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.


Taking a rain check

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WDR simulation indicates the extent of inundation of any open space due to rain droplets carried by the wind. The red areas of Woodlands Health Campus are inundated by wind-driven rain, thus design solutions to counter this would be necessary

Do you sometimes forget to close the windows at home and after a sudden downpour, you find parts of your apartment ruined by rain? This is an example of Wind-Driven Rain (WDR), an important environmental factor that can significantly affect the durability of buildings.

The Sustainability team has developed its capabilities in WDR simulation, enabling it to demonstrate the effects of rain, carried by wind, into interior spaces that are either naturally-ventilated or with openings. Having successfully performed WDR simulation at the Woodlands Health Campus and Jurong Regional Line MRT Stations, SJ is currently working with the Institute of High Performance Computing to develop more advanced algorithms to further upgrade its capabilities.

The Sustainability team will extend its WDR simulation capabilities as part of its suite of services for Singapore projects. WDR simulation currently is a bonus for Green Mark version 5, (a green rating system from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority to evaluate a building for its environmental performance and design) but as more and more projects achieve Green Mark Platinum, it could well be a prerequisite requirement in future. WDR is already compulsory for all upcoming Ministry of Health projects.

Tan Szue Hann, Head of Sustainability, said, “This will also be a value-add to significant projectsWe are also looking at algorithms that can apply for countries outside of Singapore, based on their climate and wind data. Our team’s in-house understanding of the architectural and engineering needs of the projects will cut down a lot of back-and-forth work. And while our projects have been buildings, this can be performed for overland infrastructure projects as well.”

The WDR simulations taskforce in the Sustainability team is driven by Rajesh Balachander, Praveen Hassan and Amanda Yeo.

Surbana Jurong reaches project milestone with groundbreaking ceremony of cancer treatment centre

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Mr Yeo Choon Chong (right), Deputy CEO of Urban Development 1, receives a token of appreciation from Dr Djeng Shih Kien, Chairman of Singapore Institute of Advanced Medicine Holdings, at the groundbreaking ceremony

Surbana Jurong’s (SJ) Healthcare and Life Sciences team from Urban Development 1, Singapore, recently celebrated a project milestone with the groundbreaking ceremony of Singapore Institute of Advanced Medicine Holdings’ (SAM) new oncology centre. Based in Biopolis, the international biomedical research hub of Singapore, the new Advanced Medicine Oncology Centre will provide world-class imaging, treatment delivery and clinical informatics technologies. The new centre will be a significant step taken to address the region’s fast-growing number of people confronted with cancer.

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Revit 3-D view of the compact proton therapy facility, nested into an existing building

Upon completion, the oncology centre will be the first in Singapore to offer non-invasive cancer radiation treatment, such as proton therapy. Through proton therapy (a type of radiation treatment that uses protons or positively charged particles), patients will be able to receive painless radiation treatment through the skin from a machine outside the body. Hence, the centre is an important development in Singapore’s healthcare sector, which is set to benefit thousands of patients in the future.

SJ is providing multidisciplinary consultancy services for this project, including architecture, civil and structural, mechanical and engineering, quantity surveying, as well as project management. The project is targeted for completion by December 2018.

The challenges faced by the SJ team are in the planning and design of the extremely compact proton therapy equipment facilities. In addition, the team must also work together with both the equipment vendor and the contractors, to plan and design the move-in path for the heavy and sensitive equipment. Equally challenging is the design and construction of the heavy radiation shielding bunker, to be incorporated into an existing building that had no prior structural provisions.

Improving patient safety with sustainability-driven design

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Cross sections of the medical facility, indicating sustainability response strategies such as daylighting, natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting and noise buffering

The Sustainability team played an important role in shaping the design of Singapore’s upcoming Woodlands Health Campus (WHC), in cooperation with Surbana Jurong’s Mechanical and Engineering team and the project’s architects.

A paramount consideration in the design of the healthcare facility is patient safety. One area that the team looked at was how to ensure that open corridors and other exposed communal spaces will not be inundated by rain. This in turn will help prevent falls and fall-related injuries and even fatalities.

To do so, the team analysed wind-driven rain using a state-of-the-art simulation method. The use of advanced technology to simulate wind-driven rain is a first for the team.

“This project offers an eye-opening experience to the use of complex computer simulations in detailed yet time efficient environmental analyses. By simulating potential wet and dry areas to help drive the design of façade screens, external shades and location of communal furniture, we were able to create usable all-weather outdoor spaces within the campus,” remarked Zeng Xiaoshan, who is the team’s lead Engineer for the WHC project.


Other sustainable strategies the team designed for the WHC include enhanced energy savings through heat recovery from the air-conditioning systems, solar photovoltaics and rainwater harvesting for non-potable use.

Sustainability lead architect Astee Lim said, “We are very fortunate to have been engaged from the early design stages of this future-ready and cost effective hospital development. We were able to successfully achieve a sustainable and holistic outcome by working closely with the design team for various detailed environmental building analyses.”


Surbana Jurong’s M&E Engineering team marks key milestone for Singapore’s Woodlands Health Campus

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SJ’s M&E Engineering team and its partners at the groundbreaking of the Woodlands Health Campus

Surbana Jurong’s (SJ) Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) Engineering team celebrated the groundbreaking of Woodlands Health Campus on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. It will be the country’s first hospital complex in which acute and community care services will be housed in the same building.

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An artist’s impression of the Woodlands Health Campus that is set to open progressively from 2022

The medical facility in Woodlands, in the north of Singapore, is set on 7.66ha of land which is the size of about 11 football fields. It will also include a nursing home and specialist clinics, to allow patients to move seamlessly from acute to step-down care with the same doctors in charge.

Surbana Jurong is the M&E consultant for this project which is jointly undertaken by engineering firms Squire Mech and Alpha Consulting Engineers.

“This project is the first multi-building general hospital undertaken by SJ for M&E and Environment Sustainable Design (ESD) services. Together with our partners, we are proud to be able to contribute to the nation-wide efforts in meeting the challenge of the growing demand from an ageing population,” said Lek Siang Hwa, Senior Director, M&E Engineering.

The 1,800 bed medical facility is expected to take in its first patients in 2022.