Entries for the CMA Awards for excellence have closed and the winners will be announced on 23rd April 2016.
The 2016 Concrete Manufacturers Association NPC (CMA) Awards for Excellence competition has drawn a bumper crop of entries, which at 123 was almost double the 77 submissions entered during the last competition.
Images and entry details of the competition’s six categories can be found in the Awards entry book which has been published electronically on the CMA’s website www.cma.org.za.
The book provides a valuable reference document on some of the country’s most prestigious construction projects using precast concrete.
Chairperson of the Awards committee, Monique Eggebeen, says that the standard of this year’s submissions was high and in some cases extremely so.
“It is quite clear from this year’s entry submissions that the use of precast concrete is growing rapidly across diverse applications, offering ease of installation, as well as high standards of finish and durability.
“This year’s entry categories comprised the following: Aesthetics Commercial; Aesthetics Residential; Community Upliftment; Technical Excellence; Innovation and, for projects older than 10 years, Precast for Life,” said Eggebeen.
As anticipated, Aesthetics Commercial attracted by far the most entries, reeling in an impressive 50 projects. Submission numbers in the other categories were as follows: Aesthetics Residential 12; Community Upliftment 9; Technical Excellence 26; Innovation 15; and there were 10 entries in the Precast for Life category. Some entries were entered for two or more categories, which means that one project could win more than one award.
One entry in the Aesthetics Commercial category was that of Waterfall Corner, Woodmead Drive, Johannesburg.
Waterfall Corner is located on the corner of Maxwell Road and Woodmead Drive in Midrand and is earmarked to become a premier neighbourhood retail centre servicing the fast-growing upper-income residential and commercial communities within the greater Waterfall City precinct.
Designed as a piazza or local gathering point, the centre features numerous benches and open spaces. Modular paving sizes were used in the design to prevent unnecessary cutting and wastage. Manufactured by Bosun and SmartStone, the paving comprised beneficiated drycast units combined with westcast concrete cobbles, flagstones and copings to create a distinct contemporary design with contrasting textures and colours.
The five judges of the CMA Awards, all leading professionals in the field of construction, comprised: landscape architect, Antoinette de Beer; architect, Hugh Fraser; civil engineer, Malcolm Pautz; civil engineer, Abe Thela; and quantity surveyor, Bert van der Heever.
A possible six trophies, one for each category, and up to three commendation awards can be made in each category providing the judges consider the entries to be worthy of an award. The results of the competition will be announced on April 23rd 2016.
The sponsors of the CMA awards are PPC, Afrisam, BASF, Chryso and Lafarge.