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Aurecon recognised at ACES Design Excellence Awards for second consecutive year

Technical Director Joshua Loke received the Young Consulting Engineer (Mechanical) award at the ACES Design Excellence 2018

Technical Director Joshua Loke received the Young Consulting Engineer (Mechanical) award at the ACES Design Excellence 2018

23 March 2018  Aurecon, engineering and infrastructure advisory company, was honoured with a Merit Award for its innovative upgrading of a medical school building, and Technical Director Joshua Loke received the Young Consulting Engineer (Mechanical) award.

The Association of Consulting Engineers Singapore (ACES) recognised Aurecon’s future-ready engineering and design expertise for the second consecutive year during the ACES Design Excellence Awards on March 22 at the Resorts World Convention Centre in Singapore.

Aurecon’s Technical Director for Built Environment, Joshua Loke, received the Young Consulting Engineer (Mechanical) Award while the company was honoured with the Merit Award (M&E, A1 category) for its work in upgrading Block MD10, a medical and research facility at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

“I am honoured and delighted to receive this award from ACES. As engineers, the majority of our work is invisible to the end-users, but what we do is just as important in ensuring a better future for everyone. So, I would like to share this recognition with my mentors, managers and team mates who have helped me reach this high point in my career,” said Loke. 

The ACES Design Excellence Awards recognise projects and young consulting engineers who have demonstrated engineering design excellence and made valuable contribution to the profession in Singapore.

With more than 12 years’ experience as a professional mechanical engineer, Loke specialises in leading technically-challenging projects in data centres, educational institutions, laboratories, healthcare, and resorts. One such project he led is Block MD10, which is also being honoured in this year’s ACES Design Excellence Awards.

“The Block MD10 project was fantastic to work on due to the high level of collaboration within the multi-disciplinary team. Because of the human-centred approach we adopted, the alteration and additions on Block MD10 resulted in a more harmonious interaction between the end-users and building operations, while improving the building’s efficiency and sustainability ratings,” Loke added.

Future-ready facility

Block MD10 is a four-storey building, housing an anatomy hall, laboratories, lecture rooms, museum, mortuary, and administrative and faculty offices. Its role is to nurture future medical and science professionals.

At 30 years old, the building no longer conformed to the latest building and energy codes. Its performance was also below optimum with insufficient ventilation and high utility consumption. Additionally, the space no longer fitted the current end-users’ requirements, resulting in the need for an extensive upgrade.

Aurecon was appointed by the National University of Singapore to lead the MEP engineering design to bring the building up to code while balancing the various needs of the stakeholders and the different user requirements of each floor.

As a result of innovative design, the refurbished facility expanded its teaching space by 16 per cent from the original 1 050 square metres and can now more comfortably accommodate the 800 Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Life Sciences undergraduate students attending Human Anatomy practicals, as well as residents and specialists participating in workshops there. It also achieved a Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark GoldPlus Award for Non-residential Existing Building (Version 3).

In good company

Receiving two ACES Design Excellence awards is a testament to Aurecon’s future-ready engineering and human-centered design approach. It also strengthens the company’s expertise in solving ‘wicked problems’ – the ones that seem too big or too complicated to others.

“We are ecstatic to receive these recognitions, and I congratulate Joshua and the rest of the team for their industry-leading innovation,” said Philip Motteram, Aurecon’s Built Environment Leader in Singapore. “These awards are the result of dynamic and collaborative partnerships with our clients and we celebrate this achievement with them.” 

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