Ferret - www.ferret.com.au announces the winners of the annual Excellence Awards hosted for the electrical industry by the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).
NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors across Australia.
The best among Victorian electrical and communications contractors were recognised at the annual electrical industry awards. Seven companies across nine categories received the top state award in the presence of over 600 industry representatives including contractors, educators and government representatives at the Crown Casino.
Award-winning projects in 2011 included the electrical, lighting, voice and data installations at the AAMI Stadium, communications installations at the Teaching, Training and Research Facility (TTR) at Sunshine Hospital, bushfire recovery work at Mt Tassie Transmission Station and energy efficient installations at Buildings 2, 4 and 6 of Riverside Quay.
Chief executive officer of NECA Victoria, Mr Philip Green said that the winning companies were chosen because of their commitment to excellence, significant engineering achievements and their ability to integrate many different technologies into the one project.
Winners of the Excellence Awards
Category – Domestic Residence
The award goes to a single residence project in the domestic sector where the applicant’s contract value is less than $1 million. L+O Technologies Pty Ltd won the Excellence Award for their work in a private residence in Somers, which included integrated alarms, ducted vacuum, Clipsal C-Bus, smart phone app, heating, cooling, security and energy efficient lighting systems.
Category – Small Contracting Business
Designed for small contractors employing less than 10 technical employees, the Excellence Award was won by Grouts Electrical for the Mt Tassie Transmission Station project.
The Mt Tassie Transmission Station was damaged during the Black Saturday 2009 bush fires and Grouts Electrical delivered excellent workmanship from the day following the bushfires through to the new electrical installations at the remote site.
Category – Environment and Energy Efficiency
The award goes to a project where the design, product selection, lighting, processes or technologies have created an energy efficient or sustainable installation and/or made a significant contribution to preservation of a site’s natural environment.
MECA Electrical Services Pty Ltd won the Excellence Award for their work at Buildings 2, 4 and 6 Riverside Quay to improve the energy efficiency. The work involved replacing or installing 130 duct air temperature sensors, pipe water temperature sensors, static air pressure sensors and water differential pressure sensors throughout the plant rooms and the tenanted floors.
Category – Occupational Health and Safety
Designed for businesses, projects or individuals that have demonstrated commitment to achieving an optimal occupational health and safety environment, the Excellence Award was won by O'Donnell Griffin for developing and implementing the Incident Investigation Process used to investigate all significant incidents that resulted in injuries to employees or disruption to site operations.
Category – Industrial Project – Small
Given to an industrial project, which may include, but is not limited to, undertakings of a civil, mining, high voltage, manufacturing or process nature where the contract value is less than $2 million, the Excellence Award was won by O'Donnell Griffin for the complex Crown - Generator Step-up Transformer Refurbishment Project, which involved re-furbishing each transformer one at a time with the work done at odd hours and in a tight timeframe.
Category – Industrial Project – Large
Designed for an industrial project, which may include, but is not limited to undertakings of a civil, mining, high voltage, manufacturing or process nature where the contract value is greater than $2 million, the Excellence Award was again won by O'Donnell Griffin for the electrical installation at the Telstra Clayton Operations Building Upgrade project.
The work required the supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the Operations Building’s mechanical and base building electrical services and associated equipment within a short timeframe.
Category – Voice/Data Project
Given to a voice or data project of any contract value, the Excellence Award was won by LANEC Services Pty Ltd for the Sunshine Hospital - Teaching, Training and Research Facility (TTR) and involved the design and installation of structured cable systems for integrating data, security, CCTV, Building Management System and nurses call systems.
Category – Commercial – Small Project
Awarded to a commercial project where the applicant’s contract value is less than $500,000, the Excellence Award was won by Watters Electrical (Aust) Pty Ltd for the challenging Wodonga TAFE project.
The work involved the installation of general light and power, data cabling, security systems, emergency warning, CCTV and the electrical installation of the air conditioning system throughout the building.
Category – Commercial – Large Project
Given to a commercial project where the applicant’s contract value is greater than $2 million, the Excellence Award was won by the KLM Group for the prestigious AAMI Stadium project. This project involved an integrated installation of all the electrical, data, voice and communications systems throughout the entire stadium.