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Unitec Construction graduates excel at NZ Building Industry Awards

  •  James Reed, winner of the NZIOB Supreme Award 2020
    James Reed, winner of the NZIOB Supreme Award

Unitec Construction graduate James Reed has won the Supreme Award at the recent New Zealand Building Industry Awards.   

James, who completed a Bachelor of Construction (BCONS) in 2015, won the GIB® Supreme Award for managing the University of Auckland’s new Waiparuru Hall, a hall of residence for school leavers with 786 bedrooms.  He also won the BBD Category Excellence award for Projects over $100M for the same project leadership.

In the judges’ citation, they praised James for demonstrating excellent leadership skills, promoting innovative solutions and utilising an array of technologies that enhanced the project delivery. The client saw James as the main factor in delivering an exceptional result.  

Rhys McKenzie, a Unitec Construction Management graduate, was awarded the Young Achiever of the Year Award.

Rhys started his career in construction working as a labourer on the Northland Region Corrections Facility (NRCF) project for Arrow.  On finishing his construction cadetship, he completed a Diploma in Construction Management at Unitec in 2013. He was made Construction Project Manager when he was 24, returning to Northland to run a $27m NRCF project.

Rhys has subsequently delivered several Corrections projects, leading site teams on complex projects, and now runs a $100m+ project for Hawkins.  The Judges praised Rhys for his enthusiasm, attention to detail, willingness to work hard and take advantage of opportunities offered.

NZ Institute of Building Chief Executive Malcolm Fleming said that the construction industry provided invaluable and unlimited opportunities for young people.  “This is exemplified in the fact that the winners of this year’s Young Achiever and Supreme Award - at under 30 and 35 years of age respectively -  are both responsible for delivering $100M + construction projects.”

In addition, the Site Safety & CHASNZ Safety Excellent Award, celebrating a new product or process that promotes construction safety, was awarded to Unitec BCONS graduate Teck Khing Yong.

Together with his Livefirm Construction colleague Daniel Chang Liu, Teck won for their Livefirm Mitre Saw Dust Control Station. The judging panel praised the sawdust control station for its multiple health and safety benefits, resulting in an enhanced working environment.

Head of Unitec’s School of Building Construction, Paul Jeurissen, said, “We’re incredibly proud of all our graduates, and their successes are testament to the dedicated and committed teaching staff we have on our Construction Management programme.  The construction industry has remained confident in the face of an uncertain and challenging year, with positive employment opportunities available to our graduates.”

The full set of results is here.  Further information on Unitec’s Construction Management programmes is available here.


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