Saturday, March 6, was special for the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association. The organisation's members, associates, family and friends packed the Jamaica Pegasus ballroom for its annual awards banquet.
Guest speaker, Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry, noted that the time has come to think "First World" in all facets of the construction engineering business. He cited failure to plan properly as one of the reasons for improper infrastructure, such as drainage, that come to light months after construction projects such as major highways have been "complete". "We need to raise the vision and thinking of the country," he said.
Henry also told the gathering that under his watch efforts would be made to ensure that more contracts for major projects remained in the hands of Jamaicans rather than go to their overseas counterparts. This is because Jamaican professionals had the same capability as foreigners.
The University of Technology received the President's Award for its contribution to the building industry over the years. Milton Baker received his award for services to the construction industry.