BlueScope Steel and the internationally renowned architectural firm Cox Architects and Planners based in Melbourne, team up to provide internships to three emerging architects from Indonesia and Thailand.


PT BlueScope Steel Indonesia and PT BlueScope Lysaght Indonesia, in conjunction with international design firm, Cox Architects and Planners, awarded three emerging architects from Indonesia and Thailand with scholarships to embark on a three-month internship program at the COX Architects and Planners practice in Sydney.

Muhammad Hanif Wicaksono from Jakarta, Donatus Windya Gornito from Yogyakarta and Pichanun Boomprongul from Bangkok were successful in gaining BlueScope Steel scholarships to work and study under internationally-renowned architect, Phillip Cox AO in Sydney, under the prestigious program.

The first internship program was launched in Indonesia in 2006, with three young architects gaining valuable professional development opportunities at the COX practice in Sydney.

The program aims to challenge Asia’s young architects to think about how steel can offer a solution to the region’s building and construction as well as environmental challenges. To meet these challenges, flexible, sustainable and cost effective solutions must be found.

Steel is the building material of choice for modern architects as it facilitates speed of construction and design flexibility. BlueScope Steel is committed to supporting the development of Asia’s creative young minds to harness the limitless possibilities of steel building materials through this program.

The scholarship recipients were selected from a short-list of five candidates based on their presentations and design concepts for a building project.

Philip Cox AO is well-known for his award-winning works around the world including the Sydney Olympics Superdome, Sydney Olympics Aquatic Centre, the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, the Shenzhen Aquatic Centre, the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre, the Singapore Exhibition Centre, the Bangkok Asian Games Stadium and the Bangkok Asian Games Aquatic Centre

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President BlueScope Buildings Vietnam Joe Brennan helps in the rebuilding of homes destroyed
by typhoon Xangsane.

Vietnam Aids Typhoon Victims

BlueScope Steel and BlueScope Buildings Vietnam and their employees have donated goods and cash to assist local families who lost their homes when Typhoon Xangsane hit Central Vietnam in September.

Steel roofing and cladding materials were donated to over 40 households affected by the storm with a further cash donation provided to help those most in need.

In recent years BlueScope Steel in Vietnam has supported a number of causes, including emergency housing for Mekong Delta flood victims and the relief effort for Typhoon Chanchu earlier this year.

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Camillian Social Centre receives support from BlueScope Steel Thailand.

BlueScope Steel Thailand’s 2007 Giving Program

Camillian Social Center (Rayong)

BlueScope Steel Thailand recently hosted a luncheon and provided educational scholarships and books for children living at the Camillian Social Centre in Rayong.

The Camillian Social Centre was officially opened in 1996 and is managed by the Saint Camillus Foundation of Thailand. It provides housing, health and educational support to HIV infected individuals of all ages. The Thailand operation strongly supports employee ‘volunteerism’ and this program was proudly supported by individual staff donations and their participation in a number of activities with the children at the Camillian Social Centre.

Personal Computers for Underprivileged Rural School in Thailand

In 2007, BlueScope Steel Thailand led a drive to donate personal computers to four special needs rural schools - Baan Nong Bon School (Rayong), Baan Khao Huay Mahaad School, (Rayong) Baan Khao Hom School (Chantaburi) and Anuban Kumpavapee School (Udon Thani). This program is another tangible example of the Company’s commitment to help improve the quality of life and educational standards for impoverished communities throughout Thailand.

Supporting Community Development Through Education

During the year, BlueScope Steel Thailand offered financial support to the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand under the 80 Schools 8,000 Scholarships program in honour of His Majesty King Bhumipol’s 80th Birthday Anniversary. The funds will be used to support the construction of libraries in communities near various industrial estates in Rayong.

Helping to Improve Quality of Life

BlueScope Steel Thailand also presented funds in support of the establishment of two worthy organisations - the Foundation for the Quality of Life and the Environment Fund - for the Map Ta Phut community and Baan Chang Tambon Administration.

These organisation will contribute to the social development and environmental improvement of the local community.

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BlueScope Steel’s local operations, PT BlueScope Steel Indonesia and PT BlueScope Lysaght Indonesia, donated tools to assist in the reconstruction of the communities devastated by the earthquake in Mentawai, Sumatra and surrounding areas during 2006/07.

Indonesian aid organisation, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Medan, will help distribute the donation of 1,750 pieces of tools including shovels and hammers which will help local families left homeless after the earthquake rebuild their dwellings.

BlueScope Lysaght Indonesia’s Regional Sales Manager (Western Indonesia), Mr Wisman, presented the tools to Mr Jerry Hutabarat, Logistic Officer of CRS Medan.

Mr Wisman said: “BlueScope Steel Indonesia has a commitment to its local communities. We hope that this contribution of tools will help assist in the recovery effort in Mentawai, Sumatera. Additionally, employees of PT BlueScope Steel Indonesia and PT BlueScope Lysaght Indonesia supported this program by donating cash for the purchase of staple foods like rice and sugar.”

The west Sumatran region was hit by an earthquake measuring 8.4 Richter which damaged over 700 homes.

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