The Peak apartment block is one of six Wellington projects in contention for The Association of Consulting Engineers NZ annual innovation awards.
Other finalists include the new corporate jet hangar at Wellington Airport, the new Customhouse office block and Victoria University's Alan MacDiarmid Building.
The awards recognise innovation in consulting engineering.
Judging convener Allan Leahy said many of the 39 submissions represented examples of world-leading applications of technology that showcased the strength of consulting engineering in New Zealand.
"The variety of submissions once again highlights the wide range of capabilities and versatility within the New Zealand consulting engineering community," he said.
Aurecon was commissioned to do the geotechnical and structural consulting engineering work for The Peak apartments in Taranaki St by developer Taranaki Land 2006.
Features of the project included a simple regular design and other techniques that enabled the building to be constructed quickly.
It also included engineering features to improve the building's seismic performance, as well as maximise apartment layouts.
The 11-storeyed tower, which has two commercial and 108 residential units, covers a floor area of 4561 square metres.
The project was completed on its $12.5 million budget and six weeks ahead of schedule.
Aurecon is also in the running for an award for its work on Wellington Airport's corporate jet maintenance hangar.
Aurecon worked with Fletcher Construction and CCM Architects on the design-and-build contract, including a unique design and construction methodology which enabled the 42m by 50m free-span structural steel hangar and timber-framed lounge and office facility to be designed, built and delivered in six months.
The building can hold an Airbus or multiple Gulfstream aircraft at one time and has enabled the airport to accommodate and maintain many corporate aircraft.
Sinclair Knight Merz is a finalist for its work on the new ASB Sports Centre, including the first use in New Zealand of a Kalzip roof, which is durable in harsh weather, requires little or no maintenance and minimises heat transfer, leading to reduced energy use.
The 5 Green Star Customhouse, New Zealand Customs Service's new headquarters on the Wellington waterfront, is another finalist.
Engineering and related consultancy services company Beca carried out extensive thermal and energy modelling with the architects and design and build teams, to optimise the facade design and the building's systems performance.
Beca is also a finalist for the cutting-edge heating, ventilation and air-conditioning design system for Victoria University's Alan MacDiarmid Building.
Opus International is a finalist for its work on the double tracking of the railway line from McKay's Crossing to Waikanae and for the Carterton Events Centre project.
Dunning Thornton has also been nominated for the new Whakapapa Knoll Ridge Cafe.
The project involved building a new 400-seat cafe and equipment shed 700m above the road access after the original building was destroyed by fire in February 2009.
The new buildings needed to be ready for use in the 2010 season, so Dunning Thornton suggested a high degree of prefabrication off site, including precasting heated concrete floor panels and foundations, which were then dragged up over snow behind the groomers before the 2009 melt.
The buildings, with significant glazed facades, are also built to withstand 300kmh winds and very heavy snowfall.
Winners of the awards will be announced at the gala dinner in Nelson on July 28.
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