Building the future

Building the future

Article first published at JobsCentral, link http://community.jobscentral.com.sg/node/1406 The BCA is more than just about construction, as Tan Wee Kwang finds out in his role to help shape a better built environment for the future. By Joyce Lin Most people would be put off by the three “Ds” of the building and construction industry – “dirty”, “dangerous” and “demanding” – but not Tan Wee Kwang. The 28-year-old Senior Executive Engineer at the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) currently works in the Transit Shelter Engineering Department which regulates the planning, design and construction of Civil Defence MRT shelter stations in Singapore. So the next time you pass by these MRT stations, such as those in the Northeast Line and Circle Line, everything from the environmental control system to the drainage system have been certified as good to go, thanks in part to Wee Kwang’s dedication to his job. Captivated from young As a senior executive engineer, Wee Kwang is able to fulfil his childhood dream of having a role in the physical development of Singapore. “When I was young, I lived at the outskirts of the Hougang New Town and witnessed the transformation of the primary forest into the current Sengkang and Buangkok housing estates. The close proximity of my house to the actual development presented me with an invaluable opportunity to view the day-to-day operations on site, and that had formed a lasting impression in my mind as well as inspired me to join the construction industry.” Armed with this childhood dream, it was not surprising that Wee Kwang seized the opportunity to take up a scholarship with BCA after his...