COCKRAM Construction has been named Victoria's Master Builder of the Year. The Collingwood builder was voted the Master Builder of the Year (Commercial Construction) for the $57 million Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Victorian Tasmanian principal site in West Melbourne.
More than 600 guests attended the awards on Friday night at Crown Palladium, which were hosted by actor Shane Jacobsen. Premier Ted Baillieu also attended to hand out the main awards.
Lyons Construction was named the Regional Builder of the Year for the $6 million New Generation Library at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, while Gavin Parker from I. G. Parker was named the Young Builder of the Year.
Master Builders executive director Brian Welch said this year's winners represented the cream of the crop in commercial construction in Victoria.
''Cockram has provided an exceptional, purpose-built facility for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. The four-level, heritage-listed building has been fully refurbished, with the original building reinforced with suspended engineer's bulkhead walls,'' he said. ''Environmental initiatives including energy-saving devices and rainwater harvesting have also been incorporated.''
Mr Welch said the Lyons Construction refurbished library at Deakin was an exciting piece of construction, with neon lighting, contrasting dark and light spaces, and a book feature wall.
The company completed the project under difficult circumstances as the library had to remain operational throughout the refurbishment, he said.
Gavin Parker, 32, the Young Builder of the Year, has a bachelor of engineering technology (environmental) and has been a project manager since 2004.
Mr Welch said Mr Parker had successfully managed and taken full responsibility for project performance, including financial, programming, safety, industrial relations and quality.