Students build ideal projects

BUILDING a bright career and promising future is no doubt the dream of most tertiary students. Building and Construction students of the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong recently had a chance to make their dreams come true.

Theoretical training cannot go without practical experience. The Building Career and Project Exhibition was organised by the City Polytechnic's Division of Technology to encourage students to put theory into practice through innovative projects.

City Polytechnic director Professor Y. C. Cheng said the activity was part of the institute's continuous effort to enhance its students' capability and standards and to promote contact with the industry and community at large.

More than 60 projects from final-year students in Higher Diploma Architectural Studies, Building, Building Services Engineering and Building Surveying were on display during the two-day exhibition.

The projects included sketches, drawings, computer-aided drafting and functional design, building models, photography portfolios and videos.

The most outstanding project was chosen from each category by a panel of professionals as the winners of the Building and Construction Projects Competition in recognition of students' effort and achievement.

The judges were impressed with the effort and high standards of the students.

''We are happy with the participants' contributions. They made full use of this exercise; all of them are winners,'' said Mr Patrick Lau, the chairman of the Architectural Studies judging panel.

Vinco Mung Siu-hei, a final-year Architectural Studies student, won first prize in the category with his innovative approach.

He designed a building with a residential tower sitting on a commercial podium. His unique idea of open space won the judges' praise.

''Since we usually feel confined in a lift lobby, I used transparent glazing curtain walls for the commercial centre and around the elevator to create a wide and open view.'' Lau Yeung-ling, Cheung Chi-kan and Mui Kwok-wai were happy and surprised to be the winners of the Building Services Engineering category.

''Our project is actually quite simple, which might be the reason we won, as we made fewer mistakes,'' the students said.

Other champions included Poon Wai-kit, Chan King-wai, Cheung Kwok-sun and Ko Ho-sum in the Building category; Chung Chi-kin, Lam Chi-keung, Chu Man-fai, Cheung Wai-sim and Lo Kam-fai for the Best Building Redevelopment Proposal in the Building Surveying category; and Esther Chan, Choi Ming-yuen, Lee Hin-mo, Ngan Suen-wa and Tang Hon-chuen for Best Building Construction Proposal in the Building category.