The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Johannesburg division honoured Arup with multiple project and individual awards at its 2018 regional award ceremony.
The twisting PwC Tower in Midrand won both the Structural Engineering category and the Overall Technical Excellence Achievement. This follows the project’s recent win at the South African Property Owners Association Awards for Innovative Excellence for Best Corporate Office. Arup provided structural, façade, civil, wet services and transport engineering to the project with an approach that exemplified collaboration and the use of industry-leading technology.
“It’s exhilarating to be a part of a project recognised so widely by the South African industry. I congratulate all members of the project team from Arup, as well as the project’s clients, professional team, contractor and sub-contractors who we have worked with since the inception of this amazing construction,” said associate director Richard Lawson at Arup and project manager for the PwC Tower.
Two Arup individuals also walked away with honours: Rudolf le Roux was the winner of the Young Engineer of the Year and Claudio Duarte received Highly Commended in the Technologist of the Year category.
Rudolf is a senior façade engineer at Arup who has worked on many recognisable projects across the country including the PwC Tower, the Grain Silo complex in the V&A Waterfront and THE MARC in Sandton. His knowledge and use of parametric methods have been key to enabling the bold geometries of these project façades.
Claudio is a senior structural engineer in the Arup Industrial Projects team working on numerous large-scale projects such as the New Multi Product Pipeline between Durban and Johannesburg and the Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project in the North West province. Most recently, he is the project engineer leading the design team on the new Twinsaver Kliprivier plant expansion in Ekurhuleni.
“We at Arup are very proud of these achievements. I believe our people – individually and collectively - help shape the industry, and it is an honour to be recognised for this,” said Kimon Comninos, director at Arup and Johannesburg office leader.