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KOTA KINABALU – With the commencement of piling, the RM9.6 million Catholic Centre moved one step forward on 21 May 2018.
At the construction site on the grounds of the former Shan Tao Primary School at Jalan Sang Kancil Karamunsing, Archbishop John Wong of Kota Kinabalu drove the first pile into the ground, symbolically signalling the beginning of piling works. After that, he led a prayer asking God to bless this new phase in the construction of the centre.
Present to witness the event were project priest-supervisor Father Cosmas Lee, members from the Steering Committee, Architect Daniel Koh, consultants from QS-CE Technical Services, piling contractor Colleen Sdn Bhd, engineering consultant from BSK Sdn Bhd, earthworks contractor JV Champion Sdn Bhd, main contractor Min Construction Sdn Bhd and project coordinator Johnny Liau.
Piling works are estimated to take about two months and targeted to complete on July 24.
Construction of the main building is expected to begin on August 1 and completed in October 2019.
At the same event, John Voo of JV Champion Sdn Bhd was presented with a letter of appreciation by Abp Wong for having successfully completed the demolition and earthworks.
The time frame for the earthworks went beyond the stipulated time by three months due to a requirement of the local authority to construct drainage and retention walls, works that had been planned to be carried out at the construction of the main building.
To date, donations received have reached over RM3 million, including a State Government grant of RM200,000. The total cost of the New Catholic Centre is RM9.6 million. There is still a shortfall of RM5.7 million.
For details, please call 088-712297 (Angela Yen, Cecilia Funk, or Teresa Chin). – Herald Malaysia