Complex building designs bag BCA design and safety awards

The Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum and National University of Singapore (NUS) link bridge were two of seven projects this year which won Building and Construction Authority (BCA) awards for their complex structural design and high safety standards on Tuesday.

First given out in 2008, the BCA Design and Engineering Safety Excellence Award recognises engineers for their outstanding structural designs and high safety standards.

The team for the ArtScience Museum, which is shaped like a lotus flower on an outstretched palm, included engineers Brendon McNiven and Chia Wah Kam of Arup Singapore. They designed a way of balancing the non-symmetrical building while keeping it transparent.

The NUS link bridge, which connects its Kent Ridge campus to University Town, had to span ten traffic lanes of the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). Engineer Yong Fen Leong of T.Y.Lin International was recognised for coming up with its 'S' shape, which minimised the impact on the bridge's surroundings. The bridge's segments were assembled at the site during off-peak hours.

Other award winners include Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, the Institute of Technical Education headquarters and campus at Ang Mo Kio, and The Residences at W Singapore in Sentosa Cove.

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