Beca has won top honours in the Innovate NZ engineering awards for its work on Victoria University's Alan MacDiarmid research laboratory.
The university commissioned Beca as consultants to provide an ecologically sustainable leading- edge research facility on the Kelburn campus.
The project included building services, heating, ventilation and airconditioning systems, fire services and special laboratory services.
The 6140-square-metre building includes a ground-floor auditorium and teaching spaces, two floors of laboratories and one floor of offices.
The laboratories have motion- sensor control systems which vary fan speeds in fume hoods and maintain safe air pressure differentials. Environmental conditions in the laboratories are constantly monitored and displayed on an innovative 'traffic light' display at laboratory entrances.
Energy is conserved with solar water heating, automatic light- sensor control, rainwater harvesting and highly efficient central water chilling for the extended campus. Fire services design includes special self-contained dry powder fume hood and laboratory ventilation safety provisions.
Beca also received a gold award for the radar training simulator at Whenuapai for the RNZAF's upgraded Orion aircraft.
Other gold awards went to Tonkin and Taylor for the massive task of assembling the 400-strong Christchurch land-damage assessment team, Holmes Fire for fire engineering at Britomart East/ Westpac Charter House, and MWH New Zealand for its internationally acclaimed KiwiRAP star rating road assessment programme.
Convener of judges Allan Leahy said many of the entries represented examples of world-leading applications of technology.
Eight Silver Awards of Excellence were presented.
Beca won two silver awards for the Christchurch wastewater treatment plant biosolids drying facility and for Telecom Place in Auckland.
Aurecon won triple silver for the SH18 Hobsonville deviation and SH16 Brigham Creek extension Upper Harbour corridor; the spent cell liner handling and disposal plant at Cape Foulwind on the West Coast; and the Dominion Salt vacuum plant upgrade in Mt Maunganui.
Sinclair Knight Merz won silver for the Forsyth Barr Stadium project, Holmes Consulting Group for the Viaduct Events Centre and Dunning Thornton Consultants for the Whakapapa Knoll Ridge cafe and Cat shed on Ruapehu.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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