As last year drew to a close, there was one particular piece of
good news that the Committee for Geelong was pleased to hear.
Kane Constructions, a well-known local builder and valued member of
the Committee, was awarded the 2016 National Commercial Master
Builder of the Year for their construction of the multi-award
winning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (GLHC).
Kane Constructions is a multi-award winning, privately owned
commercial construction company active in all sectors of the
industry. With a turnover in excess of $600 million and over 330
full time employees, the company operates throughout the east coast
of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney,
Canberra and Brisbane.
The GLHC was also bestowed with the National
Commercial/Industrial Construction Award, making it one of the most
celebrated community projects in Australia. The GLHC is now
seen as a driver of community connections as well as social,
cultural and economic development - supported by the fact that
there are more than 9,500 visits each week. This figure is sure to
increase once the café opens in March.
It is clear that the GLHC has been embraced by our community,
not only as a place of knowledge and learning, as a digital and
technology hub, of books and history, of social interaction, events
and activities, but also as a beacon of the transformation that
Geelong is experiencing. Everyone involved in this project
should be congratulated for their collective efforts, which has
resulted in such a magnificent building.
The GLHC was a unique, complex and demanding building
project. Its bespoke design, unique cladding and dome
structure presented numerous challenges for the Kane team, making
them all the more deserving of the accolades. According to Kane's
Project Manager - and winner of Young Builder of the Year 2016 -
David Purcell, the prestigious award was the ultimate objective for
the company in the construction of an iconic landmark "What made
this an award-winning project was not only that it was a unique
project but that the building serves as a community hub for the
centre of Geelong."
Kane also won the Victorian category of the prestigious 2016
Master Builders Association Victoria Excellence in Construction of
Commercial Buildings award for the GLHC project late last year, and
the building itself has received seven awards for its uniquely
innovative design and multifaceted construction. From this long
list of accolades it is clear - the city has another iconic
building to be proud of.
In addition to the
GLHC, Kane is set to deliver the Simonds Stadium Stage 4
Redevelopment Main Works in 2017, and is Design and Construct
contractor in the Techne consortium recently selected to develop
the National Disability Insurance Agency headquarters in
In recent years Kane has completed the Geelong Centre of
Emerging Infectious Disease, the University Hospital Geelong Major
Upgrade Works and St John of God Geelong Hospital
It is clear that the skyline of Geelong is changing and it is
not hard to understand why our city is a drawcard for investment.
Geelong enjoys all the benefits of being within arm's reach of
Melbourne but free from the constraints of big city living. The
Committee's Winning from Second international research reinforces
that - as a major source of employment - the construction industry
is a vital part of our region's transformation. Employment in
construction is a reflection of the strong population growth in our
region. It is vital that Victoria's second largest city
prospers, and we hope to see many more cranes in the skyline
constructing award-winning buildings over the coming years.