Jason Carnie’s trophy cabinet is looking healthy this year.

Jason is a project manager with Hawkins, one of New Zealand’s largest construction companies and part of the Downer family. He was the lead project manager for the delivery of 12 Madden Street - New Zealand’s first purpose-built co-working space.  

The exceptional management of the project earned Jason both the excellence and supreme categories in the 2018 New Zealand Building Industry Awards.  

As well as Jason’s own achievements, the project took home the Interdisciplinary Collaboration Excellence Award. 12 Madden Street also won an impressive host of architectural awards, including the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Interior Architecture award. 

These are high accolades, and you can see why. The finished result is certainly impressive.  

The six-storey office building is part of the GridAKL innovation precinct in Auckland’s city centre. The building and surrounding precinct are exemplars of Auckland’s ambitions to become a world-class, design-led city, with the private and public sectors working together towards making Auckland’s streets, neighbourhoods, homes and public buildings some of the best in the world. 

The innovation precinct has been built on the philosophy of nurturing innovation, growth and creativity.  

12 Madden Street’s design is influenced heavily by this philosophy. 

Jason explains, “You go in and you can start up a business and you grow into the building - you can develop and grow the business in that environment.”  

Boasting 9,183m2 of general office floor area and 3,424m2 of underground car parking, 12 Madden Street is also a 5 Star Green Star rated building. To achieve this rating, a building needs to meet the strict environmental criteria of the New Zealand Green Building Council.  

When asked about this year’s awards and the construction process itself, Jason recognised the importance of the close collaboration between the client Precinct Properties, the consultants and Hawkins as the main contractor.  

This effective collaboration is one of the defining factors of the project. Jason says part of achieving such a high and effective degree of collaboration was the client challenging its consultants and main contractor to work with it as a complete and collaborative team.  

But innovation also played a big part.   

Jason included an innovation component to the team’s weekly meeting. “We challenged the team. We had an innovation section to our weekly meeting and everyone had to participate and provide an innovative idea.”  

Jason also challenged his team to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) more effectively as a tool in the build.  

The use of BIM was recognised by the New Zealand Building Industry Awards judges. They referred to the “high level adoption of Building information Modelling” as an example of the impressive innovation shown on the project.  

Where to from here? 

Jason tells us, “There’s plenty of work - the industry is heaving, there’s no slowdown in sight. 

We’re now working on the building next door with Precinct. We’re looking at improvements to get even better”.  

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