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Month: September 2017


WA Property Awards announced

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners announced at the WA Property Awards last week. The program, coordinated by the Property Council of Australia, celebrates the achievements of the retail and commercial sectors of the WA property industry. A number of WGE projects were recognised, including: Parmelia House, Hawaiian WA Commercial Property of the Year Award (over 20,000m2) Outstanding Refurbishment Award (B/C Grade) Allendale Square, Mirvac Outstanding Refurbishment Award (A Grade) WGE Director, Brett Davis congratulated all winners recognised for excellence by a panel of industry judges. “These award-winning projects represent the highly innovative and success-oriented approach of the retail …

Date: September 26, 2017
Category: News

WGE’s Brett Davis appointed to Consult Australia national board

WGE Director, Brett Davis is one of four newly elected members joining Consult Australia’s national Board. Consult Australia is the leading not-for-profit association that represents the business interests of consulting firms operating in the built and natural environment. The organisation operates at a commercial, community, industry, and government level through collaboration, education, support and advocacy. WGE has been a member organisation for many years and Brett said he is proud to join the Board to drive and advocate positive outcomes for professional services firms serving the built environment sector. “Many of the challenges facing WGE such as digital disruption, innovation and …

Date: September 21, 2017
Category: News

WGE supports young industry professionals

WGE, along with McKenzie Group and DMA Partners hosted a Young Industry Professionals Brisbane (YIPB) event at the Newstead Brewery, Milton earlier this month. This was the second event since the YIPB concept was created in April for people who are in the property and construction industry. YIPB provides a positive and friendly atmosphere to talk to like-minded professionals in a relaxed and easy going environment. The events are organised by: James Hood, DMA Partners James Culwick, McKenzie Group Katina Franzidis, Wood & Grieve Engineers

Date: September 19, 2017
Category: News

New diversity events launched by AIRAH

WGE are proud to support Women of AIRAH’s Innovation through Diversity event held in Sydney this week. The event included a panel of speakers, with Deborah Coakley – Executive GM, Customer and Marketing at Dexus, Selina Short – Partner at Ernst and Young and the Oceania Real Estate Industry Leader and Business Development Leader and Ura Sarafejoo, M.AIRAH. Presenters talked about how to start the diversity conversation and understand personal bias. WGE Engineer Rebecca Dracup attended the event on behalf of WGE. Rebecca said the event explained some practical ways to make a difference. “The speakers explained the Panel Pledge …

Date: September 14, 2017
Category: News

Perth to Busselton bike ride

Since 2007 WGE has been holding the Perth to Busselton Bike ride. Around 40 employees, clients, family members and friends take to the road for this 250km ride, which takes around 12 hours to complete. The organisers of the event stress that it’s not a race and that they all ride as fast as the slowest rider, however there’s a little sprint at the end for those with a competitive streak. Each year the organising committee decides on a charity to raise funds for. In 2016 they raised almost $3500 for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation. The ride …

Date: September 12, 2017
Category: In the Community

Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation

WGE’s Perth office has supported CLCRF since mid-2015, raising an astounding $13,000 in just 12 months. The team have been very creative in their fundraising efforts, with events including themed morning teas and social nights, boot camp group fitness, a spin-bike smackdown competition, selling chocolates and workplace giving. The funds will be used to progress new research to investigate tailored cancer treatments for infants and newborns. In July 2016, CLCRF Young Foundation Ambassador visited WGE to accept the cheque for $13,000 and talk to our team about how the funds will be used.

Date: September 12, 2017
Category: In the Community

All Abilities Play Space

Our Perth engineers are volunteering their time with Australia’s Bridge to deliver the All Abilities Play Space at Beaton Park, Perth. Local community groups have been working hard to raise funds and awareness, with Australia’s Bridge providing the link to skilled engineers who can bring the project to life. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017 at the picturesque Nedlands foreshore. The project gives our engineers the opportunity to use their skills to deliver a project that will have a big impact on the children and families who will enjoy the Play Space. WGE have provided pro-bono services to bring …

Date: September 12, 2017
Category: In the Community

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – Women’s Space

WGE engineers in Melbourne volunteered their time and design skills to assist the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Footscray. The project consisted of dividing the existing art room into two separate spaces, giving the women of the ASRC a private space from which they could run their small businesses. Construction was completed in mid-2016. WGE provided pro-bono services from multiple disciplines to ensure the vibrant space for women was able to be created. The project received funding from the employees at WGE, free equipment from Mitsubishi and free labour from AC Goulding Air-Conditioning.

Date: September 12, 2017
Category: In the Community

Hummingbird House, Brisbane

Hummingbird House is the first children’s hospice in Queensland and only the third in Australia. Hummingbird House provides short break stays, family wellbeing services, creative therapies, and care at the end of life, for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. WGE is proud to be a construction partner on this project, providing a building design for a significantly reduced fee. The building serves a dual purpose in offering a welcoming child-friendly home environment as well as a high level of paediatric care and safety.

Date: September 12, 2017
Category: In the Community

Congratulations to projects recognised at the UDIA WA Awards for Excellence

Announced at a gala function on the weekend, the awards showcase the very best in urban development across the state and drive design, innovation and sustainability. UDIA WA CEO Allison Hales said the urban development industry is building communities for today and into the future. “It is critical that we lead the way for continual improvement and showcase the diversity and talent that is a key feature of our industry,” she said. WGE were involved in two award-winning projects recognised by the UDIA: Yolk Property Group’s Established development in Fremantle was awarded the Rising Star award WGE is providing structural, …

Date: September 11, 2017
Category: News

Welcome to Perth’s newest urban community

WGE’s structural team have recently achieved completion on Perth’s newest urban living development. Oracle Apartments by Blackburne will celebrate the grand opening later this month. The new 22 storey mixed use tower will house 137 apartments, three levels of car parking and retail/commercial spaces at street level. Designed by renowned Architect DMG the residential tower features a sky garden at Level 22 that maximises its exposure to the magnificent city views. A second common area includes a fitness hub at the podium level with  gym, yoga room, sauna and pool. Structural Engineering on this project included: Concept design through to …

Date: September 5, 2017
Category: News

WGE Airport expert presenting at global summit

WGE’s Hock Chua will be presenting at the 12th Airfield Engineering and Maintenance Summit in Singapore. The summit brings together global airport operators and aviation authorities to share their expertise on airfield pavement engineering and maintenance. Hock is WGE’s Airport Lead and will be presenting a case study on his previous work at Port Macquarie Airport. The runway and airport were expanded (whilst remaining fully operational) to handle larger aircraft and significantly increase passenger numbers. The project was completed in a very tight timeframe and went on to win Regional Airport of the Year in 2008. For more information about …

Date: September 1, 2017
Category: News