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Aurecon one of three finalists in Project Management Institute Global Project of the Year Award

Graeme McKenzie and Kayla Bolton at the PMI Gala

Graeme McKenzie and Kayla Bolton at the PMI Gala

26 September 2016 - At the Project Management Institute (PMI) Awards Gala held 24 September 2016 in San Diego, California, USA, Aurecon was one of only three finalists in the Project of the Year Award for the delivery of the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.

A once in a generation undertaking, the construction and fit-out of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane was one of the most complex health reform programmes ever delivered within Australia. The project addressed the need for transformational change of paediatric healthcare in Queensland and was delivered within budget and on time.

The PMI Project of the Year Award recognises a large and complex project that best delivers superior performance of project management practices and organisational results and positive impacts on society. This global award sees one recipient and two finalists awarded annually.

The three finalists in the 2016 PMI Awards were Guaiba 2 Pulp Mill in Brazil, a USD 2.4-billion project; the National Synchrotron Light Source II, a USD 912-million project in Upton, New York, USA; and the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, an AUD 1.5-billion project in Brisbane, Australia.

On the Lady Cilento project, Aurecon provided programme and project management services for this mega health development to Queensland Health. The primary role of the team was that of project manager for the briefing, planning, design, construction and commissioning phases of the project, so that the objectives of scope, time, cost and quality were achieved.

“We are honoured to be named a finalist for this prestigious award as recognition for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital project,” said Susie Pearn, Client Director, Health & Education, who was involved in the project from its inception.

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital brought together the specialist paediatric services of three of the state’s leading children’s facilities, the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Mater Children’s Hospital and the Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service at The Prince Charles Hospital into a single state-of-the-art facility.

“We brought in an exceptional team and stood by our commitment to continuity of resources. We are proud that we had the longest serving team members across the client, contractor and consultant team for this eight-year project,” said Graeme McKenzie, Project Director, Aurecon, Australia, who – with fellow Aurecon Project Director, Matthew Skeen – led the Advisory Team.

The programme involved the delivery of 11 interdependent projects, seven of which were construction projects which had to be delivered within a dense, inner city area of Brisbane.

“A critical challenge for the Aurecon project team was to support major organisational change, navigate multiple stakeholder requests and safely relocate patients from three hospitals across the city,” says Graeme.

"After seven challenging years, we were all thrilled when the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital opened on time and budget. Being one of three projects nominated for this award further adds to our sense of pride, satisfaction and commitment our team had to be part of delivering ‘best care for kids’ across Queensland and Northern New South Wales," adds Matthew.

Most importantly the community, children and young people in Queensland are now receiving treatment in a world-leading hospital that is child- and family-focused and offers contemporary models of care and clinical services.

Aurecon’s Graeme McKenzie and Kayla Bolton, Project Leader on LCCH, travelled to the US to attend the PMI Awards Gala. Aurecon would like to congratulate the project team for the National Synchrotron Light Source II which was crowned overall winner.

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