Month: July 2017

WGE achieves Aon Best Employer accreditation for the seventh time

WGE have once again been accredited as Aon Hewitt Best Employer, making it six years in a row – and seven years in total. Announced on Thursday 27 July, the award reflects WGE’s continued focus on engaging employees with an inclusive and rewarding workplace culture. WGE’s high levels of staff satisfaction and engagement, measured by Aon Hewitt’s independent survey, reflect the organisation’s strong focus on people and culture. WGE CEO, José Granado says the award recognises the unique corporate culture that began 56 years ago. “Our company founders built an organisation that valued people and the skills and talent they …

Date: July 31, 2017
Category: News

Monash University Building 17 Biology Building Façade and Refurbishment

WGE’s Melbourne team has been upgrading Building 17 at Monash University. Constructed in 1968, Building 17 is home to the Biology department and was due for an upgrade. The aging building had cracked facades, damage to the roof and services that were no longer meeting wellbeing requirements for occupants. Minimal student disruption As part of capital works program, works were carried out while the building was still occupied and fully functional as a teaching and laboratory space. This presented a number of challenges as the works involved replacement of the existing façade, upgrading services and ensuring the building structure is …

Date: July 28, 2017
Category: News

One Planet Living realises a new level of sustainable living

WGE’s Sustainability team is working on Evermore Apartments – the first apartment project in WA to be recognised as a One Planet Living development. The One Planet Living Action Plan is a positive response to challenges faced in the local context and the actions needed to make One Planet Living affordable, attractive and achievable. One Planet Living is the vision of a world in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. Working with a relatively new and unknown sustainability tool required detailed interaction with the developer, the …

Date: July 27, 2017
Category: News

Master Builders Association of WA announces Excellence in Construction awards for 2017

Western Australia’s outstanding construction projects were honoured by the MBA at their annual gala ceremony held on Saturday 22 July. This year’s awards attracted 71 entries with a combined value of over $2.3 billion. Judges commended the impressive range of projects, stating the first class workmanship and construction excellence reflected the high standards for which the industry has become renowned. WGE is proud to have been involved in 14 projects recognised for excellence, with several projects receiving more than one award. WGE’s Brett Davis congratulated all parties involved in developing, designing and constructing award-winning projects. “We are very proud to …

Date: July 25, 2017
Category: News

Fire engineers volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Recently the WGE Melbourne Fire Engineering team spent the day working with Habitat for Humanity in Yea to assist with building housing for families in need. Some of the team were installing flooring and insulation whilst others were building fences and retaining walls. Habitat for Humanity work with corporate partners to build housing for families in need.  These include families that were affected by the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires. WGE Engineer Brett Casson said the day was highlighted how lucky we are. “It was really satisfying to spend the day helping people that are less fortunate than ourselves, investing time …

Date: July 21, 2017
Category: News

Vertical schools – the only way is up

WGE’s Vinh Le recently spoke to the Property Council of Australia (PCA) about the new trend towards vertical schools in urban areas.  As people move back into our city centres, vertical schools are rising up across the country. But they require a rethink of how we use space, says Wood & Grieve Engineers’ Vinh Le. Melbourne’s first vertical school, Haileybury’s city campus, welcomed its first cohort of students in January. In nearby Prahran, the Victorian Government’s $25 million high school on Swinburne University’s old campus is taking shape. In Sydney, the NSW Government has plans to rebuild Parramatta’s Arthur Phillip …

Date: July 16, 2017
Category: News

WGE announces six new Principal shareholders and 10 new Associates

WGE is pleased to announce the promotion of six people to the level of Principal shareholder. These individuals have demonstrated their ability to add significant value across a number of areas of the business and have been recognised accordingly: • Ian Harris, Civil Section Manager, Sydney office • Ben James, Hydraulic Project Engineer, Sydney office • Alasdair MacKerron, Senior Structural Project Engineer, Perth office • Dara McGrenaghan, Civil Section Manager, Melbourne office • Shelley Phillipson, National Marketing Manager, Perth office • Rob Sansbury, Infrastructure Section Manager, Brisbane office WGE CEO José Granado said that recognising and rewarding excellent performance has …

Date: July 5, 2017
Category: News

WGE informs new training for managing underground assets

WGE is working with Engineering Education Australia (EEAUST) and Open Learning, on a new training module to inform the management of underground assets or subsurface utilities. Available through Open Learning in July 2017, the training is aimed at practitioners who manage subsurface utilities – including engineers, designers, managers and state or council authorities. Along with the upgraded Australian Standard for Subsurface Utility Engineering (AS5488) which WGE are currently involved in, the training will inform a minimum level of practice that ensures all practitioners are adhering to the same principles. The online module covers: Defining what subsurface utilities are How subsurface …

Date: July 5, 2017
Category: News

WGE Engineer named one of Australia’s most innovative

WGE’s Elliot Alfirevich has been named by Engineers Australia as one of the nation’s most innovative engineers for his highly integrated technology solution at the Perth Busport. The list of innovative engineers was announced in the latest edition of Engineers Australia’s flagship publication, create magazine. Elliot’s bespoke solution maintains a new level of passenger comfort and safety for Perth commuters and travellers by ensuring that the doors to the busway are only open for the minimum required time. This was achieved by utilising a laser scanner to determine the dimensions of the bus as it arrives in front of the …

Date: July 4, 2017
Category: News

Congratulations to winners of the Victorian Architecture Awards

Winners of the 2017 Victorian Architecture Awards were announced recently with two WGE projects recognised. The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) by the sthDI + MCR architectural consortium was acknowledged as one of Victoria’s notable public buildings winning the Victorian Medal and the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture. The Centre is a purpose-built centre-of-excellence for cancer research, treatment, care and education. The $1 billion, 130,000m2 facility is the new home of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, new cancer research and clinical services for Melbourne Health and the University of Melbourne. One of the largest inner city residential developments in Australia, …

Date: July 3, 2017
Category: News