Vaughan Constructions and DAS Constructions named top commercial Master Builders in Victoria

The Dulux factory in Merrifield has earned Vaughan Constructions the top honour as Master Builder of the Year (Commercial) at the Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards, held at Crown Palladium.

Before a crowd of over 600 guests, Vaughan Constructions accepted the highest accolade for a commercial project—Dulux Merrifield Coatings, which is now the largest coatings factory in Australia and New Zealand. The project answered the call for a complex facility that remains durable in a harsh, chemical- based environment. The factory uses a compressed air system to pump materials required in the paint production process through stainless steel lines throughout the entire facility.

Due to the propensity for detection systems to be exposed to high levels of dust, a reflected beam smoke detection system was chosen for the Powders Hall, which utilises mirrors and optical beams for detection. A gas compression system is installed in the power substation and standard smoke and thermal detection systems are used throughout the remainder of the facility.

“This extraordinary workplace houses a company that distinguishes itself by the spectrum of vivid colour it makes possible for other buildings,” Master Builders Victoria CEO Radley de Silva says.

“This award sends the message that the judges look at broad criteria for who might win, and a building which is a technological success can take out the top honors. The winner doesn’t have to host sporting events, or make a bold public statement to be an industry-leading project. This one wins because it expresses remarkable craftsmanship in the way its components come together and meet program challenges,” Mr de Silva said.

Also honoured tonight was Marco Bonadio, named Young Builder of the Year. Marco has been working for Kane Constructions since 2005. With over 17 years of experience in the building industry, he is an accomplished, confident and professional builder who is driven by complex building challenges. Marco is a natural leader who fosters a collaborative approach and prides himself on delivering on time and to very high-quality standards.

“Marco represents the important achievements of younger people in our industry’s workforce, and the pool of talent from which future leaders in Victorian building and construction will continue to emerge,” Mr de Silva said.

We also recognize DAS Constructions Pty Ltd as Regional Master Builder of the Year (Commercial) for their work on Newhaven College in Rhyll. The Senior Learning Centre features classrooms, common and locker areas, a senior student lounge, lecture theatres, a lift and outdoor student areas at the front and the back of the new building. The specialist facility features science laboratories and classrooms including an arts room, storage facilities, staff rooms and special breakout areas.

“It’s a project that reveals it many merits on the inside, leaving the exterior to play a supporting role to the sky and landscape, which are so much a part of the experience of living in that part of Victoria” Mr de Silva said.

Vaughan Constructions will now go on to compete at the Master Builders Association National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday 24 November.


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