Joseph Lowthorpe, Drafting Manager at West Australian Mechanical Services, was last night humbled but thrilled to receive the Ric New Medal for Excellence at the MBA WA Apprentice of the Year Awards.
Joe commenced his employment with WAMS in 2004, a few months after the business started. His ability to quickly grasp concepts and be innovative in drafting resulted in his promotion to Drafting Manager. He now supervises a hand-picked team of 6 draftspersons and 1 trainee on tendered or design and construct projects valued from $100,000 to $18 million. Joseph has expertise in both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional hard copy and electronic design formats.
Named after the founder of Midland Brick and a person whose success was achieved largely through entrepreneurial flair and innovativeness, the Ric New Medal for Excellence is focused on the same characteristics. The medal recognizes innovation, creativity and achievement of a young person (aged 35 years and under) in the context of their current and potential contribution to the building and construction industry in Western Australia. Emphasis is given to the person's practical applied achievements, focusing on their creativity and innovativeness, rather than academic achievements.
According to Master Builders Director Michael McLean, Joseph Lowthorpe is a very worthy recipient of the Ric New Medal.
“Over the years, Joseph has taken on more and more responsibility on behalf of his employer in liaising with builders, contractors, architects and consulting engineers with respect to his designs.”
“He is currently overseeing 80 projects as well as ensuring compliance with Australian Standards and Building Codes,” Mr. McLean said.
“Above all, Joseph has an excellent work ethic, a “can do” approach to design solutions”
Joseph was the unanimous choice of the judging panel which comprised Marylyn New, 2010 Ric New Medalist, Ryan Cole (Managing Director of Savvy Construction) and Master Builders Executive Director Michael McLean.