The new IWC health and wellbeing centre in Bundaberg has won two major awards for the design and the construction.
The first was announced at the 2015 Queensland Building Design Awards in Brisbane on July 26 when Bundaberg's Greg Pershouse and associates won the statewide Best Commercial Building over $5 million.
In Hervey Bay on July 31, Bundaberg's Wayne Kleidon Constructions took out the award for Community Services Facilities over $5 million in the regional round of the Queensland Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards.
The IWC centre sits on the corner of Barolin St and Sims Rd in Bundaberg and houses a wide range of integrated health, wellbeing and family services which are open to everyone in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay / Burnett communities.
"These awards show that our region has the skills and determination to succeed in the area of creating best-practice facilities which help people from all walks of life," IWC general manager Wayne Mulvany said.
"We used local skills, to create jobs right here, for as much of the project as possible - and that equated to around 95% of the work. This type and level of project helps to build the capacity of the local workforce to deliver similar projects in this area," Mr Mulvany said.
He said the aim had been to set a benchmark in look and style, and in the types and level of integrated health services for the community.
"This is a non-government, community-run and charitable operation which is offering whole-of-person health and wellbeing services which are unique not just in this region, but across Australia," he said.
"The building reflects that admirably, and I thank Greg Pershouse and Wayne Kleidon - who each head multi-award-winning organisations - for going that extra mile to deliver a centre which provides efficient service delivery while also offering aesthetic excellence."