9 projects win BCA awards for improving construction productivity

Nine projects have won the Construction Productivity Award this year for taking the initiative to improve the productivity of their projects, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said on Wednesday (May 25).

The highest accolade – Platinum – went to residential development 76 Shenton and office building CapitaGreen, BCA said in a media release.

The other seven award winners will be given Gold awards. They are: Galaxis, Aperia, JTC’s industrial building at 73 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Nanyang Primary School as well as HDB projects Acacia Breeze @ Yishun, Waterway Woodcress at Punggol and Yishun Riverwalk.

BCA said CapitaGreen was given the top award for its use of precast elements and a structural steel system, which allowed for faster installation on site, better quality control, as well as less noise and dust pollution as most work was done off-site.

CapitaGreen also adopted several construction technologies that were used in Singapore for the first time, including the use of 3.5-metre bored piles for the office tower’s foundation, reducing the number of piles needed and increasing the efficiency of installation work, the authority added.

BCA said the other Platinum Award winner, 76 Shenton, utilised a high degree of standardisation which allowed building components to be produced in mass quantities to achieve economies of scale.

“The conversion of several cast on-site components to precast elements also significantly reduced construction time,” BCA said, adding that the project adopted other productive technologies that made it easier to assemble various components and resulted in better quality finishes.

BCA said building projects were assessed based on a buildable design score, constructability score, the simplicity of construction, integration of design and construction, as well as aesthetics. Civil engineering projects were, on the other hand, assessed based on design for ease of construction, the use of construction technology, site management, integration of design and construction, and the adoption of innovative designs and products.

The winners will receive their awards during the BCA Awards ceremony on Thursday.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 25 May 2016

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