Builders win big at awards

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Franzine and Sam Karamfiles with their awards from the Master Builders Association South West Building Excellence Awards.
Camera IconFranzine and Sam Karamfiles with their awards from the Master Builders Association South West Building Excellence Awards. Credit: Supplied

This year’s Master Builders Association South West Building Excellence Awards put the Lower South West in the spotlight, with multiple projects from the region winning awards.

The award for the best industrial building was given to Perkins Builders for work at Bannister Downs Dairy in Northcliffe.

Karamfiles Builders won six awards including best overall refurbishment or renovation for work on Southern Forest Medical Centre and best alternative construction home.

They were also finalists in three other categories but just missed out on the top spot.

Manager Franzine Karamfiles said the team had never won this many awards in one go.

“After celebrating our 70th anniversary last year we are so grateful our work and sub contractors are so highly regarded by the association and the community,” she said.

“Two of our sub contractors also received awards which is a feather in their cap because they won out of all the work the judges saw.”

She said Geographe Ceilings won for excellence in ceilings and Nathan Reynolds and Brendan Eliot received the silver trowel award for brick laying.

“Karamfiles Builders may have won the awards but we really put it all down to the clients, staff, sub contractors and suppliers and we just help pull everything together,” Mrs Karamfiles said.

“Because we have so many great people helping us out we also won the best customers service builder for the South West which is not judged by the panel but by the customers themselves.”

Mrs Karamfiles said this one had been important for them because it had meant their clients had been happy with their work and the way they managed projects.

“These awards are another way of letting us know we are doing a good job and producing work of a high standard,” she said.

“We are ready to keep going forward now to meet and work with new clients.”

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