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Adrian Lo : Project Management is All about Details 145
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    Spring City 66, Hang Lung's first project in the southwest region of mainland China is set to open next year. In this issue, we speak to Mr. Adrian Lo, Director – Project Management, about the details of the project and the challenges along the way.


    Attention to Detail

    Adrian describes the role of the project management team as "all-encompassing". In the formation stage, the project management team needs to work with over 20 world-class counterparts in the fields of architectural design and planning, interior design and landscaping, construction, electrical and mechanical systems, and environmental management, to name but a few. In the construction stage, just one of the two main contractors for Spring City 66 has already employed more than 100,000 workers in various stages. With so many people involved across multiple processes, it is no wonder that Adrian says effective communication is critical to project success. "Paying attention to people and to the little details; this is the key to effective project management," he says.


    Adrian recalls an example of the importance of collaboration among teams and clear communication of details concerning the installation of the glass façade of the office tower and mall. "Kunming is located 1,900 meters above sea level, so we need to be extra careful about the materials we used. Our multilayered glass is manufactured near sea level. Upon arriving at high altitude, the atmospheric pressure difference would cause the glass to deform." The project management team had to anticipate this challenge and work on a solution with the consultants and contractors. In the end, the sealing process was finished in Kunming to mitigate the risk of glass deformation.


    Kunming is situated in an area of seismic activity and over 2,000 shock absorbers have been installed within the structure of the mall to ensure the safety of the visitors and staff. Adrian explained how the team requisitioned the use of large amounts of additional steel reinforcements in the Office Tower. "Hang Lung's business model is to Build to Own, Build to Last. The structure had to be safe and be able to withstand earthquakes. Along with investment in preeminent design, this demonstrates the Company's commitment to the deployment of resources for the betterment of the communities we operate in."


    Managing a project scale of this magnitude is never easy. To further tackle construction issues, Adrian said that the team has, for the first time, fully utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM) to construct the project. BIM is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. He said, "With this model, we can have a very clear picture of the entire project before we start construction, and this has improved efficiency and also helped us anticipate issues."


    However, project management is not just about overcoming challenges and selecting materials. People are also an asset that requires care. Due to the high altitude and risk of altitude sickness, the project management team had to devise means, such as increasing mechanical vertical transportation, which would minimize the risk posed to the team and ensure the safety and efficiency of works.


    More than Meets the Eye

    Detail in design is what makes a project unique, and an iconic landmark for a city needs to be both unique and tailored to the environment and its people. With an architect background, Adrian has worked on different projects, including Olympia 66 and Riverside 66. He said that each project contributes to a more vibrant retail environment and helps to create a variety of attractive career opportunities while simultaneously benefiting from the flourishing socio-economic development in the region, resulting in a synergy between the aspirations of the city, its people, and our Company.


    Adrian elaborated on how Spring City 66 rides on Kunming's ambience. The design theme "spring comes to life" incorporated the surrounding mountainous terrain which is echoed in the warm and fresh green tones of decorative fittings, and the extensive use of glass to introduce more natural light indoors. But there is more than meets the eye, from the attention given to the external facade to the interior design. No detail is left unchecked as the Company delivers big on sustainability. Adrian said that all of our Mainland projects have attained Gold certification or Gold pre-certification for the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Core and Shell issued by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste, and support the local community. This is the awareness we seek to create as we pioneer sustainability in design, construction, and management. The mission of the project management team is, therefore, to realize this goal.


    Loyalty and Modesty

    When asked about his management philosophy, Adrian highlighted four Chinese words that mean loyalty and modesty. He said, "You have to be loyal to the Company, your role, and your principles. Be modest, adamant, and thorough in the completion of your tasks." He elaborated on how we should face challenges head-on and focus on solutions. "This will take the team further, and it is with the nourishment of such values among colleagues, resonating with the Company's principles, that we nurture talents and build teams for the long-term," he said.


    In Adrian's team, there are a few members who have been with him since Riverside 66 and Olympia 66, and are now working together on Spring City 66. 

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