UC graduates scoop inaugural fire safety design awards

20 December 2011

University of Canterbury graduates have taken out the top prizes at the inaugural Fire Safety Design Excellence Awards in Singapore.

University of Canterbury graduates have taken out the top prizes at the inaugural Fire Safety Design Excellence Awards in Singapore.

The awards were presented at the 2011 Fire Safety Asia Conference held in Singapore recently, and are organised jointly by the Singaporean National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council and the Singapore Civil Defence Force as part of the three-day conference.

The awards are given in recognition of individuals and organisations who have contributed towards achieving a high standard in fire safety design in Singapore. Twelve projects were shortlisted for this year’s awards and two were made - one of buildings with total construction costs less than S$100 million and one for total construction costs greater than S$100 million. 

In the construction costs less than S$100 million category, the award was given to the designers of the Underground Ammunition Facility, designed by a team from the Defense Science and Technology Agency which included University of Canterbury graduate Chee Ho and current student Yong (Rick) Tan. 

The Underground Ammunition Facility is a large, one-of-a-kind underground ammunition storage facility and the first large rock cavern development in Singapore. The facility, made up of a series of tunnels and caverns, is strategically designed to facilitate efficient operations of Singapore Army Forces.

In the construction costs more than S$100 million category, the award was given to the designers of the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, designed by a team from the Arup – Singapore. The team included Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering (MEFE) graduates Ruth Wong, Angela Chen and André Lovatt. 

Marina Bay Sands features three hotel towers topped by an extraordinary sky park, crystal pavilions, a lotus-inspired museum, retail stores, trendy restaurants, theatres, night clubs and a Las Vegas-style casino. 

Associate Professor Charles Fleischmann (Civil and Natural Resources Engineering), who spoke at the conference, caught-up with many of the Canterbury alumni in Singapore. 

“It was gratifying to see the success our graduates are having in Singapore. With nearly 20 MEFE graduates in Singapore it is amazing to see the positive influence they are having on the fire engineering design there.”

 

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