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The 2015 Earthquake Strengthening Awards showcased another inspiring array of seismic upgrade projects, demonstrating to building owners and the public what is possible in the strengthening of earthquake prone buildings, and their adaptive re-use.

The awards were judged by a multidisciplinary panel, and were assessed according to both engineering and architectural standards.

All entries were displayed at the NZSEE Conference April 2015, at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua. Congratulations to the winners of the award categories below, and all entrants for the quality of the projects submitted:


Overall winner & Best Adaptive Re-use:

Life Centre, 21 Hania St, Wellington
Architect: Wright and Gray Architects Ltd
Engineer: Silvester Clark Ltd

Best Engineering Solution:

170 Featherston Street, Wellington
Architect: Slade Architects
Engineer: Beca

Heritage Award:

2-12 Allen Street, Wellington
Architect: Workspace Architects Ltd
Engineer: Ian Smith Project Services Ltd

Judges’ special award:

Housing New Zealand foundation repair trials, Christchurch
Structural engineer: Lewis Bradford and Powell Fenwick
Geotechnical engineer: Tonkin & Taylor, Golder Associates, Geoscience


Other entries available to view:

80 The Terrace, Wellington

Masterton Courthouse, Masterton