Technology and Collaboration Star in Award-Winning Buildings

These awards celebrate the project teams which use BIM to design and build dynamic, innovative buildings. They look good, they work well, and they reduce cost and waste by building in virtual or augmented reality first, before being built physically.

These projects use 3D and even 5D to take teams through the detail of projects. Clients and construction teams can see possible issues and move quickly to fix them before they become problems. Rather than functioning in a traditional, sometimes adversarial environment, BIM demands a collaborative approach. That’s what the construction sector needs if we are going to overcome our problematic, race to the bottom approach. Teamwork will drive a better built New Zealand.

Overall Winner and projects between
$25-50 million category winner

QT Hotel Auckland, entry by Russell Property Group and Dominion Interiors

The QT Hotel Auckland is a joint entry from the Russell Property Group and Dominion Interiors. 

The outstanding use of BIM technology, workflows and outcomes throughout this project is commendable. 

As is the strong commitment to innovation and collaboration from the project team; from the client through to the subtrades. 

“This was an exceptional use of BIM,” said judges Jason Howden and Andrew Field. “By sharing live models with the entire team from designers to contractors and tradies, using mobile devices, everyone was able to ask questions, communicate quickly and resolve issues.”

Projects above $50 million category winner

Turanga New Christchurch Central City Library, entry by Southbase Construction

Tūranga- the new Christchurch Central library, entered by Southbase Construction, took advantage of a highly engaged team throughout the project's design and construction, delivering a building that the community will truly enjoy. 

The BIM process improved stakeholder engagement and was used as a tool for the Safety in Design review. Consultants and contractors were able to highlight any possible safety issues and remedy them before building. 

The project team adopted highly innovative technologies to deliver exceptional outcomes and overcome significant challenges.

“This was a large, complex building with significant challenges. Its highly engaged team used a range of innovative technologies to deliver on time and on budget, providing a fantastic result for New Zealand and a great case study for BIM,” said the judges.

Projects under $25 million category winner

Airways Air Traffic Control Facility entered by NZ Strong Group

The Airways Air Traffic Control Facility entered by NZ Strong was a highly complex project approached in a highly collaborative manner. 

The benefits of BIM were well articulated throughout the project and supply chain. 

The project team delivered on challenging and exciting technical requirements by working collaboratively throughout the project.

This project used a model prototype on site before building,” said judge Jason Howden. It was a great example of the contractor understanding the client, and approaching a very complex project by holding collaborative workshops involving designers, contractors and subtrades working with 3D technology and LOD 400 (a level of development with advanced detail.)