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Africa still lags in green building.
Green building is all the rage nowadays with virtually every
new construction incorporating it in one form or another.
From the basic movement activated lighting systems
and dual flushing toilets to the more sophisticated water
recycling systems and appropriate use of construction
materials.
In all these instances the objective remains to reduce the
overall impact of the building on human health and the
natural environment by efficiently using resources and
reducing waste and pollution.
In Africa green building certification is still a novelty being
found only in South Africa. According to the website of the
Green Building Council of South Africa only one project so
far has received a 4 star green star certification. Compare
this with USA where over 4000 projects are certified by the
US Green Building Council.
Africa undoubtedly has a long way to go with regards to
greater awareness of the impact the built environment can
have on the overall environment.
In this issue we look at the San Jose City Hall that has
been awarded a platinum certification while separately
Maery Mungati of Uganda takes a look at green building
and its relevance to the African market.
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NEWS
Electricity Expansion Project
Kenya
The Kenya Electricity Expansion Project approved by the World Bank will
increase geothermal generation to improve electricity distribution.
The Kenya Electricity Expansion Project has been approved by the World
Bank. It is meant to improve electricity access to Kenyans in urban, peri-
urban and rural areas. It will also enable Kenya to expand geothermal power
generation as part of its green energy development strategy.

The project is part of over US$1.4 billion being invested in the electricity sector
by the government, the Bank and other development partners in support of the
government’s strategy to accelerate infrastructure development to strengthen
foundations for growth and competitiveness.

It will build on the Energy Sector Recovery Project, which the Bank has
supported since 2004 with an investment of US$160 million to increase
geothermal generation, improve electricity distribution and implement
electrification programs to support economic growth and reduce regional
disparities. The Bank’s support for geothermal energy development started
in the 1980s.
International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman and Egyptian
developer Hassan Allam Properties have started construction on a new hotel
in the Baia Bianca development in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Facing the Red
Sea at the foothills of the Sinai Mountains, the 45,000m
2
600-key hotel will
offer an intimate, authentic guest experience by incorporating local design
traditions, connection to the outdoors, and amenities that take advantage of
the unique site.
The five-star Baia Bianca Hotel will be strikingly contemporary while
remaining familiar to its sense of place and context. The design of the hotel
takes its inspiration from the simple forms of early architecture on the Sinai,
incorporating the colors, patterns, and materials found in the region.

(Source: Perkins Eastman)
The five-star Baia Bianca Hotel will be strikingly contemporary
Egypt
Five-Star Baia Bianca Hotel
Sky Residence II, a tower with 22 floors, is set to create apartments of great
comfort, making the most of its magnificent sea views. Risco architects
combine simplex and duplex types and break the original volume into
sections of smaller size, increasing the perimeter and creating bumps on
the facades.
With this solution, natural light within the apartments and sea views have
increased by 80 percent. The interiors integrate different design solutions
from those used in traditional housing, whilst the exterior is marked by
horizontal planes on the floors, interspersed with metal sections that will
shade the glazing and allow optimum comfort conditions inside.
The external design seeks to establish a relationship with the neighbouring
building, through cuttings and alignments, and seeks to create diverse
situations in different elevations.
Angola
Sky Centre
Sky Residence II, a tower with 22 floors, is set to create apartments of
great comfort
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The 26 hectare Neotown Port Louis project, designed by Andy Fisher
workshop has been launched. The master plan embraces the opportunity
to create a landmark development for the Les Salines district with the aim
of reconnecting the city to the waterfront and to strategically encouraging
further development of Port Louis.
Working with Les Salines Development, a subsidiary of Patel Realty,
Andy Fisher workshop developed a concept to transform and integrate
the waterfront site, turning this previously neglected area into Neotown
Port Louis containing business, residential, hospitality and retail precincts
along with a Tourist Heritage Centre with a total built area of approximately
930,000m
2
with an FDI of US$500 million. The concept for the master plan
was inspired by the unique waterfront and city edge location of the site.
The 26 hectare Neotown Port Louis project, designed by Andy Fisher
workshop has been launched
NEWS
Mauritius
The Neotown Port Louis
Botswana has received a US$186 million) loan from the African Development
Bank (AfDB) for the construction of a 600 MW coal-fired power plant,
according to a government official.
Botswana imports 80 percent of its 550 MW power demand, with the majority
coming from South Africa, which has scaled down supplies to its neighbours
and will stop them completely by 2012 due to a fast rising demand in the
country, Africa's biggest economy.
The AFDB loan will finance the purchase and installation of Morupule B's
Isang transmission line, Isang substation, reactive compensation equipment
and commissioning fuel.
Morupule B, which received another US$136 million loan from the World
Bank two weeks ago, is estimated to cost US$2billion and consists of a
power station, distribution lines, substations and a water pipeline.
Botswana
Funding a 600MW Power Plant
The AFDB loan will finance the purchase and installation of Morupule B's
600 MW coal-fired power plant.
The Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town and the Moses Mabhida Stadium in
Durban which were the venues for the two semi-final games can accommodate
up to 70,000 spectators each. The 34 cm thick reinforced concrete slab of the
seven-storey high grandstand in the Greenpoint Stadium was formed using
PERI panel slab formwork SKYDECK with MULTIPROP slab props.
Through the low individual weights of the aluminium components and the
systematic assembly sequence, work could be carried out both quickly and
fatigue-free. In addition, the SKYDECK drophead system ensured short
striking times as panels and main beams were available for the next cycle in
a very short space of time.
Apart from the low weight and the high load-bearing capacity, the PERI
MULTIPROP has a large extension length, a big advantage for the range of
different storey heights.
The Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town can accommodate up to 70,000
spectators was formed using PERI panel slab formwork SKYDECK with
MULTIPROP slab props.
Panel Slab Formwork
South Africa
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ABB, a power and automation technology group will work on a joint
development project with Helsinki Energia, a public utility in Helsinki. The
company will collaborate with Nokia Siemens Networks to design and install
a large-scale smart grid in the new Kalasatama district of Helsinki.
ABB, Helsingin Energia and Nokia Siemens Networks will develop a variety
of solutions based on modern communication, information and energy
technologies. These include solutions to ensure that excess power generated
from renewable energy sources in the district itself, for instance from solar
panels and wind turbines, can be fed into the power grid; to enable electric
vehicles to draw electricity from the grid or feed it back; to store energy; to
create easy-to-use services and to provide more flexibility and transparency
in the distribution grid, helping to lower consumption and emissions.
NEWS
The Helsinki Energia Project
Finland
ABB, Helsingin Energia and Nokia Siemens Networks will develop a variety
of solutions based on modern communication, information and energy
technologies.
A desalination plant has been put in the suburb of Kurnell, Sydney. A number
of structures were built on an area of 450,000m² which are used for treatment
and storage. This includes an operations building for the personnel. Up to
250 million litres of drinking water can be produced per day.
A total of four contractors were responsible for completion of the structural
work – the formwork solution for all partners was supplied by PERI. With
the TRIO wall formwork system, the massive 18.5m high reinforced
concrete walls with thicknesses between 0.8m and 1.5m could be flexibly
and efficiently formed. For the concreting sections at great heights, TRIO
together with the CB climbing system was used – with help of SKS brackets,
single-sided climbing could then be carried out. Here, the concreting cycle
height was 3m in each case.
A total of four contractors were responsible for completion of the structural
work – the formwork solution for all partners was supplied by PERI
Australia
Kurnell Desalination Plant
The design is based on an elemental form, which will be raised from the
ground to enhance the open space
Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has unveiled its plan for further
investment in Geneva with a new building for its international headquarters.
The aim is to build offices totalling approximately 25 000m
2
in the Sécheron
area of the city by the end of 2013.
JTI has instructed UK-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
(SOM), Geneva-based architects group8, global property consultancy
Knight Frank as project managers and global construction consultants
Davis Langdon as cost managers.
The design is based on an elemental form, which will be raised from the
ground to enhance the open space. JTI wants the building both to be
distinctly recognisable by pedestrians at ground level, and to have an
articulated roofscape that will be identifiable to Geneva. This is according
to an official from this company.
JTI Plan for New Headquarters
Japan
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MLE TZ50i
Terex RT 100
PRODUCTS
The TZ50i is a custom made insulated manlift made for electrical contractors, utilities and plant
maintance. the trailer mounted manlift provides 46kV ANSI Class C rating and features 6 ft
fiberglass jib, non-conductive hydraulic hoses and radio remote control. some productivity features
include:
• Extension boom
• Self-leveling platform
• Hydraulic platform rotation
• 160° platform rotation
Website: www.manliftengineering.com
Terex cranes displayed their new Terex RT 100 rough terrain crane at the bauma show this year in
Munich, Germany.
The RT100 is the latest addition to the Terex range of rough terrain cranes. It has an outstanding
lifting capacity across all load ranges. Its maximum lifting capacity is 90 metric tonnes. The RT 100
is the only CE marked terrain crane in the 80-100 tons segment and the the largest CE marked RT
crane offered by Terex in Europe.
The six section boom can be extended up to a maximum length of 53 meters, with a maximum tip
of 55.8 meters.
Website: www.terex-cranes.com
RM 100
The new RM80 from Rumble Master fully meets the requirements of cost-conscious building
contractors. The crusher is programmed to perform – with automatic conveying in line with crusher
workload, material and feeding type. Its high continuous throughput is due to the compact crusher's
excellent intake behaviour and optimum crusher kinematics.
The RM80 is flexible regarding the material it processes. In recycling mode the magnetic separator
reliably removes reinforcing steel from the crushed material. Only one person is required to operate
and manoeuvre the RM80 using remote control. Even the unique release system to remove
blockages works at the press of a button.
Website: www.komatsuamerica.com
HR 17
Niftylift has launched the HR (Height Rider) 17 Hybrid: an ultra-light 17 m articulated boom with an
overall weight of just 4750 kg - that's 1750 kg lighter than Nifty's previous 17 m model. Niftylift has
reduced the weight of the machine in a number of ways including the use of high grade steel and
the innovative hybrid propulsion system.
The machine has a 14 kW (18 HP) diesel 722 Kubota engine, which uses 40 to 50 percent less
fuel than non-hybrid models. While the engine is running it charges the batteries but, should the
machine encounter particularly rough terrain, the batteries cut in to add extra power to the four-
wheel drive.
The machine can be used in hybrid or electric only modes, the batteries can be completely
recharged in eight hours conventionally or in 3.5 hours by the diesel motor.
Website: www.niftylift.com
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EVENTS 2010
ASSOCIATION NEWS & EVENTS
The Nairobi 2010 Congress of ISOCARP, focusing on the theme
'Sustainable City/ Developing World' takes its departure from
the aforementioned premise. Planning strategies for sustainable
development in cities of the global south will be discussed according
to the type of intervention through which they can be best addressed.
The workshops will be structured along five sub-themes and are
elaborated below.
Workshop 1: Effective policy-making for sustainable urbanisation
Workshop 2: The impact of spatial planning, urban design and built form on urban sustainability
Workshop 4: Improving governance for sustainable urban development
Workshop 5: Financing sustainability
Email: aak@aak.or.ke
Website: www.isocarp.org
The leading power industry convention in the East African region, the 12th annual EAPIC will deliver updates on how to enhance the region’s energy mix and
sustain long-term power supply through connectivity and integration.
EAPIC 2010 will provide the most strategic regional platform in which to showcase your products and to engage with business leaders. Join us in 2010 to
explore further opportunities in the regional power industry.
Website: www.spintelligent-events.com
Email: claus.tobin@spintelligent.com / ade.yesufu@spintelligent.com
The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) has announced a new trophy award for its Awards
for Excellence competition. The award has been created for the Concrete Retaining Block (CRB)
category, which in the past shared a trophy with the Infrastructural and Innovative Concrete Products
categories.
CMA director, Hamish Laing, says the number of CRB entrants has increased tremendously
over the past 10 years and therefore this division warrants a trophy of its own. The CRB trophy
is being sponsored by Terraforce, one of the country’s major designers of CRBs.The competition,
for which entries close on May 31st, is not restricted to CMA members and entry forms can be
downloaded from the CMA’s website www.cma.org.za. The rules and conditions are printed on the
entry forms. As entries are based on photographs, high quality images are an essential element of
the competition.
46th ISOCARP Congress
Concrete Manufacturers Association
East African Power Convention 2010
Date: September 19-23, 2010
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Date: August 31-September 3, 2010
Venue: Safari Park Hotel & Casino, Nairobi, Kenya
Contact: Claus Tobin and Ade Yesufu
Mer cedes-Benz Museum
The Mercedes-Benz Museum is an automotive museum
housed in Stuttgart, Germany. Stuttgart is home to the
Mercedes-Benz brand and the international headquarters
of Daimler AG. The current building, which stands
directly outside the main gate of the Daimler factory in
Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, was designed by UN Studio.
It is based on a unique cloverleaf concept using three
overlapping circles with the center removed to form a
triangular atrium. Previously, the museum was housed
in a dedicated building within the factory complex and
visitors had in recent decades been transported from the
main gate by a secured shuttle.
The building's height and "double helix" interior were
designed to maximise space, providing 16,500 square
metres of exhibition space on a footprint of just 4,800
square metres. The museum contains more than 160
vehicles; some dating back to the very earliest days of
the motor engine. The museum provides visitors with
free audio tours in a variety of languages. In 2007, the
year it was opened the museum was visited by 860,000
people.
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With an impressive height of 48 metres, the museum
is constructed on a 6m high man-made elevation
directly before the gates of the main plant in Stuttgart-
Untertürkheim. The museum itself only occupies 3,500
m² of the total 60,000 m² site area. However, the
architecturally striking building has an exhibition area
of almost 17,000 m² and provides sufficient space for
a journey through the past, present and future of the
automobile with the world-famous star.
The team from UN studio Ben van Berkel and Caroline
Bos, Amsterdam, were awarded the contract and the
foundation stone for this unique structure was laid.
Eighteen months later, the concrete shell for the four
sections containing the museum, building technology,
connecting building and arena as well as the multi-
storey car park was completed.
Visitors are brought to the top of the building by
elevators where two spiral walkways wind their way
downwards providing easy and comfortable access to
the Myth and Collection exhibition areas. 160 vehicles
and various other collections can be viewed on a total
of nine levels.
Design
With limited time to design and realise one of the most
complicated structures recently conceived, Dutch firm
UN Studio brought in some expertise. 246 companies
and engineering firms were engaged for the Mercedes
Benz Museum, a castle and a labyrinth described by
the Guardian's architecture critic, Jonathan Glancey,
as "jet-age baroque". The structure of the Museum -
three overlapping circles layered over eight floors in
a twisting spiral - needed the expertise of Stuttgart
University's Werner Sobek, head of the Institute for
Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design. Petra
Blaisse, an interior and landscape architect known
for her dramatic collaborations with Rem Koolhaas,
worked on special elements.
But if forming networks of knights and squires is the
basis of UN Studio's work, so too is strong, centralised
organisation. Parametric design, reducing the labyrinth
to a single diagram or map, is the key. "The only
solution was to control the geometry of the building
as completely as possible using the latest computer
technology," says Ben van Berkel, UN Studio's co-
The Museum
has already
been declared
one of the most
bewilderingly
brilliant structures
of the new
century.
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founder and director. "Digitally controlling the geometry made it possible to
incorporate any kind of change quickly and efficiently, immediately knowing
the effects of that change on all other aspects of the building." UN Studio's
computer wunderkind for Mercedes Benz was Arnold Walz..
Un-Studio
The Mercedes Benz Museum was the logical culmination of UN Studio's
systems of practice. Founded in 1988 by Amsterdam and London-trained Van
Berkel and art historian Caroline Bos, the firm really began to take shape with
the Erasmus Bridge commission (1990-6) in Rotterdam. It was also the first
test of the firm's integrative design principles. All the pieces, the five differently
shaped concrete piers, the railings, the landings, the joints and the fixtures,
were designed integrally, the finish of each crucial to the materialisation of the
whole. And all the functional processes of the Museum- as a public space,
as visual marker, as construction - were modeled simultaneously, brought
together with increasingly sophisticated CAD-CAM methods.
UN Studio's shape-shifting is above all a means for solving problems. The
firm keeps a kind of source book of useful shapes, against which all their
projects are classified.
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What Exactly is Green Building?
Green buildings, sustainable buildings, eco-
homes are terms that are commonly used but
they are not easily defined. It is however, widely
agreed that these are buildings that are designed
and constructed to high environmental standards.
They are sited, designed and built to energy
efficient guidelines. There are four categories
that can be used to describe the fundamentals
of green building and these are energy, water,
materials and health.
Energy
With increasing energy costs, buildings
that reduce on energy both operation and
consumption costs are leaning towards green.
A green building tries to minimise on energy
needed for the building. Energy minimising
methods amongst others include the maximising
of the use of natural lighting by orienting the
building to maximise solar gains as well as
sheltering it from prevailing winds, a passive solar
design will drastically reduce the need to heat/
cool a building same as high levels of insulation
and the use of energy efficient windows, use
of energy efficient lighting and energy efficient
appliances, and minimising energy consumption
which could be by incorporating wind turbines
and solar panels.
More often than not these days, when listening
to members of the construction world talk, you
will hear phrases connected to green building,
sustainable development and the like thrown
around. Increasingly this, too, is coming into
Africa.
Have we reached the point of development
whereby our carbon footprint, materials that we
use for construction and the like matter that much
to the environment that we live in to an extent
where this should affect our methods, materials
and even the legislature? It is a huge debate; at
the G-8 summit the third world countries (Africa
is made up of at least 75 percent developing
countries) were unwilling to agree to cut down on
their greenhouse gas emissions claiming that the
wealthy countries were not doing enough to cut
down their fast spreading pollution.
Have the developing countries reached
a point whereby we should now consider
the environmental damage created in our
countries as a whole lot more than the dangers
deforestation causes? Before that question can
even be tackled we must first of all understand
what green building, sustainable construction
or whatever name it goes by in your part of the
world, pertains to.
Guest
Should Developing
Countries worry about
Green Building?
By Maery Mungati
Maery Mungati
The concept of a green
building was developed in
the 1970s in response to the
energy crisis and people's
growing concerns about the
environment. The need to
save energy and mitigate
environmental problems
fostered a wave of green
building innovation that has
continued to this day.
With the increasing rising energy costs, buildings that reduce on energy both operation and
consumption costs are leaning towards green.
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Water
For a building to be considered as leaning towards green there should be a
minimisation of water consumption and water efficiency.
This can be done by use of recycled water by installing rainwater catchment
systems, use of water efficient appliances which include self closing taps,
low flush toilets, waterless composting toilets, low flow showerheads
amongst others, Installing point of use hot water systems and lagging helps
to cut down on heating costs, minimising and attenuating surface water
runoff to prevent flooding and pollution.
Materials
Unlike some industries that are moving towards dematerialisation, the
construction industry will always need materials.
The choice of materials for use in the construction of sustainable buildings
or green buildings is therefore very important due to the extensive network
of material extraction, processing and transportation steps required to have
them in a useful state for the construction site.
These materials to be incorporated into a green building should be materials
that have a low environmental impact. This could be that they are locally
manufactured or extracted thereby reducing on energy costs involved in
transport requirements, or that they are salvaged from reclaimed materials
at nearby sites.
Materials for use in sustainable development are assessed by their Life
Cycle Analysis (LCA). This looks at their recycled content, durability,
embodied energy, waste minimisation and their ability to be reused/
recycled and in certain instances how affordable they are.
Health
To have a green building, eco-home or a sustainable building, there
should be use of non toxic materials, natural lighting, having green space,
designing for the community, freedom from noise, having private outdoor
space and the like. These non toxic materials are moisture resistant and
thus deter moulds and spores; they are also emission free and have low or
no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content. Use of non toxic materials
gives rise to better air quality and a building breathes hence reducing the
risk of asthma, allergies and sick building syndrome.
Bringing it home, almost everyone is bemoaning the high tariffs charged
by electricity utility companies like Tanesco and Umeme as well as their
unreliability, every time there is a dry spell the load shedding is increased
(and in most cases not proportionally to the lengths of dry spells). The
water situation is not much better and as for the raw materials, everyday we
hear about the scarcity of timber for construction, cement prices are going
through the roof and we are importing almost all of our finishing materials
from all over the world. You find buildings finished with sanitary ware from
England, tiles from Spain, glazing from China, ironmongery from South
Africa, electricals from France, switches and sockets from Dubai, and so on.
There is no regard given to the greenness of materials all we are looking
out for is a reduced construction cost while in most instances forgetting the
whole life cycle cost of the materials and effects of dumping them after use.
We do not even think about whether or not they can be recycled or even
their VOC content.
Guest
There is no regard given to the greenness of materials all we are looking out for is a reduced construction cost while in most instances forgetting the
whole life cycle cost of the materials and effects of dumping them after use.
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all these projects.
Each of the above projects had unique challenges.
For instance, Wote-Makindu Road that cost about US$ 24million, traverses major seasonal rivers that
required major bridges that were constructed on piles due to poor in situ soils. The 145 km Busunju-
Kiboga-Hoima Road, that cost approximately US$32million crosses large swamps and construction
of drainage structures in these swamps was extremely difficult, particularly due to the fact that the
contractor was perpetually having cash flow problems, whether he was paid for work done or not. In
addition, the contractor’s equipment was old and many a time unserviceable.
The 1.5km Causeway in Eritrea cost approximately US$3million. Construction in the Red Sea was
difficult since the contractor was inexperienced in aquatic construction, climate was hostile and
importation of goods and materials were subject to inflexible government restrictions.
Some of the active projects are:
Wajir – Mandera Road – This is a 390km road in the North-eastern part of Kenya. GIBB was •
commissioned by the Ministry of Roads (Kenya) to do a preliminary and detailed engineering
design. Working in hostile climate (extremely hot) and in an area where bandit attacks are
common has been difficult. Water and good quality construction materials are scarce. The road
shall be tendered in 3 different contracts. The design and tender documents are expected to
ready in the next two months. Ministry of Roads is shopping for willing financiers for the project.
Engineer Sam Mambo
Born some 55 years ago, in Kirinyaga, Kenya,
Engineer Sam Mambo attained his Bachelors
degree in civil engineering from the University of
Nairobi in 1978, thereafter in 1982 he pursued
his Masters in highway engineering from the
university of Birmingham in the UK.Currently
he is pursuing an MBA at the United States
International University in Nairobi.
Mr. Mambo is a registered engineer with the
Kenya Engineers Registration Board. The
Director of GIBB Africa Ltd is also a member
of the Institute of Engineers of Kenya, and
the chairman of the Association of Consulting
Engineers of Kenya, the American Society of
Civil Engineers, and the Institute of Highways
and Transportation (UK).
The Firm
GIBB Africa Ltd (formerly Sir Alexander GIBB
and Partners) and associated companies
was founded in the early 1940s. The firm
which is a 100 percent Kenyan company, has
its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, but has
operations in the following additional African
countries: Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi,
Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia, Libya,
Sierra Leone and Gabon. Currently GIBB has
a staff complement of 220. Of these 65 of them
are civil and structural engineers, 8 electrical
engineers, 6 mechanical engineers, 11 irrigation
engineers, 8 architects and quantity surveyors,
7 topographical surveyors/GIS experts, 9
environmental scientists, 74 CAD technicians
and 32 finance and administrative staff.

Projects
Recently completed projects of GIBB Africa
Ltd include the 70 km long Wote-Makindu
Road (Kenya), Cyangugu – Bugarama Road
(Rwanda), Busunju – Kiboga – Hoima Road
(Uganda), Massawa Causeway (Eritrea) and
Roads 2000 in North Rift (Kenya) – Training
labour-based contractors and supervision of
works. Mr. Mambo was the Project Director for
Engineer Sam Mambo
Per sonal i t y
Engineering is a great career. Engineers may not be the most
highly paid professionals and they may not even be highly regarded
in society but it is an undisputable fact that engineers hold the key
to most problems facing society. Construction Review interviewed
Engineer Sam Mambo.
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Sirth – Benghazi Railway (Libya): This is the •
largest project currently being handled by GIBB.
It is about 500 km long and the line passes
entirely through the Sahara Desert and there
are difficult sections that present enormous
engineering challenges due to poor in situ soils.
Water, other than the salty Mediterranean Sea
water, is unavailable. GIBB is working for a
Russian Contractor and language is a major
challenge. GIBB staff cannot speak Russian
or Arabic that is spoken by the local people.
Athi – River Namanga Road (136 km) •
(Kenya) – Construction supervision
Emali – Oloitoktok Road (100 km) •
(Kenya) - Construction supervision
siolo – Merille River Road (136 km) •
(Kenya) - Construction supervision
New Bugesera International Airport •
(Rwanda)- Design
Isaka – Kigali – Bujumbura •
Railway: Feasibility Study
Challenges
There is unreasonable competition. Here jobs
are often awarded to the cheapest bidders
who have no capacity or the skills to carry out
the projects. For consultants to be awarded
engineering projects, either to design or
supervise construction, they have to submit both
technical and financial proposals. A close look
at most Terms of Reference, particularly for
road projects, one finds that the key personnel
must have good academic qualifications and be
highly experienced. Such professionals do not
come cheap. However, you often find consultants
being awarded high technical scores but when
financial proposals are opened, their prices are
one third or a half of other consultants. When a
company presents highly qualified staff and bids
low, it means that it has no intention of using
the experienced staff named in its proposal
but will substitute these qualified staff with less
experienced and cheaper staff. In addition, you
often find companies giving totally unrealistic
prices for exercises such as survey and materials
investigations. The intention of such companies
is to do minimal survey which is often inadequate
for a competent design. The poor consultant who
proposes competent and experienced staff and
gives realistic charge rates for such staff and for
survey and materials investigations, loses the
job. This is unfair competition.
There is also a shortage of qualified staff, in
particular engineers. Between 1990 and about
2001, Kenya was receiving very little donor
money for infrastructure development. In addition
little internally generated revenue was going into
infrastructure. So key ministries such as Ministry
of Roads that used to train a large number of
engineers was not employing fresh graduates
from the universities. Furthermore, many
companies, both contractors and consultants
were only taking few engineers due to the limited
workload. As a consequence, a good number of
engineers ended up joining financial institutions
or doing other post graduate courses totally
unrelated to engineering. This created a gap that
is now being felt when the construction industry
is booming.
Corruption is experienced at different levels.
Procurement for consultancy services is often not
transparent. It is not unusual to see a consultant
who has no capacity at all being commissioned
to-do a major project. Even after commissioning,
it often takes an eternity to get paid due to
bureaucracy and corruption in the public sector.
A consultant fulfils his part of the deal and
submits the required deliverables. When he
submits fee notes, they can take 6 – 12 months
before they are paid. Today GIBB has fee notes
it has been following with a government ministry
that were submitted and approved in 2005!
Solutions to Challenges Encountered.
At Gibb we wrestle unreasonable competition
by targeting high value jobs, which the small
firms have little chance of being short-listed in.
In addition, we have ventured into new markets
where there is limited local capacity. Also by
recruiting staff from other countries, particularly
Ethiopia and India and by training the new
graduates further helps us curb the shortage of
qualified staff challenge.
Per sonal i t y
One of the projects at GIBB
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In the nation’s center of
green innovation, San
José’s City Hall is one of
the greenest buildings in
town, achieving the top
certification of LEED-EB
Platinum from the U.S.
Green Building Council.
To date, no other City
Hall in the United States
has achieved LEED-EB
Platinum, according to
the U.S. Green Building
Council.
Located at 200 East Santa Clara Street, San
José, in California, the complex is large, with
the 18 story tall tower totaling 550,000 square
feet (46,000 m²) making it the tallest tower in
San Jose. The mayor's office is located at the
top floor of the tower, with the rotunda serving
as an entrance and council chambers located
in the third building. The present city hall
complex replaces the earlier city hall and civic
center located on North First Street, which was
used from 1958 to 2005. From 1889 to 1958
the city hall was located in what is now Plaza
de Cesar Chavez in downtown San José.
The city hall and civic center, marks the new
centerpiece of a decade-long redevelopment
of the city’s seven-block civic district. The
entire site includes a new performance hall,
elementary school, and library.
A sweeping public plaza leads to the building’s
main entrance on Santa Clara Street. Its focal
point is the entry itself a glazed, domed volume
that serves as a visible symbol of the city and
government. This transparent lobby is large
enough to accommodate public events such as
speeches, concerts, and exhibitions. Exterior
finish materials include stone, metal panel,
clear glass, and concrete. The thin building
proportions are achieved with a unique dual
structural system that utilises concrete shear
walls as “bookends” to provide lateral strength.
This system allows for narrow floor plates
that combined with a west-facing brise soleil,
support day lighting and natural ventilation
throughout the interiors. Elements such as the
sunscreen and the large entry rotunda give
the building a landmark quality that befits its
purpose as City Hall.
The Rotunda
The focal point of the plaza is the transparent
domed rotunda serving as a visible symbol of
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the city government. The glass rotunda is reminiscent of traditional domes
of important public buildings, despite its contemporary form and materials.
The rotunda can accommodate large public events as it stands 108 feet
high with a diameter of 100 feet. The rotunda is complemented to the east
by the office tower, which houses city departments and the plaza level
permit center. Complementing the rotunda on its east side is the office
tower; on the west side is a three-story council wing, which houses the
Council Chambers, public meeting rooms, retail spaces, and additional
departmental offices.
Architecture
The architect was Richard Meier, designer of the Getty Center in Los
Angeles, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain
and numerous other buildings around the world. The architectural style
is most influenced by that of Le Corbusier. The US$ 382 million city hall
has been somewhat controversial with the rotunda being compared to
R2-D2 (fictional droid) but the building was designed to be environmentally
friendly, making use of natural light, and providing shading with a "brise
soleil" on the tower.
The main entrance faces Santa Clara Street through a sweeping public
plaza. Central Concrete California provided the required 26,000 cubic
yards of concrete. Upon completion, their concrete truck drivers made over
3,000 trips from the batch plant to the project site.
LEED Platinum Rating
By reaching the Platinum level, the city not only helps conserve resources
and create a healthier environment for employees and visitors, but also
saves substantially on cost through green building maintenance practices.
City Hall’s certification adds more than half a million square feet toward
the city’s goal of 50 million square feet of green buildings by 2022; it also
contributes to achieving three other Green Vision goals of reducing energy
use, achieving zero waste, and beneficially reusing wastewater. San
José’s City Council adopted its first green building policy for public sector
buildings in 2001 with an update in 2007 that expanded requirements for
facilities over 10,000 square feet to achieve LEED Silver at a minimum.
While City Hall is the first existing city-owned building to be LEED certified,
four other buildings already share green building distinction under
USGBC’s rating system for new construction, and 18 others currently in
design and construction phases are planned to be certified.
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Africa Energy Week - Where the
Continent Met the Investors
Africa Energy Week held on July 6-9, 2009 Cape Town, South Africa.
The Association of South Africa Quantity
Survey ors (ASAQS)
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PetroSA speaking at Africa Energy Week Conference.
H.E. Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy speaking at Africa
Energy Week Conference, South Africa.
ASAQS Board 2010/2011.
Africa Energy Week Awards winners Marathon Equatorial
Guinea Development Bank of South Africa and Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation.
Fituri El-Haj Manager of Explorations National Oil
Corporation Libya speaking at Africa Energy Week.
Africa Energy Week Conference participants.
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Africa Energy Week Gala Dinner.
H.E. Dipuo Peters (right) Minister of Energy South Africa
visiting Africa Energy Week Exhibition.
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Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of
cement or concrete tiles, and they will probably name the
chunky, grey-toned outdoor pavers typical of sidewalks
and pathways. But developments in the last ten years
have seen cement-based products expanding into areas
traditionally dominated by clay, slate, ceramic, porcelain,
sandstone and the like. Cement tiles today range from
roof tiles to coloured, stone-look pavers and decorative
interior wall and floor tiles. These tiles are widely used in
Africa, Latin America and Europe.
Intrepid do-it-yourself homeowners may want to tackle
an installation project themselves. There are a number of
excellent books on the market that outline the step-by-
step details — almost any how-to book with photos will
do. Their durability makes them perfect for high-traffic
areas such as kitchens and entrances – where they rarely
require replacing. For interior use the application of a
sealant renders them impervious to stains and moisture
absorption. Always buy an extra 10 percent to 20 percent
more tile than your project requires in case of breakage or
future wear.
Seldom perfectly square or flat, cement tiles are ideal for
creating a natural, tumbled stone look (in fact, they are
often referred to as ‘cast stone’). They are also ideal for
patterned tile layout, ranging from a simple combination of
differently-coloured cement tiles, to cutouts and embeds,
imprinted patterns, three-dimensional designs, and the
brilliant colours and intricate patterns of encaustic tiles.
Stone-look cement tiles and rivens are another popular
trend for cladding feature walls and adding texture and
depth to a room.

Cement tile these days is moving. It is shifting away from the standard, functional
floor and wall covering we are all used to seeing, and towards becoming an art
form in its own right. Out are the endless seas of tooth-white square tile of the
past, and in its place have come pieces so striking that they have become a focal
point all on their own. Construction Review brings you the new trends in cement
tile and a D.I.Y guide through for homeowners.
Cement Ti l e – A Rock Sol i d
Al t er nat i ve
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Living Colour
Gone are the pale, genteel palettes of the ‘90s. Today’s homeowners want
colour — rich, vibrant colour. Homeowners want a little bit of cheer when
they arrive home. Colours are still inspired by nature, certainly, but they are
not necessarily limited to the pastel celery and wheat colours that first come
to mind. Colours like Daffodil yellow, wetlands green, and leek green are in
trend this year. Last years’ cobalt blue is still a popular choice, but recent
installations have seen it paired with shades such as lemon yellow and terra
cotta for a little visual interest.
Gleaming metallics — glazes that bring the punch of metals such as copper
and pewter— are becoming popular too.
Timeless Shapes
Keeping in mind that a room’s tile is made to last decades, how can a
homeowner choose colours and patterns that will not look dated in a few
years? The trick is to take a look back at history. Designs that have stood the
test of time are boldly coloured geometrics like cobalt diamonds and black
hexagons, and simple shapes like the classic square. Another time-honoured
choice is the rectangular cement tile, still going strong after its surge in
popularity in the late 1800s.
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Hot el Makeover - Hot Tr ends and
Handy Ti ps
Most hotels undergo a degree of renovation every five to
seven years, be it a soft refurbishment of drapes and bedding
or a top-to-toe revamp. Not only does such protect your asset
and your star rating (if you have one), but it goes a long way
towards ensuring your hotel remains your guests’ favourite
place to stay. Construction Review brings you a wrap of the
most current trends in hotel makeovers, as well as some
advice from the experts on how to go about the process
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These days, the typical hotel business guest has a laptop, a BlackBerry,
a cell phone and an iPod or mp3 player. Coming into a room, the first
thing they do is connect their computer and turn on the TV to catch the
latest news. Being able to work comfortably in their room is of paramount
importance, though equally valuable for them is the ability to work and
connect professionally and socially in the hotel’s public area.
This ‘new generation’ traveler (businessman or leisure guest, the line
is increasingly blurred these days) has given rise to a number of new
departures in hotel design: the demise of the bathtub and the rise of the
‘shower experience’; multipurpose lobbies; self-service check-in counters;
energy-savvy design … the list goes on. The common denominator in this
new wave is convenience, flexibility and – believe it or not – the feeling of
being ‘home away from home’.
Lifestyle-inspired Lobbies
With the rigid separation of work and home, business and leisure, blurring,
the lobby – like the guest room – is undergoing a fundamental change.
Gone are the neatly defined waiting area, dining room, check-in counter and
formal lounge; today’s lobbies are a blend of all these functions and more.
Conceived of as a series of small, open living rooms, the contemporary
lobby might offer a combination of informal meeting spaces; a formal, more
secluded sitting room; a coffee shop-cum-deli; a bar counter-cum-reception
desk; and even cubicles for private work. The availability of food and
beverages (including take-away options) further encourages guests to utilise
the lobby area.
For business people in the US and Europe, self-service check-in kiosks
are becoming increasingly popular, allowing them to bypass the front desk
and access their rooms quickly. While this does not mean the demise of the
traditional hotel front desk (people will always seek out the human element),
it does mean that it will probably become smaller and less dominant – even
doubling with other functions such as a retail or bar counter.
The Guest Room Revolution
While the idea of the guest room being like home is not a new one, today’s
hotel guests seek the comfort, look and modern conveniences of home more
than ever. People expect to be able to plug in their cell phones, laptops,
mp3 players and other mobile devices while they are in bed, and as a result
designers are making power outlets far more plentiful and accessible. Table
and wall lamps are even being produced with outlets to accommodate cell
phones so that people can use them hands-free from bed.
Guest rooms are also changing shape and getting smaller but more
functional, with flat screen TVs and nifty little cabinets and credenzas
reducing the space traditionally occupied by bulky case goods like armoires
and chest-of-drawers. The emphasis in modern case goods is on ease of
use; on streamlined, contemporary shapes; on built-in data ports; and on the
incorporation of alternative materials such as metal, glass, stone and acrylic.
Guest rooms are also becoming more business-friendly because most
people who travel
with laptops still want to have the option of being able to work in their rooms,
even when there is a nice new multipurpose lobby downstairs.
Bigger desks and increased workspace are critical, as are extra outlets
placed higher on the wall so guests do not have to crawl around on the floor
looking for connections. Internet access - either hardwired or Wi-Fi - is the
rule, not the exception.
Additionally, hotels should give guests a place to tack up items (such as
presentation materials) so they do not have to drive tacks into the drywall.
(www.hospitalityrenovation.com)
Bowled Over by the Bathroom
The bathroom is the new luxury centerpiece of the home – and of the hotel
room too. While guest room sizes are diminishing, it is often to compensate
for a slightly enlarged bathroom. And this is not to accommodate the latest
extra-length bathtub either. Rather, bathtubs (which less and less people
use) are being replaced with spacious showers with larger or multiple
showerheads that offer a spa-like experience. Bathroom finishes are
being upgraded to include floor-to-ceiling tiles; glass on the back wall of
the shower; and even frosted glass between the bathroom and bedroom.
Recessed (rather than central, overhead) lighting goes a long way towards
improving the bathroom ambience, while a vanity top upgrade – preferably
with some storage under the sink – makes an excellent impression.
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Project Background
The project was originally conceived by UAP Provincial Insurance Company
to serve as their corporate headquarters as well as house other private blue
chip tenants. Symbion was appointed as architects and lead consultants
having won the design competition. The 7-storey office building was,
however, let out to Kenya’s leading banking group, Equity Bank, who
currently occupy the entire building, hence the name Equity Centre.
Location
The building is located along Hospital Road at its junction with Kenya Road
and in close proximity to another Symbion product - the Africa Re Centre.
The building sits on a 1.4 acre plot – a result of amalgamation of two plots.
Project Description
The project was commissioned in 2004 with the following client objectives:
a medium rise development set in a garden environment, highly functional
office spaces allowing tenant flexibility, an iconic building, appropriate
engineering services for a grade ‘A’ building and a sustainable building.
Four years and Kshs 560 million(US $6.9million) later, and after overcoming
various construction challenges, the building was delivered which met the
client objectives.
With 3 parking floors and 7 office levels, the now Equity Centre is timeless in
design, impressive in articulation and finishes and a fitting landmark with an
axial pedestrian entry at the end of Kenya Road. The main entrance, raised
by over a metre above the adjacent entry plaza forms a fitting entry level to
a key leading Kenyan Bank Headquarters.
The lobbies, all naturally lit and ventilated, boast of imported marble finishes,
ruff and tuff, concealed lighting.
The washrooms are well appointed and have dual flush fittings, taps with
infrared sensors and wall mounted cisterns.
Low maintenance finishes including stone, marble and marmoran adorn the
building exterior with balconies provided for window cleaning access.
Informed by geotechnical investigations, the building sits on a foundation
with thickened column bases. A sub-basement parking was therefore
introduced to achieve maximum utility of the raft foundation base.
The superstructure was designed as a frame structure for purposes of
lateral load resistance to wind and seismic loads. To allow maximum office
flexibility, the building is free span without central columns, utilising a ribbed
slab construction weighing and costing in the region of 20 percent less than
a conventional solid slab.
Energy and Environmental Considerations
The mechanical and electrical services were designed by Geomax
Equi t y Cent er , Upper Hi l l .
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Consulting Engineers with the design geared towards energy and
environmental conservation incorporating:
A fully IT wired internet ready building •
Sprinkler firefighting system on all parking floors with a sprinkler riser to •
allow for easy retrofit in the office floors should this be required by tenants
Analogue addressable fire detection and alarm installation on all floors •
Automatic start standby generators complete •
with an underground reserve tank
An electric fence •
A borehole and reverse osmosis treatments plan •
Solar heaters to the kitchenettes •
Iconic 10 passenger lifts supplied by Schindler Ltd •
In this building Symbion demonstrates its commitment to sustainable
architectural development through the articulate employment of
environmentally friendly local and imported materials to create an energy
efficient structure.
Landscaped gardens and gatehouses, with plant room spaces form part of
the design concept.
Project area: The building occupies approximately 14,207 sqm.
Schedule of Accommodation
Subsequently modified by the bank to fit their requirements, the schedule of
accommodation of the shell and core building comprised:
1. Basement car park that can take forty-four cars
2. Ground floor car park that can take thirty-eight cars
3. Mezzanine level 1 car park that can take thirty six cars
4. Mezzanine level 2 car park that can take thirty eight cars
5. Seven typical floor offices occupying 7,213 sqm
6. Service rooms including a generator room, transformer, switch rooms,
MDF room, water storage for both domestic and fire fighting, a pump room
and maintenance stores
7. Landscaped gardens
8. Gate house incorporating staff changing facilities.
Equity Centre is a welcome addition to Upper Hill, Nairobi’s new business
district.
Project Team:
Main Contractor: N.K Brothers
Architect: Symbion International
Electrical sub-contractor: Mehta Electricals
Plumbing sub-contractor: Pioneer Plumbers
Borehole contractor: Agro Irrigation & Pump Services Ltd.
Generator sub-contractor: Baumann Engineering
Metal fabricators: General Aluminium Fabricators
Domestic sub contractor: Molecular Kenya Ltd
Marble sub contractor: Harree Construction Ltd
Landscape contractor: Lariak Consultants
ICT Services
Sub contractor: Seven Seas Technologies
Shipping agents: ICFC
Window cleaning systems
& entrance canopy and
flag post on site Bells Associates
Mirrors/panic door
latches/ironmongery: Curtains & Covers (K) Ltd and Andiron
Sliding gates: Capcom Ltd
Acoustic ceiling and ceramic
floor tiles: Maridadi Building Contractors Ltd
External stone finish: Linotic Floor Co. Ltd
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CONMIX manufactures an impressive range of construction chemicals
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Customised Concrete: Admixtures make it easy
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evolved over a period of time not only in its constituent nature
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stringent parameters set by structural designers and architects. Concept
of commercial ready mix business has raised the expectations of concrete
performance in terms of longer duration of slump retention and easy
pumpability without segregation and bleeding for tall structures.
Concrete had to satisfy only the compressive strength as a main parameter
in the past. But today, concrete has to also meet other durability parameters
like least levels of water penetration, rapid chloride permeability, water
absorption, etc. Consultants and designers employ various international
standards like BS EN 12390-8, BS 1881-208, ASTM C1202, ASTM C109, BS
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Technological advancement
Above scenario has compelled concrete producers to design the concrete
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aggregates, course aggregates, water and cement as a binder which have
to be combined in optimal proportions to obtain best performance. Many
a time, quality of locally available materials puts limits on the concrete
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Construction chemicals are being extensively used to enhance the quality
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increasing the productivity. MegaFlow SP4 range of concrete admixtures
help in maintaining the pumpability of concrete with more than 120mm
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Recent trends of structures like tall sky scrapers, architectural designs and
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range of additives helps in designing concrete with least water penetration
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CONMIX Construction Chemicals division manufactures a comprehensive
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NSSF Const r uct s t he Uni ver si t y of
Dodoma
NSSF had the privilege of being the first entity to start construction of the
new university by building hostels for 5,000 students as a replica of the
University of Dar es Salaam’s Mabibo Hostels.
Before the start of construction, the only building existing in the university
premises was the monumental Chimwaga Conference Hall. The remaining
vast land was covered by thick bush with only foot paths used by grazers
of cattle and goats. There were no beacons to guide the setting of buildings
and the topography of the area was not yet mapped on paper. Infact,
the first task was to choose the spot at which the hostels will stand and
thereafter clearance of the bush would start.
Phase 1
In consultation with the university administration, it was decided that the
first hostels would be located just in front of the highest hill in the vicinity
of Chimwaga hill. The work of replication of Mabibo Hostels in Dodoma
started in November 2007. The work was to take seventy weeks from start
to completion, but due to pressure from the university, the contractor was
required to shorten the time to forty-seven weeks so that the 5,000 student
hostel could be used in the 2008/9 academic year. The hostels were
completed and occupied by the students on the 29th September 2008.
Phase Two
The second phase of construction started on site in July 2008 and involved
construction of ;-
• 2 cafeterias
• 24 classrooms
• 18 mini lecture theatres
• 186 room academic office buildings
• A dispensary
• 2 main lecture theatres
• A library
• A linguistic laboratory
All the facilities below were, at least being used partially by the university
from March 2009
Lot Consultants Main Contractor Facility
1 Ardhi University Main lecture theatre
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Lomo Consult Mini lecture theatres
Agrenels Seminar room
Cost Consult CRJE
2 Ardhi University Class rooms
Lomo Consult Library
Agrenen Consult
Cost Consult Group six International

3 K&M Arch plans
Y&P Architects
S&F consultancy
Bish (T) Ltd
Howard Humphreys CRJE Cafeterias
4 K&M Arch plans
Y&P Architects
S&F consultancy
Bish (T) Ltd
Howard Humphreys BCEG Academic offices
5 K&M Arch plans
Y&P Architects
S&F Consultancy
Bish (T) Ltd
Howard Humphreys MCC 2O-Hainan Dispensary
In the construction of the University of Dodoma, National Social Security Fund
(NSSF) has been allocated the task of implementing the erection of buildings and
associated infrastructure for the college of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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NSSF embarked on the last phase of construction of this college through
work divided into 10 lots. The works started between August 2009 and
December 2009. The completion dates are expected to be between
September and December 2010. The works involve construction of hostels
for the remaining 15,000 students, sports grounds, administration office and
replication of the facilities constructed in phase two. Details of this phase are
as follows ;-
Lot Consultant Facility Contractor
6 Hab Consult Ltd Hostel for 6,000 CRJE
TANconsult Ltd Students
Cost Data Consult
Service Consult
7 Hab Consult Ltd Hostel for 5,000 CATIC
TANconsult Ltd Students
Cost Data Consult
Service Consult
8 Hab Consult Ltd Hostel for 4,000 BCEG
TANconsult Ltd student
Cost data Consult
Service Consult
9 K&M Y&P architects
10 K&M Y&P architects
11 K&M Y&P architects Sport Grounds GSI
12 K&M Y&P architects Cafeterias CRJE
13 ARDHI University As lot 1 CRJE
14 ARDHI University As lot 2 GSI
15 As lot4 As Lot12 CRJE
LOMO CONSULT LTD
Engineers, Surveyors and Planners
P. O. Box 21729 Gen. Line: +255-22-2760131 Tel: +255-22-760144
Fax: +255-22-22760126 Dar Es Salaam
Email:lomo@africaonline.co.tz
Proudly associated with NSSF in the
University of Dodoma project
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Howard Humphreys (Tanzania) Ltd
Plot 1120, Chole Road, Msasani Peninsula
P.O. Box 2555, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: +255 22 2600545/6/7, Fax: +255 22 2600158
Email: info@howardhumphreys.co.tz
Website: www.howardhumphreys.com
Proudly associated with NSSF in the University of Dodoma project
Howard Humphreys (East Africa) Limited
Howard Humphreys House,
Muthangari Drive, Westlands
P.O. Box 30156-00100, GPO, Nairobi, Kenya
Email: enquiries@howardhumphreys.co.ke
Website: www.howardhumphreys.com
Howard Humphreys is one of East Africa’s leading consulting engineering frms.
The frm has successfully executed hundreds of major projects in the region since 1931.
Howard Humphreys’ Service Lines
The Company's main felds of activity in East Africa include:
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The total cost of the project at completion is estimated to be Tzs 278
billion(US$191 million). In carrying out this project, NSSF is represented
by Engineer Karim Mattaka working as the Project Manager for the entire
project. Among his duties is to monitor day to day progress on site in regard
to things like cost, time and quality. In order to ensure the specified quality
of works is achieved, NSSF has stationed seven engineers working as
clerks of works on site.
Head Ofce Plot No. 77, Lugalo Road, Upanga
P. O. Box 11600, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tel: +255 22 2120210, Fax: +255 22 2116415
Building and Specialist Contractor (Plumbing and Sanitation)
Registered Class 1 (Foreign)
Kisota Homes Oysterbay Apartments Residential Homes
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Group Co., Ltd.
Beijing Construction Engineering Group Co. Ltd.
P. O. Box 80208, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: +255-22-2850722, 2850900
Fax: +255- 22- 2851221
Mobile: +255-762-890896,
Email: Jiajianhuibceg@gmail.com
Project Team:
Architects: Sumar Varma Associates
Structural & Civil Engineers: TANconsult
Quantity Surveyors: Cost Consult
Service Engineers: Electriplan
Main Contractor: China Railway Jianchang Engineering Co. Ltd
Electrical Sub Contractor : Derm Electrics
Infotech Place Ofce Building at Kawe DAR villas at Msasani
Classroom Building for college of Humanities and social sciences, UDOM 14 Storey Commericial Residential Building at Upanga, DSM
Library Building for college of Humanities and Social Sciences, UDOM Hostel Blocks for college of health sciences, UDOM
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Compl ete sol uti ons i n i ndustri al , resi denti al and commerci al bui l di ngs.
We are Proud to be Associ ated
Uni versi ty of Dodoma Proj ect
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Conf eder at i on of Tanzani a I ndust r i es
The Confederation of Tanzania industries is an
independent, self financed, legally constituted
organisation that serves its members by speaking
out on their behalf and generally representing
their interests. The main aim of CTI is to ensure
that there is a conducive legal, financial and
economic environment within which industry can
operate effectively, prosper and contribute to
national wealth and development.
The Mission
The Confederation of Tanzania industries holds
the belief that the prosperity of the nation and
the welfare of its people are primarily dependent
upon individual initiative and endeavour. CTI
champions the free spirit of the enterprise as a
basis for industry prosperity. To this end, CTI
represents and actively promotes the interests
of the manufacturing sector and supporting
industries in Tanzania.
Objectives
To present the views of members, and co-
operate with the government of the day, local
authorities and other bodies essential to industry.
To promote a competitive business environment
in Tanzania in which sustained development is
possible. To act as a prime source of information,
about manufacturing and associated industries
for its members, the government, potential
investors and media. To collect, disseminate and
make available statistics and other information
on matters concerning or affecting industry.
To gather and maintain information from the
members with regard to matters related to
industry for subsequent translation into policies.
Encourage and promote membership in CTI
and ensure that the organisation is adequately
financed.
CTI the voice of Industry
CTI Chairman Mr Felix G.N. Mosha (left) in consultation with immediate past Chairman Mr Reginald Mengi (right) and past Chairman Mr Arnold B.S.
Kilewo (centre)
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Membership
CTI members are the core of Tanzania industry. Membership is corporate;
hence companies become members and not individuals. Companies join the
organisation to give industry a say in the economic and social development
of the Tanzania society. Members of CTI range from large- scale companies
with an annual turnover of more than TZS 30 billion(US$ 20 million) to the
newly started enterprises with an annual turnover of TZS 10 million and a
determination to grow and prosper.
CTI membership is grouped into two categories
Ordinary Membership
Open to companies engaged in value adding manufacturing, processing
and assembling.
Associate Membership
Open to companies that provide service to manufacturing, processing and
assembling.
Membership Fees and Subscriptions
A member fee of TZS 50,000(US$ 34.6) is payable once on joining for •
companies with annual turnover from TZS 0-199 million (US$ 0-137,778).
A membership fee of TZS 100,000(US$69.2) is payable •
once on joining for companies with annual turnover
in excess of TZS 200 million (US$138,470).
A membership fee of TZS 50,000(US$ 34.6) is payable •
once on joining for micro and small enterprises.
Annual subscriptions are fixed by members and vary according to turnover.
The Present Membership Embraces
Manufacturing processing and assembling companies •
Communication construction consultancies •
Finance hospitality industries (hotel and tourism) •
Media and information technology transportation utilities •
Achievements
Despite initial difficulties, CTI has accomplished a number of objectives
notably in the areas of policy and advocacy¸ membership services,
membership growth and development and capacity building at the
secretariat.
S & F Building - Kinondoni Victoria Complex University of Dar es Salaam
University of Dodoma University of Dodoma Temu House - Mikocheni
Together we continue to build
Shamo Industries & Co Ltd
For: Aluminium windows and Doors, SHAMO Roofing
Tiles, PVC Windows/Doors and Paving Blocks
Plot No. 428,
Mbezi Beach
Industrial Area
P.O. Box 72039
Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Tel: +255 22 262818/2628153
Fax: +255 22 2627566/2627152
Email: shamo@intafrica.com
Sharjah (UAE)
King Faisal industrial Area
P.O Box 24089
Tel: 971 65 436288
Fax: 971 65 436453
Email: shamopl@emirates.net.ae
Lusaka ( Zambia)
Mumbua Rd Industrial Area
Plot 12658,
Post NET P/Bag E10
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East African Distributors Ltd ( EADL),part of the Madhvani Group,is the leading official
distributor of world class ironmongery in Uganda and the newly designed showroom reflects
our position as the preferred supplier to the construction industry and our growing presence
in Uganda and beyond.
The activities and scope of East African Distributors have increased significantly during
2008; consultation, distribution, retail, project supplies and professional after sales service
for several leading world class brands now form the basis of our operations.
The company is the sole representative of the world’s most trusted and reliable lock and
ironmongery brands: UNION, YALE, TESA, BESSAM, INHOVA etc from AssaAbloy South
Africa. Fire Extinguishers, safes, access controls, security doors and fire doors are some of
the new products from this world class supplier now available with EADL.
The company is the only authorized distributor for the world leading Air-conditioning brand
TRANE in Uganda and offers air-conditioning solutions for large offices, malls, retail space,
residential apartments etc. and also represents the international brands HITACHI and
PANASONIC air conditioners. All East African Distributors air-conditioners are currently
serviced by the company with a dedicated team of specialized Air-conditioning technicians.
The company has made strong inroads into the government and corporate segment with
Uganda Revenue Authority, Alcatel Lucent, Aggreko, Hima Cement, Nile Basin Initiative,
Bidco and Steel Works to name a few.
In addition LEDS-C4 lights and lighting systems from Spain, a company that has a presence
in over 100 countries, has appointed East African Distributors Ltd as its sole distributor in
Uganda and the neighboring countries. Some of the most modern and innovative lighting is
produced by LEDS-C4 and this is now available on the Ugandan market.
Ideal Standard - Egypt and Hindware - India are two world class sanitary ware and sanitary
fitting suppliers who have also appointed EADL as their official distributors.
Purchasing from East African Distributors ensures that the construction industry or any
individual buyer is guaranteed an original branded product at the right price with courteous
and professional after sales service.
East African Distributors Ltd,
Showroom is located on:
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East African Distributors Limited
P O Box 33479
Plot 2/20 Madhvani Foundation Building
Jinja Road, KAMPALA
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The Fai r gr ounds
Fi nanci al Cent r e
The Fairgrounds Financial Centre measures a total area of 4902m
2
over
four floors (to be extended by a further 1,200m
2
upon completion of the
second phase), and portioned off into four self-contained quarter segments
extending the opportunity for interested parties to look into a variety of
different suite sizes, the project offers variable suite sizes ranging between
140m
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and 2500m
2
. Each office suite will be complete with A-grade
finishes, carpeted in the usable office areas, tiled in the communal areas,
air-conditioned throughout, access between the floors will be via a staircase
or lift and each block will have its own personal access to a roof garden
terrace.
The shape of the plot has been utilized exceptionally by the developers
and architects in the design of its infrastructure allowing for substantial
parking (a somewhat rare commodity within commercial developments in
Gaborone). The provision of these parking bays will ensure occupants and
their visitors will have access to a parking bay at all times. There are also
future plans of developing stilted parking on the property to allow for more
parking bays should this be a requirement. Furthermore the provision for
two entry/ exit points (one of which runs under Block 2 in the centre of the
structure) ensures that there will be no congestion when accessing and
exiting the centre.
The centre is targeted at medium to large financial service providers such as
banks, financial lending institutions, company secretaries, asset managers,
accounting firms, N.G.O’s and government departments. Zoning of the
centre will allow for banks to open retail branches on the ground floor areas
without being disrupted by office occupants on the upper floors. There is a
further provision for a high class restaurant on the ground floor of Block 4
which has a high volume capacity making it the ideal premises.
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The Fairgrounds Financial Centre is a distinctive landmark building under
construction in the core of Gaborone’s most established financial district.
Designed to enhance its occupant's environment, this exciting new scheme
raises the benchmark in terms of the design, specification and quality of the new
Commercial Head Office space.
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The completion date for the development is 30th April 2010 and according
to the project team the development is on schedule and no delays have
been experienced as yet.
Construction of Phase 2 due to commence:
On another note, joint-venture partners Botswana Insurance Fund
Management and Stocker Fleetwood- Bird have informed the
Construction Review that the commencement of the second phase,
known as ‘Block 5’ of the Fairgrounds Financial Centre is commencing
now, off the back of the success of the first phase. Stocker Fleetwood-Bird
consultant Adam Van Aswegen has informed “The development of the
first phase of the Fairgrounds Financial Centre has been a tremendous
success and thus the JV partners decided that now is the right time to
tackle the second phase.” “Just a few weeks of marketing the first phase of
the project to the public as a possible letting option in 2010, has seen the
market respond rapidly and make rapid decisions in securing space within
the centre.” “Block 5 will be of the same design and specification as the first
phase, measuring 1,200m
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over four floors, and Stocker Fleetwood-Bird will
be marketing the unit for sale between now and December 2010, as well as
looking at possible tenants in the event that a speculator is to purchase the
building.”
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GABORONE
BOTSWANA
TEL/FAX: +267 318 1709
E-MAIL: kukhama@bbi.co.bw
Kukhama Consultants
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Project Team:
Development Management: SFB Developer
Contractor: BJ Builders
Architect: Paul Munnik Architects
Electrical Engineers: A. R. Edward
Civil & Structural Engineering: Kukhama Consultants
Quantity Surveyor: BBC Surveying
Air Conditioning: Energy Contracting Solutions
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Day Wat er man Col l ege
A New Dawn i n Lear ni ng
The physical infrastructures in the school is a
sheer beauty to behond attesting to the acclaim
it has received. The development arguably
equals, if not exceeds schools of its category
anywhere in the world both in conception, design
and construction.
Sited on 35 hectares of carved tropical forest
landscape in Asu Village near Abeokuta, Ogun
State, Nigeria, at full capacity the school will
accommodate about 720 boarding students.
Design Concept
The concept and design vivid illustration of the
vision of the founder who wanted to provide a
world class institution within a traditional Nigerian
setting. Renowned architectural practice, Klif
Consultants Lagos, brings to life the desire
driving the founders of Day Waterman College
“to provide the Nigerian child the benefit of a high
quality education while remaining in the local
environment that allows them to maintain their
cultural values and family affiliations.
The school was designed to comprise of
educational facilities in a homely and friendly
environment so that the students would not loose
touch with their individual traditional homes while
in school. The design incorporates these facilities
among others like swimming pool, staff quarters,
sport facilities, multi purpose indoor sport hall,
science building, arts and culture building, library,
male and female hostels, dining hall and even a
bell tower among others.
In his desire to give back
to the society from his
earnings and provide a
legacy for the coming
generation, a notable
Nigeria banker has
floated an international
co-educational secondary
school that has been
described by many
as fitting a university
campus. In the words of
Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, Day
Waterman College is an
institution that is designed
to herald a new chapter
in the provision and
delivery of high quality
international standard
secondary education in
Nigeria.
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Construction Mode
The site is being developed in 3 phases. The first
phase has been completed and commissioned
with the school taking off with eighty pupils in
September 2008 and an additional eighty joined
in 2009. The second phase of the project has
started while the third phase is scheduled to start
in January 2011.
Scope of Work
Construction started in October 2006 with
the fencing off of the entire site. One notable
feature of this project is the engagement of
four construction companies to fast track the
development and ensure timely delivery of the
project. This also applies to the mechanical,
electrical and aluminum sub-contract aspects
of the project. At least, two contractors handled
each of these aspects as well. Again, it is also
an attempt to checkmate problems associated
with delay in the construction process which
often leads to high construction cost relative to
budgeted cost.
So far the admin building, science building,
dining hall,learning resource centre(library),
guest house, and swimming pool handled by
Dori Construction Limited have been completed
and handed over to the school. Other completed
projects under the first phase include two male
hostels, two female hostels, two blocks of six
apartments with three bedrooms, the principal’s
house and two vice principals residences.
All these were handled by United Integrated
Construction Limited. Still under the first phase,
NIDACO Limited handled the warehouse,
water treatment house, powerhouse and the
gate house. Borini Prono Ltd handled the
infrastructural works such as roads and drainage
construction, while the sports stadium was
constructed by Aron Nigeria Limited.
The second phase involves the development of
an Arts and Culture Centre, additional two female
hostels and two blocks of six staff apartments
with two bedrooms. These are being handled by
United Integrated Construction Limited. Triarch
Limited constructed one block of twelve one-
bedroom staff apartments, kitchen staff dormitory
and clinic. The multipurpose hall, grand stand
and two male hostels are being constructed by
Ponti ITALWARE and Co. while the staff boys`
quarters is constructed by NIDACO Limited.
The shapes of the buildings are spectacular,
take for instance the library dubbed Learning
Resource Centre, its rotunda in shape and can
conveniently accommodate a university library. It
has a sitting capacity of 360 users at a time. The
Science block also commands attention with its
decorative external hanging depicting the science
master Albert Einstein.
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There is a well furnished guest house for parents that pay a visit to their
wards and wish to spend a night. The dining hall can also accommodate
450 users. The indoor and outdoor sports facilities are of Olympic standard.
Finishing
There is creative use of space in the design and construction of Day
Waterman College. The projects were delivered in cement sandcrete blocks
rendered in cement sand mortar. Textured paints were used for the external
walls while internally; high grade emulsion paints were applied.
The roofs were shingled tiled with facial aluminum claddings applied as
decorative features at some selected areas like science block while due
attention was given to landscaping of the environment with plants, flowers
and shrubs.
Roads leading to all these facilities were constructed with bitumen and
provided with drainage as well as street lights for proper illumination.
Essential user friendly conveniences and relaxation spots are incorporated.
All facilities are provided for ease of use and low maintenance cost.
Future Developments:
Construction works on the third and final phase of Day Waterman College is
expected to start in January 2011, with the following projects:
Two male hostels,two female hostels, dining hall-phase 2, one senior male
hostel, one senior female hostel, vocational centre, hockey pitch, soccer
practice field, twelve block classrooms, bell tower, two blocks, six 2 bed
apartments and the school farm.
Challenges of Construction:
The out of town location of the project is a major challenge as this affects
the movement of the contractors equipments, personnel and mobilisation
to site and also supervision by the project manager. Again, the deployment
of several contractors to site at a time often presents its own peculiar
managerial challenges. Nonetheless, these were not critical enough to
destabilise the construction timetable, as the project manager stoutly rose
to the occasion.
Project Team:
Architects and Project Manager: Klif Consultants Ltd.
Consultants:
Quantity Surveyors: Shelter Cost Associates
Structural Engineers: Structural Design Consultants Ltd
Services Engineers: Building Consultants Ltd
Main Contractors: Dori Construction Ltd
United Integrated Construction Ltd.
Triarch Nigeria Limited
Ponti & Co. ITALWARE Ltd
Subcontractors: NIDACO Nigeria Ltd.
Electrical: Kenol Nigeria Limited
Kandlelite Engineering Company Ltd.
Mechanical: Mabbsa Nig Ltd
Bomis Nigeria Ltd
Internal Roads: Borini Prono Nigeria Ltd.
Drainage: Aron Nigeria Ltd
Aluminum Works: Metalum Ltd
EBM Systems Ltd.
Is proud of its association with
1,Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel:234-1-8931390.Email:triarchnig@yahoo.co.uk
Suite D307,11,Dunukofia Street, Area 11, Garki, Abuja.
Email: triarchng@yahoo.com
www.triarchnigeria.com
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Proudly associated with Daywaterman College
Chartered Quantity Surveyors &
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Rainbow College, Ogun State
Bank of Industry, Abuja Bank of Industry, Lagos Daywaterman College, Abeokuta
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WHAT WE DO
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Retainership for Maintenance of Religious, Commercial &
Industrial Buildings.
Generator Procurement, Installation & Servicing.
Fire Alarm, Telephone, Central Television (CATV) Public Address , &
Security Systems Installations,
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HEAD OFFICE: 6/8, Kayode Street, off Oloto Ring Rd. Km 30, Lagos-Badagry Expressway,
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Multipurpose Hall
New Male Dormitories (2Nr)
One Bedroom Apartments
Staff Quarters
Grand Stand
Clinic/Nurses Quarters
Kitchen Staff Dormitories
Male & Female Dormitories (4Nr)
3-Bedroom Block of Flats (2Nr)
Principal’s Residence.
Kandelite Eng. Co. Ltd are proud to be
associated with Daywaterman College
having handled the Electrical Installations
of the following buildings:
DAYWATERMAN COLLEGE, ASU VILLAGE, ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE
Head Office
Plot 9,Block D, Junaid Dosunmu Street, Opposite Beehive Nur. $ Pry. School,
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Kenol Nigeria Ltd is proud of its association with
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Tel: 234-1-462 1560, 462 1563, 0803 450 6181
Email: fouad@uicl.cc
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Ojodu, Ikeja, Lagos State.
P.O.Box 5651 Ikeja, Nigeria.
Tel -234-1-4704589,8033058825,8033058826.
Fax-234-1-2303042
Email-mabbsa1987@yahoo.com
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Plumbing/Airconditioning,Electrical,Engineers & Contractors.
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The Squar e Bout i que
Hot el & Spa
Location. Convenience. Luxury. These three attributes underpins
some of The Square Boutique Hotel and Spa’s defining attributes.
Opened in the heart of the Umhlanga this May and managed by Three
Cities Management Group, the hotel was planned within a vibrant, active
mix of retail and commercial properties and designed with synergy into
existing and future developments in mind.
Situated in La Lucia Ridge Office Estate—the hotel is centrally located and
within reach of many things. A mere 15 minutes drive from the new King
Shaka International Airport; a stone’s throw away from Gateway Theatre
of Shopping, and a bird’s eye view to Moses Mabhida Stadium and 180
degree views of the Indian Ocean. The Developers carefully selected this
strategic point for this property to benefit from the busy node in and around
key points in Umhlanga Ridge and the greater Durban area.
This sophisticated and trendy hotel offers the ultimate in convenience and
luxury for business and leisure travellers. It is positioned in a safe, pleasant
and globally competitive environment where visitors can experience the
growth of South Africa's most exciting development node, where people
live, work and holiday in a contemporary urban setting on a subtropical
coastline with year-round summer and incomparable lifestyle.
Hotel Facilities
Facilities on site include the Aqua Spa, Compact Fitness Centre, rooftop
pool and sky bar which create the perfect scenario for ultimate leisure and
pampering.
The three-storey hotel has 50 sophisticated rooms with air-conditioning,
satellite TV, telephone, internet and email, mini bar, room safes, fold out
sofas for children including a laundry service. The onsite Cosmopolitan
Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinners.
Additionally, the hotel features the first IPTV, Internet and data system
to be installed in the province. It is also equipped with the latest Internet
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data facilities integrated television system and security and access control
features.
Described as ‘simple, minimalistic and crisp’ by Axis Mason, designers of
the hotel, the development exhibits a modern design that bodes well with
other developments within its business park.
In executing the appropriate design a selection of low-maintenance, high
quality materials were selected. “The building uses only a few elements
as features on the exterior—plaster and paint, raw concrete, aluminium
windows, doors, sunscreens and cladding as well as timber on open decks
and white stone chip Marmoran finishes on both focal areas of east and
west elevations with a splash of colour,” says Rajesh Mahadeo of Axis
Mason.
Challenges
Designing and planning the hotel in a fully functional office park presented
a number of challenges to the professional team. Fixed site constraints (a
construction zone between existing office buildings) and logistical challenges
such as accessibility, cost effectiveness, function and operation—played a
major role in the design process.
The Square Boutique Hotel and Spa is modern with functionality and
elegance, set close to a natural environment of reclaimed wetlands where
thousands of indigenous trees and shrubs encourage birds and animals to
blend in with the beautiful surrounds.
It is minutes away from the pristine beaches of Umhlanga rocks, two
casinos, wine tasting venues, whale watching, golf, fishing, shark diving,
deep sea diving, scuba diving, abseiling, and health clubs.
The Square Boutique Hotel and Spa on 250 Umhlanga Rocks Drive is
sure to become the ideal destination for travellers, offering an international
urban lifestyle in a magnificent and tranquil setting with the unequalled
convenience of being in proximity to everything.
A F R I C A ’ S E X C E P T I O N A L H O S P I T A L I T Y G R O U P
Project Team:
Developer Personify Investments (Pty) Ltd
Client Three Cities Group
Project Manager Alexander Projects
Quantity Surveyors BTKM Quantity Surveyors
Engineers ARUP
Architects Axis Mason
Interior Architects Union 3
Engineers SNA Consulting
Engineers WSP Consulting
Property Managers Broll Property Management
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We are WSP. We are a diversi¿ed global
business.
We offer fully-integrated or specialist
delivery teams for services to the built
and natural environment.
We offer creative, innovative and expert
solutions to any size project. Although
we are united by our professionalism
and desire to collaborate, we offer very
different areas of expertise and outlook.
We operate in 4 core divisions – Property;
Environment & Energy; Management &
Industrial; Transport & Infrastructure.
We look forward to welcoming you on
board as one of our valued clients.
www.wspgroup.co.za
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Up Bridge Construction
Heavy duty shoring system Staxo made light work of
supporting this 3 span Concrete Semi-Arch Bridge
Civil Engineering Contractors Basil Read - Newport
Construction, opted to use Doka’s Staxo shoring system
in conjunction with the Frami Walling system, and Dokaflex
slab system, to construct the Coega River bridge. Doka’s
on site support gave the site staff the opportunity to
understand these simple systems very quickly. Once the
workers overcame the learning curve, production improved
exponentially, ensuring completion on time, and on budget.
Corporate Headquarters
Doka South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
2 Sebasa Road
Chloorkop Extension 10
Kempton Park 1619
Tel. +27 (0) 11 31 09 709
Fax +27 (0) 11 31 09 711
E-Mail: South-Africa@doka.com
www.doka.co.za
Regional Contacts
Capetown Tel. +27 (0) 21 90 53 295
Durban Tel. +27 (0) 31 57 77 361
Port Elizabeth Tel. +27 (0) 41 93 36 385
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Devel opment
Cor por at i on
The Coega IDZ covering 110 km² of land , is situated in the Nelson
Mandela Municipality, Eastern Cape province of South Africa in the
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (near Port Elizabeth).
The initiative is a multi-billion dollar industrial development complex
customised for heavy, medium and light industries, adjacent to a
deep water port.
It is a phased development around industry clusters with Custom
Secure Areas dedicated for export oriented manufacturing for
companies located in the zone. Coega offers a platform for global
exports by attracting foreign and local investment in manufacturing
industries for automobile, energy, agro processing, petro chemical,
general manufacturing and business process outsourcing and off
shoring.
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is the developer and
operator of the Coega IDZ and is responsible for the land-side
infrastructure, while the deep-water port facility, Port of Ngqura, is
developed by Transnet National Ports Authority.
Port of Ngqura
Situated along the South African Eastern Cape coast – and adjacent
to the Coega IDZ – the Port of Ngqura is strategically positioned on
the global east-west trading route. With the depth of the channel
and the protected position in Algoa Bay, the port is in one of the
best spots for a harbour along the South African coast.
Completed in November 2009 it has a capacity for accommodating
the new generation and bigger container vessels than any of South
Africa’s seven other commercial ports. And with only an overnight
train or truck trip, from the major inland manufacturing centres of
Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, the port is ideally situated
to meet the needs of all import and export markets.
As the newest deepwater port in the Southern hemisphere, the Port
of Ngqura combines with the Coega IDZ to position itself as a world
class infrastructure site – offering many added value benefits for
investors.
Cape Concentrate Facility
Coega Business Centre
Coega Development Corporation’s
(CDC) initial mandate since its
establishment in 1999 was to offer
a full range of services to investors
interested in investing or locating to
the Coega Industrial Development
Zone (IDZ) or other parts of the
Eastern Cape Province to position
themselves for greater market
penetration and profit gains.
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The Port of Ngqura provides a vital conduit to international markets and is
envisaged to ultimately make South Africa the hub of all north-south and
south-south sea traffic.
Shifting Focus
A recent strategic review of CDC’s mandate resulted in a fundamental
paradigm shift and re-framing of the organisation from an industrial develop-
ment company, simply focusing on the IDZ, to a services group undertaking
industrial development at the IDZ, the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park
(NMBLP) in neighbouring city, Uitenhage. The new framework also posi-
tioned the CDC to provide programme management services to all spheres
of government, including management consulting services to the public
sector, including public entities.
Impressive results have already yielded. The organisation is currently
managing a R5.5 billion (US $728million) portfolio of physical infrastructure
on behalf of the government; as well as a new successful partnership with
the Volkswagon South Africa Group; including the organisation’s acquisition
of four investors into the NMBLP.
The successful strategic shift was supported by a number of initiatives
including developing a framework for scientific allocation of its key and
scarce resources, especially its professional staff and budget allocations;
and adopting a data and research based approach to decision making.
A five-year ‘Desired End State’ brought clarity to what the organisational
goals should be and how they fit into the national landscape in pursuit
of the government’s mandate of improving the quality of life for all South
African citizens. A ‘Competitiveness Improvement Programme’ was adopted
after benchmarking the CDC to similar organisations, locally and globally.
This programme will ensure the CDC improves its value proposition in the
areas it has chosen to be active in and thus maximises the opportunities
to achieve its desired end state. In achieving all these goals, the organisa-
tion has resolved to give particular focus to improved implementation of
its performance management system, namely the Balance Score Card, as
adopted for public sector circumstances.
The overall outcome of the CDC’s strategic review is the development
and implementation of a holistic programme that has positioned them to
minimise the adverse impact of the economic recession, while positioning to
maximise once the global economy recovers.
Support Team
In order to facilitate investors’ acclimation to the area, CDC has created
three unique units of support.
HCS
The fully-fledged Coega Human Capital Solution (HCS) business unit, es-
tablished in 2006, focuses on all facets of strategic and operational human
capital requirements in the Coega IDZ, Nelson Mandela Bay and the East-
ern Cape Province. The core mandate of the business units is to provide
highly developed human capital solutions that ensure the availability of a
managed labour environment for investors and businesses in the region.
The services offered by the unit are underpinned by an advanced labour
management information system and employment relations framework,
specifically suited to support the management and development of mega
projects. The functional areas of the units, which enables it to carry out its
mandate are employee relations, recruitment and placement, training and
human resources development, investment promotion support and business
development.
CSS
The newly formed unit of Coega Strategic Solutions focuses on serving
external public and private clients by aiming to improve their performance,
primarily through the analysis of existing business problems and develop-
ment of plans for improvement.
The CSS management consultancy unit is able to draw from a wide range
of expertise and skills that exist within the CDC, starting from human
resources management, operations and facilities management, training and
development, research and development, enabling infrastructure planning
and development and safety, health and environment, development of
performance indicators and investment promotion
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Established in 2002 as a special purpose vehicle, Coega Development
Corporation Services Unit provides assistance and project management
skills for infrastructure development projects for the Eastern Cape provincial
government and private sector. The CDC-S mainly focuses on fast-tracked
projects, where expediency is required. To date the unit has created more
than 3,000 jobs.
The involvement of the CDC in provincial projects forms part of the
corporation’s objective to advance socio-economic development in the
Eastern Cape. The involvement of the CDC-S in the development of critical
infrastructure in the province assists in unlocking and realising sustained
economic development.
By assisting in the development of basic infrastructure for the Eastern
Cape, the CDC is ensuring that they are able to position the province as an
attractive investment destination; and there is meaningful backward integra-
tion between the development of the Coega Industrial Development Zone
with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and also with the Eastern Cape
Province as a whole.
Recent and Completed Projects at Coega IDZ
CDC Head Office
One of the most spectacular landmarks is the CDC’s Head Office. Com-
pleted by Grinaker-LTA in 2008, it was the first multi-storey office block
built in the IDZ. Its striking, modern architecture stands out on the horizon
as one enters Port Elizabeth. The building features aluminum cladding and
glazed curtain walling on the facade of the foyer areas.
The interior finishes are of an extremely high standard and include modern
floor finishes as well as specialised features such as motion detection light-
ing with self-dimming fluorescents to blend in with the natural lighting, and
self-extinguishing lighting for unoccupied areas.
General Motors South Africa
Currently the largest warehouse in the Eastern Cape, General Motors
South Africa (GMSA), constructed a R185million (US $24million) Parts
Distribution Centre. This facility is used as a parts distribution centre for
GMSA vehicles models to the after-sales spares market to all Sub-Saharan
African countries.
The structure comprises a 36,300m2 warehouse and 1,300m2 office space
on its 85ha site. The project includes the warehouse with 16 dock levellers,
concrete pavement yard for truck deliveries and collection, gatehouse,
parking areas, fencing, fire reservoirs with booster pumps, substation with
generator room and waste storage area.
Cape Concentrate
This state-of-the-art tomato processing plant was recently completed. Once
in full production capacity, it is expected to output high quality tomato paste
(of 28-36 Brix) into 220-litre aseptic drums, with a daily capacity of 400
drums per day. The paste will be of global standards and will be used for
both the local and export market.
BVi Consulting Engineers and Brinkman Ndayi McAll were responsible for
the designs of all buildings and structures as well as the external facade,
taking into account, internationally accepted best practice for Industrial
Parks and Food Processing Plants. The plant comprises a 1,800m2 ware-
house with a 800m2 double-storey office block and 652m2 utility building
attached. The project, completed in April 2010, also includes a boiler house
with dedicated office building; coal delivery area; evaporator and cool plant
area and condenser/chiller plant area.
Benteler
Set for completion in August 2010 is the German automotive component
manufacturer—Benteler’s production facility. The 20,000m2 facility, built
Port of Ngqura
Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park
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by NMC Construction, will supply local major car manufacturers in the
Uitenhage area.
The 8.5m high, double-storey office block is set against the lower factory
which has a ridge height of approximately 12m. The higher portion of the
facility, housing a 40-ton gantry, is 18m at the ridge. Designed by Cape
Town based PMAC, its contemporary appearance ties in with the guidelines
set by the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistic Park.
The structure is predominantly composed of quality cream finishes and
textures, incorporating the use of coloured chromodek sheeting and metal
cladding, with visible structural steel elements and an external lighting
design that enhances the aesthetic qualities of the building at night.
The landscaping design ties in with the natural environment and skilfully
integrates the building with its surrounding landscape. It is set back from the
street boundary creating a green buffer zone between the street paving and
the building.
Business Process Outsourcing
Recognised as one of the flagship projects of the CDC, this new mixed use
centre (located in Zone 4) consists of two main components, the Business
Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Skills Development and Training Facility.
The high-profile project meets the fundamental requirements of the govern-
ment’s initiatives of employment creation, which has local, provincial and
national value. The centre was designed with flexibility in mind meeting local
and international trends. It will ensure a high concentration of employment
opportunities to service both industries and businesses worldwide. The
facility’s primary functions are housed on the 15,130m2 single-level footprint
with ancillary classroom styled training rooms, auditorium and boardrooms;
which are located on the mezzanine level (an additional 4,225m2). The
centre also houses a new Data Centre for Zone 4’s telecommunications and
data infrastructure.
CDC and SANRAL Partnership to Construct the N2 Coega River Bridge
Upgrading of the N2 through the IDZ commenced in 2002 with the construc-
tion of a systems interchange providing access to the new deep water Port
and the core development area of the IDZ. Works in the following years
entailed construction of dual carriageways from the St Georges Strand
Markman Interchange to just west of the Coega River and from the IDZ
most eastern boundary to just east of the Coega River.
The bridge and roadways over the Coega River valley, constructed through
a Basil Read/Newport Joint Venture, is the last section of the upgrades to
be completed. The structure comprises two identical three span bridges
(total length of 125m). Each deck has three main beams that are post-
tensioned and constructed with arched soffits.
To date both bridge structures have been completed with road works of the
dual approach roads in full motion. The R206million (US $27million) project
is due for completion and full operation by August 2010.
Looking Ahead
Through intuitive organisational planning and re-framing of operations in-
cluding developing support services necessary for their investors; attracting
worthy companies to the Eastern Cape; as well as the necessary infrastruc-
tural investments aimed at facilitating investors’ commercial goals via ease
of access, production and distribution—the CDC has secured a prosperous
future not only for themselves, but for the Eastern Cape Province and the
country as well.
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The new Coega River Bridge presently under construction on the N2 near Port Elizabeth
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This year’s event held in Sun City surpassed last
year’s 46 (forty-six) development submissions
to achieve a new record of 59 (fifty-nine)
submissions. The awarded categories are
varied as much as the developments bestowed
with an award. Neil Gopal, SAPOA CEO says,
“The awards highlight quality, excellence in
design and innovation—all paramount to the
property development industry. The awards also
demonstrate the determination of developers to
keep abreast of the latest trends and to cater for
clients’ building requirements.”
New Categories
SAPOA has hosted the event for a number of
years, which through the years, has expanded
to include a number of new categories to reflect
the current state of the industry. The mainstay
categories include office, retail, residential,
refurbishment, social, international and ‘other’
developments. Recentlycategories such as
‘green building award’ have been incorporated to
reflect the recent significance of this trend.
However this year of the World Cup has
included yet another category—best 2010
stadium. Soccer City Stadium in Nasrec was
bestowed with this award for the best designed
and developed South African stadia constructed
for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This category is
a once off recognition specifically for the soccer
event.
Winners
Scooping the coveted overall winner was The
Department of Foreign Affairs’ new offices and
conference centre in Tshwane. The ‘Office’
category had a split decision and awarded two
developments; the O.R. Tambo Building and
The Boulevard Park, owned and developed by
Faircape Property Developers; designed by dhk
Architects, Peertin Architects and Rennie Schurrr
Andendorff.
Morningside Shopping Centre in Sandton
walked away with top honours in the ‘Retail’
category. This retail centre completed in (2009)
is the brainchild of Flanagan & Gerard Property
Investment & Development and Grapnel Property
Group MDS Architecture was responsible for the
design of this awarded development.
Century City’s (Cape Town) renowned
Rabie Property Group was the winner in
the ‘Residential’ category for its Waterstone
development, which state-of-the-art design was
crafted by Maas & Coetzee.
In the ‘Industrial’ category, Consolidated
Facility for ABB South Africa in Longmeadow
(Johannesburg) was awarded top honours.
Owned and developed by Improvon Properties,
this development also received a special
Green Building Award for its environmental
conscientious design.
Donning a new, modern make-over, 9 Fredman
Drive took home the award in the ‘Refurbishment’
category. This Eris Property Group development
was designed by Boogertman & Partners.
Healthcare Facility—Red Cross War Memorial
Children’s Hospital was the leading example in
the ‘Social’ category. Owned by the Provincial
Government of the Western Cape and developed
by Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust the
SAPOA Awar ds 2010
All were winners and there were no losers, yet some received special recognition
at SAPOA’s (South African Property Owners Association) Innovative Excellence in
Property Development Awards 2010, sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property
Finance, acknowledging excellence in property development.
ABB Consolidated Facility - ‘Industrial’ winner
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hospital was designed by KMH Architects.
Another dhk Architects inspired development is 15 on Orange which,
owned by A Million Up Investments 105 and developed by New City Group,
accepted the award in the ‘Other’ category.
Going overseas with the ‘International’ category, Old Town Commercial
Island and Residences (Dubai) was the outstanding winner in this
category. Owned by Emaar Properties and developed by Mirage Mile, this
development also received the overall ‘Special Mention’.
Amongst all mixed-use developments that sprung up this year, none were
the definitive winner in the ‘Mixed-use’ category. However, merits were
awarded to Melrose Arch Piazza (Melrose Arch Investment Holdings
/ Amdec Property Development) and MontClare Place (Growthpoint
Properties).
Operating since 1974 and listed
on the JSE Limited in March 2007,
Raubex is firmly entrenched as a leader in
road construction, rehabilitation and associated
infrastructure developments across all nine
South African provinces and throughout southern Africa.
Through its Raumix subsidiary, the company also produces
and supplies crushed aggregate to the broader construction and
mining industries.
A key player on the most significant road related infrastructure projects in
the region, Raubex has the management strength and skills depth to continue
building on its successful business approach both locally and abroad.
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“Building the way to a
bright future”
Department of Foreign Affairs Offices-‘Overall & Office’ winner
15 on Orange - Other Development’ winner
The Boulevard Office Park - ‘Office’ winner
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INFRASET Landscape Products
has provided over 60 000m
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JDA’s (Johannesburg
Development Agency) Nasrec
Precinct which leads to and
partially surrounds Soccer City,
the venue for this year’s World
Cup Final. We have also supplied
the project with embankment
seating and two retaining wall
systems, Infrablok 425 and the
recently introduced RidgeBlok.
No fewer than six different types
of INFRASET paving blocks were
laid in the precinct, illustrating
the versatility and outstanding
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attractive spectator access
to Soccer City via the
Pedestrian Promenade, the
Transport Hub and BRT
platforms, and the Golden
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Our embankment seating was used
in the stadium and at various locations within the precinct
including the Pedestrian Promenade. RidgeBlok was
deployed to shore up embankments at several
places in the stadium itself and
Infrablok 425 was used at a
number of sites within
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Last year May, Construction Review
featured an introduction to the Nasrec
Precinct upgrade project, which
initiated our readers to the amazing
developments taking place in and around
the 2010 World Cup soccer stadium—
Soccer City. Since that initial feature a
number of developments have taken
place, of which we will give the latest
updates.
Last year May, Construction Review
Upgr adi ng Nasr ec Pr eci nct f or t he
Wor l d Cup and Beyond
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During the 2010 World Cup and for any event occurring at the Soccer City Stadium, navigation to
and from the venue will be a crucial concern. This is further complicated by the fact that there will not
be vehicular parking anywhere near the stadium. Designers then faced the challenge of effectively
using that buffer zone between the stadium and the park’n’ride areas, where patrons would leave their
vehicles.
The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) wanted stadium patrons, not to be just hurled into the
stadium, but partake in the ambiance leading up to the stadium as well. In their execution of this, a
number of supplemental and functional developments lay just outside of the Soccer City stadium.
Pedestrian Promenade with Bridge Link
The promenade is the main link between the expo centre (and transport hub) and the stadium, the
design is to allow for ease of pedestrian movement between the two anchors on site. The Southern
end of the promenade begins with a square and sculpture that forms the gateway towards one’s
approach to the stadium and towards the expo centre when arriving at the transport hub, this central
meeting point links from the east with the transport hub and train station from the west, providing
orientation to the two main anchors north and south. A 25 metre wide bridge with ambient lighting
transports pedestrians across the widened Landbou Road and the railway tracks onto a series of
ramps that meander gently down to the Stadium Avenue. It resembles an urban concrete park, with
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provisions for respite by providing benches, streetlights, landscaping
including an open-air amphitheatre.
• Transportation Hub
The hub is a designated visitor public transport node. It is situated at the
south-west end of the Promenade which leads northward in sight of the
stadium. It provides for taxis/bus/rail and BRT drop-off and pickup for
spectators. A low-lying boomerang forms shelter structure roofs over the
public ablutions and the ticket kiosk where stairs direct passengers straight
into the stadium.
• Platforms
Located closest in proximity to the stadium than any other structure,
the platforms serve as a staging area for events related to the stadium.
Spanning the size of 2-3 football fields, these areas have versatile usage
that can range from hosting media or broadcasting event, special parking
areas or even practice fields.
• Golden Highway Extension and BRT station
This crucial road upgrade will link the Soweto Highway with the Rand Show
Road—the main arterial road for Soccer City. Spanning a mere 1.5km, the
road is being upgraded to a dual-lane double carriageway. The city’s new
BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) public transportation network will also have a
station within the Golden Highway Extension near the transportation hub.
Being that Nasrec’s Soccer City stadium was the main venue for many
2010 World Cup matches including the tournament’s opening and closing
ceremonies—upgrading the overall precinct in capacity building and
aesthetics became imperative to an overall positive presentation.
Yet, equally important was planning the sustainability of the new structures
after the conclusion of the World Cup. This sustainability or legacy use was
designed within every new structure built in the Nasrec Precinct upgrades
and will continually provide income for the province, thus leaving a positive
and lasting legacy for the nation.
Project Team:
Implementation Agency Johannesburg Development Agency
Project Manager PD Naidoo and Associates Consulting
Engineers (Pty) Ltd / archway projects for
the platform project
Architect (joint venture) Boogertman Urban Edge + Partners
Muhammad Mayet Architects
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This year, Southern
Sun celebrates 40
years of hospitality
leadership. Since day
one, the group has
been dedicated to
building a dynamic
company which would
change the South
African hotel industry
forever. Through
its innovative spirit,
dynamic management
and a work force of
dedicated employees,
it has consistently
remained "Africa’s
leading hotel group".
Southern Sun, constantly investing in improved
hospitality treatment for its patrons, has developed
three new hotels set to open in time for the 2010
World Cup™.
One of the premier developments, Garden Court
Umhlanga, is perfectly situated in the heart of
Umhlanga offering a location that suits the corporate
guest, as well as interior design and facilities that
reinforce the 'resort' element that Umhlanga is
traditionally known for.
The hotel combines a restaurant, lush courtyard,
pool with play ledge for young children and a gym
facility for the health conscious to enjoy.
The opening of Garden Court Umhlanga revealed
its contemporary interior design influenced by the
colours and textures of a natural reed taken from the
name ‘Umhlanga’.
The English translation of the Zulu word Umhlanga,
is 'Place of Reeds' and this single phrase was used
as a background inspiration for the hotel’s interior
décor.
Interpretations of this translation have resulted
in a palette of greens and aubergines that ensure
that colour permeates the sophisticated base
palette. Textured grass pendants, illuminated reed
sculptures, and fabric colours and textures all take
their queue from this phrase.
This was Louis Karol Interiors interpretation of the
client’s brief, which included creating a relaxed
internal space that would ensure guest comfort
on aesthetic and practical levels, whilst fitting
seamlessly into the corporate fabric of the precinct
which it forms a part of.
The strong geometry of the architecture has been
pulled through into various interior design elements
- ceiling geometry, floor finish juxtaposition and
various joinery elements, all work together to create
a sophisticated palette. These elements have been
styled with appropriate furniture to add splashes of
colour, texture and tradition.
In a contemporary, gallery-style display along the
hotel’s walls, are photographic framed artworks and
a full scale wall art reflecting abstract compositions
of reed beds. Original charcoal artworks interpret
traditional Zulu object and artefacts.
Comfortable Environment for Relaxation, Business
and Enjoyment
The double volume space to the reception, bar
and restaurant allows natural light to penetrate
and ensures open views onto the adjacent, lush
courtyard and pool area. Bar, lounge and internet
facilities are all accommodated in an open plan
environment to ensure seamless interaction between
spaces and their primary functions.
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While, the buffet restaurant facility boasts an Asian Fusion counter adding
to the culinary fair on offer, and seating spills out to the courtyard for more
informal, al fresco dining.
Boardroom and conference facilities with large volumes of natural light
overlook the reception area and offer versatile accommodation and top-end
audio-visual facilities.
All bedrooms offer 4-piece bathrooms with separate baths and showers and
incorporate aquatic hues that create a relaxed, tranquil palette. The 204
rooms are a combination of queen and double size rooms with inter-leading,
adding flexibility to the various needs of guests.
Energy Efficiency
A number of ‘green’ solutions have been applied to the hotel. Of these the
most varied applications stem from the wet services and electrical systems.
Energy saving lights have been installed, which include intelligent or motion-
detection controls, activating or deactivating by the presence (or absence)
of people.
Wet services installations include multiple water applications, such as grey
water recycling that uses 90 percent of roof storm water run-off, which
is captured, cleaned and used for the air-conditioning. Infrared operated
faucets, installed in the wash hand basins, reduce water consumption and
waste associated with taps inadvertently left open. For hot water, heat
recovery chillers and heat pumps allow the hotel access to free energy for
heating the domestic water supply.
Project Team:
Client Liberty Properties
Operator Southern Sun
Project Manager Louis Karol Project Management / Sip Project
Managers Louis Karol Architects
Principal Agents
Architects
Interior Design Louis Karol Interiors
Structural Engineers Louis Karol Structures
Quantity Surveyors D V Cape Consulting
Mechanical Engineer Basil Nair & Associates
Rational Fire Design Bramley & Associates
Electrical Consultant Quad Africa
Wet Services Engineer Benatar Consulting
Principal Contractor Stefanutti Stocks Building Kzn (Pty) Ltd
Lighting Engineer Qdp Lighting And Electrical
Acoustic And Av Consultant – Mmpa
Landscape Architect – Landmark Studios
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Uni ver si t y of For t Har e
Ext ensi ons
Eastern Cape’s historic education centre, University of Fort Hare’s, newest
addition to the city’s CBD adds to the institution’s portfolio while providing much
needed higher education facilities in the inner city.
Forming part of the university’s strategic rapid development plan, the project
entails the extension of the institution’s campus in East London to eventually
accommodate 10 ,000 students within the next few years.
With just over 18 months into construction ahead of scheduled completion
in February 2011, the first building of the project is making quite a
statement visually within the landscape and functionally, as it has innovative
engineering and design attributes.
University representatives sought a design that would integrate the
academic society (students and staff) of the campus with the surrounding
community of East London, while at the same time having a design with a
sustainability imperative.
Being that the new facility would serve multiple functions, a generic design
was desired, one that would maximise design flexibility for varied uses by
the university’s different departments.
Structurally Sound
Interpreting the client’s brief, the architects were required to factor a number
of imperatives into the design. This included: economical construction
methods; ease of pedestrian navigation; long north-facing façades;
naturally-ventilated spaces allowing plenty of daylight to enter and use of
low-maintenance materials. All of these considerations had to culminate into
a bold image for the university, while being linked into the area’s context.
Situated within an existing business district, the first building within this
phase comprises a double-volume basement parking area, two double
storey lecture theatres and a four-storey teaching block.
Designed as a single structure with two cascading sections in a downward
slant from south to north, this allows each block to receive maximum
exposure to sunlight.
The architects and engineers of this unique structure ensured that this
building was the result of both design and engineering ingenuity. The
flooring of this building is an industry first—comprising a modular, precast
concrete construction system—it creates the ventilated access flooring, with
a completely flat soffit throughout.
Using displacement ventilation, the new concept floor / ceiling system
permits the cool air to enter the classrooms through special floor mounted
diffusers, then being drawn up to the slot outlets along the northern facades
to replace the rising warmer air. Services run through the 500mm high void
between the floor and ceiling tiles. The tiles provide a heat sink and are
fitted with service access points for electrical power.
Allowing ease of student and staff navigation, the building has a wide
pedestrian concourse linking the north and south ends of the complex with‘
double-acting’ staircases throughout, as well as a single lift located in the
south wing.
Each wing of the blocks, says the design architect, Al Stratford, “Is
penetrated by the pedestrian concourse that starts on the street at parking
level, on the south side, and spills out onto the street at the second floor,
which is at grade on the north street. In this way the concourse becomes a
pedestrian arcade of the city.”
Green with Envy
A significant portion of the design concept centred on green building design
and sustainability. In conserving energy, the new building incorporates
such environmentally efficient features as harvesting rainwater and using
alternative energy sources.
The building’s wind-driven turbines are a significant energy source as they
could ultimately supplement the electrical grid, thus reducing reliance on
traditional electrical supply.
Another sustainable element of the building is its rainwater collection/
harvesting system. Rainwater collected in on-site tanks will be filtered, and
then pumped to a header tank in the roof space of the building. Through
gravity it will be fed through for use for flushing in the bathrooms, as well as
for irrigation.
The building is being naturally ventilated, eliminating the need for any air-
conditioning system. This is achieved by using both solar and wind energy.
This ventilation system is solar powered through buoyancy induced in the
ventilated stack façade and also by the wind induced pressure differences
generated at the aerofoil section covering the continuous apex roof slot.
The north façades will be ventilated utilising pre-cast, glazed, hollow ‘trombe
wall’ sections forming a continuous vertical void. As the sun heats these
sections, rising air within the void will pull cooler air behind it—causing
displacement ventilation throughout the building.
The external façade (to the south walkway) is faced with a permeable mesh
screen that serves to mitigate the impact of the rain and wind. Immediately
inside this screen is a vertical planting screen with timber planter boxes at
each floor which are irrigated with the harvested rainwater—providing the
building with evaporative cooling and oxygenated air.
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Challenges
One of the major challenges in this project was meeting the demanding
structural requirements that the architectural solution created. This often
meant pushing the boundaries of the technology used. There were very
few “off the shelf” solutions. To achieve this, it was necessary for the HS
Consulting to work very closely with both the architect (Native Architects)
and the precast concrete manufacturer (Wintec) to provide a structure that
achieved all the stringent requirements while achieving on elegance.
The structure was designed to maximise the use of precast concrete
elements that allowed high quality, light and accurate element that could be
produced off site. This allowed for speed and accuracy of construction on
a small and congested downtown site while achieving a high quality product
with little or no post erection finishes.
A Pleasant Addition
This state-of-the-art extension of the campus will not only provide a pleasant
learning environment, be highly flexible and will achieve the necessary
levels of human comfort, but will also provide an authentic, fiscally viable
alternative to the conventional design and construction approach.
The newly constructed building for the university not only expands the
offering and footprint of the university, but it also contributes towards
reviving a section of East London that is dilapidated. Such investments
have catalysed new developments and urban renewal within a number of
cities throughout the country. The University of Fort Hare trusts that their
investment will have a similar impact on East London.
“Fort Hare, in keeping with its tradition, has not been afraid to embrace the
sustainability issue in order to demonstrate its commitment to progress,”
says Stratford.
Project Team:
Client University of Fort Hare
Principal Agents & Architects Ngonyama Okpanum
Native Architecture
Civil & Structural Engineers Hamish Scott Consulting
Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Carifro Consulting Engineers
Quantity Surveyors Pulana Baxter & Associates
Figure 1: New floor/ceiling system using displacement ventilation to allow cool
air into classrooms
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The Bank’s support for geothermal energy development started in the 1980s. a tower with 22 floors. Risco architects combine simplex and duplex types and break the original volume into sections of smaller size. is set to create apartments of great comfort Egypt Five-Star Baia Bianca Hotel International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman and Egyptian developer Hassan Allam Properties have started construction on a new hotel in the Baia Bianca development in Sharm el Sheikh.4 billion being invested in the electricity sector by the government. The design of the hotel takes its inspiration from the simple forms of early architecture on the Sinai. and seeks to create diverse situations in different elevations. Sky Residence II. Facing the Red Sea at the foothills of the Sinai Mountains. patterns. natural light within the apartments and sea views have increased by 80 percent. The interiors integrate different design solutions from those used in traditional housing. is set to create apartments of great comfort. authentic guest experience by incorporating local design traditions. interspersed with metal sections that will shade the glazing and allow optimum comfort conditions inside. a tower with 22 floors. whilst the exterior is marked by horizontal planes on the floors. Angola Sky Centre Sky Residence II. connection to the outdoors. It is meant to improve electricity access to Kenyans in urban. The Kenya Electricity Expansion Project approved by the World Bank will increase geothermal generation to improve electricity distribution. Egypt. improve electricity distribution and implement electrification programs to support economic growth and reduce regional disparities. through cuttings and alignments. making the most of its magnificent sea views. incorporating the colors. With this solution. increasing the perimeter and creating bumps on the facades.000m2 600-key hotel will offer an intimate. the Bank and other development partners in support of the government’s strategy to accelerate infrastructure development to strengthen foundations for growth and competitiveness. The external design seeks to establish a relationship with the neighbouring building.NEWS Kenya Electricity Expansion Project The Kenya Electricity Expansion Project has been approved by the World Bank. the 45. The five-star Baia Bianca Hotel will be strikingly contemporary while remaining familiar to its sense of place and context. which the Bank has supported since 2004 with an investment of US$160 million to increase geothermal generation. (Source: Perkins Eastman) The five-star Baia Bianca Hotel will be strikingly contemporary July 2010 7 . It will also enable Kenya to expand geothermal power generation as part of its green energy development strategy. The project is part of over US$1. and amenities that take advantage of the unique site. and materials found in the region. periurban and rural areas. It will build on the Energy Sector Recovery Project.

The concept for the master plan was inspired by the unique waterfront and city edge location of the site. turning this previously neglected area into Neotown Port Louis containing business. Andy Fisher workshop developed a concept to transform and integrate the waterfront site. Isang substation.000 spectators each. with the majority coming from South Africa. which received another US$136 million loan from the World Bank two weeks ago. Working with Les Salines Development. designed by Andy Fisher workshop has been launched Botswana Funding a 600MW Power Plant Botswana has received a US$186 million) loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the construction of a 600 MW coal-fired power plant. designed by Andy Fisher workshop has been launched. distribution lines. The AFDB loan will finance the purchase and installation of Morupule B's 600 MW coal-fired power plant. Apart from the low weight and the high load-bearing capacity. residential. according to a government official. is estimated to cost US$2billion and consists of a power station. the PERI MULTIPROP has a large extension length. a subsidiary of Patel Realty. South Africa The Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town can accommodate up to 70.NEWS Panel Slab Formwork The Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town and the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban which were the venues for the two semi-final games can accommodate up to 70. Botswana imports 80 percent of its 550 MW power demand.000 spectators was formed using PERI panel slab formwork SKYDECK with MULTIPROP slab props. Mauritius The 26 hectare Neotown Port Louis project.000m2 with an FDI of US$500 million. the SKYDECK drophead system ensured short striking times as panels and main beams were available for the next cycle in a very short space of time. substations and a water pipeline. The Neotown Port Louis The 26 hectare Neotown Port Louis project. hospitality and retail precincts along with a Tourist Heritage Centre with a total built area of approximately 930. which has scaled down supplies to its neighbours and will stop them completely by 2012 due to a fast rising demand in the country. Through the low individual weights of the aluminium components and the systematic assembly sequence. 8 July 2010 . In addition. The 34 cm thick reinforced concrete slab of the seven-storey high grandstand in the Greenpoint Stadium was formed using PERI panel slab formwork SKYDECK with MULTIPROP slab props. Africa's biggest economy. reactive compensation equipment and commissioning fuel. The master plan embraces the opportunity to create a landmark development for the Les Salines district with the aim of reconnecting the city to the waterfront and to strategically encouraging further development of Port Louis. Morupule B. The AFDB loan will finance the purchase and installation of Morupule B's Isang transmission line. work could be carried out both quickly and fatigue-free. a big advantage for the range of different storey heights.

to create easy-to-use services and to provide more flexibility and transparency in the distribution grid. A total of four contractors were responsible for completion of the structural work – the formwork solution for all partners was supplied by PERI Finland The Helsinki Energia Project ABB. the concreting cycle height was 3m in each case. This includes an operations building for the personnel. to enable electric vehicles to draw electricity from the grid or feed it back. For the concreting sections at great heights.5m high reinforced concrete walls with thicknesses between 0. to store energy. which will be raised from the ground to enhance the open space. information and energy technologies. These include solutions to ensure that excess power generated from renewable energy sources in the district itself. The design is based on an elemental form. Here. JTI has instructed UK-based architecture firm Skidmore.8m and 1. the massive 18. helping to lower consumption and emissions. The company will collaborate with Nokia Siemens Networks to design and install a large-scale smart grid in the new Kalasatama district of Helsinki. TRIO together with the CB climbing system was used – with help of SKS brackets.NEWS Australia Kurnell Desalination Plant A desalination plant has been put in the suburb of Kurnell. With the TRIO wall formwork system. A total of four contractors were responsible for completion of the structural work – the formwork solution for all partners was supplied by PERI.000m² which are used for treatment and storage. for instance from solar panels and wind turbines. Japan JTI Plan for New Headquarters Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has unveiled its plan for further investment in Geneva with a new building for its international headquarters. ABB. a public utility in Helsinki. This is according to an official from this company. single-sided climbing could then be carried out. Geneva-based architects group8. Helsingin Energia and Nokia Siemens Networks will develop a variety of solutions based on modern communication. The aim is to build offices totalling approximately 25 000m2 in the Sécheron area of the city by the end of 2013. The design is based on an elemental form. A number of structures were built on an area of 450. Owings & Merrill (SOM). Sydney. and to have an articulated roofscape that will be identifiable to Geneva. a power and automation technology group will work on a joint development project with Helsinki Energia. Helsingin Energia and Nokia Siemens Networks will develop a variety of solutions based on modern communication. can be fed into the power grid. ABB. Up to 250 million litres of drinking water can be produced per day.5m could be flexibly and efficiently formed. which will be raised from the ground to enhance the open space July 2010 9 . JTI wants the building both to be distinctly recognisable by pedestrians at ground level. information and energy technologies. global property consultancy Knight Frank as project managers and global construction consultants Davis Langdon as cost managers.

Niftylift has reduced the weight of the machine in a number of ways including the use of high grade steel and the innovative hybrid propulsion system.PRODUCTS HR 17 Niftylift has launched the HR (Height Rider) 17 Hybrid: an ultra-light 17 m articulated boom with an overall weight of just 4750 kg .komatsuamerica.8 meters. should the machine encounter particularly rough terrain.5 hours by the diesel motor. non-conductive hydraulic hoses and radio remote control. the trailer mounted manlift provides 46kV ANSI Class C rating and features 6 ft fiberglass jib. The six section boom can be extended up to a maximum length of 53 meters. Website: www.terex-cranes. The machine can be used in hybrid or electric only modes. Website: www.com 10 July 2010 .com MLE TZ50i The TZ50i is a custom made insulated manlift made for electrical contractors. Its maximum lifting capacity is 90 metric tonnes. with a maximum tip of 55. Germany. utilities and plant maintance.niftylift. some productivity features include: • Extension boom • Self-leveling platform • Hydraulic platform rotation • 160° platform rotation Website: www. In recycling mode the magnetic separator reliably removes reinforcing steel from the crushed material. The crusher is programmed to perform – with automatic conveying in line with crusher workload. Even the unique release system to remove blockages works at the press of a button. Its high continuous throughput is due to the compact crusher's excellent intake behaviour and optimum crusher kinematics.manliftengineering. While the engine is running it charges the batteries but. The RT 100 is the only CE marked terrain crane in the 80-100 tons segment and the the largest CE marked RT crane offered by Terex in Europe. material and feeding type. the batteries cut in to add extra power to the fourwheel drive.com Terex RT 100 Terex cranes displayed their new Terex RT 100 rough terrain crane at the bauma show this year in Munich. The RT100 is the latest addition to the Terex range of rough terrain cranes.com RM 100 The new RM80 from Rumble Master fully meets the requirements of cost-conscious building contractors. The RM80 is flexible regarding the material it processes. The machine has a 14 kW (18 HP) diesel 722 Kubota engine. the batteries can be completely recharged in eight hours conventionally or in 3. It has an outstanding lifting capacity across all load ranges. Only one person is required to operate and manoeuvre the RM80 using remote control. Website: www.that's 1750 kg lighter than Nifty's previous 17 m model. which uses 40 to 50 percent less fuel than non-hybrid models.

org East African Power Convention 2010 Date: August 31-September 3. which in the past shared a trophy with the Infrastructural and Innovative Concrete Products categories.ke Website: www.or. CMA director.org.com July 2010 11 .com / ade. Kenya The Nairobi 2010 Congress of ISOCARP. The award has been created for the Concrete Retaining Block (CRB) category. The rules and conditions are printed on the entry forms.yesufu@spintelligent. Nairobi. 2010 Venue: Nairobi. is not restricted to CMA members and entry forms can be downloaded from the CMA’s website www. The workshops will be structured along five sub-themes and are elaborated below.ASSOCIATION NEWS & EVENTS Concrete Manufacturers Association The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) has announced a new trophy award for its Awards for Excellence competition. Planning strategies for sustainable development in cities of the global south will be discussed according to the type of intervention through which they can be best addressed. Kenya Contact: Claus Tobin and Ade Yesufu The leading power industry convention in the East African region. for which entries close on May 31st. the 12th annual EAPIC will deliver updates on how to enhance the region’s energy mix and sustain long-term power supply through connectivity and integration. focusing on the theme 'Sustainable City/ Developing World' takes its departure from the aforementioned premise. Website: www.com Email: claus. EAPIC 2010 will provide the most strategic regional platform in which to showcase your products and to engage with business leaders. Workshop 1: Effective policy-making for sustainable urbanisation Workshop 2: The impact of spatial planning. one of the country’s major designers of CRBs. high quality images are an essential element of the competition. Hamish Laing.tobin@spintelligent. The CRB trophy is being sponsored by Terraforce. says the number of CRB entrants has increased tremendously over the past 10 years and therefore this division warrants a trophy of its own. urban design and built form on urban sustainability Workshop 4: Improving governance for sustainable urban development Workshop 5: Financing sustainability Email: aak@aak.cma. EVENTS 2010 46th ISOCARP Congress Date: September 19-23. Join us in 2010 to explore further opportunities in the regional power industry.za.isocarp.spintelligent-events. As entries are based on photographs. 2010 Venue: Safari Park Hotel & Casino.The competition.

the concrete shell for the four sections containing the museum. Petra Blaisse. 246 companies and engineering firms were engaged for the Mercedes Benz Museum. The museum itself only occupies 3. The team from UN studio Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos. Visitors are brought to the top of the building by elevators where two spiral walkways wind their way downwards providing easy and comfortable access to the Myth and Collection exhibition areas.000 m² and provides sufficient space for a journey through the past. worked on special elements. Dutch firm UN Studio brought in some expertise. Parametric design. which stands directly outside the main gate of the Daimler factory in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. was designed by UN Studio. The museum provides visitors with free audio tours in a variety of languages. The Mercedes-Benz Museum is an automotive museum housed in Stuttgart. a castle and a labyrinth described by the Guardian's architecture critic. providing 16.800 square metres. Amsterdam. But if forming networks of knights and squires is the basis of UN Studio's work. Design With limited time to design and realise one of the most complicated structures recently conceived. Germany.Mercedes-Benz Museum The Museum has already been declared one of the most bewilderingly brilliant structures of the new century. centralised organisation. the year it was opened the museum was visited by 860. In 2007. The structure of the Museum three overlapping circles layered over eight floors in a twisting spiral . Stuttgart is home to the Mercedes-Benz brand and the international headquarters of Daimler AG. "The only solution was to control the geometry of the building as completely as possible using the latest computer technology. is the key.500 m² of the total 60." says Ben van Berkel.000 m² site area.000 people. present and future of the automobile with the world-famous star. as "jet-age baroque". the architecturally striking building has an exhibition area of almost 17. reducing the labyrinth to a single diagram or map. were awarded the contract and the foundation stone for this unique structure was laid. 160 vehicles and various other collections can be viewed on a total of nine levels. the museum is constructed on a 6m high man-made elevation directly before the gates of the main plant in StuttgartUntertürkheim. so too is strong.500 square metres of exhibition space on a footprint of just 4. connecting building and arena as well as the multistorey car park was completed. UN Studio's co- 12 July 2010 . The building's height and "double helix" interior were designed to maximise space. The current building. the museum was housed in a dedicated building within the factory complex and visitors had in recent decades been transported from the main gate by a secured shuttle. Unrivalled Formwork Technology With an impressive height of 48 metres. head of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design. Eighteen months later. building technology. The museum contains more than 160 vehicles. some dating back to the very earliest days of the motor engine. It is based on a unique cloverleaf concept using three overlapping circles with the center removed to form a triangular atrium. Previously. an interior and landscape architect known for her dramatic collaborations with Rem Koolhaas. Jonathan Glancey.needed the expertise of Stuttgart University's Werner Sobek. However.

And all the functional processes of the Museum." UN Studio's computer wunderkind for Mercedes Benz was Arnold Walz. as visual marker. the railings.as a public space. It was also the first test of the firm's integrative design principles.constructionreviewonline.com/July10cover.founder and director.. immediately knowing the effects of that change on all other aspects of the building. the landings. "Digitally controlling the geometry made it possible to incorporate any kind of change quickly and efficiently. against which all their projects are classified. the firm really began to take shape with the Erasmus Bridge commission (1990-6) in Rotterdam. UN Studio's shape-shifting is above all a means for solving problems.were modeled simultaneously. the joints and the fixtures. Un-Studio The Mercedes Benz Museum was the logical culmination of UN Studio's systems of practice.html July 2010 July 2010 13 13 . More on this article at main. The firm keeps a kind of source book of useful shapes. the five differently shaped concrete piers. the finish of each crucial to the materialisation of the whole. All the pieces. brought together with increasingly sophisticated CAD-CAM methods. were designed integrally. as construction . Founded in 1988 by Amsterdam and London-trained Van Berkel and art historian Caroline Bos.

too. water. buildings that reduce on energy both operation and consumption costs are leaning towards green. Have the developing countries reached a point whereby we should now consider the environmental damage created in our countries as a whole lot more than the dangers deforestation causes? Before that question can even be tackled we must first of all understand what green building. widely agreed that these are buildings that are designed and constructed to high environmental standards. sustainable development and the like thrown around. materials and health. Have we reached the point of development whereby our carbon footprint. Increasingly this. you will hear phrases connected to green building. a passive solar design will drastically reduce the need to heat/ cool a building same as high levels of insulation and the use of energy efficient windows. The need to save energy and mitigate environmental problems fostered a wave of green building innovation that has continued to this day. when listening to members of the construction world talk. Energy With increasing energy costs. and minimising energy consumption which could be by incorporating wind turbines and solar panels. sustainable construction or whatever name it goes by in your part of the world. materials that we use for construction and the like matter that much to the environment that we live in to an extent where this should affect our methods. They are sited. A green building tries to minimise on energy needed for the building. It is however. Energy minimising methods amongst others include the maximising of the use of natural lighting by orienting the building to maximise solar gains as well as sheltering it from prevailing winds. materials and even the legislature? It is a huge debate.Guest Should Developing Countries worry about Green Building? By Maery Mungati Maery Mungati The concept of a green building was developed in the 1970s in response to the energy crisis and people's growing concerns about the environment. What Exactly is Green Building? Green buildings. ecohomes are terms that are commonly used but they are not easily defined. July 2010 . More often than not these days. use of energy efficient lighting and energy efficient appliances. designed and built to energy efficient guidelines. buildings that reduce on energy both operation and consumption costs are leaning towards green. There are four categories that can be used to describe the fundamentals of green building and these are energy. sustainable buildings. at the G-8 summit the third world countries (Africa is made up of at least 75 percent developing 14 countries) were unwilling to agree to cut down on their greenhouse gas emissions claiming that the wealthy countries were not doing enough to cut down their fast spreading pollution. is coming into Africa. pertains to. With the increasing rising energy costs.

You find buildings finished with sanitary ware from England. We do not even think about whether or not they can be recycled or even their VOC content. having green space. durability. waste minimisation and their ability to be reused/ recycled and in certain instances how affordable they are. This could be that they are locally manufactured or extracted thereby reducing on energy costs involved in transport requirements. having private outdoor space and the like. Installing point of use hot water systems and lagging helps to cut down on heating costs. Materials Unlike some industries that are moving towards dematerialisation. The water situation is not much better and as for the raw materials. processing and transportation steps required to have them in a useful state for the construction site. minimising and attenuating surface water runoff to prevent flooding and pollution. eco-home or a sustainable building.Guest There is no regard given to the greenness of materials all we are looking out for is a reduced construction cost while in most instances forgetting the whole life cycle cost of the materials and effects of dumping them after use. tiles from Spain.com/July10guest. or that they are salvaged from reclaimed materials at nearby sites. Water For a building to be considered as leaning towards green there should be a minimisation of water consumption and water efficiency.constructionreviewonline. These materials to be incorporated into a green building should be materials that have a low environmental impact. low flow showerheads amongst others. natural lighting. These non toxic materials are moisture resistant and thus deter moulds and spores. allergies and sick building syndrome. Use of non toxic materials gives rise to better air quality and a building breathes hence reducing the risk of asthma. switches and sockets from Dubai. there should be use of non toxic materials. Materials for use in sustainable development are assessed by their Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). electricals from France. designing for the community. This can be done by use of recycled water by installing rainwater catchment systems. cement prices are going through the roof and we are importing almost all of our finishing materials from all over the world. waterless composting toilets. low flush toilets. embodied energy. almost everyone is bemoaning the high tariffs charged by electricity utility companies like Tanesco and Umeme as well as their unreliability. The choice of materials for use in the construction of sustainable buildings or green buildings is therefore very important due to the extensive network of material extraction. and so on. Health July 2010 To have a green building. everyday we hear about the scarcity of timber for construction. use of water efficient appliances which include self closing taps.html 15 . ironmongery from South Africa. freedom from noise. This looks at their recycled content. There is no regard given to the greenness of materials all we are looking out for is a reduced construction cost while in most instances forgetting the whole life cycle cost of the materials and effects of dumping them after use. they are also emission free and have low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content. every time there is a dry spell the load shedding is increased (and in most cases not proportionally to the lengths of dry spells). Bringing it home. More on this article at main. glazing from China. the construction industry will always need materials.

Sierra Leone and Gabon. The Director of GIBB Africa Ltd is also a member of the Institute of Engineers of Kenya. traverses major seasonal rivers that required major bridges that were constructed on piles due to poor in situ soils. the American Society of Civil Engineers.Currently he is pursuing an MBA at the United States International University in Nairobi. Rwanda. Engineers may not be the most highly paid professionals and they may not even be highly regarded in society but it is an undisputable fact that engineers hold the key to most problems facing society. Massawa Causeway (Eritrea) and Roads 2000 in North Rift (Kenya) – Training labour-based contractors and supervision of works. Zambia. Working in hostile climate (extremely hot) and in an area where bandit attacks are common has been difficult. Kenya. The firm which is a 100 percent Kenyan company. Malawi. the contractor’s equipment was old and many a time unserviceable. Projects Recently completed projects of GIBB Africa Ltd include the 70 km long Wote-Makindu Road (Kenya). and the chairman of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya. The Firm GIBB Africa Ltd (formerly Sir Alexander GIBB and Partners) and associated companies was founded in the early 1940s. The design and tender documents are expected to ready in the next two months. 11 irrigation engineers.Personality Engineer Sam Mambo Engineering is a great career. Construction Review interviewed Engineer Sam Mambo. In addition. Mambo is a registered engineer with the Kenya Engineers Registration Board. Water and good quality construction materials are scarce. Burundi. The road shall be tendered in 3 different contracts. 8 electrical engineers. climate was hostile and importation of goods and materials were subject to inflexible government restrictions. The 1. Cyangugu – Bugarama Road (Rwanda). Sudan. The 145 km BusunjuKiboga-Hoima Road. Kenya. Libya. 6 mechanical engineers. has its headquarters in Nairobi. that cost approximately US$32million crosses large swamps and construction of drainage structures in these swamps was extremely difficult. Ethiopia.5km Causeway in Eritrea cost approximately US$3million. Construction in the Red Sea was difficult since the contractor was inexperienced in aquatic construction. Each of the above projects had unique challenges. Busunju – Kiboga – Hoima Road (Uganda). July 2010 . particularly due to the fact that the contractor was perpetually having cash flow problems. Some of the active projects are: • Wajir – Mandera Road – This is a 390km road in the North-eastern part of Kenya. Mr. thereafter in 1982 he pursued his Masters in highway engineering from the university of Birmingham in the UK. Of these 65 of them are civil and structural engineers. Mr. whether he was paid for work done or not. For instance. Ministry of Roads is shopping for willing financiers for the project. and the Institute of Highways and Transportation (UK). 9 environmental scientists. GIBB was commissioned by the Ministry of Roads (Kenya) to do a preliminary and detailed engineering design. 74 CAD technicians and 32 finance and administrative staff. Engineer Sam Mambo attained his Bachelors degree in civil engineering from the University of Nairobi in 1978. Wote-Makindu Road that cost about US$ 24million. 7 topographical surveyors/GIS experts. Mambo was the Project Director for 16 all these projects. Engineer Sam Mambo Born some 55 years ago. in Kirinyaga. Tanzania. but has operations in the following additional African countries: Uganda. Currently GIBB has a staff complement of 220. 8 architects and quantity surveyors.

When he submits fee notes. In addition little internally generated revenue was going into infrastructure. Even after commissioning.com/ July10guest. When a company presents highly qualified staff and bids low. A close look at most Terms of Reference. particularly for road projects. Water. In addition. Corruption is experienced at different levels.Construction supervision • New Bugesera International Airport (Rwanda)Design • Isaka – Kigali – Bujumbura Railway: Feasibility Study Challenges There is unreasonable competition. you often find companies giving totally unrealistic prices for exercises such as survey and materials investigations. is unavailable. one finds that the key personnel July 2010 must have good academic qualifications and be highly experienced. In addition. Here jobs are often awarded to the cheapest bidders who have no capacity or the skills to carry out the projects. in particular engineers. GIBB is working for a Russian Contractor and language is a major challenge.html 17 . they have to submit both technical and financial proposals. it means that it has no intention of using the experienced staff named in its proposal but will substitute these qualified staff with less experienced and cheaper staff. This is unfair competition. As a consequence. Today GIBB has fee notes it has been following with a government ministry that were submitted and approved in 2005! Solutions to Challenges Encountered. it often takes an eternity to get paid due to bureaucracy and corruption in the public sector. There is also a shortage of qualified staff. other than the salty Mediterranean Sea water. The intention of such companies is to do minimal survey which is often inadequate for a competent design. • Athi – River Namanga Road (136 km) (Kenya) – Construction supervision • Emali – Oloitoktok Road (100 km) (Kenya) . Kenya was receiving very little donor money for infrastructure development. many companies. So key ministries such as Ministry of Roads that used to train a large number of engineers was not employing fresh graduates from the universities.Personality One of the projects at GIBB • Sirth – Benghazi Railway (Libya): This is the largest project currently being handled by GIBB. particularly Ethiopia and India and by training the new graduates further helps us curb the shortage of qualified staff challenge. The poor consultant who proposes competent and experienced staff and gives realistic charge rates for such staff and for survey and materials investigations. However. A consultant fulfils his part of the deal and submits the required deliverables. we have ventured into new markets where there is limited local capacity. you often find consultants being awarded high technical scores but when financial proposals are opened. This created a gap that is now being felt when the construction industry is booming. GIBB staff cannot speak Russian or Arabic that is spoken by the local people. both contractors and consultants were only taking few engineers due to the limited workload. At Gibb we wrestle unreasonable competition by targeting high value jobs. For consultants to be awarded engineering projects. loses the job. Between 1990 and about 2001.constructionreviewonline. Such professionals do not come cheap. It is not unusual to see a consultant who has no capacity at all being commissioned to-do a major project. It is about 500 km long and the line passes entirely through the Sahara Desert and there are difficult sections that present enormous engineering challenges due to poor in situ soils. More on this article at main. Furthermore. their prices are one third or a half of other consultants. a good number of engineers ended up joining financial institutions or doing other post graduate courses totally unrelated to engineering. Also by recruiting staff from other countries. they can take 6 – 12 months before they are paid. which the small firms have little chance of being short-listed in. Procurement for consultancy services is often not transparent. either to design or supervise construction.Construction supervision • siolo – Merille River Road (136 km) (Kenya) .

Green Building Council. From 1889 to 1958 the city hall was located in what is now Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San José. The entire site includes a new performance hall. The present city hall complex replaces the earlier city hall and civic center located on North First Street. The Rotunda The focal point of the plaza is the transparent domed rotunda serving as a visible symbol of July 2010 July 2010 . Exterior finish materials include stone.000 square feet (46. the complex is large. San José’s City Hall is one of the greenest buildings in town. with the rotunda serving as an entrance and council chambers located in the third building. no other City Hall in the United States has achieved LEED-EB Platinum. The thin building proportions are achieved with a unique dual structural system that utilises concrete shear walls as “bookends” to provide lateral strength.S. To date. achieving the top certification of LEED-EB Platinum from the U. and library. This transparent lobby is large enough to accommodate public events such as speeches. metal panel. with the 18 story tall tower totaling 550. The city hall and civic center. which was used from 1958 to 2005. 18 18 Located at 200 East Santa Clara Street. This system allows for narrow floor plates that combined with a west-facing brise soleil. San José. domed volume that serves as a visible symbol of the city and government. support day lighting and natural ventilation throughout the interiors. in California.In the nation’s center of green innovation. Its focal point is the entry itself a glazed. A sweeping public plaza leads to the building’s main entrance on Santa Clara Street. clear glass.000 m²) making it the tallest tower in San Jose. Elements such as the sunscreen and the large entry rotunda give the building a landmark quality that befits its purpose as City Hall. The mayor's office is located at the top floor of the tower.S. marks the new centerpiece of a decade-long redevelopment of the city’s seven-block civic district. according to the U. concerts. Green Building Council. and concrete. and exhibitions. elementary school.

and providing shading with a "brise soleil" on the tower. despite its contemporary form and materials. and 18 others currently in design and construction phases are planned to be certified.000 square feet to achieve LEED Silver at a minimum. The glass rotunda is reminiscent of traditional domes of important public buildings.html 19 19 . their concrete truck drivers made over 3.constructionreviewonline. designer of the Getty Center in Los Angeles. City Hall’s certification adds more than half a million square feet toward the city’s goal of 50 million square feet of green buildings by 2022. retail spaces.the city government. Architecture The architect was Richard Meier. it also contributes to achieving three other Green Vision goals of reducing energy use. More on this article at main. The US$ 382 million city hall has been somewhat controversial with the rotunda being compared to R2-D2 (fictional droid) but the building was designed to be environmentally friendly.000 cubic yards of concrete. achieving zero waste. July 2010 July 2010 LEED Platinum Rating By reaching the Platinum level. The architectural style is most influenced by that of Le Corbusier. but also saves substantially on cost through green building maintenance practices. which houses city departments and the plaza level permit center. the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. four other buildings already share green building distinction under USGBC’s rating system for new construction. Central Concrete California provided the required 26. and additional departmental offices. and beneficially reusing wastewater. making use of natural light. on the west side is a three-story council wing. San José’s City Council adopted its first green building policy for public sector buildings in 2001 with an update in 2007 that expanded requirements for facilities over 10.com/July10international.000 trips from the batch plant to the project site. which houses the Council Chambers. public meeting rooms. Upon completion. Barcelona. The main entrance faces Santa Clara Street through a sweeping public plaza. the city not only helps conserve resources and create a healthier environment for employees and visitors. Complementing the rotunda on its east side is the office tower. While City Hall is the first existing city-owned building to be LEED certified. The rotunda is complemented to the east by the office tower. Spain and numerous other buildings around the world. The rotunda can accommodate large public events as it stands 108 feet high with a diameter of 100 feet.

Dipuo Peters (right) Minister of Energy South Africa visiting Africa Energy Week Exhibition. Minister Delegate. South Africa. H. Africa Energy Week Gala Dinner. H. Mines.E. Dr Faizel Mulla Strategist Corporate Strategy and Planning PetroSA speaking at Africa Energy Week Conference. The Association of South Africa Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) The Association of South Africa Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) elected a new board of members for the 2010/11. M. AEW Opening Ceremony led by H. ASAQS President 2010/2011. Industry and Energy. ASAQS Board 2010/2011. 20 July 2010 ly 2010 ly 2010 . ASAQS Exco 2010/2011. Africa Energy Week Awards winners Marathon Equatorial Guinea Development Bank of South Africa and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.. Send us your well captioned high resolution photographs and we will feature you in our pictorial page free of charge. Minister of Energy speaking at Africa Energy Week Conference. Africa Energy Week Conference participants.E. Obiang Lima. 2009 Cape Town.Where the Continent Met the Investors Africa Energy Week held on July 6-9. South Africa.Africa Energy Week .E. Gabriel. H.E. Dipuo Peters Minister of Energy South Africa. Dipuo Peters. Equatorial Guinea networking with delegates.. Fituri El-Haj Manager of Explorations National Oil Corporation Libya speaking at Africa Energy Week.

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slate. Cement tiles today range from roof tiles to coloured. Their durability makes them perfect for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and entrances – where they rarely 22 22 require replacing. Stone-look cement tiles and rivens are another popular trend for cladding feature walls and adding texture and depth to a room. tumbled stone look (in fact. Intrepid do-it-yourself homeowners may want to tackle an installation project themselves. There are a number of excellent books on the market that outline the step-bystep details — almost any how-to book with photos will do. Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of cement or concrete tiles. to cutouts and embeds. three-dimensional designs. cement tiles are ideal for creating a natural. It is shifting away from the standard. porcelain. they are often referred to as ‘cast stone’). and they will probably name the chunky. and in its place have come pieces so striking that they have become a focal point all on their own. For interior use the application of a sealant renders them impervious to stains and moisture absorption.Y guide through for homeowners.Cement Tile – A Rock Solid Alternative Cement tile these days is moving. Always buy an extra 10 percent to 20 percent more tile than your project requires in case of breakage or future wear. stone-look pavers and decorative interior wall and floor tiles. sandstone and the like. Construction Review brings you the new trends in cement tile and a D. ceramic. July 2010 June2010 . functional floor and wall covering we are all used to seeing. These tiles are widely used in Africa. imprinted patterns. grey-toned outdoor pavers typical of sidewalks and pathways.I. They are also ideal for patterned tile layout. Out are the endless seas of tooth-white square tile of the past. Seldom perfectly square or flat. and the brilliant colours and intricate patterns of encaustic tiles. ranging from a simple combination of differently-coloured cement tiles. Latin America and Europe. But developments in the last ten years have seen cement-based products expanding into areas traditionally dominated by clay. and towards becoming an art form in its own right.

how can a homeowner choose colours and patterns that will not look dated in a few years? The trick is to take a look back at history. Colours are still inspired by nature. Designs that have stood the test of time are boldly coloured geometrics like cobalt diamonds and black hexagons. but they are not necessarily limited to the pastel celery and wheat colours that first come to mind. HO NDA HONDA HONDA ND LISTER LISTER ST R PERKINS RK S PERKINS JOHN DEERE FIN FIND US AND OU FIND US AND OUR IND AN OUR ON TANK HILL ROA TAN HILL RO TANK ANK N ROAD MUYENGA More on this article at main. but recent installations have seen it paired with shades such as lemon yellow and terra cotta for a little visual interest.com/July10supplement. Homeowners want a little bit of cheer when they arrive home. vibrant colour. wetlands green. Colours like Daffodil yellow. still going strong after its surge in popularity in the late 1800s. genteel palettes of the ‘90s. Timeless Shapes Keeping in mind that a room’s tile is made to last decades. and leek green are in trend this year.Living Colour Gone are the pale.html July 2010 23 . and simple shapes like the classic square. Today’s homeowners want colour — rich. Another time-honoured choice is the rectangular cement tile. certainly. Last years’ cobalt blue is still a popular choice.constructionreviewonline. Gleaming metallics — glazes that bring the punch of metals such as copper and pewter— are becoming popular too.

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and even cubicles for private work. the lobby – like the guest room – is undergoing a fundamental change. the line is increasingly blurred these days) has given rise to a number of new departures in hotel design: the demise of the bathtub and the rise of the ‘shower experience’. Table and wall lamps are even being produced with outlets to accommodate cell phones so that people can use them hands-free from bed. blurring. on built-in data ports. today’s hotel guests seek the comfort. Being able to work comfortably in their room is of paramount importance. business and leisure. a coffee shop-cum-deli. Lifestyle-inspired Lobbies With the rigid separation of work and home.Hot Trends and Handy Tips Most hotels undergo a degree of renovation every five to seven years. The emphasis in modern case goods is on ease of use. a cell phone and an iPod or mp3 player. The common denominator in this new wave is convenience. a formal. Not only does such protect your asset and your star rating (if you have one). flexibility and – believe it or not – the feeling of being ‘home away from home’. contemporary shapes. with flat screen TVs and nifty little cabinets and credenzas reducing the space traditionally occupied by bulky case goods like armoires and chest-of-drawers. While this does not mean the demise of the traditional hotel front desk (people will always seek out the human element). The Guest Room Revolution While the idea of the guest room being like home is not a new one. For business people in the US and Europe. as well as some advice from the experts on how to go about the process beverages (including take-away options) further encourages guests to utilise the lobby area. self-service check-in kiosks are becoming increasingly popular. but it goes a long way towards ensuring your hotel remains your guests’ favourite place to stay. Construction Review brings you a wrap of the most current trends in hotel makeovers.Hotel Makeover . laptops. This ‘new generation’ traveler (businessman or leisure guest. Conceived of as a series of small. mp3 players and other mobile devices while they are in bed. multipurpose lobbies. the contemporary lobby might offer a combination of informal meeting spaces. Gone are the neatly defined waiting area. be it a soft refurbishment of drapes and bedding or a top-to-toe revamp. today’s lobbies are a blend of all these functions and more. dining room. allowing them to bypass the front desk and access their rooms quickly. more secluded sitting room. it does mean that it will probably become smaller and less dominant – even doubling with other functions such as a retail or bar counter. People expect to be able to plug in their cell phones. energy-savvy design … the list goes on. self-service check-in counters. check-in counter and formal lounge. a BlackBerry. look and modern conveniences of home more than ever. Guest rooms are also changing shape and getting smaller but more functional. a bar counter-cum-reception desk. on streamlined. the typical hotel business guest has a laptop. The availability of food and 26 26 . the first thing they do is connect their computer and turn on the TV to catch the latest news. though equally valuable for them is the ability to work and connect professionally and socially in the hotel’s public area. and on the July 2010 June 2010 These days. Coming into a room. open living rooms. and as a result designers are making power outlets far more plentiful and accessible.

glass on the back wall of the shower. hotels should give guests a place to tack up items (such as presentation materials) so they do not have to drive tacks into the drywall. bathtubs (which less and less people use) are being replaced with spacious showers with larger or multiple showerheads that offer a spa-like experience. Internet access . it is often to compensate for a slightly enlarged bathroom. Bigger desks and increased workspace are critical.is the rule.either hardwired or Wi-Fi . while a vanity top upgrade – preferably with some storage under the sink – makes an excellent impression. And this is not to accommodate the latest extra-length bathtub either.com) Bowled Over by the Bathroom The bathroom is the new luxury centerpiece of the home – and of the hotel room too. Recessed (rather than central. as are extra outlets placed higher on the wall so guests do not have to crawl around on the floor looking for connections. More on this article at main.incorporation of alternative materials such as metal. Bathroom finishes are being upgraded to include floor-to-ceiling tiles.constructionreviewonline. overhead) lighting goes a long way towards improving the bathroom ambience. (www. glass. and even frosted glass between the bathroom and bedroom. stone and acrylic. Additionally.hospitalityrenovation. While guest room sizes are diminishing. not the exception.com/July10supplement2.html July 2010 27 . Rather. even when there is a nice new multipurpose lobby downstairs. Guest rooms are also becoming more business-friendly because most people who travel with laptops still want to have the option of being able to work in their rooms.

raised by over a metre above the adjacent entry plaza forms a fitting entry level to a key leading Kenyan Bank Headquarters. the building was delivered which met the client objectives.the Africa Re Centre. the building is free span without central columns.4 acre plot – a result of amalgamation of two plots. appropriate engineering services for a grade ‘A’ building and a sustainable building. utilising a ribbed slab construction weighing and costing in the region of 20 percent less than a conventional solid slab. who currently occupy the entire building. With 3 parking floors and 7 office levels.HEADER Equity Center. A fitting landmark in Nairobi’s new business hub Project Background The project was originally conceived by UAP Provincial Insurance Company to serve as their corporate headquarters as well as house other private blue chip tenants. The building sits on a 1. Equity Bank. highly functional office spaces allowing tenant flexibility. however. Upper Hill. all naturally lit and ventilated. an iconic building. The washrooms are well appointed and have dual flush fittings. Symbion was appointed as architects and lead consultants having won the design competition. Low maintenance finishes including stone. Location The building is located along Hospital Road at its junction with Kenya Road and in close proximity to another Symbion product . boast of imported marble finishes. hence the name Equity Centre. A sub-basement parking was therefore introduced to achieve maximum utility of the raft foundation base. Energy and Environmental Considerations The mechanical and electrical services were designed by Geomax July 2010 . Informed by geotechnical investigations. The main entrance. and after overcoming various construction challenges. The 7-storey office building was. The superstructure was designed as a frame structure for purposes of lateral load resistance to wind and seismic loads. taps with infrared sensors and wall mounted cisterns. ruff and tuff. the building sits on a foundation with thickened column bases. The lobbies. let out to Kenya’s leading banking group. To allow maximum office flexibility. concealed lighting. Project Description The project was commissioned in 2004 with the following client objectives: a medium rise development set in a garden environment. the now Equity Centre is timeless in design. Four years and Kshs 560 million(US $6. impressive in articulation and finishes and a fitting landmark with an 28 Kenya axial pedestrian entry at the end of Kenya Road.9million) later. marble and marmoran adorn the building exterior with balconies provided for window cleaning access.

Mezzanine level 1 car park that can take thirty six cars 4. Service rooms including a generator room.HEADER Consulting Engineers with the design geared towards energy and environmental conservation incorporating: • A fully IT wired internet ready building • Sprinkler firefighting system on all parking floors with a sprinkler riser to allow for easy retrofit in the office floors should this be required by tenants • Analogue addressable fire detection and alarm installation on all floors • Automatic start standby generators complete with an underground reserve tank • An electric fence • A borehole and reverse osmosis treatments plan • Solar heaters to the kitchenettes • Iconic 10 passenger lifts supplied by Schindler Ltd In this building Symbion demonstrates its commitment to sustainable architectural development through the articulate employment of environmentally friendly local and imported materials to create an energy efficient structure. a pump room and maintenance stores 7. Ground floor car park that can take thirty-eight cars 3. the schedule of accommodation of the shell and core building comprised: 1. Basement car park that can take forty-four cars 2.213 sqm 6. Project area: The building occupies approximately 14. Mezzanine level 2 car park that can take thirty eight cars 5. Landscaped gardens and gatehouses. MDF room. switch rooms. Nairobi’s new business district.K Brothers Symbion International Mehta Electricals Pioneer Plumbers Agro Irrigation & Pump Services Ltd.207 sqm. Seven typical floor offices occupying 7. Gate house incorporating staff changing facilities. Schedule of Accommodation Subsequently modified by the bank to fit their requirements. Ltd July 2010 29 Kenya . Landscaped gardens 8. transformer. Baumann Engineering General Aluminium Fabricators Molecular Kenya Ltd Harree Construction Ltd Lariak Consultants Seven Seas Technologies ICFC Bells Associates Curtains & Covers (K) Ltd and Andiron Capcom Ltd Maridadi Building Contractors Ltd Linotic Floor Co. water storage for both domestic and fire fighting. with plant room spaces form part of the design concept. Project Team: Main Contractor: Architect: Electrical sub-contractor: Plumbing sub-contractor: Borehole contractor: Generator sub-contractor: Metal fabricators: Domestic sub contractor: Marble sub contractor: Landscape contractor: ICT Services Sub contractor: Shipping agents: Window cleaning systems & entrance canopy and flag post on site Mirrors/panic door latches/ironmongery: Sliding gates: Acoustic ceiling and ceramic floor tiles: External stone finish: N. Equity Centre is a welcome addition to Upper Hill.

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NSSF Constructs the University of Dodoma In the construction of the University of Dodoma. The hostels were completed and occupied by the students on the 29th September 2008. Before the start of construction. There were no beacons to guide the setting of buildings and the topography of the area was not yet mapped on paper.000 students as a replica of the University of Dar es Salaam’s Mabibo Hostels. Infact. NSSF had the privilege of being the first entity to start construction of the new university by building hostels for 5. the contractor was required to shorten the time to forty-seven weeks so that the 5. the only building existing in the university premises was the monumental Chimwaga Conference Hall.000 student hostel could be used in the 2008/9 academic year. Phase 1 In consultation with the university administration. Phase Two The second phase of construction started on site in July 2008 and involved construction of .• 2 cafeterias • 24 classrooms • 18 mini lecture theatres • 186 room academic office buildings • A dispensary • 2 main lecture theatres • A library • A linguistic laboratory 36 36 Tanzania All the facilities below were. The work was to take seventy weeks from start to completion. at least being used partially by the university from March 2009 Lot Consultants 1 Ardhi University s Lomo Consult Agrenels Cost Consult 2 Ardhi University Lomo Consult Agrenen Consult Cost Consult K&M Arch plans Y&P Architects S&F consultancy Bish (T) Ltd Howard Humphreys K&M Arch plans Y&P Architects S&F consultancy Bish (T) Ltd Howard Humphreys K&M Arch plans Y&P Architects S&F Consultancy Bish (T) Ltd Howard Humphreys Main Contractor Facility Main lecture theatre Mini lecture theatres Seminar room CRJE Class rooms Library Group six International 3 CRJE Cafeterias 4 BCEG Academic offices 5 MCC 2O-Hainan Dispensary July 2010 July 2010 . the first task was to choose the spot at which the hostels will stand and thereafter clearance of the bush would start. The remaining vast land was covered by thick bush with only foot paths used by grazers of cattle and goats. The work of replication of Mabibo Hostels in Dodoma started in November 2007. National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has been allocated the task of implementing the erection of buildings and associated infrastructure for the college of Humanities and Social Sciences. it was decided that the first hostels would be located just in front of the highest hill in the vicinity of Chimwaga hill. but due to pressure from the university.

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processing and assembling. Mbezi Beach Industrial Area P. SHAMO Roofing Tiles. hence companies become members and not individuals.Box 403 shamo@zamnet.O. processing and assembling.Mikocheni University of Dodoma University of Dar es Salaam S & F Building .O.2) is payable once on joining for companies with annual turnover in excess of TZS 200 million (US$138.000(US$ 34. For: Aluminium windows and Doors. Membership Fees and Subscriptions • A member fee of TZS 50.6) is payable once on joining for companies with annual turnover from TZS 0-199 million (US$ 0-137.470).Kinondoni Victoria Complex Lusaka ( Zambia) Mumbua Rd Industrial Area Plot 12658.000(US$ 34. Post NET P/Bag E10 P.com Sharjah (UAE) King Faisal industrial Area P. The Present Membership Embraces • • • • Manufacturing processing and assembling companies Communication construction consultancies Finance hospitality industries (hotel and tourism) Media and information technology transportation utilities Achievements Despite initial difficulties.net.O Box 24089 Tel: 971 65 436288 Fax: 971 65 436453 Email: shamopl@emirates.ae Shamo Industries & Co Ltd Together we continue to build Tanzania University of Dodoma Temu House . PVC Windows/Doors and Paving Blocks Plot No. Members of CTI range from large. membership growth and development and capacity building at the secretariat. CTI has accomplished a number of objectives notably in the areas of policy and advocacy¸ membership services.scale companies with an annual turnover of more than TZS 30 billion(US$ 20 million) to the newly started enterprises with an annual turnover of TZS 10 million and a determination to grow and prosper. Companies join the organisation to give industry a say in the economic and social development of the Tanzania society.778).000(US$69. 428. Associate Membership Open to companies that provide service to manufacturing. Annual subscriptions are fixed by members and vary according to turnover. • A membership fee of TZS 100.6) is payable once on joining for micro and small enterprises. Membership is corporate. Box 72039 Dar es Salaam Tanzania Tel: +255 22 262818/2628153 Fax: +255 22 2627566/2627152 Email: shamo@intafrica.zm July 2010 41 . CTI membership is grouped into two categories Ordinary Membership Open to companies engaged in value adding manufacturing.Membership CTI members are the core of Tanzania industry. • A membership fee of TZS 50.

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The completion date for the development is 30th April 2010 and according to the project team the development is on schedule and no delays have been experienced as yet. Construction of Phase 2 due to commence: On another note, joint-venture partners Botswana Insurance Fund Management and Stocker Fleetwood- Bird have informed the Construction Review that the commencement of the second phase, known as ‘Block 5’ of the Fairgrounds Financial Centre is commencing now, off the back of the success of the first phase. Stocker Fleetwood-Bird consultant Adam Van Aswegen has informed “The development of the first phase of the Fairgrounds Financial Centre has been a tremendous success and thus the JV partners decided that now is the right time to tackle the second phase.” “Just a few weeks of marketing the first phase of the project to the public as a possible letting option in 2010, has seen the market respond rapidly and make rapid decisions in securing space within the centre.” “Block 5 will be of the same design and specification as the first phase, measuring 1,200m2 over four floors, and Stocker Fleetwood-Bird will be marketing the unit for sale between now and December 2010, as well as looking at possible tenants in the event that a speculator is to purchase the building.” Project Team: Development Management: Contractor: Architect: Electrical Engineers: Civil & Structural Engineering: Quantity Surveyor: Air Conditioning: SFB Developer BJ Builders Paul Munnik Architects A. R. Edward Kukhama Consultants BBC Surveying Energy Contracting Solutions

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Renowned architectural practice. arts and culture building. multi purpose indoor sport hall. Tayo Aderinokun. The design incorporates these facilities among others like swimming pool. sport facilities. if not exceeds schools of its category anywhere in the world both in conception. a notable Nigeria banker has floated an international co-educational secondary school that has been described by many as fitting a university campus. The development arguably equals. science building. 50 Day Waterman College A New Dawn in Learning The physical infrastructures in the school is a sheer beauty to behond attesting to the acclaim it has received. Klif Consultants Lagos. male and female hostels. design and construction. The school was designed to comprise of educational facilities in a homely and friendly environment so that the students would not loose touch with their individual traditional homes while in school. In the words of Mr. staff quarters. at full capacity the school will accommodate about 720 boarding students. Nigeria.Nigeria In his desire to give back to the society from his earnings and provide a legacy for the coming generation. July 2010 . Ogun State. Design Concept The concept and design vivid illustration of the vision of the founder who wanted to provide a world class institution within a traditional Nigerian setting. Sited on 35 hectares of carved tropical forest landscape in Asu Village near Abeokuta. brings to life the desire driving the founders of Day Waterman College “to provide the Nigerian child the benefit of a high quality education while remaining in the local environment that allows them to maintain their cultural values and family affiliations. dining hall and even a bell tower among others. Day Waterman College is an institution that is designed to herald a new chapter in the provision and delivery of high quality international standard secondary education in Nigeria. library.

The Science block also commands attention with its decorative external hanging depicting the science master Albert Einstein. At least. These are being handled by United Integrated Construction Limited. The second phase of the project has started while the third phase is scheduled to start in January 2011. So far the admin building. guest house. while the sports stadium was constructed by Aron Nigeria Limited. two female hostels. its rotunda in shape and can conveniently accommodate a university library. The shapes of the buildings are spectacular. while the staff boys` quarters is constructed by NIDACO Limited.Construction Mode The site is being developed in 3 phases. The first phase has been completed and commissioned with the school taking off with eighty pupils in September 2008 and an additional eighty joined in 2009. dining hall. two blocks of six apartments with three bedrooms. grand stand and two male hostels are being constructed by Ponti ITALWARE and Co. electrical and aluminum sub-contract aspects of the project. Still under the first phase. This also applies to the mechanical. The second phase involves the development of an Arts and Culture Centre. 51 Nigeria . the principal’s house and two vice principals residences. The multipurpose hall. Scope of Work Construction started in October 2006 with the fencing off of the entire site. NIDACO Limited handled the warehouse. All these were handled by United Integrated Construction Limited. Other completed projects under the first phase include two male hostels. powerhouse and the gate house. science building. Triarch Limited constructed one block of twelve onebedroom staff apartments. One notable feature of this project is the engagement of four construction companies to fast track the development and ensure timely delivery of the project. water treatment house. Borini Prono Ltd handled the infrastructural works such as roads and drainage construction. take for instance the library dubbed Learning Resource Centre. it is also an attempt to checkmate problems associated with delay in the construction process which July 2010 often leads to high construction cost relative to budgeted cost. It has a sitting capacity of 360 users at a time. additional two female hostels and two blocks of six staff apartments with two bedrooms. two contractors handled each of these aspects as well. Again.learning resource centre(library). and swimming pool handled by Dori Construction Limited have been completed and handed over to the school. kitchen staff dormitory and clinic.

Future Developments: Construction works on the third and final phase of Day Waterman College is expected to start in January 2011. as the project manager stoutly rose to the occasion. All facilities are provided for ease of use and low maintenance cost. bell tower. Essential user friendly conveniences and relaxation spots are incorporated. The dining hall can also accommodate 450 users. Again. with the following projects: Two male hostels. dining hall-phase 2. Nonetheless. The projects were delivered in cement sandcrete blocks rendered in cement sand mortar. Roads leading to all these facilities were constructed with bitumen and provided with drainage as well as street lights for proper illumination. twelve block classrooms. flowers and shrubs. Drainage: Aron Nigeria Ltd Aluminum Works: Metalum Ltd EBM Systems Ltd. Textured paints were used for the external walls while internally. the deployment of several contractors to site at a time often presents its own peculiar managerial challenges. Consultants: Quantity Surveyors: Shelter Cost Associates Structural Engineers: Structural Design Consultants Ltd Services Engineers: Building Consultants Ltd Main Contractors: Dori Construction Ltd United Integrated Construction Ltd. vocational centre. Project Team: Architects and Project Manager: Klif Consultants Ltd. high grade emulsion paints were applied. personnel and mobilisation to site and also supervision by the project manager. The roofs were shingled tiled with facial aluminum claddings applied as decorative features at some selected areas like science block while due attention was given to landscaping of the environment with plants. Mechanical: Mabbsa Nig Ltd Bomis Nigeria Ltd Internal Roads: Borini Prono Nigeria Ltd. Challenges of Construction: Nigeria 52 The out of town location of the project is a major challenge as this affects the movement of the contractors equipments. Finishing There is creative use of space in the design and construction of Day Waterman College. these were not critical enough to destabilise the construction timetable.two female hostels. July 2010 . two blocks. soccer practice field. six 2 bed apartments and the school farm. one senior female hostel. Electrical: Kenol Nigeria Limited Kandlelite Engineering Company Ltd. hockey pitch.There is a well furnished guest house for parents that pay a visit to their wards and wish to spend a night. one senior male hostel. Triarch Nigeria Limited Ponti & Co. The indoor and outdoor sports facilities are of Olympic standard. ITALWARE Ltd Subcontractors: NIDACO Nigeria Ltd.

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Internet and data system to be installed in the province. Compact Fitness Centre. telephone. It is positioned in a safe. room safes. pleasant and globally competitive environment where visitors can experience the growth of South Africa's most exciting development node. It is also equipped with the latest Internet July 2010 July 2010 . work and holiday in a contemporary urban setting on a subtropical coastline with year-round summer and incomparable lifestyle. a stone’s throw away from Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Opened in the heart of the Umhlanga this May and managed by Three Cities Management Group. Hotel Facilities Facilities on site include the Aqua Spa. and a bird’s eye view to Moses Mabhida Stadium and 180 degree views of the Indian Ocean. The three-storey hotel has 50 sophisticated rooms with air-conditioning. The Developers carefully selected this strategic point for this property to benefit from the busy node in and around key points in Umhlanga Ridge and the greater Durban area. mini bar. the hotel was planned within a vibrant. fold out sofas for children including a laundry service. satellite TV.The Square Boutique Hotel & Spa South Africa 58 58 Location. lunch and dinners. Convenience. Situated in La Lucia Ridge Office Estate—the hotel is centrally located and within reach of many things. Luxury. These three attributes underpins some of The Square Boutique Hotel and Spa’s defining attributes. This sophisticated and trendy hotel offers the ultimate in convenience and luxury for business and leisure travellers. where people live. The onsite Cosmopolitan Restaurant is open for breakfast. A mere 15 minutes drive from the new King Shaka International Airport. Additionally. rooftop pool and sky bar which create the perfect scenario for ultimate leisure and pampering. internet and email. the hotel features the first IPTV. active mix of retail and commercial properties and designed with synergy into existing and future developments in mind.

shark diving. In executing the appropriate design a selection of low-maintenance. “The building uses only a few elements as features on the exterior—plaster and paint. Challenges Designing and planning the hotel in a fully functional office park presented a number of challenges to the professional team. Described as ‘simple. sunscreens and cladding as well as timber on open decks and white stone chip Marmoran finishes on both focal areas of east and west elevations with a splash of colour. deep sea diving. set close to a natural environment of reclaimed wetlands where thousands of indigenous trees and shrubs encourage birds and animals to blend in with the beautiful surrounds. offering an international urban lifestyle in a magnificent and tranquil setting with the unequalled convenience of being in proximity to everything.data facilities integrated television system and security and access control features. aluminium windows. raw concrete. cost effectiveness. golf. the development exhibits a modern design that bodes well with other developments within its business park. high quality materials were selected. fishing. designers of the hotel. Project Team: Developer Client Project Manager Quantity Surveyors Engineers Architects Interior Architects Engineers Engineers Property Managers Personify Investments (Pty) Ltd Three Cities Group Alexander Projects BTKM Quantity Surveyors ARUP Axis Mason Union 3 SNA Consulting WSP Consulting Broll Property Management A F R I C A’ S E X C E P T I O N A L H O S P I TA L I T Y G R O U P July 2010 July 2010 59 59 South Africa . two casinos. minimalistic and crisp’ by Axis Mason. It is minutes away from the pristine beaches of Umhlanga rocks. The Square Boutique Hotel and Spa is modern with functionality and elegance. and health clubs. Fixed site constraints (a construction zone between existing office buildings) and logistical challenges such as accessibility. whale watching. function and operation—played a major role in the design process. wine tasting venues. scuba diving. The Square Boutique Hotel and Spa on 250 Umhlanga Rocks Drive is sure to become the ideal destination for travellers. abseiling. doors.” says Rajesh Mahadeo of Axis Mason.

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2 Sebasa Road Chloorkop Extension 10 Kempton Park 1619 Tel. Once the workers overcame the learning curve. ensuring completion on time.com www. 05/2010 za Corporate Headquarters Doka South Africa (Pty) Ltd.co.doka.za Regional Contacts Capetown Tel. +27 (0) 31 57 77 361 Port Elizabeth Tel. opted to use Doka’s Staxo shoring system in conjunction with the Frami Walling system. production improved exponentially. and Dokaflex slab system. +27 (0) 11 31 09 709 Fax +27 (0) 11 31 09 711 E-Mail: South-Africa@doka. and on budget. Doka’s on site support gave the site staff the opportunity to understand these simple systems very quickly. +27 (0) 21 90 53 295 Durban Tel. to construct the Coega River bridge.Formwork Solution Speeds Up Bridge Construction Heavy duty shoring system Staxo made light work of supporting this 3 span Concrete Semi-Arch Bridge Civil Engineering Contractors Basil Read .Newport Construction. +27 (0) 41 93 36 385 July 2010 61 South Africa .

from the major inland manufacturing centres of Johannesburg. the Port of Ngqura combines with the Coega IDZ to position itself as a world class infrastructure site – offering many added value benefits for investors. while the deep-water port facility. It is a phased development around industry clusters with Custom Secure Areas dedicated for export oriented manufacturing for companies located in the zone.Coega Development Corporation Coega Development Corporation’s (CDC) initial mandate since its establishment in 1999 was to offer a full range of services to investors interested in investing or locating to the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) or other parts of the Eastern Cape Province to position themselves for greater market penetration and profit gains. the port is ideally situated to meet the needs of all import and export markets. is developed by Transnet National Ports Authority. The initiative is a multi-billion dollar industrial development complex customised for heavy. agro processing. general manufacturing and business process outsourcing and off shoring. energy. medium and light industries. With the depth of the channel and the protected position in Algoa Bay. is situated in the Nelson Mandela Municipality. petro chemical. As the newest deepwater port in the Southern hemisphere. the port is in one of the best spots for a harbour along the South African coast. Cape Town and Durban. Port of Ngqura. Port of Ngqura Situated along the South African Eastern Cape coast – and adjacent to the Coega IDZ – the Port of Ngqura is strategically positioned on the global east-west trading route. The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is the developer and operator of the Coega IDZ and is responsible for the land-side infrastructure. adjacent to a deep water port. Eastern Cape province of South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (near Port Elizabeth). The Coega IDZ covering 110 km² of land . And with only an overnight train or truck trip. South Africa Coega Business Centre . Completed in November 2009 it has a capacity for accommodating the new generation and bigger container vessels than any of South Africa’s seven other commercial ports. Coega offers a platform for global exports by attracting foreign and local investment in manufacturing industries for automobile.

The services offered by the unit are underpinned by an advanced labour management information system and employment relations framework. The successful strategic shift was supported by a number of initiatives including developing a framework for scientific allocation of its key and scarce resources.Neptune Road Interchng (IDZ) Shifting Focus A recent strategic review of CDC’s mandate resulted in a fundamental paradigm shift and re-framing of the organisation from an industrial development company. A five-year ‘Desired End State’ brought clarity to what the organisational goals should be and how they fit into the national landscape in pursuit of the government’s mandate of improving the quality of life for all South African citizens. Nelson Mandela Bay and the Eastern Cape Province. starting from human resources management. development of South Africa The Port of Ngqura provides a vital conduit to international markets and is envisaged to ultimately make South Africa the hub of all north-south and south-south sea traffic. HCS The fully-fledged Coega Human Capital Solution (HCS) business unit. the organisation has resolved to give particular focus to improved implementation of its performance management system. The core mandate of the business units is to provide highly developed human capital solutions that ensure the availability of a managed labour environment for investors and businesses in the region. The overall outcome of the CDC’s strategic review is the development and implementation of a holistic programme that has positioned them to minimise the adverse impact of the economic recession. as adopted for public sector circumstances. health and environment. training and development. to a services group undertaking industrial development at the IDZ. Uitenhage. enabling infrastructure planning and development and safety. research and development. established in 2006. CSS The newly formed unit of Coega Strategic Solutions focuses on serving external public and private clients by aiming to improve their performance. as well as a new successful partnership with the Volkswagon South Africa Group. The functional areas of the units. focuses on all facets of strategic and operational human capital requirements in the Coega IDZ.5 billion (US $728million) portfolio of physical infrastructure on behalf of the government. especially its professional staff and budget allocations. specifically suited to support the management and development of mega projects. locally and globally. which enables it to carry out its mandate are employee relations. simply focusing on the IDZ. the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP) in neighbouring city. The CSS management consultancy unit is able to draw from a wide range of expertise and skills that exist within the CDC. training and human resources development. In achieving all these goals. . primarily through the analysis of existing business problems and development of plans for improvement. operations and facilities management. The organisation is currently managing a R5. including public entities. A ‘Competitiveness Improvement Programme’ was adopted after benchmarking the CDC to similar organisations. recruitment and placement. investment promotion support and business development. This programme will ensure the CDC improves its value proposition in the areas it has chosen to be active in and thus maximises the opportunities to achieve its desired end state. including the organisation’s acquisition of four investors into the NMBLP. and adopting a data and research based approach to decision making. The new framework also positioned the CDC to provide programme management services to all spheres of government. Impressive results have already yielded. including management consulting services to the public sector. while positioning to maximise once the global economy recovers. Support Team In order to facilitate investors’ acclimation to the area. CDC has created three unique units of support. namely the Balance Score Card.

BVi Consulting Engineers and Brinkman Ndayi McAll were responsible for the designs of all buildings and structures as well as the external facade. concrete pavement yard for truck deliveries and collection. Benteler Set for completion in August 2010 is the German automotive component manufacturer—Benteler’s production facility. where expediency is required. it is expected to output high quality tomato paste (of 28-36 Brix) into 220-litre aseptic drums. substation with generator room and waste storage area. built . and there is meaningful backward integration between the development of the Coega Industrial Development Zone with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and also with the Eastern Cape Province as a whole. The structure comprises a 36. the CDC is ensuring that they are able to position the province as an attractive investment destination. The paste will be of global standards and will be used for both the local and export market. it was the first multi-storey office block built in the IDZ. internationally accepted best practice for Industrial Parks and Food Processing Plants. Coega Development Corporation Services Unit provides assistance and project management skills for infrastructure development projects for the Eastern Cape provincial government and private sector. Recent and Completed Projects at Coega IDZ CDC Head Office One of the most spectacular landmarks is the CDC’s Head Office.000 jobs. also includes a boiler house with dedicated office building. parking areas. Once in full production capacity. The interior finishes are of an extremely high standard and include modern floor finishes as well as specialised features such as motion detection lighting with self-dimming fluorescents to blend in with the natural lighting. General Motors South Africa (GMSA). Its striking.000m2 facility. The building features aluminum cladding and glazed curtain walling on the facade of the foyer areas.Port of Ngqura Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park self-extinguishing lighting for unoccupied areas. The project. CDC-S Established in 2002 as a special purpose vehicle. constructed a R185million (US $24million) Parts Distribution Centre. The plant comprises a 1. completed in April 2010. taking into account. fire reservoirs with booster pumps. and South Africa General Motors South Africa Currently the largest warehouse in the Eastern Cape.300m2 office space on its 85ha site. modern architecture stands out on the horizon as one enters Port Elizabeth. This facility is used as a parts distribution centre for GMSA vehicles models to the after-sales spares market to all Sub-Saharan African countries. with a daily capacity of 400 drums per day. The CDC-S mainly focuses on fast-tracked projects.300m2 warehouse and 1. fencing. Cape Concentrate This state-of-the-art tomato processing plant was recently completed. By assisting in the development of basic infrastructure for the Eastern Cape. coal delivery area. gatehouse. evaporator and cool plant area and condenser/chiller plant area.800m2 warehouse with a 800m2 double-storey office block and 652m2 utility building attached. The 20. To date the unit has created more than 3. The project includes the warehouse with 16 dock levellers. The involvement of the CDC in provincial projects forms part of the corporation’s objective to advance socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape. Completed by Grinaker-LTA in 2008. The involvement of the CDC-S in the development of critical infrastructure in the province assists in unlocking and realising sustained economic development.

Business Process Outsourcing Recognised as one of the flagship projects of the CDC. double-storey office block is set against the lower factory which has a ridge height of approximately 12m. which are located on the mezzanine level (an additional 4. The higher portion of the facility. provincial and national value. Designed by Cape Town based PMAC.130m2 single-level footprint with ancillary classroom styled training rooms. with visible structural steel elements and an external lighting design that enhances the aesthetic qualities of the building at night.5m high. The structure comprises two identical three span bridges (total length of 125m). The centre also houses a new Data Centre for Zone 4’s telecommunications and data infrastructure. production and distribution—the CDC has secured a prosperous future not only for themselves. South Africa . but for the Eastern Cape Province and the country as well. is the last section of the upgrades to be completed. The R206million (US $27million) project is due for completion and full operation by August 2010. its contemporary appearance ties in with the guidelines set by the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistic Park.by NMC Construction. the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Skills Development and Training Facility. The 8. attracting worthy companies to the Eastern Cape. constructed through a Basil Read/Newport Joint Venture. which has local. The bridge and roadways over the Coega River valley. It will ensure a high concentration of employment opportunities to service both industries and businesses worldwide. The centre was designed with flexibility in mind meeting local and international trends. The structure is predominantly composed of quality cream finishes and textures. Looking Ahead Through intuitive organisational planning and re-framing of operations including developing support services necessary for their investors. is 18m at the ridge. Each deck has three main beams that are posttensioned and constructed with arched soffits. housing a 40-ton gantry. To date both bridge structures have been completed with road works of the dual approach roads in full motion. It is set back from the street boundary creating a green buffer zone between the street paving and the building. The landscaping design ties in with the natural environment and skilfully integrates the building with its surrounding landscape. Works in the following years entailed construction of dual carriageways from the St Georges Strand Markman Interchange to just west of the Coega River and from the IDZ most eastern boundary to just east of the Coega River. CDC and SANRAL Partnership to Construct the N2 Coega River Bridge Upgrading of the N2 through the IDZ commenced in 2002 with the construction of a systems interchange providing access to the new deep water Port and the core development area of the IDZ. auditorium and boardrooms. this new mixed use centre (located in Zone 4) consists of two main components. will supply local major car manufacturers in the Uitenhage area. incorporating the use of coloured chromodek sheeting and metal cladding. The high-profile project meets the fundamental requirements of the government’s initiatives of employment creation. as well as the necessary infrastructural investments aimed at facilitating investors’ commercial goals via ease of access. The facility’s primary functions are housed on the 15.225m2).

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modern make-over.SAPOA Awards 2010 South Africa ABB Consolidated Facility . included yet another category—best 2010 stadium. the O. SAPOA CEO says. which state-of-the-art design was crafted by Maas & Coetzee. Morningside Shopping Centre in Sandton walked away with top honours in the ‘Retail’ category. social. Consolidated Facility for ABB South Africa in Longmeadow (Johannesburg) was awarded top honours. which through the years. Peertin Architects and Rennie Schurrr Andendorff. The awards also demonstrate the determination of developers to keep abreast of the latest trends and to cater for clients’ building requirements. The mainstay categories include office. has expanded to include a number of new categories to reflect the current state of the industry. refurbishment. international and ‘other’ developments. Soccer City Stadium in Nasrec was bestowed with this award for the best designed and developed South African stadia constructed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Recentlycategories such as ‘green building award’ have been incorporated to reflect the recent significance of this trend.” New Categories SAPOA has hosted the event for a number of years. “The awards highlight quality. designed by dhk Architects. Tambo Building and The Boulevard Park. This Eris Property Group development was designed by Boogertman & Partners. Owned by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and developed . sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance. this development also received a special Green Building Award for its environmental conscientious design. 9 Fredman Drive took home the award in the ‘Refurbishment’ category. retail. excellence in design and innovation—all paramount to the property development industry. The ‘Office’ category had a split decision and awarded two developments.‘Industrial’ winner All were winners and there were no losers. yet some received special recognition at SAPOA’s (South African Property Owners Association) Innovative Excellence in Property Development Awards 2010. acknowledging excellence in property development. Donning a new.R. This year’s event held in Sun City surpassed last year’s 46 (forty-six) development submissions to achieve a new record of 59 (fifty-nine) submissions. Healthcare Facility—Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital was the leading example in the ‘Social’ category. Neil Gopal. In the ‘Industrial’ category. owned and developed by Faircape Property Developers. Century City’s (Cape Town) renowned Rabie Property Group was the winner in the ‘Residential’ category for its Waterstone development. This category is a once off recognition specifically for the soccer event. Winners Scooping the coveted overall winner was The Department of Foreign Affairs’ new offices and conference centre in Tshwane. Owned and developed by Improvon Properties. The awarded categories are varied as much as the developments bestowed with an award. This retail centre completed in (2009) is the brainchild of Flanagan & Gerard Property Investment & Development and Grapnel Property design of this awarded development. residential.

this development also received the overall ‘Special Mention’. Raubex has the management strength and skills depth to continue building on its successful business approach both locally and abroad. accepted the award in the ‘Other’ category. Operating since 1974 and listed on the JSE Limited in March 2007.co. owned by A Million Up Investments 105 and developed by New City Group. none were the definitive winner in the ‘Mixed-use’ category.za South Africa . rehabilitation and associated infrastructure developments across all nine South African provinces and throughout southern Africa. However. Going overseas with the ‘International’ category. www. Another dhk Architects inspired development is 15 on Orange which. the company also produces and supplies crushed aggregate to the broader construction and mining industries.raubex. Owned by Emaar Properties and developed by Mirage Mile. Amongst all mixed-use developments that sprung up this year. A key player on the most significant road related infrastructure projects in the region. Through its Raumix subsidiary. Old Town Commercial Island and Residences (Dubai) was the outstanding winner in this category. merits were awarded to Melrose Arch Piazza (Melrose Arch Investment Holdings / Amdec Property Development) and MontClare Place (Growthpoint Properties).Department of Foreign Affairs Offices-‘Overall & Office’ winner The Boulevard Office Park . Raubex is firmly entrenched as a leader in road construction.Other Development’ winner hospital was designed by KMH Architects.‘Office’ winner “Building the way to a bright future” 15 on Orange .

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of which we will give the latest updates. Since that initial feature a number of developments have taken place. which initiated our readers to the amazing developments taking place in and around the 2010 World Cup soccer stadium— Soccer City. .South Africa Upgrading Nasrec Precinct for the World Cup and Beyond Last year May. Construction Review featured an introduction to the Nasrec Precinct upgrade project.

The Southern end of the promenade begins with a square and sculpture that forms the gateway towards one’s approach to the stadium and towards the expo centre when arriving at the transport hub. where patrons would leave their vehicles.During the 2010 World Cup and for any event occurring at the Soccer City Stadium. Pedestrian Promenade with Bridge Link The promenade is the main link between the expo centre (and transport hub) and the stadium. this central meeting point links from the east with the transport hub and train station from the west. This is further complicated by the fact that there will not be vehicular parking anywhere near the stadium. In their execution of this. a number of supplemental and functional developments lay just outside of the Soccer City stadium. providing orientation to the two main anchors north and south. navigation to and from the venue will be a crucial concern. Designers then faced the challenge of effectively using that buffer zone between the stadium and the park’n’ride areas. not to be just hurled into the stadium. The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) wanted stadium patrons. but partake in the ambiance leading up to the stadium as well. A 25 metre wide bridge with ambient lighting transports pedestrians across the widened Landbou Road and the railway tracks onto a series of ramps that meander gently down to the Stadium Avenue. the design is to allow for ease of pedestrian movement between the two anchors on site. It resembles an urban concrete park. with South Africa .

these areas have versatile usage that can range from hosting media or broadcasting event. Yet. Being that Nasrec’s Soccer City stadium was the main venue for many 2010 World Cup matches including the tournament’s opening and closing ceremonies—upgrading the overall precinct in capacity building and aesthetics became imperative to an overall positive presentation. It is situated at the south-west end of the Promenade which leads northward in sight of the stadium. the road is being upgraded to a dual-lane double carriageway. A low-lying boomerang forms shelter structure roofs over the public ablutions and the ticket kiosk where stairs direct passengers straight into the stadium. thus leaving a positive and lasting legacy for the nation.5km. equally important was planning the sustainability of the new structures after the conclusion of the World Cup. streetlights. special parking areas or even practice fields. Spanning a mere 1. This sustainability or legacy use was designed within every new structure built in the Nasrec Precinct upgrades and will continually provide income for the province. Project Team: Implementation Agency Project Manager Architect (joint venture) Johannesburg Development Agency PD Naidoo and Associates Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd / archway projects for the platform project Boogertman Urban Edge + Partners Muhammad Mayet Architects . Spanning the size of 2-3 football fields. • Transportation Hub The hub is a designated visitor public transport node. the platforms serve as a staging area for events related to the stadium.South Africa provisions for respite by providing benches. It provides for taxis/bus/rail and BRT drop-off and pickup for spectators. The city’s new BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) public transportation network will also have a station within the Golden Highway Extension near the transportation hub. • Golden Highway Extension and BRT station This crucial road upgrade will link the Soweto Highway with the Rand Show Road—the main arterial road for Soccer City. • Platforms Located closest in proximity to the stadium than any other structure. landscaping including an open-air amphitheatre.

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Textured grass pendants. Garden Court Umhlanga. which included creating a relaxed internal space that would ensure guest comfort on aesthetic and practical levels. is perfectly situated in the heart of Umhlanga offering a location that suits the corporate guest. pool with play ledge for young children and a gym facility for the health conscious to enjoy. The hotel combines a restaurant.ceiling geometry. are photographic framed artworks and a full scale wall art reflecting abstract compositions of reed beds. These elements have been styled with appropriate furniture to add splashes of colour. The strong geometry of the architecture has been pulled through into various interior design elements . The opening of Garden Court Umhlanga revealed its contemporary interior design influenced by the colours and textures of a natural reed taken from the name ‘Umhlanga’. as well as interior design and facilities that reinforce the 'resort' element that Umhlanga is traditionally known for.Garden Court (Umhlanga) This year. lush courtyard and pool area. Since day one. gallery-style display along the hotel’s walls. Original charcoal artworks interpret traditional Zulu object and artefacts. Comfortable Environment for Relaxation. all work together to create a sophisticated palette. illuminated reed sculptures. One of the premier developments. lounge and internet facilities are all accommodated in an open plan environment to ensure seamless interaction between spaces and their primary functions. and fabric colours and textures all take their queue from this phrase. the group has been dedicated to building a dynamic company which would change the South African hotel industry forever. This was Louis Karol Interiors interpretation of the client’s brief. constantly investing in improved hospitality treatment for its patrons. lush courtyard. has developed three new hotels set to open in time for the 2010 World Cup™. In a contemporary. it has consistently remained "Africa’s leading hotel group". dynamic management and a work force of dedicated employees. Business and Enjoyment The double volume space to the reception. Interpretations of this translation have resulted in a palette of greens and aubergines that ensure that colour permeates the sophisticated base palette. texture and tradition. whilst fitting seamlessly into the corporate fabric of the precinct which it forms a part of. is 'Place of Reeds' and this single phrase was used as a background inspiration for the hotel’s interior décor. Southern Sun. South Africa . floor finish juxtaposition and various joinery elements. Through its innovative spirit. The English translation of the Zulu word Umhlanga. bar and restaurant allows natural light to penetrate and ensures open views onto the adjacent. Bar. Southern Sun celebrates 40 years of hospitality leadership.

reduce water consumption and waste associated with taps inadvertently left open. such as grey water recycling that uses 90 percent of roof storm water run-off. All bedrooms offer 4-piece bathrooms with separate baths and showers and incorporate aquatic hues that create a relaxed. which is captured. adding flexibility to the various needs of guests.While. activating or deactivating by the presence (or absence) of people. Energy Efficiency A number of ‘green’ solutions have been applied to the hotel. Project Team: Client Liberty Properties Operator Southern Sun Project Manager Louis Karol Project Management / Sip Project Managers Louis Karol Architects Principal Agents Architects Interior Design Louis Karol Interiors Structural Engineers Louis Karol Structures Quantity Surveyors D V Cape Consulting Mechanical Engineer Basil Nair & Associates Rational Fire Design Bramley & Associates Electrical Consultant Quad Africa Wet Services Engineer Benatar Consulting Principal Contractor Stefanutti Stocks Building Kzn (Pty) Ltd Lighting Engineer Qdp Lighting And Electrical Acoustic And Av Consultant – Mmpa Landscape Architect – Landmark Studios South Africa . al fresco dining. Boardroom and conference facilities with large volumes of natural light overlook the reception area and offer versatile accommodation and top-end audio-visual facilities. heat recovery chillers and heat pumps allow the hotel access to free energy for heating the domestic water supply. Of these the most varied applications stem from the wet services and electrical systems. cleaned and used for the air-conditioning. which include intelligent or motiondetection controls. and seating spills out to the courtyard for more informal. The 204 rooms are a combination of queen and double size rooms with inter-leading. installed in the wash hand basins. Wet services installations include multiple water applications. Energy saving lights have been installed. Infrared operated faucets. For hot water. the buffet restaurant facility boasts an Asian Fusion counter adding to the culinary fair on offer. tranquil palette.

the architects were required to factor a number of imperatives into the design. thus reducing reliance on traditional electrical supply. All of these considerations had to culminate into a bold image for the university. Rainwater collected in on-site tanks will be filtered. this allows each block to receive maximum exposure to sunlight. Through gravity it will be fed through for use for flushing in the bathrooms. Situated within an existing business district. newest addition to the city’s CBD adds to the institution’s portfolio while providing much needed higher education facilities in the inner city. This is achieved by using both solar and wind energy. the new building incorporates such environmentally efficient features as harvesting rainwater and using alternative energy sources. Designed as a single structure with two cascading sections in a downward slant from south to north. naturally-ventilated spaces allowing plenty of daylight to enter and use of low-maintenance materials. two double storey lecture theatres and a four-storey teaching block. The flooring of this building is an industry first—comprising a modular. and then pumped to a header tank in the roof space of the building. says the design architect. Being that the new facility would serve multiple functions.” Green with Envy A significant portion of the design concept centred on green building design and sustainability. Al Stratford. ease of pedestrian navigation. glazed. Each wing of the blocks. This ventilation system is solar powered through buoyancy induced in the ventilated stack façade and also by the wind induced pressure differences generated at the aerofoil section covering the continuous apex roof slot. In this way the concourse becomes a pedestrian arcade of the city. In conserving energy. eliminating the need for any airconditioning system. the first building within this phase comprises a double-volume basement parking area. as it has innovative engineering and design attributes. hollow ‘trombe wall’ sections forming a continuous vertical void. Another sustainable element of the building is its rainwater collection/ harvesting system.University of Fort Hare Extensions Eastern Cape’s historic education centre. one that would maximise design flexibility for varied uses by the university’s different departments. the first building of the project is making quite a statement visually within the landscape and functionally. as well as for irrigation. Immediately inside this screen is a vertical planting screen with timber planter boxes at each floor which are irrigated with the harvested rainwater—providing the building with evaporative cooling and oxygenated air. The tiles provide a heat sink and are fitted with service access points for electrical power. a generic design was desired. Structurally Sound Interpreting the client’s brief. As the sun heats these sections. precast concrete construction system—it creates the ventilated access flooring. University of Fort Hare’s.000 students within the next few years. and spills out onto the street at the second floor. Forming part of the university’s strategic rapid development plan. The building is being naturally ventilated. Services run through the 500mm high void between the floor and ceiling tiles. South Africa . “Is penetrated by the pedestrian concourse that starts on the street at parking level. Using displacement ventilation. on the south side. the building has a wide pedestrian concourse linking the north and south ends of the complex with‘ double-acting’ staircases throughout. The north façades will be ventilated utilising pre-cast. while at the same time having a design with a sustainability imperative. The external façade (to the south walkway) is faced with a permeable mesh screen that serves to mitigate the impact of the rain and wind. rising air within the void will pull cooler air behind it—causing displacement ventilation throughout the building. long north-facing façades. This included: economical construction methods. with a completely flat soffit throughout. which is at grade on the north street. the project entails the extension of the institution’s campus in East London to eventually accommodate 10 . Allowing ease of student and staff navigation. The building’s wind-driven turbines are a significant energy source as they could ultimately supplement the electrical grid. then being drawn up to the slot outlets along the northern facades to replace the rising warmer air. University representatives sought a design that would integrate the academic society (students and staff) of the campus with the surrounding community of East London. The architects and engineers of this unique structure ensured that this building was the result of both design and engineering ingenuity. while being linked into the area’s context. the new concept floor / ceiling system permits the cool air to enter the classrooms through special floor mounted diffusers. With just over 18 months into construction ahead of scheduled completion in February 2011. as well as a single lift located in the south wing.

Such investments have catalysed new developments and urban renewal within a number of cities throughout the country.” says Stratford. The structure was designed to maximise the use of precast concrete elements that allowed high quality. light and accurate element that could be produced off site. There were very few “off the shelf” solutions. fiscally viable alternative to the conventional design and construction approach. be highly flexible and will achieve the necessary levels of human comfort. but it also contributes towards reviving a section of East London that is dilapidated. To achieve this. but will also provide an authentic. This often meant pushing the boundaries of the technology used. This allowed for speed and accuracy of construction on a small and congested downtown site while achieving a high quality product with little or no post erection finishes. it was necessary for the HS Consulting to work very closely with both the architect (Native Architects) and the precast concrete manufacturer (Wintec) to provide a structure that achieved all the stringent requirements while achieving on elegance. has not been afraid to embrace the sustainability issue in order to demonstrate its commitment to progress. in keeping with its tradition.Challenges One of the major challenges in this project was meeting the demanding structural requirements that the architectural solution created. The University of Fort Hare trusts that their investment will have a similar impact on East London. The newly constructed building for the university not only expands the offering and footprint of the university. Figure 1: New floor/ceiling system using displacement ventilation to allow cool air into classrooms Project Team: Client Principal Agents & Architects Civil & Structural Engineers Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Quantity Surveyors University of Fort Hare Ngonyama Okpanum Native Architecture Hamish Scott Consulting Carifro Consulting Engineers Pulana Baxter & Associates South Africa A Pleasant Addition This state-of-the-art extension of the campus will not only provide a pleasant learning environment. . “Fort Hare.

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