The Power of our Built People: Property Council Victoria Awards

26 June 2023​

Congratulations to our Victorian team for winning two awards and being nominated as finalists for a further two awards at Property Council Victoria’s 2023 People in Property Awards.

Built’s National Health Sector Lead, Monica Fontaine received the Industry Impact Award, while our Goulburn Valley Health Project Team were recognised as the Team of the Year Award. Our Digital Engineering Manager – Southern Region, Alun Welsh and Sustainability & Social Impact Lead – Victoria, Haneen Jaber were also finalist in the Patherfinder and ESG categories respectively.

This year’s theme, ‘The Power of People’ recognises that the property industry in Victoria is driven by its people and that we need to continue to shine the spotlight on exceptionally talented individuals in our industry.

This accomplishment a recognition of our commitment to leading the new way forward for our industry and the healthcare sector in Victoria and our active participation in the regional communities in which we operate.

Industry Impact Award: Monica Fontaine, National Health Sector Lead

Monica has played a pivotal role in spearheading the growth of Built’s healthcare sector, demonstrating her contribution in securing a robust national project pipeline.

Her stakeholder management skills, coupled with innovative thinking, resulted in her unlocking complex problems when it came to healthcare user groups interpreting 2D drawings for the Sunshine Private Hospital project. She worked closely with Built’s Digital Engineering team to develop 3D free-roam virtual reality (FRVR) prototype of key rooms, so that clients could ‘walk through’ their future workspace and provide live feedback at the design phase before construction took place. This technology and approach have since been transferred across Built’s other projects across a range of sectors.

In addition to her diligent oversight of key construction initiatives, Monica has dedicated her time and expertise to community-driven organisations such as the Property Industry Foundation (PIF), National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), and Salvation Army, to name a few.

Monica’s unwavering commitment to promoting gender equality within the construction industry has also been commendable. As a Graduate Program Sponsor for our Victorian cohorts, she has provided invaluable support and mentorship, empowering emerging talents and fostering a culture of inclusivity.

Team of the Year: Goulburn Valley Health

Goulburn Valley Health (GV Health) in Shepparton, houses a range of critical functions including a 24-hour Emergency Department (ED), Maternal Health, Special Care Nursery (SCN), and Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA). With 300 beds on-site, it provides acute and extended care for services including surgical, medical, paediatric, obstetrics and gynaecology, intensive care, and psychiatry services. The Built team were tasked with delivering this challenging, live hospital redevelopment project, responding to the clients’ needs for healthcare in regional Victoria.

The driving forces behind Goulburn Valley Health’s success included Nick Simonds, Construction Manager, Charlie Zwar, Project Manager, Leigh Baldwin, Site Supervisor and Vikuman Jayawardene, Junior Estimator. Relocating from Melbourne to Shepparton to see out the construction programme, the team shouldered an immense additional workload and responsibility. As a frontline healthcare provider, GV Health accommodated patients impacted by COVID-19 within designated ‘hot’ zones.

Given the intricacies of operating in a live and highly sensitive environment, the project unfolded in 22 distinct stages, meticulously managed to ensure uninterrupted delivery of critical services by the hospital and associated healthcare facilities throughout the project duration.

Congratulations to everyone involved and making Built proud of our highly experienced, dedicated and forward-thinking team.

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