ALL 2009 AWARD ENTRIES

30 Mar 2009 - This innovative concrete block system reduces environmental impact by using 66 percent less material than a traditional concrete block. Such a reduction is achieved by optimising the structural capabilities through a design which utilises curved surfaces and high performance concrete.
30 Mar 2009 - The new Library and Civic Centre in Birkenhead employed environmentally sustainable design principles which placed a significant emphasis on utilising the building's concrete elements (frame and foundation) within a passive solar design. Demolition concrete was also recycled as hardfill.
29 Mar 2009 - Grafton Bridge strengthening project involved refurbishing and strengthening the significant 1910 concrete structure, listed by Auckland City Council as a “Category A” scheduled structure, to ensure greater structural load capacity as well as a 1-in-1000 year level of seismic resistance.
28 Mar 2009 - The Waitakere Dam upgrade project involved the construction of a significant concrete structure to house new valves and free discharge capacity for the dam. The isolated site posed material transport difficulties, while the sensitive marine environment demanded extra care during construction.
27 Mar 2009 - Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a new 100 room hotel in a rainforest near Franz Josef township. This location created major logistical challenges in enabling cement and in-situ concrete supply. During the construction of the four two-storey blocks these were overcome without incident.
26 Mar 2009 - The Firth EneGWall is a 140mm thick fully grouted masonry based internal dividing wall system between living and sleeping quarters in homes which supports energy efficiency and comfortable inside temperatures all year round by utilising the benefits of concrete's thermal mass.
24 Mar 2009 - In partnership with the North Shore City Council, Fulton Hogan developed the Green Pathways initiative to recycle footpath concrete into quality basecourse aggregate and also as an aggregate in asphalt concrete. By mid-2008 over 15,000 tonne of concrete had been crushed and recycled.
23 Mar 2009 - The concrete crib walls at Highbrook Business Park in Auckland are some of the largest gravity walls of their kind built in the country in recent years. The two retaining walls run more than 390m, and in places are more than 8m high. Over 24,000 blocks were used during rapid construction.
22 Mar 2009 - Project West Wind, demanded a special concrete mix design for the octagonal concrete foundations (16m across x 2m deep) of each wind turbine tower. Higgins designed, tested and produced a innovative mix that used a total of 5,200 tonnes of cement and 2,300 tonnes of fly ash substitute.
21 Mar 2009 - Conceived in true lodge style, the design of this concrete house located in the Hawkes Bay, is compact and finely tuned. The 220mm thick insulated precast concrete panels, faced on both sides, are exposed and the surface rendered a matt finish, providing strength and resilience.
21 Mar 2009 - Based on evaluating storm water, waste water, energy efficiency, solar energy, energy generation, solid waste, materials and landscape resources, the eco-classroom had an ecological foot print half the size of a standard classroom. Concrete was key to this inspirational example of sustainability.
20 Mar 2009 - The Tilt Panel House was conceived from a commercial approach to fabricating buildings using preformed insulated concrete panels to provide a durable, cost effective and thermally efficient housing solution for progressive families. The results have been stunningly successful.
20 Mar 2009 - The Takanini Precast Facility was set up primarily to manufacture 337 bridge beams for the SH20-1 Manukau Extension constructed by Leighton Works for the NZTA. The facility achieved energy savings during concrete curing, maintained a high-quality product throughout and witnessed no injuries.
19 Mar 2009 - The Hobson Tunnel is a new sewer under Auckland’s Hobson Bay that saw the existing surface pipeline replaced with a 3km long, 3.7m internal diameter precast concrete lined tunnel, which was constructed using techniques that resulted in significant environmental benefits.
18 Mar 2009 - By carrying out crack and concrete repairs on St Andrew's on the Terrace church in Wellington, as well as using modern plaster across the exterior, a solution was found that revived and increased the longevity of a structure which has formed part of the City's cultural landscape for over 80 years.
17 Mar 2009 - This retirement home on the Kapiti Coast was constructed using strict criteria of durability and low maintenance, with an emphasis on comfort year round with low energy use and low water consumption. Key to the project's success was an innovative cast in-situ concrete wall system.
16 Mar 2009 - Wellington’s Kumutoto precinct has been remodelled to allow new places for locals to relax and enjoy the water's edge. Concrete was used extensively throughout, as a long-lasting and sustainable material of choice, in a range of in-situ finishes, precast seating and the new bridge.
15 Mar 2009 - The Rocks is a quality home that demonstrates sustainability through a commitment to concrete as the key material. The closeness and exposure of the site to the sea and road made concrete a natural choice to provide a robust, durable structure to exceed the clients’ expectations.

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