Esther Bailey, Better Buildings Partnership, City of Sydney, takes home the sustainability prize at the NSW NAWIC awards

Esther Bailey manager of City of Sydney’s Better Buildings Partnership on Thursday night won the National Association of Women in Construction’s Acoustic Logic Award for Contribution to Sustainability.

Ms Bailey won for the work the BBP has undertaken to transform the commercial property sector to a more sustainable footing.

Part of that work has included collaboration with The Fifth Estate on the Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness.

Esther Bailey and the coveted hammer, with representative from Acoustic Logic, sustainability award sponsor

Laing O’Rourke Crystal Vision Award was presented to Raquel Rubalcaba, senior project manager at Laing O’Rourke, who told the audience that when she started in her career she was always trying to be “one of the boys”. She soon realised she was “not one of the boys” she said, to rousing audience applause.

Ms Rubalcaba implemented an industry-leading 26-week paid parental leave and flexible working policy that combines paid parental leave with a keep-in-touch program, return to work coaching and flexible work options for all employees.

“Raquel has encouraged meaningful change in her organisation that will support the careers of women in the construction sector,” NAWIC’s NSW Chapter president, Sarah Hogan, said.

Other winners included:

  • Laing O’Rourke Crystal Vision Award winner Raquel Rubalcaba – “Not one of the boys”.

    Master Builders Association & Clinton Recruitment Award for Team Innovation won by Davenport Campbell for the QBE Global Head Office Project, with themerit award won by Westpac Tenancy Fitout Team, comprising of Lend Lease and Geyer, for the Westpac Global Head Office

  • Lend Lease Scholarship for Future Leaders won by Hannah Mahoney-Hayes, structural engineer with Taylor Thomson Whitting
  • DTZ University Scholarship won by Alissa Thivakon, University of Newcastle
  • Brookfield Johnson Controls Tradesperson Scholarship won by Kristina Murray, Home Control & Audio
  • MPA Award for Achievement in Construction,
    A glittering night for women in the property and development industry, at The Star for the NSW NAWIC Awards 2014

    Refurbishment and Fit Out won by Jade Nicholson, site engineer, Brookfield Multiplex, for the Charles Perkins Centre Project at the University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

  • Brookfield Multiplex Award for Contribution to a Projects Development won by Miranda Kossen-Markezic, senior project engineer, Thiess, for the Frederickton to Eungai Pacific Highway Upgrade Project; merit won by Lucy Guerin, Jones Lang LaSalle, for her contribution to the Westpac Group Retail Program
  • John Holland Business Woman of the Year Award won by Rachel Luchetti, director, Luchetti Krelle
  • Now Careers Project Management Award won by Dominique Gill, project manager, Built
  • Stockland Award for Innovation in Design won by Alex Wessling, project manager, MBMO Architects for the Sydney Adventist Hospital Stage 1 Redevelopment Project