The 2023 Foundation Awards winners’ circle

The winners of the 2023 Foundation Awards were announced during a glamorous night of celebration on Wednesday 20 September, as part of this year’s Inside Construction Expo.

Shining a light on the Australian major construction and civil infrastructure industries, the Foundation Awards recognised the individuals and businesses promoting initiatives, innovation and safety across major and local projects. Against a wealth of innovative products, leaders, projects and initiatives, these winners came out on top.

Industry Leader – Sarah Marshall, Fulton Hogan

The Industry Leader Award recognises a leader who holds a senior position (executive, manager, director or equivalent) in a private, not-for-profit or government organisation who has effectively shaped their business’ success, delivered financial growth, significantly and positively impacted the business’ culture and championed the industry widely.

As executive general manager – people, safety and sustainability at Fulton Hogan, Sarah Marshall brings more than 25 years of experience to the construction industry, from many years of working in corporate leadership positions and her time working ‘on the ground’ on projects across Australia. Sarah has spent her professional career spearheading positive change in the construction sector. This includes driving infrastructure sustainability, improving the culture, reducing the stigma of mental health issues, increasing Indigenous engagement and procurement, workforce employment, skilling and training, and driving improvements in gender diversity. Sarah is also a board member of the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) and executive sponsor of ACA’s Capability and Capacity Board Committee, co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Roads Australia, and chair of the CILF Capability and Capacity Group.

The 2023 Foundation Awards winners’ circle
Sarah Marshall, executive general manager – people, safety and sustainability at Fulton Hogan.

Operational Excellence Award – Cross River Rail construction project, Mammoet Australia

The Operational Excellence Award recognises an individual or team that has achieved demonstrable improvements in efficiency, best practice occupational health and safety, and impeccable records.

Mammoet’s innovative solution played a pivotal role in the Cross River Rail construction project in Brisbane. The project aimed to ease congestion and enhance transportation in the city. However, the confined and congested site posed significant challenges, demanding precision, efficiency and safety. Kenny Constructions, the civil engineering contractor, faced the challenge of installing 59 concrete trusses, each weighing up to 70 tonnes, deep within the underground station cavern. Overcoming restricted headroom, a minimal clearance of a few millimetres on either side of the trusses, and complex construction sequencing hurdles, while ensuring minimal disruptions were paramount considerations. Mammoet devised a custom packing structure placed on self-propelled modular trailers (SPMTs), enabling the simultaneous transportation and installation of multiple heavy trusses. Thorough preparation, onsite rehearsals and expert execution led to the successful and safe installation of all 59 trusses, including four extra-large ones, within the confined space. This accomplishment contributed significantly to the Cross River Rail project, which is set to reduce travel times, accommodate more passengers and support economic growth. Mammoet’s approach has established a new industry standard, showcasing replicable technologies and methodologies that can serve as best practices for others to emulate.

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Cross River Rail construction project.

Safety Program Award sponsored by Blackwoods – Contractor Safety Management Program, ARTC

The Safety Program Award recognises a program, project or initiative aimed at promoting and improving safety, either within a business or across the broader construction industry.

The ARTC has significantly improved contractor safety through its Contractor Safety Management Program. The program has delivered improved behaviour from ARTC staff in relation to contractor management, ensured continuous improvement and implemented a proactive approach to safety. Contractors are better supported and trust between ARTC and its contractors has increased. Improved safety performance has resulted in an increase in leading indicators such as safe work interactions and a reduction in lag indicators such as total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR), demonstrating the program’s success in improving safety outcomes for ARTC and its contractors.

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The ARTC has improved contractor safety through its Contractor Safety Management Program.

Sustainability Initiative of the Year sponsored by SAMI Bitumen Technologies – Material Processing Centre 2 (MPC 2), BINGO Industries

The Sustainability Initiative of the Year category recognises a company with a product, technology, system, initiative or project that has developed and carried out an innovative, environmentally focused, sustainable program to protect, preserve and/or rehabilitate the natural environment, contributing to decarbonisation and/or reducing waste and/or waste emissions.

BINGO Industries has constructed a world-class recycling facility known as Material Processing Centre 2 (MPC 2) located in Western Sydney, to enable more diversion of waste from landfill. Fitted with some of the world’s most advanced resource recovery technology, the plant is capable of processing approximately 1.5 million tonnes per annum and up to 7,000 tonnes of inert building and demolition (B&D) and commercial and industrial (C&I) materials each day, diverting up to 80 per cent of C&I and B&D waste materials from landfill – with the number expected to increase in the 2024 financial year. MPC 2 is helping close the resources loop, allowing more materials to be circulated back into the economy aligned with BINGO Industries’ vision of a waste free Australia.

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Material Processing Centre 2 (MPC 2).

Technology Solution Award sponsored by FRAMECAD – Autodesk Construction Cloud, Autodesk

The Technology Solution Award recognises a supplier of technology to a construction business, equipment manufacturer or subcontractor that improves a process, delivering tangible benefits across financial, safety or sustainability measurements.

Autodesk Construction Cloud connects teams and project data from design to handover – reducing risk, protecting profits and increasing predictability. Collaboration happens seamlessly with powerful, simple software that connects critical workflows. Linked workflows move information between teams quickly and critical context doesn’t get lost along the way. Autodesk Construction Cloud links project teams through the entire project lifecycle using a single unified platform. Autodesk software helps its customers to design and make a better world for all.

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Autodesk Construction Cloud.

Local Government Project Success sponsored by COG Advertising– Northern Rivers Rail Trail, Hazell Bros (QLD)

The Local Government Project of the Year category recognises the completion of a stage of a local government project, or complete project delivery, that has been delivered with demonstrably positive results in the areas of budget, safety, social target and sustainability.

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail – Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek is a 24-kilometre-long active transport corridor through the Tweed Shire LGA. The repurposing of the railway represented an opportunity to preserve a significant body of local and state heritage that had been deteriorating each year since its decommissioning in 2004. Delivered under a design and construct model, Hazell Bros worked closely with NSW Public Works and Tweed Shire Council to provide a social and economic benefit to residents, businesses and tourists. The project is the first section of the 130-kilometre Northern Rivers Rail Trail, which once complete, will stretch from Murwillumbah to Casino through Tweed, Byron, Lismore and Richmond Valley. Ensconced in the scenic Tweed Valley, the environmental challenges were great, but the quality of the finished project is a veritable success as attested to by both stakeholders and current users.

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The Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

Rising Star of the Year sponsored by Moddex – Sarah Frankson, Fulton Hogan

The Rising Star of the Year category recognises an individual aged 35 years or younger at the date nominations close, who has impressed their colleagues and counterparts with their contribution to and impact on their organisation, and excellence in service.

Sarah Frankson’s passion and dedication has seen her quickly progress and drive real change within Fulton Hogan, exceeding the expectations of her role time and time again. Commencing in the industry as a land advisor in March 2021, Sarah’s ability to quickly identify areas for improvement, her positive attitude and willingness to share her learnings with the broader industry saw her promoted to the role of asset allocation lead just nine months later. Sarah was the driving force behind a new asset allocation process which has resulted in great success in this field. She has also been instrumental in the establishment of a Women in Construction Steering Group and mentors other females in the industry. It is impossible to ignore Sarah’s positive impact on the business in the short period of time she has worked in the industry.

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Sarah Frankson, asset allocation manager at Fulton Hogan.

Woman of the Year – Christina Knorr, CJK Fire and Safety

The Woman of the Year category recognises a woman in the industry who has driven change and continues to do so, leading to progress in breaking down barriers and creating new career prospects for the next generation.

Christina Knorr is a special expert in fire safety and the founder and managing director of CJK Fire & Safety (CJK). She is extremely passionate about her profession, education and women working in the construction industry. CJK is a boutique consultancy providing expert witness, fire safety engineering and educational services to construction industry professionals. Christina is well-regarded amongst her peers and enjoys sharing knowledge and educating her team, clients and the general public about fire safety. Christina speaks at conferences and mentors graduate engineers. She is often consulted by other professionals about opening their own businesses and she is always happy to share her experience as an engineer, a woman in industry, an immigrant, a business owner and a mother. Christina is proud to be a woman in the construction industry and encourages others to follow their career goals in male-dominated industries by sharing her positive experience in the industry.

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Christina Knorr, founder and managing director of CJK Fire & Safety.

Congratulations to all winners of the 2023 Foundation Awards.

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