Month: November 2017

Construction excellence celebrated at Master Builders Awards

Congratulations to winning projects at the Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards. The winners were announced at the Master Builders National Conference in Hobart recently. The annual Awards showcase the entrepreneurship, innovation and commitment to continuous improvement driving a vibrant and vital industry. National winners were selected from State and Territory winners and judged by a national panel of independent building industry experts. WGE CEO, Jose Granado congratulated everyone involved in realising some of Australia’s most iconic projects. “Well done to all the clients, architects, planners and engineers who have worked together to achieve outstanding results.” WGE …

Date: November 29, 2017
Category: News

WGE launches new look website

You may have noticed the WGE website has been refreshed with a modern new look and some new functionality. Our Marketing team have been working behind the scenes to update WGE’s online presence and create a more appealing and intuitive website. National Marketing Manager Shelley Phillipson says the digital space is changing all the time and it’s always a challenge to keep up with the fast pace of development. “We’ve utilised new tools that have become available on our digital platform since our last website was developed,” she said. “Over the last four years we have seen technology bring about …

Date: November 28, 2017
Category: News

Brisbane team recognised for lighting design

WGE’s Brisbane team have been recognised by the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand (Queensland Chapter). The electrical team, led by WGE Engineers Ashley Holm and Kris Nye were awarded the Lighting Design – Award of Commendation for Hummingbird House in Brisbane. Hummingbird House is the first children’s hospice in Queensland and the third in Australia. The WGE team provided a building design that serves a dual purpose in offering a welcoming child-friendly home environment as well as a high level of paediatric care and safety. In accepting the award, Ashley said it was an absolute privilege to …

Date: November 27, 2017
Category: News

Accuracy underground leads to increased productivity

WGE’s Rob Sansbury recently spoke to Engineering Education Australia about how an accurate understanding of underground assets leads to increased productivity. This story was originally published on the Engineering Education Australia website. Accurately pinpointing the infrastructure lying beneath a construction site continues to be a problem for project owners, utility owners, design engineers and building contractors. These issues still occur as there is no rulebook or composite Australian Standard for engineers to follow when dealing with underground services. The lack of such a rulebook means these services are generally dealt with during the construction phase rather than the design phase …

Date: November 23, 2017
Category: News

WGE team develop new approach to overcome high rise water pressure challenges

WGE’s Sydney hydraulics team, led by Dave Steblina and Dr Houman Tamaddon, have been working on a new approach to ensuring optimum water pressure in high rise buildings with a much smaller footprint than traditional methodologies. After setting up a test rig to investigate pressure reduction valves (PRVs) in a dual-stage configuration, and working with Caleffi Hydronic Solutions and All Valve Industries to develop a prototype PRV, the team are applying their findings to a 36-storey development in Sydney. Dave says the dual-stage approach using the new 536 series PRV balances cost and performance but still delivers the robust performance …

Date: November 21, 2017
Category: News

MBA NSW announces excellence in construction awards

Congratulations to all projects recognised at the Master Builders Australia’s NSW Excellence in Construction awards. Announced in early November, the awards are the commercial building industry’s most prestigious awards, attracting entries from the state’s largest commercial, industrial and civil contractors.   WGE are very proud to be involved in a number of winning projects: Building E7A refurbishment, Macquarie University by Buildcorp Interiors Winner – Tertiary Buildings category Taronga Zoo Centenary Theatre by Kane Constructions Winner – Public Buildings category $5m-$10m Cairnsfoot Special Needs School by Project Coordination Winner – Public Schools category Bankstown Sports Club Basement Brewhouse and Peking Square by …

Date: November 13, 2017
Category: News

Award-winning lighting design by WGE

WGE’s Specialist Lighting team have been recognised for their work in the 2017 WA Architecture Awards. The team’s lighting design for Woods Bagot’s Perth studio received the Mondoluce Lighting Award. Woods Bagot transformed the heritage-listed former Palace Hotel to develop a contemporary workplace environment with a distinctive contemporary aesthetic that acknowledges the building’s past. The project features a mezzanine atrium for social gatherings and collaborative work, enclosed meeting spaces, seated and standing workstations and a stair that connects the three levels. WGE’s Specialist Lighting team approached the project with the goal of providing lighting design and control strategies that create …

Date: November 9, 2017
Category: News

CEO José Granado on WGE’s innovation culture

Our CEO José Granado recently spoke to the Property Council of Australia about WGE’s culture of adaptability and innovation. This article was originally published on the Property Council of Australia’s website.  An innovation culture demands more than pinball machines, bean bag chairs, indoor slides and hackathons. It’s about valuing people, says Wood & Grieve Engineers’ chief executive officer José Granado. Granado says WGE’s team has always prided itself on “doing things differently” – and this formula has driven the company’s growth and success since it opened its doors in 1961. “But 56 years later, the world is a very different place and …

Date: November 1, 2017
Category: News