Moss Vale Aquatic Centre takes home engineering award
Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre has been recognised for its design and construction at the recent NSW Institute of Public Works Engineering Australiasia (IPWEA) Excellence Awards.
Open to the State’s 150 councils, the Aquatic Centre took home a Highly Commended Award in the major Publics Works category, Design and Construction of a Local Government/Public Works Project.
Judges visited all entrants and assessed the projects on a number of criteria including innovation, development and technical management.
In assessing the Aquatic Centre’s design the judges noted the use of multiple innovative construction techniques and materials over traditional delivery methods. The inclusion of in-slab heating, adoption of a Bromine/Ozone water treatment system and distinctive saw-tooth roof profile designed to direct the sun’s rays onto 320 glass vacuum tubes which are used to preheat the Centre’s water were all praised in the submission.
Bob Lewis Council’s Projects and Contracts Manager in charge of the construction of the facility said the award was a great team result.
“When designing the Centre we deliberately looked at including materials and techniques that would be environmentally-friendly and help reduce costs over the life of the facility,” he said.
“The award is the result of a huge team effort that wouldn’t have been achieved if it weren’t for our architect, contractors, suppliers, builders and most importantly our residents who supported the project from the beginning,” Bob said.
“To be recognised by our industry peers from across the State is particularly satisfying.”
The award comes just weeks out from the Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre’s first anniversary.
The awards were presented at the IPWEA (NSW Division) 2014 Conference held in Coffs Harbour on the 16 October.
Lismore City Council took home the first place in the Design and Construction of a Local Government/Public Works Project for the refurbishment of the Lismore City Hall.