ECU Engineering Annex a winning project /

[Image courtesy of AIPM]

NS Group is delighted that the Edith Cowan University [ECU] Engineering Annex [Building 27] Stage 2 project was announced as the Western Australian winner of the ‘Small Projects’ category at the 2019 Project Management Achievement Awards [PMAAs].

It was an honour for NS Group and ECU to be recognised for our work on the Engineering Annex as representatives from both organisations jointly received the winner certificate and plaque on stage at the awards ceremony in Perth on 22 August 2019.

NS Group was engaged by ECU as Project Manager and Superintendent.

Our role commenced with development of the functional brief and included appointment of the consultant team, obtaining all environmental and planning approvals, and contractor procurement at the end of the design phases. To overcome programme constraints, we released forward works packages for civil and in-ground services ahead of the main contract.

NS Group project team members:

  • Jeff Gidman [Senior Project Manager]
  • Stewart Greensmith [Director]

As the project lead, Jeff said, “Despite a constrained space and a relatively tight budget, the resulting structure is impressive – both aesthetically and functionally.

“We acknowledge project partners, T&Z Architects and PACT Constructions, who also had key roles in the successful delivery of this project.

Jeff said, “As with all projects, it takes a great team effort to achieve great things.

“It was a most positive experience and a pleasure to work with the team at ECU.”

The annual PMAAs are delivered by the Australian Institute of Project Management [AIPM] to recognise, honour and promote outstanding achievements in program and project leadership.

See all the 2019 award-winning NS Group projects.

“Despite a constrained space and a relatively tight budget, the resulting structure is impressive – both aesthetically and functionally.”

ABOUT THE ECU ENGINEERING ANNEX PROJECT

The ECU Joondalup Campus is the University’s largest metropolitan campus which delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research in eight areas, including engineering.

The Engineering Annex [Building 27] Stage 2 added over 2,500 square metres of laboratory and office space for the School of Engineering to accommodate the introduction of Petroleum Engineering and Maritime Engineering disciplines, and to cater for the forecast increase in engineering students.

The building included a total of seven new laboratories, each designated as ‘smart labs’ whereby a secondary building monitoring and control system was provided to allow students to manipulate the building’s mechanical and lighting systems.

Read more about the ECU Engineering Annex project.

“It was a most positive experience and a pleasure to work with the team at ECU.”

DEMONSTRATING PROJECT EXCELLENCE

Key elements of the award submission included providing evidence of outstanding achievement and/or innovation in project management best practice.

The critical success factors for the delivery of this project were:

  1. cost management
  2. time management
  3. scope management
  4. procurement management

Pictured L-R: Jeff Gidman [NS Group] and Avril O’Leary [ECU]

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