National Icons Award finalists in roadshow
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Three second-year University of Adelaide students have made it to the finals of Baulderstone's Icons student competition and are exhibiting at the Adelaide Convention Centre as part of the prestigious road-show currently touring Australia.
Zoe Last, Duncan Marshall and Santo Leung, all doing Architectural Engineering, are displaying their findings from the competition to update one of Baulderstone's most famous projects using modern methods, materials and techniques from 27 to 28 July, 9am to 8pm.
General Manager Michael Harper said Baulderstone was proud of its association with some of the nation's most recognised buildings and structures and was deeply committed to fostering new talent entering the engineering and construction industry.
"The icons will be displayed on a grand scale with each represented as a three by three metre painting - student submissions will be represented on a super-imposed element a few feet from the original to show visitors how an icon might be updated using sustainable methods and materials."
For team members Zoe Last and Duncan Marshall their project focused on finding cost effective and innovative methods for the expansion of the Adelaide Convention Centre.
"Our project focused on finding sustainable cost effective methods Baulderstone could incorporate into new construction and demolition projects as being green really does pay off. An example is recycling concrete and glass from the existing structure which can save up to 65 percent in processing costs," Zoe said.
"Working in a team has given us a taste of the expectations of working in a team environment on a real-life industry project while the experience has exposed us to sustainable methods and considerations we might utilise in our future career."
Santo Leung said the experiences he gained from participating in this competition would assist him in becoming a responsible engineer and confirmed that sustainable engineering is the way of the future.
"My project focused on the ventilation management system for the Graham Farmer Freeway in Perth. It focused mainly on a new form of technology designed to take vehicle emissions out of the tunnel and it has long term benefits for the consideration of reducing emissions inside urban road tunnels," Santo said.
The general public are encouraged to visit the road-show at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 27-28 July to assess and vote for their favourite student submission as part of the People's Choice Award, to be announced at the grand finale in Sydney alongside the Judges' Award.
Students from eight top universities were invited to update one of Baulderstone's most famous projects using modern methods, materials and techniques: the Sydney Opera House, Anzac Bridge, Story Bridge, Etihad Stadium, Treasury Building, Adelaide Convention Centre and the Graham Farmer Freeway.
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