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Committee for Geelong's Weekly Addy Opinion Piece - Local Builder wins big

As last year drew to a close, there was one particular piece of good news that the Committee for Geelong was pleased to hear.  Kane Constructions, a well-known local builder and valued member of the Committee, was awarded the 2016 National Commercial Master Builder of the Year for their construction of the multi-award winning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (GLHC).

Kane Constructions is a multi-award winning, privately owned commercial construction company active in all sectors of the industry. With a turnover in excess of $600 million and over 330 full time employees, the company operates throughout the east coast of Australia and overseas from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.

The GLHC was also bestowed with the National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award, making it one of the most celebrated community projects in Australia.  The GLHC is now seen as a driver of community connections as well as social, cultural and economic development - supported by the fact that there are more than 9,500 visits each week. This figure is sure to increase once the café opens in March.

It is clear that the GLHC has been embraced by our community, not only as a place of knowledge and learning, as a digital and technology hub, of books and history, of social interaction, events and activities, but also as a beacon of the transformation that Geelong is experiencing.  Everyone involved in this project should be congratulated for their collective efforts, which has resulted in such a magnificent building.

The GLHC was a unique, complex and demanding building project.  Its bespoke design, unique cladding and dome structure presented numerous challenges for the Kane team, making them all the more deserving of the accolades. According to Kane's Project Manager - and winner of Young Builder of the Year 2016 - David Purcell, the prestigious award was the ultimate objective for the company in the construction of an iconic landmark "What made this an award-winning project was not only that it was a unique project but that the building serves as a community hub for the centre of Geelong."

Kane also won the Victorian category of the prestigious 2016 Master Builders Association Victoria Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings award for the GLHC project late last year, and the building itself has received seven awards for its uniquely innovative design and multifaceted construction. From this long list of accolades it is clear - the city has another iconic building to be proud of.

In addition to the GLHC, Kane is set to deliver the Simonds Stadium Stage 4 Redevelopment Main Works in 2017, and is Design and Construct contractor in the Techne consortium recently selected to develop the National Disability Insurance Agency headquarters in Geelong.

In recent years Kane has completed the Geelong Centre of Emerging Infectious Disease, the University Hospital Geelong Major Upgrade Works and St John of God Geelong Hospital Redevelopment.

It is clear that the skyline of Geelong is changing and it is not hard to understand why our city is a drawcard for investment. Geelong enjoys all the benefits of being within arm's reach of Melbourne but free from the constraints of big city living. The Committee's Winning from Second international research reinforces that - as a major source of employment - the construction industry is a vital part of our region's transformation.  Employment in construction is a reflection of the strong population growth in our region.  It is vital that Victoria's second largest city prospers, and we hope to see many more cranes in the skyline constructing award-winning buildings over the coming years.



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