ALL 2012 AWARD ENTRIES

30 Sep 2012 - The new gymnasium at St Peter’s College makes use of solid concrete walls, which flank the building and support the lightweight steel roofed vault while providing acoustic protection from the adjacent road. The straightforward construction and exposed finishes provide a suitably robust environment.
29 Sep 2012 - Ormiston Activity Centre’s precast concrete stair tower block signals a focal point of this hub for social interaction and related community events. Key to a smooth ride, durable long life concrete surfaces reduce on-going management and maintenance costs.
28 Sep 2012 - This project was designed for a retired couple who enjoyed the feeling of permanence of European castles, and wanted to recreate that in their own home. The solid, quiet, thermally efficient home is a hybrid of a modern concrete / glass building and a timber villa, to reflect the couple’s individual tastes.
27 Sep 2012 - The iPanel is an innovative cladding system, which utilises the benefits of mass production and applys them to the construction process. It represents a new approach to traditional house construction using concrete and an integral frame, that combine to offer a modular load-bearing wall element.
26 Sep 2012 - Constructed in 1918, the John Chambers Building in Wellington is heritage listed for its prominent position, strong lines and the "technical value" of its concrete construction. The seismic retrofit employs a combination of selective weakening, plus the insertion of stiff wall elements to control movement.
25 Sep 2012 - The Royal Society had outgrown their classic reinforced concrete-and-concrete block headquarters. The new building demonstrates the sustainable nature of concrete - economically through re-use, environmentally through passive design, and philosophically with damage control technologies that express the nature of the client.
24 Sep 2012 - Structurally sound, the layout of the 45-year old Central Park flats in Wellington, posed security issues. The building’s redevelopment looked to maximise and re-use the positive aspects of the original design, this included optimising the concrete “toughness”, but introducing a calmer aesthetic.
23 Sep 2012 - With Golden Bay Cement achieving an Environmental Choice New Zealand eco-label for its cement, Firth was able to pursue and obtain certification for an eco-blend concrete. This demonstrates a responsible attitude by Firth towards minimising the environmental impact of concrete production.
22 Sep 2012 - Humes Vibration Technology “VT” concrete pipes were selected for the Ngaruawahia section of the Waikato Expressway for a wide range of benefits. These included New Zealand flyash in the mix, a 100-year design life in aggressive ground conditions, and significant waste minimisation during pipe manufacture.
21 Sep 2012 - DuoGuard™ Hybrid Anode™ changes the chemical composition of the concrete around reinforcing steel by using an induced low voltage current to achieve a higher ph in the concrete. This arrests corrosion of the reinforcing steel and also protects it within the concrete for the service life of the structure.
20 Sep 2012 - Taking its cue from the surrounding environment, Cable Bay Home on Waiheke Island has been designed to integrate with the coastal setting, featuring a spine wall running through the building made of Waiheke Rock. A rib-raft concrete slab and sandwich panels are key to the successful design.
19 Sep 2012 - Geyser was the first building in NZ to achieve a NZGBC 6 Star Office Design rating, and is targeting a 6 Star Office Built rating. The selection of concrete mix, construction methodology and placement approach were all undertaken with regard to sustainability, both environmentally and socially.
18 Sep 2012 - Mainzeal have regenerated a four storey commercial concrete frame office building that was built in the 1980’s into Mainzeal’s new Auckland head office. Working with the architects and engineers, the brief was to use the existing concrete structure and ‘re-life’ the building.
17 Sep 2012 - Atlas Concrete have developed their concrete recycling facility on a 9300m2 commercial site in Albany to complement their already strong concrete supply business in the Auckland region in a targeted effort to provide a full life-cycle approach to the concrete products they create.
16 Sep 2012 - This project included the set-up of new offices in a residential 1 historically protected zone. The existing two storey bungalow needed to be removed, but any new structure had to be rebuilt within the same envelop and proportions of the previous building. Concrete was the only material that enabled the necessary change of use from residential to office.
15 Sep 2012 - This stunning Pavilion style home seeks to optimise energy saving for warm, healthy, low cost living. In particular, the house has an upper level concrete floor that cantilevers over a ground slab, with both levels containing hydronic underfloor heating to keep the concrete temperature a comfortable 23 degrees.
14 Sep 2012 - Concrete was chosen for this early childhood centre in Kawakawa, as it could provide structure, finish and thermal mass. The exposed concrete coupled with the solar gain and natural ventilation assists with cooling, which results in over 40% reduction in energy use, compared to a standard building.
13 Sep 2012 - This boutique hotel in Wellington chose precast concrete to ensure a durable, lean, fire rated, weathertight façade. The west facing panel shapes, provide passive thermal gain. Other benefits of using concrete for the exterior and floors of the building include low waste, and speed of construction.
12 Sep 2012 - Precast was the logical choice for the 133 external wall panels. Lifecycle analysis revealed significant cost savings, with other advantages including weather resistance, durability from ball sports, as well as clean simple lines supporting and sheltering natural ventilation between the precast units.
11 Sep 2012 - ThIS house has been designed to passive solar principles and performs well - keeping an even temperature year round. Rather than being used as simply a structural material, the concrete has been treated as a screen, a beautiful product in its own right that connects with the rural surroundings.

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