Staying true to its role of industry champion during the current tough economic climate in the construction market, the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) focused on innovation, positivity and creativity with this year’s recently announced Steel Awards winners. The SAISC 2019 Steel Awards received a record number of entries and sponsorships, with the Institute receiving 94 entries compared to 70 in 2018 and 59 in 2017.
Paolo Trinchero, chief executive officer of the SAISC, says the 40% increase in sponsorships since last year was largely due to a restructuring of the awards sponsorship options, which made it more affordable and accessible to potential sponsors.
“Another important factor which definitely contributed to the increased entries and sponsorships in 2019, is the very intensive and dynamic communications campaigns undertaken to market the awards – across all platforms from social media to online, print and broadcast media – which also significantly increased the overall visibility and traction of the awards throughout industry,” says Paolo.
According to Paolo, a wide range of stakeholders in the greater built environment – from architects and engineers to riggers, welders and even university students – actively participated in the Steel Awards and have started to recognise the pivotal importance of steel. “We are particularly pleased with the greater diversity of entries received this year,” says Paolo.
The annual Steel Awards are intended to create a sense of inclusivity and community and to resonate with a wider audience including a wider representation of gender, generational and ethnic groups. This goal was brilliantly realised by the entry of the overall Steel Awards 2019 winner and winner of the SAFAL steel innovation category, the Durban Christian Centre.
Winner: Durban Christian Centre
The Durban Christian Centre was commissioned to replace an earlier church which had burnt down, and is in the shape of a large dome. The innovation of this project lay in the geometry of the large roof arches, inclined in different planes which provide support for the roof; as well as the very tight site access. The nominator and structural engineer was NJV Consulting, the architect Elphick Proome Architects and the steelwork contractor Impact Engineering.
SAISC chairperson, Nicolette Skjoldhammer, comments: “The Durban Christian Centre is a very bold project. For the engineer to realise the form, the architect envisioned must have been very complex. The members of the Durban Christian Centre project team epitomise all the aspects of diversity which the SAISC is striving for within the steel industry, all working in harmony to achieve an amazingly creative and innovative outcome.”
Protea Glen Secondary School
The Protea Glen Secondary School for the Gauteng Department of Education won the Mitek Industries South Africa light steel framed building category. The aim of the project, which was one of nine schools commissioned by the Department, was to adjudicate various building systems and their advantages – and how these could create structures conducive to learning.
The architect was Local Studio, the structural engineer Structural Workshop, the engineer Luleka Consulting Engineers and the main contractor Abacus Space Solutions. The project team capitalised on speed, thermal efficiency, acoustics and flexibility of design – all key features of light steel frame building.
The Peech Hotel in Melrose, Johannesburg, won the ArcelorMittal South Africa architectural category. Meshworks Architects and structural engineers EVH Consulting were tasked with extending the existing hotel onto a newly acquired adjacent property. Throughout the project, steel was used to express a layered architecture of lightness, and as a tool in the integration of built form with landscape.
The building for KTM Raceworx won the SAISC Steel Awards commercial category. The project made innovative use of a steel frame system with cellular beams to support the floors and HVAC and other services. The structural engineer and main contractors were JandC Structural and Civil Design, and Macsteel nominated the project.
A building named the 1054, designed and nominated by architects DMV Architecture, with the main contracting carried out by Jeremy Delport Construction, won the Global Roofing Solutions metal cladding category. The contrast of the building’s solid exterior with a light and airy interior succeeds in creating a welcoming and connecting space.
The Omnia Nitro Phosphate Plant for the diversified chemicals group Omnia won the industrial category, the structure Fourways Mall Promotions Court won the Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa’s (ASTPM’s) tubular category, Chilleweni Cold Storage Solutions won the Safintra South Africa factory and warehouse category, and the CTICC Skybridge, which connects the Cape Town International Convention Centre with the CTICC East Expansion, won the SAISC Steel Awards bridges category.
“In the light of the current economic pressures which we face in South Africa, we are hugely encouraged by the industry’s response to, and involvement in, this year’s Steel Awards – the sponsorships, the number of awards and the diversity of every aspect from the entries to the judging panel and sponsors,” says Paolo.
“South Africa needs a healthy and vibrant steel construction industry, and this year’s highly successful Steel Awards event will do much to showcase not only the capabilities of steel as a material of construction – but those of all the amazing people who work throughout the entire sector to promote the future sustainability of our industry,” he concludes.