NorthTec arts student Eric Tang was shocked when he discovered that his logo design will be used by the construction company managing the major Whangārei Civic Centre Project.
Auckland-based Canam Commercial is the main contractor for the project, and wanted to use an adapted version of their normal logo for this and other projects in Northland.
Already working in partnership with NorthTec on the Civic Centre Project, where construction and business students are being employed part time, Canam asked NorthTec’s arts students if they could come up with a suitable logo design.
The company chose their favourite design and yesterday announced their choice, in front of Whangārei District Mayor, Sheryl Mai, at a ceremony held at NorthTec. Eric was presented with a certificate and cheque for $500, as well as a Canam shirt with the new logo embroidered on it. Mayor Mai also received an embroidered T-shirt.
The judging for the logos was completed by Canam’s Directors, the Lead Architect for the Civic Centre building, Mayor Mai, and various parties at Whangārei District Council.
Sam Kelly, NorthTec’s Acting Associate Director – Products, welcomed the group and said it was an exciting opportunity for NorthTec students to become involved with the project from a construction and arts perspective.
Mayor Mai endorsed the partnership between NorthTec, Whangārei District Council and Canam, and spoke about the growth in the district over the last few years, which has created jobs.
Tonchi Glamuzina, Canam’s General Manager Commercial, spoke about the new logo, which was the first new design for Canam in 65 years. He said: “We really appreciate the amount of effort that has gone into this. It was very, very difficult to select a winner, the logos have all got their merits and they are all beautiful.
“I would like to see this as the beginning of our relationship with NorthTec. We hope to organise site visits for construction students on a monthly basis, which will help them get into the industry.” He presented Eric with his prizes, and runners-up Jordan Williamson and Kayla Ganley were also given Canam branded goods.
Eric (Zhaofu) Tang said he was “very shocked” to be named as the winner, but very pleased as well. He was still thinking about how to spend the prize money, and thanked arts tutor, Jason Povey, and his classmates for their input.
Eric said: “Thanks to Canam and NorthTec for giving me the chance to get a shot. I will be very proud when I see my logo on the construction site!”
Eric will be acknowledged for his design with his name and NorthTec’s appearing on the Canam signs that will be erected at the Whangarei Civic Centre Project, the Kaipara Service Centre project in Dargaville, and future Canam Northland projects.