Individual excellence and exceptional teamwork has been recognised at the National
Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) NSW Chapter 2014 Awards for
September 11th, 2014
The awards, held on Thursday 21 August at The Star in Sydney, were established in 1986 to honour the achievements and encourage the advancement of women in
construction in New South Wales.
NAWIC’s NSW Chapter President, Sarah Hogan, says: “NAWIC’s Awards for Excellence program celebrates leadership, encourages women to take risks in their
careers and helps them to establish important networks. “The awards also highlight the qualities that women in our industry need to succeed – qualities such as teamwork and tenacity, collaboration and creativity – and underscore the contribution that women make to an industry that is vital to Australia’s future.”
Raquel Rubalcaba, Senior Project Manager at Laing O’Rourke, was presented with the prestigious Laing O’Rourke Crystal Vision Award.
Ms Rubalcaba implemented an industry-leading 26-week paid parental leave and flexible working policy at Laing O’Rourke. The policy combines paid parental leave with a keep-in-touch program, return to work coaching and flexible work options for all employees.
“Raquel has encouraged meaningful change in her organisation that will support the careers of women in the construction sector. The judges were impressed by Raquel’s
passion and drive to contribute to the industry in which she has been involved for 24 years. We salute Raquel as a role model for other women in the industry,” Ms Hogan.
A panel of industry experts selected winners based on strict award criteria. Other category and merit winners include:
Master Builders Association & Clinton Recruitment Award for Team Innovation
Winner: Davenport Campbell for the QBE Global Head Office Project
Merit: Westpac Tenancy Fitout Team, comprising of Lend Lease and Geyer, for the Westpac Global Head Office
Lend Lease Scholarship for Future Leaders
Winner: Hannah Mahoney-Hayes, Structural Engineer, Taylor Thomson Whittling
DTZ University Scholarship
Winner: Alissa Thivakon, University of Newcastle -MOREBrookfield
Johnson Controls Tradesperson Scholarship
Winner: Kristina Murray, Home Control & Audio
MPA Award for Achievement in Construction, Refurbishment and Fit Out
Winner: Jade Nicholson, Site Engineer, Brookfield Multiplex, for the Charles Perkins Centre Project at the University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus
Brookfield Multiplex Award for Contribution to a Projects Development
Winner: Miranda Kossen-Markezic, Senior Project Engineer, Thiess, for the
Frederickton to Eungai Pacific Highway Upgrade Project
Merit: Lucy Guerin, Jones Lang LaSalle, for her contribution to the Westpac Group Retail Program
John Holland Business Woman of the Year Award
Winner: Rachel Luchetti, Director, Luchetti Krelle
Acoustic Logic Award for Contribution to Sustainability
Winner: Esther Bailey, Better Buildings Partnership Manager, City of Sydney
Now Careers Project Management Award
Winner: Dominique Gill, Project Manager, Built
Stockland Award for Innovation in Design
Winner: Alex Wessling, Project Manager, MBMO Architects for the Sydney Adventist Hospital Stage 1 Redevelopment Project
Award sponsors include Laing O’Rourke, John Holland, Brookfield Multiplex,
Brookfield Johnson Controls, Stockland, Now Careers, Lend Lease, Acoustic Logic,
DTZ, Master Builders Association, Clinton Recruitment, MPA, CBRE Richard Ellis,
Davenport Campbell, HASSELL and Cult.
Each year, the NAWIC Awards for Excellence also feature an auction to raise funds
for the annual International Women’s Day Scholarship. The scholarship is
generously supported by Cult and its Managing Director Richard Munao. This year,
Cult donated the fabulous Ro chair by Jaime Hayon for Republic of Fritz Hansen.
Established in 1995, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is a
not-for-profit organisation with a mission to raise the profile of women in the
construction industry. NAWIC strives to create a world-class construction industry
that achieves outstanding results through the active involvement and contribution of
women. NAWIC hosts networking events and education seminars, runs an annual
awards program, funds scholarships, and works with both government and industry
to advance opportunities for women in Australia’s construction industry. See:
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