SHAPE wins 11 Master Builders Association Awards for Excellence in Construction

SHAPE received top accolades for not one, but eleven projects at the MBA Construction Awards across Western Australia, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

The MBA Awards are recognised throughout the industry as a hallmark for the commercial, industrial, and civil engineering sectors. The awards program celebrates excellence in construction, workmanship, innovation, and dedication to the industry and is one of the industry’s oldest award programs.

SHAPE received high praise from judges for a range of restoration and fitout projects. The projects were recognised for delivering game-changing innovation, quality of construction, and exceptional construction management.

In addition to major project wins, SHAPE’s Keeta Welch was announced as the Winner of ‘Women in Construction’ award for the Northern Territory. Keeta, who started her construction career at the age of 18 in an Administration Assistant role, grew to become a successful Project Manager and has shown initiative, leadership, and solutions-driven approaches. As Keeta continues her construction career pathway, she aims to have a positive impact on future generations of women in construction.

I’m incredibly proud to have our work and our team recognised for their dedication to the industry. Our project teams are honoured for each win and understand that these are a testament to our drive in delivering challenging projects to tight schedules, while continuously providing the best customer experience for our clients.

 

SHAPE ACT General Manager, Tom Sparkes

Award-Winning Projects and Categories

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

  • Communications Firm – Winner of Fire Compliance Upgrade, Site Safety – Commercial Projects ($10M – $50M)
  • Mastercard Stage 2 – Winner of Interior Fitouts ($8M-15M)

Western Australia

Northern Territory:

  • Australia Post Winnellie – Winner of the Commercial/Industrial Construction (Under $5M)
  • KPMG Darwin – Winner of Commercial & Retail Fitout or Alteration ($500k – $1M)
  • Keeta Welch, SHAPE NT Project Manager – Winner of Women in Construction

 

About the award-winning SHAPE Australia projects

Australian Capital Territory:

The National Archives of Australia Building Redevelopment – Winner of the Commercial Building (Less than $5M)

The National Archives of Australia is located in the iconic East Block building in Parks. Built in 1926, East Block is a significant building of the Parliamentary triangle. The heritage-listed National Archives of Australia (NAA) building is home to prominent historical documents, and records of key events and decisions that have shaped the path of Australia’s identity and has become a tourist spot for both tourists and Canberra residents alike.

SHAPE was engaged by NAA to modernise the ground floor whilst aligning to the heritage design and finishes. The works completely transformed multiple existing spaces, with SHAPE modernising galleries, office spaces and creating a new and exciting café fit out. A new external glazed atrium has transformed the original main entry courtyard with the stunning atrium also housing the building’s reception and gift shop and inclusive accessible ramp. Though this project was to modernise the space, it was also a chance to remain true to the building’s past. To achieve this, SHAPE was thoughtful and strategic in the design, materials and construction methodologies used. All elements of this project, such as material and installation, needed to sympathise with and reflect the original building’s design and finishes.

IP Australia – Winner of the Commercial or Retail Fitout, Refurbishment or Alteration (More than $5M)

This complex and exciting project for IP Australia is one of the biggest projects SHAPE has ever undertaken. Playing an important role in the Australian Government, IP Australia oversees intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. It’s an organisation with layers of complexity, security procedures and a continuation of activity. This project was no different.

This project is known as the “Future Way of Working” (FWoW) Project, used a block and stack methodology. IP Australia occupies the whole building in a prominent location in Woden, ACT. It consists of three individual wings that are connected via link bridges. SHAPE was engaged to refurbish every level and wing; a massive task as each wing is 6 floors tall, including the plant room. In total, this project was 18 floors plus external works. The scope of works included a café and on-site data centre (both required relocations and modifications, with the data centre being decommissioned), childcare centre (taking the place of the old café) and landscaping. During construction works, the Government Department continued business as usual with minimal disruption and safety being the top factors of this project’s success.

SHAPE upgraded the base building and refurbished the office space into an activity-based style of working, known as FWoW. IP Australia wanted to encourage people to work flexibly around the building; organising their workspaces to collaborate with others easily.

SHAPE worked with the client to effectively manage the flow of building occupants and members of the public as the works were completed.

The Canberra Hospital Ward 14A – Winner of the Commercial or Retail Fitout, Refurbishment or Alteration (More than $5M)

The redevelopment of Ward 14 at the Canberra Hospital is one of the most technically challenging projects SHAPE has undertaken since the extension and refurbishment of its Emergency Department.

The project provided ACT Health with a new state-of-the-art Haematology Ward, largely comprised of single bedrooms and a purpose-built lead lined Iodine treatment room. Due to the nature of this ward, the mechanical system is required to maintain a positively pressured facility at all times. This is primarily due to the lowered immune response of the patients being cared for within.

The project has been delivered under a GC21 Head Contract. SHAPE adopted the Principals Preliminary Sketch Plan Design then completed the design process and progressing to construction.

 

New South Wales:

Communications Firm – Winner of Fire Compliance Upgrade, Site Safety – Commercial Projects ($10M – $50M)

SHAPE was engaged by a communications firm in NSW to complete a Fire Compliance upgrade. The objective of this project was to achieve fire compliance by the end of July 2020 whilst the building remained fully occupied and maintaining 24/7 operations. The project can be broken down into two main scopes:

  • External combustible cladding replacement – removal and replacement of combustible material with new non-combustible material. Building A required the replacement of the entire atrium and Building B required the replacement of ACP cladding, curtain wall combustible insulation behind ACP cladding, and glazing.
  • Internal fire services upgrade – This included the upgrade of major essential services to achieve fire compliance.

SHAPE’s focus was to remain flexible with all works to ensure that any operations were not impacted by works and that most importantly, SHAPE provided a safe place to work for both contractors and staff.

Mastercard Stage 2 – Winner of Interior Fitouts ($8M-15M)

Mastercard engaged SHAPE to fitout a brand-new office space and café located in the heart of St Leonards. This ambitious project had the goal of upgrading all public-facing areas of the building to improve the MasterCard corporate experience for all visitors and staff. The scope included an upgrade of the existing reception area and lobby, a new café including outdoor dining terrace, level 1 and part ground floor fitout, level 2/3 staircase, sky signage and level 5 awnings. The key challenges of this project included a staged approach to handover and working within a live environment.

 

Western Australia:

CBH Perth office fitout

CBH Group Perth Office – Winner of Best Building Fitout ($5M – $10M)

SHAPE was engaged by CBH to complete the fitout when they relocated offices from their existing office in West Perth to Perth CBD at 240 & 221 St George Terrace. The scope of works included:

  • Large boardroom and meeting rooms
  • Collaboration and open-plan workspaces
  • Three kitchenettes
  • Feature spiral staircase.

The key client value was “zero harm” and the SHAPE project and site team communicated this to subcontractors and visitors on-site to ensure nil harm throughout the project.

 

WeWork Central Park Tower Perth – Winner of the Best Building Fitout ($10M – $20M)

Through the delivery of numerous successful interstate projects, WeWork again engaged SHAPE through an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) procurement model to deliver the WeWork fitout within the Central Park Tower. The 8,000m2 WeWork fitout spanned across seven levels and included:

  • Slab penetrations
  • Inter-tenancy staircase construction
  • Multiple Comms Rooms
  • Meeting rooms and boardrooms
  • Exposed open ceiling plan throughout

Curtin University “SuperLab” – Winner of the Best Education Building ($5M – $10M)

The project scope of works included upgrades to the existing facilities, demolition of the north wing structure, extension of the existing slab, construction of the new PC2 laboratory and external landscape works. SHAPE ensured no disruption to campus operations by delivering the project across two stages:

  • Stage 1: Storage room, dangerous goods room and toilet upgrade
  • Stage 2: Demolition of existing north wing structure leaving the slab & columns to be reused. Extension of existing slab and construction of new PC2 certified laboratory.

 

Northern Territory:

Australia Post Winnellie – Winner of the Commercial/Industrial Construction (Under $5M)

The Australia Post Winnellie Mail Centre project involved the construction of a new postal motorbike and equipment shed which enabled Australia Post to relocate their existing storage location to facilitate the installation of a new conveyor belt mail-handling system. The project also required the removal and reconstruction of internal walls within the existing centre to provide sufficient space for the new mail-handling system. The project had significant structural steel, cladding and concreting scopes which required a careful and considered safety methodology.

As the Mail Centre remained in operation during the upgrades, maintaining business continuity for Australia Post was vital. SHAPE held daily pre-start meetings which facilitated a flexible approach to balancing the construction works and daily operations, without significantly impacting one-another.

KPMG Darwin – Winner of Commercial & Retail Fitout or Alteration ($500k – $1M)

SHAPE delivered the Allianz Darwin Refurbishment project under an Early Contractor Involvement, Managing Contractor, Design & Construct delivery model. This model allowed SHAPE very early involvement to reverse engineer the design from a project brief and set in stone the budget. SHAPE utilised experience within operational environments to deliver the project with minimal impact to other building users and without impacting the programme.

Keeta Welch – Winner of NT Women in Construction

Starting her construction career at 18 years old, Keeta was the youngest employee in SHAPE’s national history. Beginning with an Administration Assistant role, Keeta rose through role after role to become Project Manager, having shown initiative, leadership, and a solution-driven approach. As Keeta continues her construction career pathway, she aims to have a positive impact on the construction industry and within the SHAPE organisation. She is actively involved in her organisation’s Gender Action Plan and was recently elected the NT State Diversity and Inclusion Champion.

 

As a woman in a male-dominated industry, success sometimes feels as though your position title is not enough, and that you must prove yourself. My goal is to be an active and leading voice in the evolving field of construction and showcase that initiative, hard work and a solution-driven approach pays off. I very feel honoured to have received the Women in Construction award as it validates my dedication and persistence within the industry. Overall, I am very thankful for my team and industry representatives that have supported my successful journey to date.

Keeta Welch