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Newcastle Business Manager, Hugh Tait won the award for ‘Young Achiever of the Year' at the Hunter Business Excellence Awards. Under Hugh's leadership, Opus' Newcastle office was also a finalist in the ‘Small Business Excellence' category of the awards.
Opus won two Awards of Merit at the ACENZ INNOVATE NZ Awards for the Eden Park Street Lighting and the Dunedin 3 Waters Strategy projects. Both projects epitomise absolute excellence. The Dunedin 3 Waters Strategy project has been recognised internationally as demonstrating best practice in advanced asset management, and the Eden Streetlighting project involves a state-of-the-art LED technology and intelligent wireless remote management system -a first in New Zealand for large scale road lighting installations.
The Carterton Events Centre was awarded the Timber Design Award in the Engineering Excellence category for innovative use of engineered timber resulting in a distinctive technical/structural impact on a commercial, industrial, or public building environment.
The Carterton Events Centre was awarded the INGENIUM Excellence Award for Public Infrastructure in the category of projects from $2m - $10m. The Carterton Events Centre incorporates a leading-edge “Pres Lam” earthquake protection system (as designed by researchers at the University of Canterbury, NZ) and is only the second time it has been used worldwide, and the first in this form. This was a multi-disciplinary project involving a wide range of disciplines.
Chris Hackney, Structural Engineer received a Highly Commended Award in the Young Designer category of the ASI Steel Awards in Sydney.
Opus cadet, Ann-Elise Moon, was awarded the NZ Contractors Federation Award for Most Outstanding Student.
At the NZ Planning Institute Awards, Opus, Wanganui District Council and Horizons Regional Council were presented with the NZPI Planning Practice Award for their work on the Wanganui Urban Transportation Strategy.
Opus DaytonKnight were awarded a Canadian Water and Waste Association Utility Excellence Awards for the Metro Vancouver Co-digestion Pilot project.
Jamie Lester (Structural Engineer) won the Best Practice Paper Award for his work and presentation on the Christchurch Catholic Basilica and Andrew Gaul from the Auckland Structures Team won the Best Student Paper at the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Conference.
Opus was presented with the Best Public Service Architecture Asia Pacific Award at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2012 for the Wilson Special Needs School. The Wilson School is New Zealand's first purpose built Special Needs School and its purpose is to provide educational care for children with severe mental and physical disability. The School had also received two top awards in New Zealand including the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Award in the Public Architecture Category. The state-of-the-art School has become a showcase school for the Ministry of Education and visiting international educationists.