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Beca wins six INNOVATE NZ awards

Beca wins six INNOVATE NZ awards

11 August 2014

Beca is delighted to take home four Excellence and two Merit Awards at the ACENZ (Association of Consulting Engineers) 2014 INNOVATE NZ: Awards of Excellence ceremony. Held in Rotorua on 9 August, these premier engineering awards recognise projects that have an innovative or extraordinary aspect and encourage a high standard of achievement within the engineering industry.

There are three levels of awards. The premier Gold Award acknowledges a superior project or innovative achievement, the Silver Award recognises projects that demonstrate outstanding achievement and service to the client, and the Award of Merit is given to projects or achievements that demonstrate a standard above what is normally expected.

Beca is proud of our award-winning projects, many of which have already been recognised with multiple accolades.

Christchurch International Airport – Gold Award of Excellence: The Integrated Terminal Project is based around the provision of a new terminal with integrated check-in for international and domestic passengers. The jewel of the long list of innovative features is the artesian heating and cooling system which has resulted in energy efficiencies, reduced carbon emissions and lower operating costs.

Wairakei Bioreactor – Gold Award of Excellence: The Bioreactor is a biological treatment facility constructed at Contact Energy’s existing Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. It uses millions of naturally occurring sulphur oxidising bacteria, found in the Waikato River, to remove hydrogen sulphide (H2S) from the Wairakei station’s cooling water.

Sir Paul Reeves Building – Silver Award of Excellence: Auckland University of Technology’s Sir Paul Reeves Building houses the School of Communication, and now forms the heart the city campus. The flexible, open nature of the building required the development of innovative solutions to realise the architectural and client vision for the building.

Tahuna Wastewater Treatment Plant Stage 2 Upgrade – Silver Award of Excellence: CH2M Beca was engaged by Dunedin City Council to undertake the design and construction monitoring of the Tahuna Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade, which serves a population of 120,000. The upgrade achieved all of the client’s requirements, minimising odour generation with innovative enhancements to extend the life and performance of the existing primary sedimentation tanks.

Christchurch Southern Motorway – Award of Merit: The NZ Transport Agency, together with Beca, Opus and Fulton Hogan embarked on a journey to provide Christchurch with a route that delivers reduced travelling times, improved access and safer streets. Our dedicated team approach proved critical; the Design Build contract spanned both Christchurch earthquakes, creating many challenges and prompting innovative thinking.

Haywards Synchronous Condenser – Award of Merit: Transpower New Zealand Limited currently operates nine synchronous condenser units on their transmission system which provide dynamic reactive power support for the National Grid. Beca carried out the detailed design for the transformers to connect them to the 110 kV network. This was a highly complex due to the age and specialist nature of the equipment involved, and the unusual site arrangements that needed to be accommodated in the design.

For more information about The Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) and the INNOVATIVE NZ: Awards of excellence, please visit:

About Beca
Beca is one of the largest employee-owned professional services consultancy companies in the Asia-Pacific. As well as numerous engineering consultancy services, we offer architecture, planning, project and cost management, land information, valuations and software services. Our team of 3,000 works across many markets including industrial, buildings, government, water, transport and power.

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