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BER Implementation Taskforce presented the President’s Award


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

The Building the Education Revolution (BER) Implementation Taskforce has been awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter’s President’s Prize 2011.

The Queensland Chapter recognises a contribution to Architecture from those outside the profession with President's Award. This year it was awarded to the BER Taskforce for its work analysing and recording the outcomes of the BER.

Senator Evans congratulated the implementation team and acknowledged the work it accomplished.

“The Taskforce was established by the Australian Government in April 2010 to help oversee the implementation of the BER program,” Senator Evans said.

“It assessed value for money and recommended changes to BER policy, contracts or projects where necessary.

“In the course of its work, Taskforce members visited more than 460 schools across the country.

“An important aspect of its work was to broker solutions to ensure the best possible outcomes for schools and communities.

“I congratulate the entire team for the recognition from the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter.”

In presenting the Award, the Australian Institute of Architects recognised that:

This prize is for the detailed research and analysis that the Task Force undertook within its larger task of investigating the delivery of school buildings within the BER program from 2010 to 2011. 

Through diligence, vision and rigour, the Task Force has captured a unique snapshot of a range of building procurement methods employed contemporaneously across Australia, linked to detailed assessment of built outcomes in terms of construction quality and value for money. 

We are indebted for the clarity of the Task Force’s Reports. We commend to members the evidence that is provided and the conclusions that are reached regarding our profession’s continuing importance within the public sector and as ‘managing architects’ in the delivery of construction projects.