According to Study Singapore Educational Consultancy there are evidences that new initiatives from NANYANG Technological University (NTU) was taken in spending about $230 million to build new green buildings a sports hall and three residential halls by the first quarter of next year.
It is noted that work on the residential halls began during June with the sports hall project would begin later this year. Both beneficial projects have received the building construction authority’s green mark platinum, Singapore’s highest award for sustainable building marvel design.
Moreover the $35 million sports hall, with almost 10,000 sq m over three stores, would have retractable seats that could make way for, for instance 13 badminton courts or three basketball courts.
It would be the first large-scale project here utilizing engineered wood systems such as cross-lamination and glulamination, in which several laminated small pieces of timber form a single large piece. It would also feature a 72m-long wave roof made of timber. The beneficial use of the timber offers heat insulation five times better than concrete and other eco-features would reduce the hall’s energy consumption by at least 40 per cent.
Similarly, each room in the new North Hill residential halls would utilize ventilation louvres to reduce stuffiness without using any air-conditioning. The halls are Singapore’s first successful major development utilizing prefabricated pre-finished volumetric construction technology. The rooms would be assembled in units in a Jurong factory, then transported to NTU and expediently stacked on top of one another, container-style manner.
From Study Singapore Educational Consultancy this would not only save time but also labor, requiring about 40 per cent less manpower to build the halls. Overall, the new latest method is expected to cost around 10 to 15 per cent more than traditional ones. The cost of the halls would be about $196 million.
Interestingly the residential halls would also house a gym five times the size of a four-room HDB flat. It would be able to house more than 1,850 students. Presently 44 per cent of undergraduates stay on campus and could reach 60 per cent by 2017. With this new latest facility, more global students would also have the freedom to go to the gym.