On Friday evening before an audience of over 650 from the building and construction community, Kane Constructions received top honours as Master Builder of the Year (Commercial) at the Victorian Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards at Crown Palladium.
Also recognised was David Purcell, our Project Manager who was awarded Young Builder of the Year for his broad-scope management and oversight of complex projects in Melbourne, Brisbane and Beijing – most notably the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.
“David demonstrates an admirable ability with the management of multifaceted, complex building projects and has clearly earned the trust and respect of his colleagues…I am impressed with his enthusiasm for his work and his grasp of technical and challenging aspects of the projects entrusted to him…David represents the important achievements of younger people in our industry’s workforce, and the pool of talent from which future leaders in Victorian building and construction will emerge,” Master Builders CEO Radley de Silva said.
The multi-award winning $45 million Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, a distinctively domed edifice offers a compelling new space while simultaneously reinvigorating heritage architecture.
“In addition to its striking form, the building’s respect for the original architecture of the old library makes the strongest impression. Succeeding with a major renovation of a heritage building is an enormous challenge, and Kane has scored a big win for the community of Geelong…On Master Builders’ 141st anniversary, we are very fortunate to have high-calibre projects such as this one to demonstrate the significance of Victoria’s building and construction industry and contribute to its distinguished heritage.” Mr de Silva said.
Kane also received the award for Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings over $80M for the $135 million Epworth Richmond Lee Wing project led by Project Director Steve Theisz.
Kane will now go on to compete at the Master Builders Association National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards at the Great Hall Parliament House, Canberra, on Saturday, 24 November 2016.
We are proud to note that this is the third year running that a Kane manager has received the Young Builder of the Year award (Kate Dawson 2014 and Tim Fowler 2015).