№2 Architectural Design Department (Pipes and Network Dept.) was established via merging of the 2nd and 6th architectural design departments in order to adapt to the development of survey and design industry and the increasingly intense market competition, further enhance the comprehensive strength of the Institute and improve contracting competency, a move based on the thorough consideration and analysis, by the leaders of the Institute, of the status quo of the market.
On the morning of January 15th, an assembly on merging of two departments was convened in the meeting room on the 2nd floor, with all staff from the two departments present. WANG Jianhua (Secretary), WU Xiaokun (Vice President) and LI Shuanglai (Vice President) attended the assembly chaired by Vice President WU.
Vice President WU firstly confirmed the contributions made by the two departments in praise of their solidarity and aggressiveness and gave a brief introduction to the factors facilitating the merger as well as the basic equipment allocation and duty delegation thereafter. Also, he declared that LI Shuanglai (Vice President) concurrently took the office of director of the new department. Wu analyzed the advantages for development of the new department, expressing his hope that any idea or suggestion would be welcome for a solid and harmonious relationship among all staff.
Vice President LI introduced himself to the attendees, expressing his willingness to join the new family and the young staff and his desire for intimacy, mutual trust and understanding. He also reviewed several major mergers in history of the Institute and stressed his confidence in more achievements to be gained, via efforts of all staff, for “First Department”in the Institute.
Secretary WANG delivered a speech in the assembly, pointing out that the two departments had shared weal and woe with the Institute and made outstanding contributions and that LIU Haiquan and SUN Wenhui (former directors) cultivated outstanding young staff, pooled intelligence and accomplished numerous tasks successfully in a harmonious atmosphere where talents were given full scope. He also noted that the shortage of personnel and professionals of the two departments loomed larger in a fiercer market and that the merger was aimed at better performance in scale economy and integration of design resources, based on a solid leadership foundation and contracting competency. WANG heartened everyone and dispelled their worries, by urging a benign interaction for development and believed that the new department, with 30-plus staff and increasingly perfect combination of technical expertise, would be capable of large projects of over one million square meters, a golden chance for young designers in their career development. He also put forward three requirements: that specific adjustments might be made according to the factual situation of each on the principle of priority being given to technical discipline; that harmonious relationship should come first and no cliques would be allowed; that long-term interests other than immediate interests should be focused. WANG also called upon collective support to LI Shuanglai for development, expansion and perfection of the department and expressed the willingness from the leadership of the Institute for the same support.
SUN Wenhui (Department Director) delivered a speech on behalf of mid-level cadres. He firstly expressed his loathness in parting with the staff who had shared hardships before predicting a better future. He also hoped that the Institute leadership would materialize all their promises and encouraged young colleagues to be more diligent to live up to the leadership’s expectations. He pledged full support to Vice President LI in building the new department into one with high-quality brand.