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It only took 26 days to complete construction on the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel extension

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It only took 26 days to complete construction on the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel extension

PPVC techniques allowed the project to save time and manpower.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | July 5, 2017

Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall

The Singapore Changi Airport is, according to the most recent numbers from the Airports Council International, the 17th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. With so many people passing through on a daily basis, it was important for the new addition to the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel to be built in as little time as possible.

The new building was Singapore’s first private sector commercial project to use pre-fabricated, pre-finished volumetric construction (PPVC), which led to the addition being built in just 26 days. WOHA designed the original 320-room hotel as well as the 243-room, 103,495-sf addition.


Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall.


The use of the PPVC method slashed manpower requirements on site by as much as 45%, reduced overall construction time by 17%, and accomplished both of these with about 40% in manpower savings.


Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall.


“The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel extension (CPEX) demonstrates that it is possible to significantly reduce the number of workers required, shorten construction time, improve building quality and even overcome site constraints by changing the way we build,” says Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority CEO John Keung in a release.


Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall.

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