Vale Gary Caulfield

Friday 21 Aug 2020

For those who haven't yet caught up with the devastating news, it is with great sadness that we inform you Gary Caulfield passed away late last week. His passing leaves a massive gap in our mass timber construction industry.

From our experience, he was one of the most enthusiastic, informed and motivating individuals our industry has ever had. As a pragmatic thought leader in our Australasian and wider industry, his energy was incomparable in making a difference for mass timber in construction.

At the time of his death he was project director with Steeltech Industries in Singapore and heavily involved in the construction of the world’s largest wooden buildings in Asia for Nanyang Technological University. Prior to that he was CEO for Xlam from 2016 to 2019 and an early member and chair of prefabNZ, he became a life member, and was on the board of directors at prefabAUS.

A statement released by prefabAUS this week said Mr Caulfield’s contribution to the Australasian Construction Sector over the past 16 years had been enormous. His tireless drive to reimagine design, procurement and construction always with a view of embracing offsite fabrication, improving safety, increasing productivity and reducing risk was respected and admired by all who had the privilege of working with him,’’ the statement said.

“Gary was a dedicated and well-respected director of prefabAUS for the past three years. His drive, passion and determination was insatiable and he was instrumental in propelling prefabAUS forward. His dedicated holistic approach to the prefab industry is a credit to the man he was".

“Gary was a remarkable man with a great sense of humour. He will be sorely missed by his immediate family, his prefabAUS family and the wider construction Industry".

Speaking for everyone whose lives he touched, we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife and son, his extended family, friends and those that have worked with and alongside Gary over the years.

If you are considering a way to celebrate, recognise or remember Gary the family would like you to consider making a donation to MATES in Construction NZ in his memory.

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