At a major industry event in Sydney tonight, the Chith Export Facility at Weipa in Far North Queensland, constructed by McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd, was announced as the 2019 winner of the Australian Construction Achievement Award.

The Australian Construction Achievement Award is promoted by the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) and Engineers Australia and is the peak annual award for the major players in Australia’s construction industry.

The Award is fiercely contested by the largest construction and engineering businesses operating in Australia whose projects must first qualify to be finalists and then submit to the most rigorous assessment by an independent panel of experts.

Commenting on the announcement of the winner, ACA President Craig Laslett said that the winning project showcases the highly innovative solutions, teamwork and skills that constructors develop to overcome the technically challenging issues associated with today’s mega projects.

Trish White, National President of Engineers Australia, praised the quality of the finalists and said they demonstrated an evolution in quality design and performance within the construction industry.

“The drive for best-for-project outcomes utilising good cross-team relationships is a feature of the success of these projects”, she said.

The Chair of the Judging Panel, Mark Dohrmann said of the winner:

“McConnell Dowell’s execution of this challenging construction project was a standout for its comprehensive achievement of all major judging criteria, including on-time completion of a difficult and complex construction in a remote region, timely responses to quality issues overseas, exemplary safety, environmental sensitivity, and close collaboration with contractors.”

The other 2019 Finalists were: –
Barangaroo South
Sydney NSW
Bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood
NSW Northern Rivers District
Nexus Delivery
Toowoomba Second Range Crossing
Toowoomba QLD
Full details of the winner and finalists, including photos of the projects and other information are available at: