[Sponsored Report] Ssangyong puts stamp on Marina Bay hotel
Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. has created a landmark in Singapore that is likely to generate as much attention as the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Tower Bridge in London.
This marvel is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel - a feat of design, engineering and innovation. It consists of three main towers that each forms an elegant inverted “V” and props up a gleaming sky park in the shape of a ship at the top.
The complex, one of Ssangyong’s most challenging projects to date and the largest construction development ever for a Korean firm, was completed in just two years.
The grand opening ceremony on June 23 was attended by a host of industry luminaries, including Kim S. Joon, chairman and CEO of Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.; Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Sands Group; and the CEO of Singapore Hong Leong Group.
The three buildings, each of which is 55 stories high and features three basement levels, has 2,561 hotel rooms.
The eastern side of each building is slanted 52 degrees from the ground and connects to the western side at the 23rd story. From there, a single structure continues up to the 55th floor.
With its complex design and construction requirements, it is truly a marvel of modern architecture. To create the complex, Ssangyong E&C used a new installation method that incorporates post-tension and temporary bracing installation. The method allowed the company to make the legs of the inverted V tilt at an angle that is 10 times greater than that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.
Floating above the towers, the Sky Park has three swimming pools, an observatory, a garden, a restaurant and a spa.
The structure - which is about twice the size of a football field on the inside - weighs more than 60,000 tons. The observatory ranks as the largest of its kind in the world and can accommodate up to 900 visitors at once.
The construction methods Ssangyong E&C used to build the hotel complex were recently designated as a new construction technology by the Ministry of Land Transport and Maritime Affairs, the agency’s first such designation for a technology used overseas. This will give Ssangyong E&C an edge when bidding for government construction projects.
“Even the most famous construction companies in the world wondered whether this project could actually be done,” said Ssangyong Senior Vice President An Kook-jin.
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is a project of the Singaporean government. Ssangyong E&C won the project in 2007 with a bid of $686 million.