Surbana Jurong to develop strategic plan for Mexico’s interoceanic corridor and master plan two economic development areas

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Surbana Jurong CEO International, Teo Eng Cheong (far left), and representatives from Mexico’s state governments of Veracruz and Oaxaca, after signing the agreement

Singapore, 18 April 2019 – Surbana Jurong, a global urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firm based in Asia, will be developing a strategic plan for the Interoceanic Corridor and master planning two economic development areas in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca in Mexico. The project was awarded by Mexico’s state government of Veracruz and Oaxaca, marking a significant milestone as Surbana Jurong continues to expand its presence in the North American market.

The Interoceanic Corridor is 40km wide and 300km long and it will connect the port of Salinas Cruz on the Pacific coast to the port of Coatzacoalcos on the Atlantic. Strategically located with direct maritime links to China’s Belt and Road Initiative’s Eastern Asian terminal point and Western Europe end, the corridor will broaden market opportunities and drive economic growth for the southern states of Mexico by facilitating international trade and investment.

Surbana Jurong’s scope of work will include a detailed review of the Interoceanic Corridor, including its broad socio-economic benefits to the region and potential growth industrial clusters. The strategic plan will comprise recommendations on market positioning and development directions to facilitate potential growth opportunities in jobs and industry sectors. It will also include proposals for utilities and services infrastructure development, and zoning plans to identify land use distribution along the corridor.

In addition, Surbana Jurong will develop the master plan for two economic development areas within the Interoceanic Corridor in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca. The master plan will guide the physical development of the two industrial sites through planning of land use, infrastructure, utilities and transportation. It seeks to lay the foundations for economic growth, create a conducive environment for investment and provide a quality living environment for the people that live and work in it.

Enterprise Singapore facilitated this partnership between Surbana Jurong and the Mexican government, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mexico in 2016 (by then-IE Singapore). The MOU serves to help Singapore companies access opportunities in Mexico, in the areas of infrastructure and connectivity.

Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong said, “We are privileged to be appointed as master planners for the Interoceanic Corridor project. Surbana Jurong has a strong track record, having delivered master plans for projects in over 30 countries and are pleased to contribute our expertise towards Mexico’s development success. The economic benefits from the development of the Interoceanic Corridor are far reaching and we look forward to working closely with the Federal Authority for the development of Special Economic Zones of Mexico and the state governments of Veracruz and Oaxaca to unlock the region’s potential.”

“We are pleased to see the partnership continue to make progress since we started this conversation a few years ago. The strong commitment and joint efforts from all parties have culminated in this milestone venture to bring Singapore’s economic development capabilities to Mexico. Enterprise Singapore will continue to support Singapore companies in their internationalisation journey, by connecting them to business networks and opportunities abroad,” said Mr Khor Aik Lam, Regional Group Director (Latin America) of Enterprise Singapore.

About Surbana Jurong Private Limited

Surbana Jurong is one of the largest Asia-based urban and infrastructure consulting firms. Leveraging technology and creativity, Surbana Jurong provides best-in-class consultancy solutions across the entire value chain of the urbanisation and infrastructure domains.

Headquartered in Singapore, the Surbana Jurong Group has a global workforce of over 14,500 employees in more than 130 offices across over 40 countries in Asia, Australia, UK, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and an annual turnover of around S$1.5 billion. The Surbana Jurong Group of companies include SMEC and Robert Bird Group in Australia, Sino-Sun in China, AETOS, KTP, SAA in Singapore and B+H in Canada.

Surbana Jurong has a track record of close to 70 years, and has built more than a million homes in Singapore, crafted master plans for more than 30 countries and developed over 100 industrial parks globally.

Surbana Jurong’s motto ‘Building Cities, Shaping Lives’ reflects its belief that development is more than just steel and concrete. Surbana Jurong creates spaces and designs infrastructure where people live, work and play, shaping cities into homes with sustainable jobs where communities and businesses can flourish.

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Asset management business sees further growth in Chile

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SMEC will provide a range of asset management support to clients in Chilean mine sites.

SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has won three new asset management business contracts in the South America market, continuing to support major copper producers with their mining operations in Chile.

The world’s largest copper producer awarded two contracts to SMEC recently. The initial contract is a five-year asset maintenance framework contract where SMEC will support one of the client’s mine sites in the north of Chile. The scope of work comprises a series of services ranging from maintenance strategies, maintenance plans development, maintainability studies and maintenance process improvements for one of the large concentrator plants.

In the second contract, SMEC will review and optimise the maintenance plans for the copper stripping machines at the client’s largest producing mine site over a four-month period. SMEC is currently assisting at seven of the client’s nine Chilean operations.

In another win, SMEC has secured a three-month contract to support a leading copper producer at its open cut mine in northern Chile. The scope of work includes long, medium and short-term planning activities for a concentrator plant. The key deliverables include planning and related activities, such as inventory requirements, analysis and contractor support. SMEC is delighted to continue its relationship with this client since its successful completion of a maintenance strategy optimisation programme.

First phase of SickKids Campus redevelopment plan unveiled

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The Patient Support Centre will facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration and is anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

B+H Architects, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has unveiled its design for a new 22-storey Patient Support Centre (PSC) located on The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) campus in Toronto, Canada. The PSC is the first phase of the Project Horizon – the SickKids campus redevelopment plan, which aims to build an inspired, re-imagined hospital of the future.

Led by B+H’s Center for Advance Strategy, the workplace strategy for the PSC is being designed to act as a support system for collaboration, inspiration, and engagement to help strengthen talent performance and foster a thriving organisational culture.

The Centre features an undulating façade, blue-ribbon staircase encased in glass, and interdisciplinary education and simulation spaces that will bring physicians, nurses, hospital administration and employees together in a light-filled environment.


B+H ranks #45 in global hospitality design and wins Conde Nast Reader’s Choice awards 2018

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In Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Hotels in Canada: Readers’ Choice Awards 2018, Westin Whistler (top) was voted Best Resort in Canada.

B+H’s interior design core brand, CHIL which focuses on hospitality projects, has moved up Interior Design Magazine’s latest Hospitality Giants list from #52 to #45 spot. The list is the magazine’s annual global ranking of top Hospitality Interior Design practices. B+H is a member of the Surbana Jurong Group.

CHIL projects have also made it into Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Hotels in Canada: Readers’ Choice Awards 2018. These awards consist of Canada’s top-rated hotels as voted by readers of the luxury travel magazine.

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In Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Hotels in Canada: Readers’ Choice Awards 2018, Fairmont Waterfront (top) and Fairmont Pacific Rim were voted Reader’s Choice – Top Hotels in Canada.

Fairmont Pacific Rim was voted Top Hotels in Canada: Readers' Choice Awards 2018

Reader’s Choice – Top Hotels in Canada

– Fairmont Pacific Rim

– Fairmont Waterfront

– L’Hermitage

– Fairmont Vancouver Airport.

Reader’s Choice – Best Resorts in Canada

– The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler

– Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler.

Surbana Jurong scores three more asset management contract wins in North and South America

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SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, will provide maintenance and reliability support services at a copper mine in Chile.

North America

SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has been awarded its second contract with a global multi-metals company. The Asset Management team will develop maintenance plans and work instructions for mobile and fixed equipment at the client’s underground zinc mine complex, located in the south-eastern region of the US. The programme of work will initially focus on three mines in Tennessee and extend to a further three mine sites in the US and Canada.

South America

One of the largest copper-producing companies in the world has engaged SMEC in a service level agreement and a 12-month contract to provide maintenance and reliability support services at the client’s largest underground copper mine, located in Chile. SMEC, in partnership with a major consulting company, has also been granted an extension by Chile’s leading wood pulp and paper company. The extension, scheduled for completion in October 2018, consists of the maintenance process and system support at one of the client’s pulp mills.

Five in a row for Surbana Jurong’s asset management team in Chile

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A copper mine in Chile. SMEC, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, Asset Management team has won five contracts in five months in South America

A Chile-based mining group has engaged SMEC, member of the Surbana Jurong Group, to develop maintenance plans for its copper facility, located 3,000 m above sea level in the northern region of Chile. This makes it the Asset Management team’s fifth consecutive South American contract in five months.

SMEC will develop and update the structural integrity maintenance plans for the crushing area comprising the primary, secondary and tertiary crushers, solvent extraction and electrowinning (SX-EW) plant, mineral transport systems and tailings.

The scope of work includes the generation of a new structural maintenance strategy for equipment, development of individual plans, and the adjustment of all bill of materials (BOMs) to be integrated into the company’s enterprise resource planning system (SAP). In addition, SMEC will issue recommendations for non-destructive testing (NDT) and the updating of predictive techniques, including thermography, ultrasound and vibrations.

Ronald Galisky,President of SMEC’s Asset Management operations in the Americas, stated, “The four-month project reinforces our long-term relationship with this mining group, and expands our service offering to other clients.”

One month with Safdie Architects in Boston

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Simon Chiang (left) and Chong Wei Rong, Architectural Associates at Architecture Studio 1, underwent a one-month stint with Safdie Architects at their Boston office

If you are an aspiring architect, you would very likely jump at this once in a lifetime opportunity. To undergo a one-month stint with the team who designed two of Singapore’s iconic landmarks: the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and the Jewel at Changi Airport. That was why there was no hesitation from Simon Chiang and Chong Wei Rong, when they said yes, to visit and undergo a one month attachment at Safdie Architects’ head office in Boston earlier this year. Safdie Architects was the team behind the world-famous iconic design projects in Singapore, plus many more globally, such as the Habitat ’67 in Montreal, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and the Raffles City mixed-use development in Chongqing, China.

We caught up with Simon, Architectural Associate at SJ’s Architecture Studio 1, as he shares his experiences during his memorable stint with the Safdie team.

Q1. Why did you decide to go for this attachment at Boston?

Simon: I was fortunate and elated to be selected for this attachment! It was a great opportunity for me to interface with young designers in the Safdie office and work directly with them. Just to be exposed to a different style of studio and work processes, in an atelier setting, was definitely an opportunity of a lifetime.

Q2. Was there a specific project that you worked on with the Safdie team?

Simon: While I was there, I was working full time on a large-scale transportation hub, in an international design competition. I was one of the designers assisting the team to create graphics, drawings and models for the presentations. The Safdie team members were very open on sharing with us their ideas and design strategies.

Q3. What was it like working with the Safdie team? Any interesting observations to share?

Simon: The team that I was working with was a rather large team of about 12. Under the direction of Moshe Safdie himself and two of his long-term principals, we were engaged in numerous studies and sketches to test possible designs for the competition. What impressed me was the sheer size of the team and the resources they had dedicated to create the graphics and presentation material. More importantly, Moshe himself was always very hands on, making sure that every drawing and detail was personally signed off before it could be presented to clients. That impressed me, as he maintains a large amount of creative control, despite his busy schedule.

Q4. What have you gained from this attachment?

Simon: It was an eye-opener to see how the design practice is run at Safdie Architects. Being a world-renowned firm, the dedication to quality and commitment to the craft of architecture is also inherent to the way Safdie Architects is run. As an architect, it was encouraging to see the premium for a brand name firm translated into time and energy spent on developing good design. It is something that I hope to see happening more back in the industry in Singapore and Asia. Given the ease of us fitting in with the team there, I can safely say, in terms of talent and passion, us architects in Singapore are probably on par with our counterparts in USA.