Double win for young Wellington Building Scientist


Wellington, New Zealand, 24th October 2019:  At just thirty-two, Building Scientist Dr Shaan Cory, has taken home the Greenwood Roche Supreme Excellence Award at tonight’s Property Council Wellington Property People Awards.  Earlier in the evening, he also won Young Achiever of the Year.

Cory’s work on the refurbishment of Wellington’s Aorangi House – a leaking 1970’s office block, was cited by judges as outstanding. The decision to refurbish rather than demolish the building resulted in a sustainable design that was recognised by the World Green Building Council. It also saved approximately 3000 tonnes of construction waste from landfill.

“Cory was passionate about creating positive change in the building services industry, particularly with regard to Greenhouse Gas emissions,” say judges. “His expertise and knowledge are of increasing importance with growing concerns around climate change.”

Now in their fifth year, the awards recognise excellence in leadership and innovation in the property industry. Entry is open to members and non-members of Property Council New Zealand who are based in the Wellington region (Hawkes Bay, Kapiti, Porirua, Upper and Lower Hutt).  This year 20 nominations were received across seven categories, with more than 380 people attending the awards dinner at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, this evening.

Property Council’s Wellington Branch President, Denis Wood, says this year’s awards demonstrate the strength and commitment to Wellington’s property industry. “It’s not just about the buildings, it’s a celebration of the teams and individuals who bring them to life.”

The Catalyst Urban Design and Architecture Award was won by architectural firm, Archaus, for its development of Wellington’s International Airport Multi-Level Carparking Building. Judges noted the carpark’s clever design “shows great empathy to the suburbs and provides a warm face to the airport.”

The Isthmus Chimpanzee Habitat Wellington Zoo Project Team won the Colliers Best Team Award with judges noting that “the interesting and unusual project was delivered through a collaborative and innovative vision.”

KiwiRails’ Stephanie Campbell scooped the Momentum Consulting Outstanding Leadership Award. “Stephanie is a role model who has instilled cultural change,” say judges. “In her five years at KiwiRail, Stephanie has risen from contract project manager to Group General Manager Property.”

Architect Katherine Skipper of Warren and Mahoney took home The Judges Choice Award for her leadership style. Judges cited her work as Project Principal on the award-winning Wellington International Airport South Terminal Extension, Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre and the new Toi Art Gallery at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

The Ortus International Long Service Award was presented to Grant Corielson for his long-term contribution to Wellington’s CBD. “He has played a major role in the refurbishment and development of some of Wellingtons major office buildings and more recently, in the development of Mark Dunjatshck $50m Children’s Hospital in Newtown,” say judges.



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