THE WINNER of the 2003 Multiplex Constructions Award for Achievement in Construction has been awarded to Genette Hilton of JML Engineered Facades for the façade of the Christchurch Art Gallery.

The award was part of the NSW National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) awards for 2003.

Hilton’s project involved the construction of the multi-facetted and raked glazed sculptural façade for the Christchurch Art Gallery. Hilton, whose qualifications include a degree in Building Project Management, undertook this demanding project at the youthful age of 25. The project was highly complex, involving managing and solely coordinate the construction process on site in Christchurch, NZ.

The judges said the project was innovative, completed on time notwithstanding the need to coordinate many elements from Australia and other countries, and the high degree of precision required for the structural elements.

Other winners of the NAWIC awards included:

Vision award: Winner Ann Austin from Bovis Lend Lease ; merit award Pamela Jack from law firm Minter Ellison.

ARUP Innovation Award 2003: Winner: Simone Wetzlar of Thiess; merit: Christine Marsden of the Philips Group

Acoustic Logic Consultancy for Achievement by a Tradesperson: Winner: Victoria Waring from Victoria Waring Painting Services; merit: Ainsley Williams, Thiess.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal Scholarship for an Outstanding Student: Winner: Rebecca Green, DPWS Heritage Services and South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE; merit: Madeleine Streicek, University of NSW.

Planning NSW Award for Achievement in Design: Winner Jennifer Turpin, Michaelie Crawford and Louise Iuston from Turpin Crawford Studio; merit Stephanie Smith from Innovarchi.

Achievement in Development: Winner Carolyn Piggott from CPG Developments; merit Leanne Clifton from the Mirvac Group .