Wagners wins prestigious Queensland engineering award

ONE of Australia's most successful family-owned businesses has won a prestigious engineering award for its Wellcamp Airport and Wellcamp Business Park project.

Toowoomba construction materials company Wagners received an Australian Engineering Excellence Award (AEEA) Queensland 2016, jointly winning the state's Project Infrastructure category.

The AEEA Queensland 2016 program identifies, recognises and rewards outstanding achievement in the practice of engineering and service to the profession.

Wagners director Denis Wagner said everyone who worked on the multi-million-dollar project should be commended for their efforts.

"This is a significant award not only for our company, but everyone involved in the project and helps put it in the national spotlight," he said.

"The team worked tirelessly to build a major infrastructure project for our region, at times peaking with about 350 people working onsite 24/7 to build the airport and adjacent business park."

Mr Wagner said the majority of staff and contractors who worked on the project were from the region.

"Kehoe Myers Consulting Engineers did all the civil services designs, Aviation Projects' Keith Tonkin facilitated the air services and ACG Airport Consulting Group managed the airfield pavement designs," he said. 

He was extremely proud of his family's venture, built entirely without government funding.

"The project is a testament that family-owned and operated companies in regional Australia are capable of major infrastructure undertakings," Mr Wagner continued. 

"Our innovative and award-winning Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) product features throughout the airport project with more than 40,000m3 used in the construction of the heavy-duty aircraft pavements that form the taxiway, apron and turning node areas, as well as other civil and building works throughout the airport precinct."

Engineers Australia Queensland general anager Ian McEwan said the project was a stand-out because of the advantages the infrastructure would provide for residents and its clever use of materials.

"Wagners is to be congratulated for the long-term benefits the airport and business park will bring to the Surat Basin communities and their innovative use of geo-polymer concrete," he said.

"This is exactly the kind of project that the AEEAs Queensland is designed to recognise and the project shows that regional Queensland has a lot to offer the engineering and construction sectors."

Mr Wagner said he was confident the airport and business park would become a blueprint for other projects in Australia and overseas.

"We have proven we can build airports and we already have strong interest, particularly from overseas markets, for our innovations, expertise and EFC," he said.

Wagners will now be vying for a national Australian Engineering Excellence Award, which will decided in November.

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