PAST WINNERS

Winner of the Business Management Award 2016

Dr Pena Mora FenioskyFeniosky Peña-Mora04

New York Department of Design and Construction

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora, Sc.D. for the International Outstanding Achievement Award. As a professional colleague, I have seen his contribution in support of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s principles of growth, equity, sustainability, resiliency and healthy living to build a safe, inclusive city for 8.5 million New Yorkers and visitors.
Under Dr. Peña-Mora’s leadership, the Department of Design and Construction’s public works portfolio includes more than 900 projects valued at $10 billion. As a Civil Engineer, he applies his expertise to implement key values of urgency, responsiveness, service, collaboration and mentorship within the agency to provide perspective to his employees’ overall work ethic and client relation principles to 25 New York City agencies.
In one year, he developed internal initiatives and policies for the agency which focus on targeted opportunities, professional development and staff recognition for more than 1,200 employees. Dr. Peña-Mora has also incorporated new business approaches and processes which have increased overall efficiency and effectiveness in the agency.
As a public figure in education, City agency leader, and diverse experience in the engineering field, Dr. Peña-Mora’s distinguished achievements qualify him for the International Outstanding Achievement Award.


Winner of the Young Achiever Award 2016

Calvin Licalvin li

HCS – Metro Trains Melbourne, Australia

In his few years in the rail industry Calvin has demonstrated significant operational and leadership skills which are now delivering significant benefits to MTM and Victorian rail industry as a whole. With a methodical manner and “can do” attitude, Calvin shows there is a definite art to identifying and delivering cost effective value engineering solutions. Through his varied career Calvin has proved he can rise to the challenges of developing construction and commissioning strategies for Australia’s most complex brownfield railway projects.  This has included challenging the norm to find solutions for legacy / new technology boundaries with significant site constraints. These strategies were implemented without disruption to the network.

He has applied his engineering knowledge and communication skills to identifying unique problems and deficiencies then offered all-encompassing solutions that achieve successful outcomes, particularly in relation to multiple stakeholder and cross-boundary interfaces. Calvin has also applied management knowledge to Type Approvals processes for new product systems and technologies.  A proven track record in commissioning and project management has seen him proceed to managing one of MTM’s high profile projects.


Winner of the Conservation and Adaptation Management Award 2016

Nigel HoughtonNHoughton

National Trust, UK

As projects need a driver, Nigel is one of those Project managers who will keep it moving forward, even when it does not seem possible. Nigel has been a Building Surveyor for the National Trust for 12 years and is always willing to take on a challenge. 14 North Brink in Wisbech, a Grade I Listed Georgian townhouse, provided Nigel with the ultimate challenge. The building came to the Trust in 1943 along with the rest of the Peckover Estate, and had been out of use since 2007 when the last tenancy came to an end. The building needs major restoration to make it not only habitable but a viable concern.

Nigel was chosen for this project for his all-round capabilities from his conservation expertise, his attention to detail, problem solving, customer focus and commercial acumen. The project required strong leadership skills to pull together the internal stakeholders together with fully appraising the options available; from commercial offices to becoming part of the visitor offer at Peckover; to a holiday let which was chosen. Nigel’s drive, confidence and collaborative working made this desire a reality. Nigel had also recently successfully completed other project at Peckover House, including the Orangery and Propagation House, so had developed a very good working relationship with the property staff.
The local area suffered from a series of arson attacks during 2010, including one which spread to the building next door. There was also a serious outbreak of dry rot throughout the building due to water ingress from roof leaks and internal rainwater pipes. Nigel instigated temporary fire detection, security measures and dry rot remedial work immediately whilst options for the building were being explored. There were several cracks in the brickwork facade and the first floor had a real bounce to it as you walked across it, so structural integrity of the building was next on his list.
Wisbech is not a normal holiday destination, but an area of social deprivation so when the idea of creating a Georgian experience holiday came up, Nigel was able to take on board this change and develop with the project team seamlessly. His willingness to share his learning both internally and externally with extreme honesty and integrity was very important. Just nothing seems to interrupt Nigel’s focus, from party wall issues, the de-lamination of the front facade, to the lack of foundations; with his can do attitude and problem solving abilities he was able to influence a solution, creating a townhouse that’s sell the extraordinary hidden wonders of Wisbech and its past, that met the clients expectation, customer’s expectations and was kept within a very tight budget. As with all projects not everything was achieved this time round, but the design of the scheme is such that it is possible to re-visit in the future and complete the full aspiration of the project team.
From Nigel’s team work and flexibility of being able to adapt to change, his stakeholder management was key to the success of the project, with a large set of internal stakeholders keen to get the right solution for the National Trust caring for the building for the long term. So often projects are dealt with as short term piece of work, Nigel’s ability to see the long term picture and legacy of the project is so important to the core purpose of the National Trust. Project management is straight forward, the way it is carried out can be outstanding.


Winner of the Procurement and Supply Chain Award 2016

Yanli Wangywang

Sinohydro Tianjin Engineering Co. Ltd., China

Since starting his career in 1994, Mr. Wang Yanli has participated in construction of a dozen of large water/hydropower and infrastructure projects home and abroad. In particular, he has been engaged in management of international projects/contracts and international markets since 2000, with outstanding achievements in construction management and technical research.
Under his leadership, Mr. Wang’s construction and marketing team have made achievements in technical innovation widely recognized in the engineering circle as having international influence. As a devoted engineer, he has published a dozen of technical papers with his team in national periodicals, chaired or participated in four scientific research projects, compiled national or enterprise level work methods, and attained two national patents of invention. Due to his outstanding achievements in international project management and marketing, he was awarded a Labour Medal by Tianjin Municipal Government in 2014. A year later, he received a Second Prize for Scientific and Technical Achievement from POWERCHINA, and an Outstanding International Project Manager Award from ICPMU. His work method known as “Application of Slow Descending Device in Deep Shaft Concrete Lining” has been recognized as national level work method in water and hydropower construction. Thanks to his achievements in construction technology, he has become a member of the Science &Technology Committee as well as the Civil Engineering Committee of his company.


Health and Safety Management – Highly Commended 2016

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NBS, UK

Tiny differences in input can result in overwhelming differences in outcome; this is especially true of health and safety. As we stand at the verge of a new digital era we aspire to make better safer decisions through innovative and collaborative working enabled by building information modelling. Stefan’s thinking, passion and enthusiasm has been at the forefront of this development.

Despite being a technology intervention, BIM is still about culture, people and process – essentially bringing teams together to rehearse and optimise activities at all stages of the asset life cycle, from safer logistics altruistic maintenance solutions. Stefan has demonstrated and shared with the industry how BIM can be used for aspects such as accident reduction, Safety in design and worker trainer while still being mindful of and pushing the message that BIM is a behavioural change programme more than anything else.

Stefan has shown how BIM can help explain complex health and safety information for varied audiences and provide clarity for all players involved in improving communication and enhancing standards. The model environment becomes a backdrop for zero-harm culture.

His work and thought leadership within the industry groups that he represents and supports ensures that the conversation around BIM does not just centre on productivity gains or monetary values, but rather that it can make a meaningful construction to the future of the construction industry. An area in which Stefan’s passion and desire for change is evident.


Health and Safety Management – Highly Commended 2016

Niall Walsh

Monford Group, Australia

Niall joined Monford Group as a HSEQ Manager in 2012. He has worked tirelessly to improve HSEQ standards across all of our projects Australia Wide. Niall works very closely with our project teams and regularly visits the projects nationwide to provide advice and support to ensure the effective implementation of our safety policy and procedures on site. He has earned the respect of employees at all levels within the business through his passionate and unwavering commitment to workplace safety. One of Niall’s most significant achievements since he joined Monford has been the development and implementation of a range of innovative safety initiatives which has seen our total recordable injury frequency rate reduced from 12.49 to 3.45 and our workers compensation claims reduced by 70%. The level of reduction achieved was unprecedented however is testament to the work Niall put in to develop and single handily roll out initiatives which were not only innovative but also very effective.

The initiatives have not gone unnoticed by clients and have boosted our company’s profile which is vital in an increasingly competitive marketplace. At a project level we can see the fruits of Niall efforts through improved morale, increased level of compliance and safety standards and ultimately reduced accident frequency. From a corporate level the reduced accident rates have resulted in lower insurance premiums and increased our ability to win more work as accident statistics are a key factor in our client’s decision making process. In the process we also won national and client safety awards which were a by-product of the successful roll out of the initiatives.


Young Achiever Award – Highly Commended 2016

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MACE Group, UK

Harvey has been on site at the Birmingham New Street site since 2012.

Many aspects of his role would take an individual a lifetime to achieve elsewhere. Harvey has been involved in design management, from the foundation installation, structural works, internal fit out, close out and asset handover on the project. Harvey has been recognised by his peers throughout the project. The scale and size of the project his overall construction management skills have improved throughout the process.

Harvey is a self-motivated innovative professional with extensive knowledge of the construction industry. Confident, reliable and eager to learn.

Harvey joined MACE in 2012 after his initial training as a carpenter with Carillion. Harvey moved up from a trainee construction manager to an assistant construction manager whilst on the project which he puts down solely to his dedication and passion for the project.


 

Winner of the Outstanding Newcomer Award 2014

Alexander Cook

Barratt Developments PLC

alexAlex joined Barratt Developments in 2012 on their Graduate Programme. From the outset he demonstrated outstanding levels of business acumen, strategic awareness and exceptional drive. His first year was spent not only learning about each of Barratt’s 6 discipline areas but visibly contributing to projects. Compared to his peers Alex’s performance has been outstanding. Alex has consistently added value through his determination to drive projects to successful completion whilst engaging and influencing stakeholders.

After only 8 weeks in the business Alex identified an opportunity to improve the process for contracting affordable housing. He took ownership for negotiating contracts for 29 homes. So impressed with his work, the Technical Director asked him to take on a further 19 homes. Representing 8% of the division’s total homes built in 2013.

Alex was selected alongside Senior Managers to join a Strategic Working Group; forming part of CEO Mark Clare’s ‘2020 Vision’. No other graduate, after two years in the business, has had the ability to play a key role in a strategic project which will have a major influence on the direction of the business. Alex’s contribution has led Managers to create a role for him so he can work on developing innovations on a full-time basis.


Winner of the Design Management Award 2014

Qi Hu

Vice General Manager, CHINA MINSHENG JIAYE INVESTMENT CO. LTD

Qi Hu receives his Outstanding Achievement award for orchestrating the design of 3 hotels simultaneously in China.  From setting up a design team to negotiating with hotel management and finalising suitable facilities that were more respectful to the local community and culture, Qi Hu strove to understand every aspect of the clients business.

With two of the hotels situated in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, and the third based in Xi An, an ancient city of the Tang Dynasty, these hotels had to be designed sympathetically to their cultural surroundings and yet still offer the modernity the client was looking for. All three projects were successfully developed.


Highly Commended 2014

Rockson Dogbegah from Ghana

Ada YS Fung from Hong Kong

Peter James from the UK

Benjamin Valliquette Kissall from Canada