Sunday, September 9th, 2012
Leading ACT electrical and communications contractors were recognised tonight (Friday) at the annual electrical industry Excellence Awards hosted by peak Australian industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

Six companies across eight categories received the top state award in front of 300 industry representatives including contractors, educators and government representatives at the premier showcase event for the ACT’s electrical and communications industry at Hotel Realm in Barton.

NECA ACT Executive Director Oliver Judd said the winning companies were chosen because of their commitment to excellence, significant engineering achievements and importantly finishing the complex jobs on time.

“The electrical and communications contracting firms that have won an award are simply outstanding for what they have achieved during each project,” Mr Judd said.

“It’s very encouraging to see the quality of work in projects including an energy efficient office building at the forefront of the latest technology and a complex fit-out for the Australian Federal Police Operations Control Centre.

“The judging panel were privileged to view such high quality projects and as always, NECA members have played a critical role in some of the largest and most diverse construction jobs in the state.”

The winning companies and their projects are listed below:

Category – Domestic Residence

A single residence project in the domestic sector where the applicant’s contract value is less than $1 million.

Winner: Brilliant Electrical Pty Ltd
Project: 12 Walangara St, O’Malley
Why: This stunning residence is a showcase of the latest in smart technology and network home automation. Highlights include Dynalite control technology and remote smartphone access to control lighting, home entertainment system, heating and irrigation.

Andrew Edwards from Brilliant Electrical said, “Winning this award is not only a great acknowledgement of the work achieved by Brilliant Electrical, it is also a great motivator to keep raising the creative and technical standards of the electrical services industry as a whole.”

Category – Small Contracting Business

A small contractor, employing less than 10 technical employees, demonstrating a wide range of skills.

Winner: Casper Electrics
Project: Canberra shopping centres
Why: Casper Electrics’ commitment to high standards through continuous improvement and implementation of new technologies has seen the company build an enviable reputation for providing its customers well priced, high quality work. They are now the preferred contractor for all the major shopping centres in Canberra

Paul Hardinge from Casper Electrics said, “This award will reinforce the high standard of workmanship for which Casper Electrics has been renowned for over 10 years. It will continue to drive the company to do the best it can.”

Category – Energy Efficiency and Environment

A project where the design, product selection, lighting, processes or technologies have created a sustainable energy efficient installation and/or made a significant contribution to a site’s natural environment

Winner: Shepherd Electrical
Project: Compass House
Why: This project by Shepherd Electrical is at the forefront of energy efficiency. Aspects include a 30KW PV system, a heat pump system that utilises waste heat for domestic hot water production, 20,000 litres of rainwater storage for toilets and garden use and specially installed photo-voltaic sunshades.

Category – Commercial – Large Project

A commercial project where the applicant’s contract value is greater than $2 million.

Winner: Shepherd Electrical
Project: Majura Park Shopping Centre
Why: Shepherd Electrical was contracted for the electrical demolition and installation of new services to suit extended 25000m2 building. The scope included works for major tenants Woolworths, Big W, Dick Smith, over 30 speciality shops and the main food court. An excellent installation.

Darren Cowburn from Shepherd Electrical said, “These awards provide recognition that Shepherd Electrical is a leader in the electrical industry in Canberra, consistently producing quality work and outstanding workmanship in all the projects we undertake.”

Category – Industrial Project - Small

An industrial project which may include, but is not limited to, undertakings of a civil, mining, high voltage, manufacturing or process nature where the contract value is less than $2 million.

Winner: O’Donnell Griffin
Project: Queanbeyan Capacitor Bank
Why: The project was designed to improve the power factor of the grid in the region. This required installation of an 11kV, 6MVAr capacitor bank and a 3 Way Schneider Ring Main Unit plus a high degree of HV and LV works. A challenging and hazardous project successfully completed by O’Donnell Griffin.

Kevin Burgess from O’Donnell Griffin said, “We’re thrilled that one of our projects has been recognised with this award of excellence. We particularly value the NECA Awards because they are judged by our peers and compared against the best in the industry. This project demonstrates ODG’s capability to deliver a challenging project over multiple disciplines including high voltage and civil work all under the O’Donnell Griffin banner.”

Category – Voice/Data Project

A voice/data communications project of any contract value.

Winner: KLM Group
Project: Australian Federal Police - Audio Visual Systems
Why: KLM Group was awarded the design and installation for a new high quality integrated system to deliver better monitoring, interaction and distribution of information. In addition there was also a complex fit-out for the AFP Operations Control Centre and heritage listed Broadcast Media Theatre.

Neil Byrne said, “The winning of a NECA Award for KLM AV ACT provides our staff with the knowledge that they have achieved something more than just the completion of a project. With a small but very competent team, KLM Audio Visual committed 100 per cent to all facets of the AFP project. The Award acknowledges the team’s technical abilities, the high standards set by the staff and the desire to deliver more than meeting specification.”

Category – Commercial – Small Project

A commercial project where the applicant’s contract value is less than $500,000.

Winner: Stowe Australia 204
Project: Jones Lang LaSalle
Why: The Jones Lang LaSalle project consisted of an electrical installation fit-out of a base building floor in an existing building. Stowe Australia’s scope included all power and lighting as well as data communications network. The project was successfully delivered in a challenging four week deadline with two drawings and no specifications.

Category – Commercial – Medium Project

A commercial project where the applicant’s contract value is more than $500,000 and less than $2 million

Winner: Stowe Australia
Project: Lockheed Martin
Why: This was a fit-out for the NexGen Cyber and Innovation Technology Centre. Stowe Australia’s works included all power and data, encompassing multiple networks, new switchboards, UPS, and blue communications cabling with clear face plates for a secure ATO network. The client praised the outcome as ‘beyond expectations’.

Ben Tidboald from Stowe Australia said, “Winning these two awards reflect the outstanding work performed by Stowe Australia ACT. It also demonstrates the quality and customer relations we as a company implement on each project. This ensures that Stowe Australia is a leader in the field and will continue to grow well into the future.”


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