Aurecon’s Dr Jan Kupec won the Property Professional of the Year Award for his contribution to the local, national, and international property industry over many years. Jan also took out the coveted Property Council New Zealand South Island Supreme Award which is given to the overall winner on the night.
In addition, Aurecon, along with the Ministry of Justice, Amalgamated Builders, RDT Pacific, Stephenson & Turner, PHC Limited and Ian Bowman also won the Best Team Award for the Dunedin Law Courts project.
Formulating a vision for the future
With a background in Geotechnical Engineering and over 25 years of international experience, Jan is known for his contributions to post-earthquake land development, providing resilience in Christchurch and beyond. In addition to leading the Ground Engineering team at Aurecon, Jan is a specialist with the New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue Team and regularly volunteers his time to respond to natural disasters around the globe. Jan has authored over 60 technical publications on various aspects of geotechnical engineering and is using his experience to mentor and guide others.
“I am honoured to receive these Awards and join an esteemed group of past recipients who are leaders within our industry. Being passionate about creating a legacy at Aurecon, these awards reinforce my beliefs in helping clients shape our cities and towns for future generations,” said Jan.
The judges commented, “Dr Jan Kupec is to be applauded for his technical brilliance and overwhelming sense of purpose. His contribution to the local, national, and international property profession through years of experience, expertise, and dedication is second to none. His passion to give back to the community through his volunteer work shows an immense amount of selflessness and spirit.”
Bringing a historic building back to life
Claiming the Best Team Award, the complex heritage Dunedin Law Courts project has breathed new life into the iconic building, originally built in the 1900s. The building is one of the older assets of the Ministry of Justice and, as a result, has presented several compromises for modern use.
Following the September 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, a business case was undertaken by the Ministry and RDT Pacific to determine the future of the property. The result is a significant refurbishment and structural strengthening of this formerly underutilised heritage building to seismically strengthen the building and to optimise its use as a court.
Aurecon were the structural engineers and are proud to have played a key role in bringing this beautiful yet functional building back to life.
“A team who took full ownership of the project and gave nothing less than 100% at all times, has resulted in the Dunedin Law Courts retaining their sense of history and esteem while incorporating the very latest in modern technology. This beautiful yet functional building is now fit to serve the community for many years to come – an outcome that could not have been achieved without the integrity, collaboration, and commitment of the Dunedin Law Courts Project Team,” the judges said.