AAMI Park stadium has won yet another accolade, this week taking the 2011 Design and Collaboration award from the Lightweight Structure Association of Australasia (LSAA).

Recognising excellence in design, innovation, construction and application of lightweight structures, the LSAA praised the AAMI Park project team for its collaborative approach to the design and construction of what has become one of the country’s most recognisable public buildings.

The LSAA judges applauded the stadium’s lightweight bio-frame roof based on the structural efficiencies of the Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome, which uses 50 per cent less steel than an equivalent traditional cantilever design.

Major Projects Victoria’s acting executive director John Wiles said the LSAA’s award speaks to what has made AAMI Park such an outstanding success.

“A close and collaborative approach is what enabled the project team, led by Major Projects Victoria, to bring to life a complex and ground-breaking design, setting a new global benchmark for stadium architecture.

“Behind every great project is a highly successful team committed to working professionally, passionately and collaboratively to ensure a great result,” Wiles said. “Such was the case with AAMI Park.”

“Major Projects Victoria and its group of expert consultants including Cox Architects, Grocon, Arup and Norman Disney & Young can all be very proud of themselves for achieving yet another fantastic award for their work on AAMI Park.”

The LSAA award marks the 22nd industry recognition for Melbourne’s head-turning rectangular stadium. Other awards received this year include:

  • Australian Institute of Project Management (Major Projects Victoria), Best construction and engineering project over $100 million
  • Master Builder of the Year Award (Grocon), Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Excellence in Construction Awards
  • Commercial Buildings Over $80 million, Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Excellence in Construction Awards
  • The Victorian Architecture Medal, Victorian Architecture Awards
  • The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, Victorian Architecture Awards
  • Melbourne Prize, Victorian Architecture Awards
  • Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture, Victorian Architecture Awards.