Three SAA projects were honoured at this year’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Awards ceremony at Resorts World Sentosa on 22 May 2018.
Changi Airport Terminal 4 (T4), Northpoint City, and the Residential Halls at Nanyang Crescent, NTU received acclaim for excellence in user experience design, green architecture, and efficient construction, respectively.
T4 received Platinum status under the Universal Design (UD) Mark Award for its streamlined and seamless design aimed at making the passenger experience as stress-free as possible. The terminal’s barrier-free design allows all visitors unhindered mobility from the kerbless arrival (and departure) drop-off areas all the way through to airside departure.
T4 also employs a centralised security screening process and enhanced wayfinding cues to maximise ease of navigation. Wheelchair-friendly and barrier-free ergonomic designs are among a myriad of features in T4’s user-centric design philosophy; with its architecture design and the quality of its airport operations and services specifically curated to create the best possible experience for travellers.
Northpoint City won the Green Mark GoldPlus award for its green and environmentally-friendly design and construction. Water-efficient fittings and the excellent use of performance glazing in the façade to reduce heat gain, and the use of occupancy sensors to turn off lighting when not in use, feature prominently in the project’s environmentally-conscious design focus; from conceptualisation to construction.
The Residential Halls at Nanyang Crescent, NTU received Platinum status in the Construction Productivity Awards (CPA), the highest accolade conferred by BCA for productivity and efficiency in the design and construction process.
The efficiency of the construction method employed in making the 676 steel modules that make up the halls involved prefabricating the modules off-site and then stacking them on top of each other “Lego style” to construct the buildings. Known as Prefabricated Pre-Finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), this method enables prebuilt rooms to be stacked into a building onsite – saving up to 25 to 40 per cent in manpower onsite and 15 to 20 per cent in construction time.
About the BCA Awards
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is an agency under the Ministry of National Development, championing the development of an excellent built environment for Singapore. The Awards aims to recognise contractors, developers and architectural companies with outstanding contributions to various aspects of the built environment, building a better Singapore for all.