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IBS News

NST online (29 April 2009)

New Buildings Ready Next Year

THERE is good news in store for students from two of three secondary schools who have been squatting in other schools for the past two years.

Education and Higher Learning Committee chairman Shamshulkahar Mohd Deli said new buildings for SMK Taman Warisan Puteri and SMK Seremban Jaya 2 would be completed next year.

"Taman Warisan Puteri students have been squatting at SMK Dato' Hj Mohd Redza since 2007 while those from SMK Seremban Jaya 2 are lodged at SMK Seremban Jaya."

The SMK Taman Warisan Puteri project, costing about RM23.2 million, is designed based on the Industrial Building System.

"Work started earlier this month and the project is expected to be completed by June next year," he said in reply to Aminuddin Harun (PKR-Sikamat).

Shamshulkahar said the RM26 million SMK Seremban Jaya 2 project was also expected to be completed next year.

However, he said the RM14 million project for the third school, SMK Senawang 3, had encountered delays due to re-negotiations with the Education Ministry.

The IBS, which uses completed assembly construction, was found not to be suitable for the plot allocated to the school and the conventional method had to be used.

Shamshulkahar said the district education department had given him its assurance that Senawang 3 students would not be neglected even though they were squatting in another school

Good intention by the government to use IBS in gov. infrastructure projects. One of the obvious benefits of IBS is construction speed where shorten completion time is crucial for infrastructure project like schools. But, this 'avoidable' issue is perhaps due to:

1. Lack of designer's knowledge on IBS. IBS design should also consider buildability issues(location, logistic etc.)

2. Lack of integration/communication/coordination between the design team and surveyor/ site managers AND the clients

3. Very late design change is not applicable to IBS. The result is only change to conventional. This issues can be solved if the problem is discussed earlier in the project

4. This issues highlighted the risk of IBS implementation for clients (project delay) and long time of approval in changing building design from IBS to conventional

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