to all stakeholders was outstanding. They passed with flying Ferrari red colours.

Sponsored by Clipsal

Commercial/Industrial Building over $100m – Landmark Project

Sarah Constructions

Project: SA Schools PPP | Aldinga Payinthi College and Riverbanks College B-12

Construction rarely gets more complex than this. A PPP arrangement for two identical designs over two sites with different teams, all managed centrally by Sarah Constructions. This was a very large, high risk construction project and was achieved over a very tight construction period, made even more complicated due to COVID restrictions. The schools were completed on time and budget to an exacting standard of finishes. The PPP arrangement meant interaction with multiple clients with differing priorities. Excellent communication and management skills resulted in all client objectives being successfully met with glowing reports received from all stakeholders.

Sponsored by EstimateOne

Commercial/Industrial Building $50m to $100m

Synergy Construct

Project: GSA Student Accommodation

Synergy Construct became involved very early on in this project, offering cost saving initiatives on the original design which resulted in making the project viable. The project was delivered very quickly with careful planning and consideration of time frames for material delivery and the implementation of off-site fabrication initiatives. The curved precast panels on the façade were complex in design and erection and their dominance on the façade left no margin for error. Mid construction global rebranding affected the project considerably, but Synergy responded with a positive approach, resulting in a smooth and timely implementation of the changes. Simply the best of the best in this competitive category.

Sponsored by Load 28

Commercial/Industrial Building $20m to $50m

Synergy Construct

Project: North Terrace Student Accommodation

This project inherited the complications of a tight North Terrace address and a heritage building to be retained, yet Synergy Construct managed this brilliantly. The builder’s initiatives resulted in two additional floors being added to the build, and their proactive involvement achieved significant cost savings with no compromise to design. The project was delivered three months ahead of schedule with the final product resulting in a very competitive cost per square metre.

Sponsored by EstimateOne

Commercial/Industrial Building $10m to $20m

Sarah Constructions

Project: Murray Bridge High School

This project consisted of a multi-disciplinary and contemporary learning environment across several areas within the school. Sarah Constructions produced an exceptionally high standard of internal and external finishes all while faced with the challenges of working within a live school environment in a remote location. Innovative techniques were used throughout the build, resulting in timeline efficiency. A very difficult project to complete, yet achieved to exacting  standards by Sarah Constructions with an extremely happy client.

Sponsored by MC Labour

Commercial/Industrial Building $5m to $10m

Sarah Constructions

Project: Australian Naval Infrustructure Headquarters

All projects in this category scored highly, with five projects easily achieving a score that would classify them as excellent. With the quality of workmanship at such a high standard, the complexity of the build on this project elevated Sarah Constructions to the top. The building was partly constructed over tidal water, with environmental consideration for the local dolphin population and the encroaching mangroves adding to the difficulty of the build. The finishes are exceptional and the many issues that had to be addressed and overcome by the builder must be recognised.

Sponsored by Cbus Super & Industry SuperFund

Commercial/Industrial Building $2m to $5m

Horizon Construction Services

Project: Pascale Legal Barristers and Solicitors

Horizon has produced a project of extremely high quality that deserves recognition. Early in the project they developed a very effective solution to a significant contamination of the site, reducing costs to the client. Stack bonded brickwork (six metres high in some places), is a feature, using Spanish bricks 10mm shorter that the Australian standard. Horizon Construction Services has been judged an excellent builder in all aspects of their operation.

Sponsored by Master Builders SA

Commercial/Industrial Building up to  $2m 


Project: Ukaria Cultural Centre – The Garden Terrace

G-Force was engaged by the client to deliver a building that seamlessly matched an existing building, and they certainly nailed this brief. This was not an easy project to deliver, but the meticulous management by the project manager and supervisor produced a result that the judges could not fault. The finishes are exceptional both aesthetically and acoustically. G-Force formed such a strong and positive relationship with their client that they have engaged the builder for future projects.

Sponsored by Bradford

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