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1989 30-YEAR LEASE FOR JURONG WEST LAND SIGNED 13 SEP 2014 I went with the scary option and thought about exactly what MOVED I want to put into this new OUT OF JURONG home. It was going WEST TO THE to be really big. I TEMPORARY 8 DEC shared my ideas HOLDING SITE IN with the team 2014 MANDAI and together, we fine tuned the KEYS HANDED proposal.” OVER TO DEMOTION We COMPANY TO 18 FEB presented it to DEMOLISH OLD 2017 CWS in March BUILDING 2013 and 28 APR got their Balik Kampung 2015 approval. St Joseph’s Home Then a JURONG WEST tender was LAND WAS BLESSED called for AND HANDED OVER TO THE MAIN interested CONTRACTOR architectural firms to present their ideas. Seven 31 MAY eventually 2016 were shortlisted. “We TOPPING OUT had two sessions CEREMONY where the team shared our vision for the home. I didn’t have any powerpoint TOP OBTAINED ON BRAND NEW 13 JAN slides, I just spoke. In the end, BUILDING 2017 only one of them got it right and managed to translate it into more or less the home that you see today” says Sr Geraldine. The winning firm was SAA Architects. The land was going to be saved after all. Going to Grow On 13 Sept 2014, the staff and just over 100 residents bid Jurong West farewell and headed to the former Villa Francis Home for the Aged in Mandai - their temporary abode for the next two years. Meanwhile, work on the old site began in earnest. “The design that I had in mind came from what I’d observed over the years. I wanted to build something that would provide for the future. We could not simply be preoccupied with providing the bare essentials of food and lodging. The home needs to have life and every person ought to be able to find a corner for themselves to explore. If they’re good in handicraft, then they should have some place to go to do that.” LEAVING THE O LD HOME IN JURONG WEST St Joseph’s Home | 31