ISG builds a brighter future for individuals with Down syndrome

16 August 2018

Building a brighter future for individuals with Down syndrome FEATURE - ISG

The Independent Living and Training Centre (ILTC) project for a primarily self-funded charity, Down Syndrome Association (Singapore), known as DSA(S), has officially completed and is set for an official opening in November 2018.

Fit out and construction services company, ISG, and several industry trade partners transformed the association’s former office premise, located in the heart of Telok Blangah Crescent, into a new training facility for individuals with Down syndrome.

With an estimated project cost of S$100,000, this significant contribution demonstrates ISG’s commitment to always care for the well-being of customers, employees and its local communities; the new training facility will provide experiential living and working environments to train the adult learners with Down syndrome on self-management and independent living.

For over 22 years, DSA(S) has been providing support to persons with Down syndrome of their clients, empowering them to lead a normal life and achieving integration with the mainstream society. The completion of ILTC will further propel the vision of DSA(S) in becoming the “Centre of Excellence” for these adult members, their families and the broader community.

Throughout the construction period of eight weeks, ISG accumulated a total of 2,400 safe man hours, and rendered support and skillsets from a dedicated site team of five. In addition to rallying support from its team, ISG also encouraged trade partners and supply chains from the construction industry to contribute labour, materials and inventory items to provide for an inviting and comfortable space.

Over 16 trade contractors sponsored their products and services, including Designclique Associates, Green Art Design, MTM Solutions, KokaineDeco-Base EnterpriseUpdate AsiaOne CreationRoselle Mont-Clair Furnishing. KM Interiors, Lee Tat, Ming Xian Interiors Design & Renovation, Extol Design & Contracts, KS Furniture, Weldone Electrical Engineering, Solid Arts Interior and Take & Post. 

The enabling project saw the conversion of the former office space into a fully functional apartment, with areas that include a welcome lounge, two bedrooms, laundry and kitchen area, a family consultation room and “practice rooms”.

Thoughtful design considerations, such as how the lighting control and lockers are placed lower, make the facility more conducive for the learners.

Steve Ramsden, ISG’s managing director for Southeast Asia and Middle East, visited the completed facility during handover and was impressed with the overall outcome of the project.

He said: “Looking at the transformed space, I believe it will truly serve its purpose and enrich the lives of these adult learners. I am incredibly proud of our team of specialists who have worked hard in delivering this project, and ensuring that the same exceptional service and quality were extended.”

“The manifestation of this new facility is a significant milestone in the enduring relationship between ISG and DSA(S) established over the last seven years. We definitely will continue to support them in future initiatives further.”

Expressing his heartfelt appreciation to all, Moses Lee, executive director of Down Syndrome Association (Singapore) said: “We are deeply appreciative of ISG’s tremendous support and generosity towards this initiative in enabling the lives of persons with Down syndrome."

"This training facility will allow our learners to practise and apply various independent living skills so that they generalise these skills in their daily lives. This would better prepare them to be more independent especially when their caregivers are no longer able to provide the care they require fully in the future.”