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22 AUGUST 2008 - Graeme Earl has now returned home to Christchurch gob smacked from being awarded the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Institute of Building awards for 2008. Earl has been recognised for his contribution to managing the construction of Canterbury Charity Hospital, a project which was seen as a labour of the heart - seeing Earl go beyond the call of duty to provide a state of the art surgical unit for the Canterbury community.

Graeme Earl, Mainzeal's contracts manager, volunteered his project management skills to the cause. Coming in right at the outset of the project, and using his position as vice president of the Canterbury Registered Master Builders Association, Earl was able to set the work in motion. He pulled together a group of consultants, trades, suppliers and a main contractor - Mainzeal Interiors - all willing to help the charity by donating and/or supplying services and materials free, or at a reduced cost.

Earl says the dilapidated state of the old villa and its total change of use provided further challenges. "It took considerable planning and negotiation to be able to renovate, modernise and adapt the building to its new purpose. As the property is in a residential district, we needed to retain the character of the villa. This meant shoehorning all the hospital facilities into the existing building and accommodating services in a way that would not be obvious to the public."

"I am lucky that I am passionate about my job with Mainzeal and have been rewarded for doing omething good for my community - it was a win-win for myself, the project and the community."

Cantabrian wins top spot New Zealand Institute of Building Awards Cantabrian, Graeme Earl, has won the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) Awards for Excellence in the Building Professions, and the NZIOB Progressive Building Magazine Young Achiever Award, for his contribution to the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital with Mainzeal Property and Construction and the team that managed the hospital's construction.

The NZIOB Silver Jubilee Awards for Excellence in 2008 are about recognising the great things that are happening in construction sites around the country and the personal excellence displayed by individuals or teams in the industry.

Earl brought 25 years of experience to the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital project. Using his local network and construction knowledge, he was able to give the project direction, planning and programming, heading towards the ultimatly successful completion. The end result: a 1930s rundown villa transformed into a state-of-the-art day surgery unit.

Earl's attention to detail and hands-on management produced approximately $1 million of savings on the project, construction, and material costs.

Randall Allardyce, Deputy Chair of the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital, comments on Earl's contribution to the project, "The medical-quality standards meant that Graeme had to anticipate unique demands and constraints. It was like building an aircraft, with many related, redundant failsafe systems that added to its complexity."

NZIOB judging convenor, Graeme White comments "Graeme's volunteer hours, dedication to the project and overall management overseeing the surgery being completed on time and on budget shows his personal contribution to a construction project. The NZIOB is honoured to present the Supreme Award to Graeme for his outstanding efforts on the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital."

Mainzeal COO Peter Gomm comments on the success of the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital project, "Mainzeal has over 40 years' experience working in New Zealand construction delivering many different types of buildings and Graeme's winning of the NZIOB Supreme Award is true recognition of his achievement in delivering this project, which has produced such exceptional client value.

"We are proud to have Graeme as a member of the Mainzeal team and delighted that his attention to detail, commitment and skills in working collaboratively with the total project team have achieved such a successful outcome for him personally, the project team, and the Canterbury Charity Trust Hospital."

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