T.Y. Lin International Wins Design Excellence Award 2015 from the Association of Consulting Engineers Singapore for the National University Hospital Medical Centre


T.Y. Lin International Group (TYLI), a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announces that its Singapore office, T.Y. Lin International Pte. Ltd., has received the Association of Consulting Engineers Singapore (ACES) Design Excellence Award 2015 (Civil and Structural Category) for the National University Hospital Medical Centre (NUH Medical Centre) project. TYLI served as the Civil and Structural (C&S) Consultant on the project. Er. Ng Swee Tong, Qualified Person and Project Manager for the NUH Medical Centre project, accepted the award at the ACES 44th Anniversary Gala on March 18th, 2015 at Resorts World Convention Centre, Sentosa.

“We are honored to have received the prestigious 2015 Design Excellence Award from the Association of Consulting Engineers Singapore. The National University Hospital Medical Centre project was structurally complex and challenging, and demanded extensive civil and structural engineering expertise,” said Dr. Tan Guan, Director of Building Structures for T.Y. Lin International Pte. Ltd. and Project Director for the multi award-winning project. “It is very rewarding to have our efforts recognized.”

The NUH Medical Centre adjoins National University Hospital (NUH), and is located directly above the Kent Ridge Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) underground station and tunnels. The site presented TYLI with a range of engineering challenges, including managing risk to highly-sensitive receptors due to its proximity to NUH and the MRT system, as well as varying terrain and geological profile. In addition, the Kent Ridge MRT station was originally designed and built with the provision for a future building that would house seven levels of medical units. The TYLI structural design team was initially tasked with carrying out the feasibility study. The team was subsequently appointed as the C&S Consultant for the new 19-story Medical Centre, including six bunker structures and provision for a proton therapy facility for the National University Cancer Institute of Singapore.

At the core of the firm’s design considerations were structural safety, buildability, and sustainability. TYLI’s design and successful project delivery was the result of extensive project planning and stakeholder engagement; consideration of multiple structural options, with safe construction methodology in mind; comprehensive design coordination to ensure timely project completion; and strict compliance with the Codes of Practice for Constructability and Railway Protection in order to safeguard the MRT structures.

About the NUH Medical Centre Project:

Completed in 2013, the NUH Medical Centre is part of redevelopment plans for the National University Health System campus. The project was delivered within an ambitious 28-month program, with TYLI managing and overcoming a number of significant site-associated challenges. As Structural Designer, and drawing on the firm’s expertise with healthcare structures and complex building design, the TYLI team worked closely with the NUH Medical Centre team and contractors in order to develop the site directly over the operating Kent Ridge Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station and tunnels and adjacent to an existing hospital, with minimum impact or inconvenience to the MRT or the hospital.

Challenges faced by TYLI included developing a site that featured undulating terrain and a varying geological profile, with the rock formation ranging from fully-weathered to highly-weathered rock. TYLI was also in charge with developing the optimum structural system in order to support the operation of a state-of-the-art healthcare facility, which houses highly-sensitive medical equipment.

The newest structure for the NUH campus, and one of three buildings serving hospital patients, the NUH Medical Centre has a total gross floor area of 775,000 square feet and accommodates six linear accelerator bunkers, operating theaters, a diagnostic imaging facility, four floors of medical suites, facilities for Singapore’s National University Cancer Institute, dedicated space for teaching and clinical trials, and four decks of integrated parking.