Faculty of Engineering E4, NUS
The largest of 14 faculties and schools at NUS, the Engineering Faculty has grown from 300 students in the late 1970s to close to 10,000 strong today. Today, the faculty of engineering is a vibrant community with 10 departments, divisions and programmes.
Block E4 is an 8-storey building situated at the heart of Engineering Faculty sandwiched between Kent Ridge Crescent and Engineering Drive 2. The building is one of the longest, sited on the hilly area of the campus and is made accessible through multiple covered link-ways from other adjacent engineering facilities.
Regularization was one of the key initiatives in this major retrofitting project as the existing building was not in full compliance with the latest fire safety codes and Building Control regulations. New provisions such as the fire sprinkler, fire suppression system, escapes staircases, firemen lift, accessibilities for the disabled, toilet provisions, etc were added. Another initiative was the upgrading of all existing facilities to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. New facades were created with a layer of faceted aluminium screens for better shading and thermal insulation to the existing building. These screens created a distinct character that is much needed while shielding the naturally ventilated corridors from rain and the existing exposed services along the exterior walls. This project was awarded with BCA Green Mark Platinum Award in 2015.
Photographs by Albert Lim KS