Queensland wins eight national awards for housing prowess

first_imgQueensland builders picked up eight out of 21 possible awards at the Australian HIA Awards.QUEENSLAND has scooped the pool at this year’s HIA — CSR Australian Housing Awards, winning eight out of a possible 21 awards, proving the Sunshine State is leading the way in innovative housing design.HIA managing director Shane Goodwin said the Awards recognised outstanding achievement within the residential building industry. Space Constructions, based in Bulimba, won Australian Display Home for its Bulimba Parade home.The judges noted that the clever use of double-height glazing and a striking feature wall delivered a wow factor as the living area unfolds.Space Constructions joint principal Bob Antic said the living area was also his favourite part of the stunning home. Planbuild Homes “Australian Display Home” 2017.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoPlanbuild Homes marketing and design manager Niki McKay said the home showcased an area of the market that the company had taken under their wing.“We’re a project builder but we’re very good at that, so we can take a larger plan and customise it and turn it into something special,” she said.Ms McKay said the designs brief was to create a resort style home with dual recreational areas, with a resort style pool, media room, billiard room, spa, sauna, steam room and guest/family bedrooms on the lower level; while the upper level provided an informal living space and balcony showcasing the views.“We’re honoured by the nomination and win, there were some great builders and really beautiful homes,” she said.The judges were impressed by Epernay’s modern interpretation of the classic Hampton’s style home, saying it was perfectly designed to maximise the space of a smaller lot.Aria Property Group on Australian Apartment Complex for Botanica in South Brisbane. Space Constructions “Australian Display Home” of the year 2017.Mr Antic started Space Constructions around 10 years ago with joint principal Andy Tomic, and they joined forces with Hugo Design to work on the award-winning home.“The double height ceilings in the living room, with the fireplace and stone wall, and especially the feature timber ceiling, are probably my favourite features of the home,” Mr Antic said.He said he was genuinely surprised to win the award because it was a heavily contested award.“We’re very proud and pleased with the win as it’s a combination of many years of hard work and to be recognised by your peers as a relatively small company compared to other competitors, was a real surprise, Mr Antic said. Planbuild Homes, based in Kedron, won Australian Project Home for “Epernay” built overlooking the racecourse at Hendra.The creation of Planbuild Homes managing director Robert Thomson, the original floor plan was designed to fill a gap in the project home market allowing clients to enjoy a view from an upstairs living space.center_img ARIA Property Group’s “Australian Apartment Complex” 2017 for Botanica.The 20-level building, including six levels of car parking camouflaged by a living green wall, impressed the judges with its workmanship and comfortable communal spaces.JW Constructions won the Australian Renovation/Addition Project and James Thompson took out the Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice Award.Queensland winners;:Space Constructions — Australian Display HomePlanbuild Homes — Australian Project HomeJW Constructions — Australian Renovation/Addition ProjectAria Property Group — Australian Apartment ComplexEnigma Interiors — Australian Kitchen of the YearSublime Architectural Interiors — Australian Kitchen DesignKeir Constructions — Australian Specialised HousingJames Thompson — Jim Brookes Australian Apprenticelast_img read more

USG steps up efforts to reach out to students

first_imgEvery Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Undergraduate Student Government President Holden Slusher sits at a table on Trousdale Parkway, ready and waiting to answer questions about USG.“Anyone can come into my office hours, but we all know walking into a foreign office is intimidating, so that’s why it’s important to have it on Trousdale,” Slusher said.Slusher’s tabling, along with tabling by Vice President Ashlie Chan and a few USG senators, is part of an effort to reinvent USG’s public relations campaign and address concerns about students’ lack of familiarity with the organization.“We know that students know that we’re here, but what I want to do specifically is make what we actually do, whether that’s the events we plan or what we advocate for to administrators, [visible] to students,” said Paige Hill, senior director of communications for USG. “I don’t want to be just an organization that exists, I want students to know what we do on campus, and to increase student involvement.”With a wide-ranging list of events and activities that often receive very little attention from students, USG’s communications department has always had to come up with new ways of reaching out to students.Former USG Vice President Tony Jercinovich said the 2009-2010 administration’s tabling initiative is a step up from last year’s public relations efforts, which focused primarily on maintaining connections with campus media and reaching students through email listservs and conversations with their senators.Although last year’s officials tabled on Trousdale on an occasional basis, Jercinovich said he and other executive officers could have taken greater advantage of these techniques.“It may have been more useful to get out among students,” he said. “One of the major challenges USG faces every year is making itself known to the student body and even beyond that, that we provide a lot of services and we’re actually there to listen to what students have to say.”Charged with finding the most effective way to achieve this, USG’s communications department — including Hill, three assistant directors and Director of Outreach Chris Cheng, whose position is new this year — began its work over the summer with a focus on increasing USG’s social media presence and developing projects to be implemented during the fall semester.To help the communications department accomplish the new goals, the administration gave it a $5,000 boost in its overall budget for the year, USG Treasurer Ashwin Appiah said. The total communications department budget is $35,000.Those funds were redirected from the elections and recruitment committee budget after the administration determined USG’s annual elections carnival was no longer a sound investment, Slusher said.“[Last year] the elections carnival didn’t have that large of a turnout. It was mostly grad students, and not that that’s bad, but it’s not doing what it’s supposed to,” Slusher said. “So we gave that money to communications, and we wanted to make sure that we could do other things like [last Tuesday’s promotional event] the Hallowiener as a gift to students and to show them that we’re here for them.”The budget increase has allowed the communications department to program more promotional events like the Hallowiener — a USG-sponsored event held at Tommy Trojan that featured free food from Wienerschnitzel and a chance for students to meet USG executive officers, Hill said. In previous years, the department was rarely able to host events focused primarily on promotion due to its smaller budget, she added.Dannie Taylor, a junior majoring in communication and sociology, said the redirection of funds to events like Tuesday’s Hallowiener would help USG connect more to the student body.“I don’t see a problem with [the increased public relations budget] if it helps reach out to students because groups like USG will often be doing something, but students won’t know about it,” she said.But other students believe the budget increase is not the best use of students’ money.“I don’t understand why it’s necessary for them to have promotions,” said John Scott Gibney, a junior majoring in cinema-television production. “[The money] should be going more toward resources for students, like KSCR.”Besides communications efforts, the added funds have also contributed to USG’s outreach initiatives.According to Slusher, the volume of projects and responsibilities falling under the communications department was often too much for the department’s director to handle alone, so they created the new director of outreach position necessary to better pinpoint and respond to concerns like Gibney’s.Cheng said he and his committee are working to assess what students want from USG and to make those requests a reality.“My job isn’t just to be a trophy boy, but it’s more for people to know we’re here to help,” Cheng said. “It’s more for students to know we’re a resource, and they can give their input to see the change they want to see in the university.”Outreach committee initiatives include promotional street teams, comprised of students from different housing complexes on and around USC’s campus, and the planned Council of Presidents, which will invite the presidents of student organizations to learn about USG’s advocacy efforts and to provide feedback. The Council of Presidents is scheduled for November.Aside from working to increase USG’s campus presence, the communications department has focused on creating an online presence for itself with a Twitter account and Facebook event invitations.The department has also added a virtual suggestion box to the USG website and has distributed its weekly event summary, known as the Week-In-Brief, more frequently. In September, USG also began webcasting its weekly Senate meetings to improve the organizations’ transparency.Many of the communications department’s efforts have also gone toward more visible branding, which places the USG logo on items such as T-shirts, tote bags, sunglasses and highlighters, and uses these items as giveaways during events.Some students, like Ryan Woods, a junior majoring in cinema-television production, said the public relations changes have given them a better sense of USG’s role on campus.“I feel like they have more of a presence this year than last year,” he said. “I feel like I’ve just seen their name out there more, like in [Daily Trojan] headlines.”But for students like Gibney, USG’s increased public relations efforts have not changed their view of the organization’s purpose or reach on campus.“It’s pretty much the same. I’m part of a student club, so I’ve heard their name for funding, but outside of that, nothing,” Gibney said.Hill said she hopes to affect perceptions of USG by conducting frequent surveys to gather student feedback on the new initiatives and altering public relations methods accordingly. The communications department also plans to host another promotional meet-and-greet event similar to the Hallowiener in the spring, Hill added.“It’s a constant battle. As much as students want to know what USG is and what it does, there are avenues to do that but they opt out of them, but you have to respect what they want,” she said. “Until you’re involved in the organization, until you’re involved in USG, you’re not going to care.”last_img read more

Sportradar launches OTT platform A1now for A1 in Austria

first_imgShare Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Sportradar has launched A1now, an over-the-top (OTT) product to service users on A1 – a leading digital and telecoms provider A1 in Austria – with both live and on-demand sports content. The OTT service will provide users with Live and Video On Demand (VOD) content across sport, music and entertainment, including matches from the Austrian Football Bundesliga – for which A1 is an official rights holder – and lifestyle content from Red Bull, as well as coverage of esports competitions and A1now originals productions.Sportradar recently launched its next-level OTT product with a newly developed engine and core that seamlessly connects Sportradar’s range of sports data with video capability. Clients have an even greater and more refined ability to enhance the user experience, create content, engage with fans, increase audiences and therefore generate more revenue.More than 25 partners have signed up to Sportradar’s video distribution capabilities within the last 18 months, including Borussia Dortmund, Deutsche Telekom, ITF Davis Cup and Fed Cup and the International Table Tennis Federation.Rainer Geier, Managing Director OTT at Sportradar, said: “We are proud to extend our existing long-standing partnership with A1. We put a lot of work into our next level OTT product that allows our clients to connect video and data and contracting partners like A1 and Borussia Dortmund endorses the value of that work.“The partnership with A1 is a long standing one and one of genuine cooperation so it is particularly rewarding to be able to carry on that work.”Tanja Sourek, Co-Head of A1now TV Creation/Marketing and Sales, added: “We are continuously enhancing the content offering we put in front of our customers. “The launch of the A1now OTT platform is another important step for us in this direction. We look forward to creating new ways of engagement with this OTT product and Sportradar is a great partner for us in realising these ambitions.”last_img read more