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Progressive developers top new BCA Construction Productivity Award

Monday, 13 May 2013

- New CPA-Advocates set up to recognise stakeholders in construction value chain; six awards given out under four sub-categories 
- Another eight project teams lauded for initiatives in improving productivity

Singapore, 13 May 2013 - The top honours of a new BCA Construction Productivity Award (CPA) for advocates were given out to developers City Developments Limited (CDL) and Housing & Development Board (HDB). The new award integrates the previous CPA-Best Practices and Innovations and the CPA-Value Added Productivity, to give greater recognition to stakeholders - developers, consultants and builders - who play a crucial role in driving construction productivity within the built environment sector.

Construction Productivity Award - Advocates

A total of six awards were conferred under the new award category with two Platinum awards given to CDL and HDB. Under the 'Builder' sub-category, Chip Eng Seng Contractors won the Gold award while Kimly Construction and DLE M&E were awarded Merit. ADDP Architects was the only consultant to be conferred a Merit award this year.

A winning factor for CDL was their strong initiatives in influencing their consultants and builders to adopt safe and easy to build best practices in their projects to raise construction productivity. Some key initiatives adopted by CDL included the use of prefabricated bathroom units (PBU), drywalls, as well as Building Information Modelling (BIM) during the planning and construction phase.

So far, CDL has installed close to 8,000 PBUs in its residential projects. The wide adoption of PBUs not only helped in reducing wastage in construction materials and improving water tightness, they were also easy to install, hence improving construction productivity by about 77%. Drywalls were also adopted by CDL as they provide better quality finishes. As drywalls are easy to install, productivity was improved by about 180%, compared to building a traditional brick wall.

The other Platinum winner HDB, being the largest housing developer in Singapore, is always finding ways to improve their construction productivity to meet the high demand for flats. They adopted a three-pronged approach to drive productivity at the pre-construction, construction and post-construction stages. One example was the use of BIM during the pre-construction stage to allow the respective project parties to communicate via a common platform, thus reducing construction conflicts. During construction, HDB required its builders to make use of equipment to help improve productivity on site, and at the post-construction stage, HDB conducted reviews of their design guidelines, materials and construction methods based on feedback from residents and incorporated the improvements in future projects.

Another major factor that HDB stood out for was their extensive use of precast technology since the 1980s to speed up the building process. This included the use of precast façade with cast-in windows, columns, floor slabs, staircases and refuse chutes. In particular, the precast façade with cast-in windows helped improve the productivity of window construction by about 300%.

Construction Productivity Award - Projects

Under the Construction Productivity Award - Projects category, eight teams were also lauded for their efforts in improving productivity of their projects. The award-winning Platinum projects were Tiong Seng Prefab Hub, ITE Headquarters and ITE College Central @ Ang Mo Kio, and VoLaRi, a private residential project by CDL. Gold award winners include projects such as Punggol Green Primary School and HDB's Punggol Spring estate. The CPA - Projects is aimed at encouraging labour-efficient designs and construction methods as well as giving recognition to the project teams for excellent project planning and coordination in improving productivity.

Residential developments made up half of the winning projects this year. The project team for VoLaRi was able to achieve greater productivity by installing precast external walls to eliminate the need for scaffolding which was time consuming and labourious. They also looked into details such as the adoption of a convenient 'one push-press fitting technology' for water pipe installation. No tools were required during installation, thus cutting down on installation time and manpower needed. As for Punggol Spring, a HDB development, the full precast system helped simplified the construction process while the use of prefabricated steel frames for lifts also meant that installation time on site could be further reduced. All these initiatives were part of the project teams' efforts to refine their building designs and construction methods to build more productively. As a result, there was better control of the product, leading to quality finishes. It is thus no surprise that VoLaRi and Punggol Spring were also among the top scorers under BCA's Construction Quality Assessment System (CONQUAS), achieving 95.6 and 92.5 under the private and public housing category respectively.

Mr Kevin Wong, Chairman of the CPA Assessment Committee said, "To raise productivity significantly, we need the joint effort of everyone involved, from developers, architects, engineers, builders to the workers on the ground. Indeed, the winners not only demonstrate a positive mindset in pushing for productivity within the built environment sector, they have also put their thoughts into action by driving productivity downstream, and in coming up with more buildable designs and innovative methods to cut down on manpower needed on site. I applaud them for their strong commitment."

Dr John Keung, Chief Executive Officer of BCA added, "Because of their many game-changing initiatives, the winners will not only reap the fruit of their labour in cutting down manpower and construction time, they also deliver better quality products to their clients. I hope more firms will join them in exploring alternative ways to build smarter and faster."

The winners will receive their awards during the BCA Awards on 16 May 2013 at Resorts World Sentosa. Details of the winners are in Annex B.

 

Issued by the Building and Construction Authority on 13 May 2013

About Building and Construction Authority

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore champions the development of an excellent built environment for Singapore. At BCA, our mission is to shape a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment, as these are four key elements where BCA has a significant influence. In doing so, we aim to differentiate Singapore's built environment from those of other cities and contribute to a better quality of life for everyone in Singapore. Hence, our vision is to have "the best built environment for Singapore, our distinctive global city". BCA works closely with its education hub, the BCA Academy of the Built Environment, and industry partners to develop skills and expertise that help shape the best built environment for Singapore. For more information, visit www.bca.gov.sg.

 

Footnotes

Construction Productivity Awards (25KB .pdf)
Construction Productivity Awards winners (35KB .pdf)
Construction Productivity Awards Assessment Committee (18KB .pdf)
Construction Productivity Awards winners (Details) (741KB .pdf)

Portable document format version of the media release is also available (797KB .pdf).

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