|The Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in Jurong, Singapore.(GS E&C)|
The 237,000-square-meter Ng Teng Fong General Hospital consists of three wards that can hold 1,100 beds and is 16 stories at its highest.
In 2012, GS E&C became the sole company to sign a contract with the Singapore Ministry of Health to build the hospital wards in the outskirts of Jurong. The order was the company’s largest project in Singapore.
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the builder’s CEO Lim Byung-yong attended an opening event held Saturday, according to the builder.
“All of GS E&C’s technology and know-how are used for the hospital representing Singapore. We hope to build further trust with the Singapore government as a business partner,” GS E&C executive director Park Kwang-ho said.
The fan-shaped wards provide windows for every patient, no matter which class ward they are in. GS E&C used cutting-edge technology including 3-D laser scanning to construct a precise frame structure for the unique shape.
The builder said that the hospital is eco-friendly, using 40 percent less potable water than a conventional hospital, and the 550 solar panels completely take care of their hot water and landscape lighting needs.
The hospital created much buzz among Singaporeans as the opening would help enhance the country’s hospital capacity to meet growing health care demands.
In August last year, Singapore’s Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and the prime minister directly commented on the hospital’s construction process as GS E&C pushed back the completion date, which originally was slated for September 2014.
The firm pointed to a lack of skilled construction personnel and problems with the supply of construction materials in Singapore for the delay.
By Park Han-na (firstname.lastname@example.org)