A. Laurino and Co. claim Great Southern Building Excellence honours

Harry GrigsonGreat Southern Herald
The Katanning Country Club after renovation.
Camera IconThe Katanning Country Club after renovation. Credit: Supplied
Katanning Country Club entry.
Camera IconKatanning Country Club entry. Credit: Supplied./Great Southern Herald

In a remarkable facility rejuvenation, the building business was voted by experts in the industry as the winner of the award in Albany on Saturday, September 16.

It comes after owner Dominic Laurino and his team demonstrated dedication and diligence to their two-year renovation of the Katanning Country Club.

Mr Laurino said it was comforting to be acknowledged by peers within the industry.

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Dom Laurino with his award for building excellence
Camera IconDom Laurino with his award for building excellence Credit: Supplied

“It’s extremely rewarding to be voted by experts in the industry and satisfying that other people recognise the hard work we put in,” Mr Laurino said.

Mr Laurino said that although he was extremely proud of the award, he initially hesitated to take the job on when he first saw it.

“We knew it was going to need a lot of work and it was going to be a long process,” he said.

Katanning Country Club from above.
Camera IconKatanning Country Club from above. Credit: Supplied

“It was a very tired building and because it required so many resources and reworking, we thought we might not be able to do it.

“But after some thinking, we decided to have a crack and couldn’t be happier with it.”

The build started in February 2021 and finished earlier this year, and Mr Laurino said the building’s success was off the back of plenty of hard work from volunteers.

The Katanning Country Club patio.
Camera IconThe Katanning Country Club patio. Credit: Supplied

“A lot of people within the community wanted to see the country club become a great venue for events so there was an interest to help out,” he said.

“Katanning Plant Hire helped us out a lot with supplying machinery along with others who helped throughout the two years.

“Now that it’s finished it’s really going to become a hub for events, whether that is golf or lawn bowls days or even weddings.

“It can now cater for just about anything.”

Katanning Country Club project officer David Stade lauded Mr Laurino and his team for their efforts in accommodating the club’s many stylist proposals.

“They exceeded the committee’s expectations and the functionality of everything is how we envisioned it,” Mr Stade said.

“The club has around 300 members and so it’s difficult to meet everyone’s requests, but they were extremely understanding.

“They were excellent to deal with and we shared a great working relationship.”

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