CASE awards industry builders, students

The Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors & Engineers honoured some of the local construction industry legends last week, while at the same time recognising the potential future of the industry here. 

At the President’s Awards 2012 held on 6 June at The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, 10 graduates of CASE’s inaugural mentoring programme were given certificates of completion. CASE President Craig Nixon was away for his honeymoon, so mentoring programme director John Harvey presented the mentors and the mentees with their certificates.  

The cost-free mentoring programme, which commenced last December with a reception at Camana Bay’s Discovery Centre and a talk by local architect Burns Conolly, is designed to attract young Caymanians to professions in the construction industry. 

Once a month from January through May of this year, the 10 mentees – who were paired with mentors from various disciplines in the construction industry – visited five construction sites and recently completed projects. The projects included the WaterColours luxury condominium site; the Solaris Avenue building site at Camana Bay; the Clifton Hunter High School site in Frank Sound; the new Government Accommodation Building; and eco-friendly home of Jim Knapp. 

After presenting the mentoring programme certificates and expressing thanks to the educators and construction industry representatives who helped facilitate the site visits, CASE council members recognised the contributions of three of the early leaders in Cayman’s construction industry by bestowing the organisation’s first Fellow Awards. For the discipline of engineering, Mr. Harvey presented the award to Heber Arch, founding partner of the construction company Arch and Godfrey (Cayman) Ltd.  

Mr. Harvey read a long list of Mr. Arch’s achievements and noted individually the government and non-government organisation boards he sits on or has sat on over the years. 

“Now you understand what a Fellow does,” Mr. Harvey said midway through the long list. 

Paul Key then presented the Fellow Award for surveyor to Martyn Bould, who has been the principal of a number of companies in the Cayman Islands over the years, including BCQS and Bould Consulting. Finally, Andrew Gibb presented posthumously the Fellow Award for architecture to OBM International’s Bill Bissell, a founding member of CASE who died in 2007.  

“His influence on Cayman’s architecture and construction was vast,” said Mr. Gibb of Mr. Bissell.  

OBM International Chairman Tim Peck, who knew Mr. Bissell for 30 years, travelled from Miami to accept the award on behalf of the architect’s widow Edna. He said Mr. Bissell had several passions and that the Cayman Islands were one of them. 

“He used to say he was a Caymanian who happened to be born elsewhere,” Mr. Peck said, noting that although Mr. Bissell had to travel a lot for his job, Cayman was always were his heart was.  

Mr. Bould said CASE was an important body in Cayman. 

“I’ve always believed in CASE and its function on this Islands,” he said.  

The student mentees recognised during the event included Andrew Browning; William Hayward; Derrymore Lyon; Enyer rivers; Hugh Small; Jacob Schultz; Brandon Thompson; Nathan Trumbach; Aaliyah Webster; and William Wood. Mentors included John Harvey; Craig Nixon; Avatar Matura; Chris Graham; Louis Mussington; Johnathan Ashton; Garth Arch; Frank Reed; Celesia Bancroft; and Bryan Fitzgerald. 

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Graduates of the inaugural CASE mentoring programme with their mentors outside the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands after the President’s Awards 2012 ceremony. – Photos: Alan Markoff

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CASE Fellow Award recipients Martyn Bould, left and Heber Arch, right, along with CASE council member John Harvey. Architect Bill Bissell was also awarded a CASE Fellow posthumously.