Graph Building named Commercial Builder of the year at the Master Builders Association excellence in business awards

By admin • 成都桑拿 • 18 Jul 2019

Collective occasion: Graph general manager Ross Howard at the MBA Excellence in Building Awards in Newcastle. ADAMSTOWN company Graph Building has been namedCommercial Builder of the Year at the Master Builders Association Excellence in Building awards.

Graph won three categories at the September 7 awards,which propelled them into contention for the major win.

The three categories were Extensions, Renovations and Refurbishments ($2m-$5m) for The Anchorage Project;Public Buildings ($1.5-$4 million) forThe Maitland Riverlink project; and best use of bricks, also for the Maitland Riverlink project.

The Anchorage Project involved additions and refurbishment to an existing luxury resort on the shores of Port Stephens with works undertaken at various stages with the brief to minimise any disruptive impact on guest experience. The Hunter Riverlink project at Maitland involved configuring a public space that also acted as a thoroughfare from High Street onto the Hunter River, as well as providing spaces for socialising.

Graph general manager Ross Howard said the recognition was “a result of our collective efforts, day in day out, as buildings get put together ‘bit by bit’.”

“It’s particularly satisfying to win the award in our 20thyear of operations, and in competition with some very good builders,” he said.

Mr Howard has been with Graph since it’s foundation on July 1 1999, Graph being an acronym from the Christian names of the original owners – Greg, Ross, Arch, Paul and Harry.

“We’re a local business, and our 25 employees all live and work here: we’ve always been Hunter based and focused,” Mr Howard said.

“Our workforce is very stable – although we have a number of young employees who are relative newcomers, our average duration of employment here isjust under 12 years so, across 25employees, that’s almost 300 years of combined experience with Graph.”

Working in what has traditionally been a small market, Graph hasneeded to be versatile and flexible. Most of its projects are in the $1 millionto $15 million range, but it can do projects up to around $30 million.

“The effort that we put into building our winning entries was no different to what we put into all our projects, whether modest or majestic, but some projects call for the builder to demonstrate extra skill and ability and, when that’s delivered by the builder and its subcontractors, the outcome is a special building,” Mr Howard said.

Graph is no stranger to kudos in the MBA Awards,winning categories over the years including Commercial Builder of the Year in 2004.

“Last year, one of our wins was for the best house over $3m, which has beenhelpful in us moving into the high-end housing market over the past year,” Mr Howard said.

Building a reputation: The team from Graph at the MBA Excellence in Building Awards in Newcastle.

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