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O’Donnell Griffin rewarded for excellence with multiple NECA Award wins


Electrical engineering and communications specialist O’Donnell Griffin has reinforced its position as an industry leader winning nine titles across four states in the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Awards. These industry award wins demonstrate the company’s commitment to quality, training, innovation and safety across projects of all sizes.

O’Donnell Griffin won three South Australian titles, three Victorian titles, two Western Australian titles and one ACT title. As a result of these wins, the company is now a national finalist in numerous categories ranging from commercial and industrial projects to environmental efficiency and occupational health and safety.

“To take out nine state NECA Awards is a result we’re very proud of,” said O’Donnell Griffin CEO David Rafter.

“NECA is the peak industry body, so their acknowledgement of the high quality work O’Donnell Griffin is doing around the country is a real compliment to our team. Our customers’ projects are delivered by highly skilled, innovative and committed people, and these awards are great recognition for them and for O’Donnell Griffin’s focus on continual improvement and exceptional results,” David said.

The Victorian awards were the first to be announced, with O’Donnell Griffin winning in three of the four categories it entered, which included;
• Occupational Health and Safety, for their Incident Investigation Process
• Industrial Small Project, for their work at Crown Entertainment on the Generator Step-up Transformer Refurbishment Project
• Industrial Large Project, for the electrical installation at Telstra’s Clayton Operations Building upgrade.

“Safety is at the heart of everything we do, and we know it’s incredibly important for our customers, so it’s especially thrilling to be recognised for our safety initiatives,” said David.

The South Australian Awards followed with wins in the Apprentice of the Year category and Industrial Large Project category for their Glenside Power Cooling and Support Capacity upgrade works. This project also won the prestigious South Australia Perpetual Award for best project across all categories.

“We were also very proud to see our Industrial division apprentice Michael Cirocco take out the South Australian Apprentice of the Year title. Michael has worked hard to earn this honour, and the award is a testament to his work ethic and skills,” David said.

In Western Australia, O’Donnell Griffin claimed the coveted Environment and Energy Efficiency Award for a project to install a large and complex solar power system at the Perth Zoo. The WA team also won the Commercial Large Project title for major electrical services at the new performing arts venue at the landmark State Theatre Centre of WA.

The ACT award was also in the Commercial Large Project category, for a major project at the Canberra Airport Multi User Terminal, Southern Concourse.

“We’ve been fortunate to be involved in some exciting and innovative projects and we’re very pleased to be recognised for the work we do in order to deliver the very highest quality results for our customers,” David said.

The state-winning entries are now all in contention for the national award titles, to be announced in October.

Award overviews:

South Australia

Industrial – Large Project AND Perpetual Award
Glenside Power Cooling and Support Capacity Upgrade

This was a very complex and logistically challenging project. Apart from an incredibly short time frame, other challenges included high level security, inclement weather and dust and vibration control in critical areas. The data centre also had to keep operating throughout the entire upgrade, meaning all new installations and upgrades had to be quick and seamless. This was successfully achieved by detailed planning, high level risk management and close integration with building management systems.

Apprenticeship Award - Electrical – Industrial
Michael Cirocco, O’Donnell Griffin

Western Australia

Environment & Energy Efficiency
Perth Zoo Solar Systems

O’Donnell Griffin provided Perth Zoo with a 90kW solar project. This was Stage 1 of a total 250kW solar station located on various buildings across the Perth Zoo. The size and complexity of this system meant that numerous individual PV solar arrays were installed across a number of animal shelters, enclosures and office buildings.

This category is awarded to a project where the design, product selection, lighting, processes or technologies have created an energy efficient or sustainable installation and/or made a significant contribution to preservation of a site’s natural environment.

Commercial – Large Project
New Performing Arts Venue (NPAV), Perth

O’Donnell Griffin provided NPAV with electrical services to the State Theatre Centre of WA. The theatre is a landmark venue in Perth that includes the 575 seat Heath Ledger Theatre. The size and the complexity of NPAV meant that the technical and installation aspects were extremely demanding and required superior quality workmanship.


Occupational Health and Safety
Incident Investigation Process

O’Donnell Griffin developed and implemented an Incident Investigation Process that is used to investigate all significant incidents resulting in injuries to employees or disruption to site operations. 

Industrial Project - Small
Crown - Generator Step-up Transformer Refurbishment Project

During maintenance, O’Donnell Griffin found cracks in the frames of six transformers. The scope of this project was to remove and refurbish the six step-up transformers, then re-install and recommission them. This was a complex exercise as the transformers were refurbished one at a time, and the work needed to be done at odd hours and in a tight time frame, with no down-time, to accommodate operational requirements.

Industrial Project - Large
Telstra Clayton Operations Building Upgrade - Electrical Installation

Work on this project included the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the Operations Building’s mechanical and base building electrical services and associated equipment. All works and activities were to meet the critical dates as defined by the Project Manager. This project presented a major challenge for O’Donnell Griffin as it was a fully functional data hall and it was necessary to keep it operational 24 hours per day throughout the work.

Australian Capital Territory

Commercial – Large Project
Canberra Airport Multi User Terminal – Southern Concourse

Works carried out by O’Donnell Griffin included the installation of lighting, power and communications for the new terminal, including the new Qantas lounge. A major challenge for the team was getting the new terminal built while keeping the existing terminal operational 24/7. The team demonstrated their commitment to the project by working nights on many occasions to complete the job on schedule.

For further information please contact:

John McCarl
Marketing and Communications Manager
O’Donnell Griffin

Tel (+61) 2 99331039

O’Donnell Griffin

O’Donnell Griffin is a leading electrical and communications engineering solutions provider. We help our customers design, build and maintain ‘mission critical’ infrastructure, such as:

• Railway signalling and overhead wiring systems;
• Power generation, transmission, & distribution systems;
• High voltage reticulation, switchboards, and process control instrumentation;
• Data and telecommunications networks; and
• Fire detection and suppression systems.
Our largest customers operate in the Rail, Power, Resources, Water, Commercial and Telecommunications sectors. We were founded in 1906 in Sydney, and today we operate from 25 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand, with revenue in excess of $575 million and 1,500 employees.

O’Donnell Griffin is a member of Norfolk Group (ASX: NFK), a leading international provider of integrated building and engineering services.

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