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One of Queensland’s largest privately-owned companies has nabbed a coveted national award for the landmark Sunshine Coast City Hall project.

After winning the Queensland Project of the Year for its work on the Maroochydore CBD project, McNab was awarded the National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award ($50m to $100m) at the Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards hosted at Crown Towers in Perth on Saturday night.

McNab founder and managing director Michael McNab said he was immensely proud of the team honoured with the award, presented annually in recognition of the country’s best builders in housing and construction.

“Sunshine Coast City Hall has established a new benchmark in innovation and sustainability for commercial developments, not only across the Sunshine Coast but throughout Queensland and Australia at large,” Mr McNab said.

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The City Hall design had to take in various floor uses. Picture: Willem Dirk Du Toit

“The unique building design meant each floor was configured differently. So, our team and expert partners worked together to create everything on site, resulting in exceptional quality that you have to see in person to truly appreciate.

“To meet the council’s requirements for 5-Star Green Star and NABERS accreditation required innovative building solutions, procurement and assembling a highly skilled delivery team.

“In addition to this, when it came to the 2000-plus workers who contributed to this project, we heavily targeted local market engagement and procurement.”

Sunshine Coast City Hall was designed by award-winning Cottee Parker Architects with the facade of the building inspired by the forms and colours of the Glass House Mountains.

The building is among the earliest projects to be delivered as part of the Sunshine Coast Council, Walker Corporation and SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd’s historic agreement to deliver Australia’s first ‘greenfield’ CBD in Maroochydore over the next 15 to 20 years.

“Sunshine Coast City Hall forms part of the collective vision to create a first-of-its-kind regional civic, business and commercial heart and McNab is delighted to be part of this promising future for the Sunshine Coast,” Mr McNab said.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said he took great pride in the awards that City Hall and its builder had received.

The design of City Hall was inspired by the Glass House Mountains. Picture: Willem Dirk Du Toit

He said the outstanding building had been described as “a modern masterpiece” and “world-class civic headquarters”.

“Of course, so much work has gone into the design and construction of what is an impressive and fitting asset for the people of the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Jamieson said.

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“We congratulate McNab on their achievements and this latest award that again puts our City Hall, Maroochydore City Centre and the Sunshine Coast in the spotlight as a leader in innovation.”

Highlights of the City Hall project include installation of a fully automated building management system to help maximise use but reduce energy and water consumption, and a water recycling irrigation system collecting rainfall from the roof in a 100,000-litre rainwater tank that, once filtered using UV treatment, is used to flush toilets, urinals and feed thousands of native plants, shrubs and trees, internally and on the facade of the building.

The council chambers in Sunshine Coast City Hall. Picture: Willem Dirk Du Toit

McNab construction manager Luke Martin said one of the City Hall’s most impressive features was the bespoke, theatre-style council chambers, with a tiered ceiling and timber wall cladding in natural blackbutt, procured and expertly installed by hand to meet the architect and client’s vision for the space.

“The council chambers is at the heart of the City Hall and was the most complicated space in the building, taking more than four-and-a-half months to construct,” he said.

“We are incredibly proud of the outcome and this award is definitely thanks to the tireless work of many dedicated contributors who made this project a reality.”

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