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Forest City honored for sustainable industrial park

Forest City, a construction-focused industrial park, developed by Country Garden, has achieved international recogntion at the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award ceremony in New York.

The company was presented with the Global Model of Green Building Industrial Park award for its industrial park for the construction industry for the second year in a row.

Forest City won the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award, Global Human Settlements Award on Planning and Design at the 11th Global Forum on Human Settlements last month.

Forest City, China’s Wuyi County and Indonesia’s Surabaya City were among the winning projects submitted from 23 countries and regions worldwide.

The Global Forum on Human Settlements is a non-profit, with Special Consultative Status within the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The organization is committed to sustainable cities and human settlements for all.

The Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award, established by GFHS is a trend setter for urban construction everywhere that respects sustainable development.

Forest City is creating a 1.7-square-kilometer construction-focused industrial park, to promote the development of a green building industry and improve building precision and quality, said Dr. Wang Jiying, vice general manager for overseas business at Country Garden.

Forest City has taken the traditional construction industry to the next level, and, as a result, has received recognition from many professionals including Mara Angelica Murillo Correa, senior program officer for intergovernmental affairs at the United Nations Environmental Programme’s New York Office, Dr. Arab Hoballah, member of the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award jury and former chief of the Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch at UNEP, as well as Lu Haifeng, Secretary General of GFHS. 

Forest City’s industrial park, with a gross floor area spanning some 1.6 million square meters, is located in the northwest section of Forest City, next to the Port of Tanjung Pelepas and about 10 kilometers from Forest City’s Island One.

The park is on track to evolve into a leading comprehensive and modern manufacturing facility for construction products with reach across Asia and even globally by integrating the entire industry chain, including construction engineering, PC prefabrication, logistics and transportation, parts processing, assembly and construction as well as science-based research and development.

The first phase of the modern PC prefabrication plant has already been completed and now ranks first across Asia in terms of single-building capacity, Country Garden said. The second phase of the park is now being built, including two specialty plants, each of which is about the same size as the facilities completed in the first stage.

Once completed, the park is expected to become the world’s largest industrial production facility for construction products in terms of overall capacity.

In addition, Forest City will include several support facilities and a water transport system, all of which are expected to be put into operation in 2019, with the aim of creating an industrialized manufacturing base for the construction industry over the next three to five years.

Forest City has received multiple international awards over the past few years.

In 2016, the project was honored with the BSLA Merit Award, one of the most prestigious design awards in the US. The project’s representative building, the International Clubhouse, was awarded the LEED-CS Gold Pre-Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Forest City also received the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific New Product Innovation Leadership in Property Development Industry Award.

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