Great Southern builders show innovation and style for awards

DENMARK builder Steve Madaffari of Westruct Builders was one of the big winners at the Master Builders-BankWest Great Southern Building Excellence awards on September 14, at Albany’s Lime 303.

Regional awards judge Charlie Baggetta said that the range and quality of building work in the area was impressive.

Judges assessed houses valued from less than $200,000 to $1.5-million, and commercial projects from $1m to $3m.

The total value of projects entered in the awards was about $59m.

Architect, builder and carpenter Ascan Volckerts won the Best Country Home award for his own residence in Albany.

A new aged-care facility in Lockyer built by Crothers Construction won Best Regional Project award.

In Denmark, Westruct won Best Home $200,000 to $250,000 for 38 Russell rise, Best Historic Renovation or Restoration for 1 Mitchell street (the craft shop), Excellence in Energy Efficiency, and the Judges Innovation award for his project at 113A Inlet drive.

Winning project by Westruct Builders – The Denmark Cottage Craft Shop – Photo courtesy the Master Builders Association of WA.

But the icing on the cake for Mr Madaffari and his team was the Great Southern Small Builder of the Year award – recognition of excellence and enterprise by a builder from ‘small town’ Denmark.

“We are extremely proud to accept these awards and would like to acknowledge the tremendous efforts, care and passion shown by our wonderful tradespeople and suppliers, without whom the awards would not be possible,” Steve said.

Two other Denmark constructions, by Warren Bennet Homes of Albany, won awards on the night, for Homes Between $400,000 and $450,000, and Excellence in Construction on a Challenging Lot, for 5 Pember road.

Trades awards are also made at the annual event, none more prestigious than Apprentice of the Year.

This year’s winner was Jack Curlewis, a metal fabricator with MCB Construction in Albany.

MBA Great Southern regional manager Linda Gibbs said that this award showed that the skills required to be a great subcontractor or builder were being passed on to a talented new generation.

“The four finalists were of such high quality that the judges had great difficulty choosing a winner, and the difference between first and last place was just half a point,” Ms Gibbs said.

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