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Africa’s power woes continue

UMEA School of Architecture

The fact that Africa faces severe power deficiency is not news any longer and the most recent warnings of

Henning Larsen Architects created a bright and open study environment where everyone is part of the same room.

load shedding in South Africa and Zimbabwe are only symptomatic of the existing problem. In Tanzania at a recent symposium the African Development Bank’s Chief of Power Engineering, Dr Babu Ram said that Tanzania would needs to invest $2.9 billion annually for 10 years to meet its power and energy infrastructure

12 Greefspan Solar and Herbert Solar Parks renewable energy projects These two projects are set to supply 33MW to South Africa's national grid.

targets. In Nigeria electricity supply only reaches 25% of the population according to government statistics. The need for more power to sustain development has never been more urgent but recent controversies over the massive projects that are underway do not bode well for these hopes. In Ethiopia the saber rattling between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam and the musical chairs being played by the development partners in Congo over the Inga 3 Dam are just some of the stumbling blocks to attaining crucial development goals. According to a World Bank report Sub Saharan Africa with a population of 800 million produces the same amount of power as Spain with a population of 45 million


which is evidence of how far behind we are. In Our Dec/ January issue we looked at the various projects that are underway in Africa which will alleviate the problem but

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South Africa


Construction begins on Saldanha LPG terminal

US$31million investment in geothermal plants



geothermal power plants. Djibouti, a country in the Horn of Africa


with a population of less than a million people, has a peak demand

Authority’s liquefied petroleum

of 70 MW of electricity, 65 percent of which comes through a line

gas (LPG) import and storage

connecting the Djiboutian grid with that of Ethiopia.





neighbouring Ethiopia, Djibouti plans to invest US$31million in


This is according to Djama Ali Guelleh, director of electricity. The project, to be funded by a range of lenders such as the African


Development Bank, will start in 2015, with the first phase producing

started civil construction on

50 MW and output doubling after the second phase. Four steam wells

the site after six months of

will be drilled in the first phase.




In a move aimed at cutting reliance on imported electricity from










Ilyass Dawaleh Moussa, the minister of economy and finance, said

and planning. Sunrise Energy,

this funding will ensure the commercial viability of exploiting this

which is 51percent owned by

resource and to significantly increase the supply of affordable energy

project developers Ilitha Group

for people and the sectors of the country’s economy. Djibouti's

Holdings and 49 percent owned

director of electricity added that development of the Assal geothermal

by the Industrial Development

field has been contracted to Reykjavik Energy Invest of Iceland.

Corporation and, was awarded the terminal operator agreement last year by TNPA, which granted it a concession to build and operate an open-access LPG import terminal for 30 years. The company has started clearing the site, with bulk earthworks expected to be the first work to be completed, followed by the bulk civils, building and structural works

Nigeria Lagos-Abidjan road project gets boost ECOWAS heads of state and government have approved US$50 million for the feasibility study and design of the six-lane LagosAbidjan road project. The approval was made at a meeting of ministers of works chaired by Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, at the sidelines of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. When completed, the road project would transverse Ghana, Benin Republic and Togo. Speaking at the meeting, the chairman of the ministerial steering

and the marine works required

committee of the project and Nigerian Works Minister Mike

for the construction of the

Onolememen said with the fund, work would commence on the road

multibuoy mooring system and

project by the first quarter of this year. According to Onolememen,

subsea importation pipeline.

US$16 million is expected from the African Development Bank

The fabrication of the steel storage vessels has also started at



adjacent The




the LPG storage bullets by Elgin Engineering kicked off following the arrival of 2,800 t of steel plate material from an Austrian steel mill. The first phase of the project, which was




anticipated LPG market supply shortages in the Western Cape, is expected to be commissioned during the second half of 2015. 6


(ADB) thereby making the fund to be in excess of US$50 million. Onolememen said they look forward to getting additional funds from development partners and multi-lateral agencies in order for the full design to be paid for adding that the project will transform the economy of the sub-region.

Reconstruction of the Mount Coffee hydro plant President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has broken grounds for the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro Electric Plant in Harrisburg, lower Montserrado County. President Sirleaf said the rehabilitation marks the beginning of a life change for the people of Liberia as it’s a quest for affordable and cheap energy. She said that the project is the result of collective efforts of all Liberians who have resolved that affordable and cheap electricity is the surest way for an economic boom especially in the manufacturing industry. Sirleaf stressed that working together as one people will further direct the country’s development efforts thereby accelerating government’s agenda for transformation of which energy is of top priority.Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo indicated that the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro is a dream come true and a further demonstration of a responsible and visionary leadership for economic revitalization. President Sirleaf urged the Harrisburg Township Commissioner as well as residents to take ownership of the rehabilitation process by cooperating with the engineers. Besides power production and transmission, the Liberian leader indicated that the local community will soon begin to benefit from fish and other water resources upon the completion of the hydro plant . March 2014



Controversial rail project to cost over US$12 billion


GE, Standard Bank sign US$350million power deal

The cost of constructing Kenya’s controversial



railway will cost the taxpayers in the excess of Ksh1.3 trillion (US$12 billion) on completion of the two phases. The proposed first phase of the project launched in November last year passes through eight counties and has a total of 485.3km consisting of 33 yards. The






investigating the viability of the project and the tendering process found out that the railway line will be constructed in line with Chinese



contradicts an earlier position taken by Transport Secretary, Michael Kamau, who had said the Standard Gauge Railway will be done according to American specifications.

Zambia embarks on airport upgrades President Michael Sata has spelt out his Government's resolve to modernise the country's international airports in order to bring them to international standards. The President said Zambia would have all her major airports upgraded to international standards, especially in view of the location of the capital city, Lusaka, which is ideal as a regional hub. Mr Sata said Government was already developing Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone into an ultra-modern facility with the rehabilitation and the construction of a passenger terminal building of a capacity of one million passengers at a cost of US$40 million. Works at the airport in the tourist capital located about 460 kilometres from Lusaka is almost complete and the commissioning of the project is scheduled for April this year. Mr Sata said the Government had released US$25 million for redevelopment of Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka with a passenger terminal building of four million at a cost of US$385 million adding that the contractor is on site.

Association Partners


- Architectural Association of Kenya - Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya - Institute of Engineers of Kenya - Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya - Association of Professional Societies of East Africa APSEA) - Kenya Property developers Association - Institution of Surveyors of Kenya


Institute of Surveyors of Uganda

- Association of Ethiopian Architects - Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers

Association of Consulting Engineers of



- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Construction Regulation Board (CRB)

Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia


Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors

Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers - The Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe (Cifoz)

Namibia Namibia


- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)


South Africa

- ASAQS - SAICE - South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession - Khuthaza ( Women for Housing) - Concrete Manufacturers Association - Green Building council of SA - South African Property Owners Association - Master Builders South Africa


Africa’s power development efforts have received a boost following a US$350 million financing agreement between General Electric and Standard Bank, which aims to provide affordable access to power infrastructure that augments traditional large-scale grid capacity development. The partnership, which would initially target South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan would allow nonrecourse infrastructure projects, independent power producers, manufacturers, natural resource companies, small to mediumsized enterprises, and other potential borrowers to access project, equipment, trade finance as well as advisory services.

- Ghana Institute of Engineers - Architects Registration Council - Ghana Institute of Surveyors - Ghana Green Builders Association - Ghana Institute of Planners - Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana

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Nigeria - Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria

- Association of Professional Women Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region - Nigeria Society of Engineers - Nigeria Institute of Architects - Building and Construction Skilled Artisans Association of Nigeria(BACSAAN) 7


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by a Legrand subsidiary, EdM, according to stringent quality and safety specifications,” says Luk Ivens, general manager, Legrand



“These transformers have no risk of insulating fluid losses and are a low fire hazard - even

GeoTrakker The GeoTrakker takes GPS tracking to the next level for contractors. Utilizing ExakTime Mobile technology for smartphones, it records the speed, direction, and movement of every employee who is on the clock—verifying employees’ locations for contractors back in the office. The tracker allows managers to login to manufacturer’s MapSummit software at any time, view a GPS trail of their workers’ travels, and verify their workers are at the jobsite at all times. ExakTime rugged time clocks track work anywhere, eliminating the need for costly handwritten, paper time cards. Their solutions automate time tracking in the field and payroll in the office, ensuring business owners accurate time records and efficient payroll processing procedures. Here’s how they make it easy for businesses to go paperless and save thousands: All-weather time clocks. Unlike other time tracking solutions, their time clocks thrive at difficult, remote job sites, and deliver 100% accurate, digital time records to business owners – ideal for construction and other labor-intense industries that rely on workers and crews outside the office. Cloud Time and AttendanceCloud control. Exaktime cloud service guarantees records are safe, accurate and on time. It stores job-site data and pushes it safely to your office when you need it. Our cloud stores employee hours, cost codes, job sites, field notes and other important work-site data.

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Turbo Filtration, a division of the

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“Other advantages of these transformers







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Sika’s new RainTite Kit products

rated power up to 17,000 kVA.

SIKA Raintite 1l has been launched into the DIY waterproofing market offering an add-on to the waterproofing basket. The 1l is now available for DIY users with a very small area to treat or who simply need a small amount for a minor job. Sika RainTite 1L is used in conjunction with a Sika RainTite membrane to form a durable and flexible waterproofing system. It can be used to waterproof flashings, parapet walls and sealing joints, laps and roofing screws on corrugated roofs. Other characteristics include UV resistance, easy application, very economical, vapour permeability and excellent adhesion. It is simply brush or roller applied in a generous amount to a clean, sound surface. While still wet, the membrane is embedded in the base coat, air pockets and creases smoothed out with overlaps of adjacent membrane overlapping by a minimum of 50mm.




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March 2014


Totally Concrete Expo

Consulting Engineers South Africa

Date: Venue: Contact: Email: Website:

26th - 28th May 2014 Jo' burg, South Africa Rose Setshoge rose.setshoge@ www.totallyconcrete.

Africa’s (CESA) newly appointed






Africa’s leading platform for contractors, engineers, quantity surveyors, architects, designers, developers and property owners looking to identify viable project tenders and source solutions, technology and material options to help boost ROI on projects of all sizes. Totally Concrete, taking place from 26 to 28 May



President, Abe Thela, has said that the National Development Plan (NDP) was created in order to develop South Africa’s economy. Government through the NDP has



access to construction business opportunities



high growth markets. With participation from 25 African




40 countries overall, Totally Concrete



content in 2014 focusing on sustainability with



innovation for


professional active in the sector. Register today for access to over 150 speakers, 3 preconference seminars, 3 highlevel conference tracks, over 700 C-level delegates, and over 3300 visitors and a uniquely interactive exhibition.

Venue: Abu Dhabi National

Exhibition Centre

Contact: Cityscape Team Email: cityscapeabudhabi@ The 8th edition of Cityscape

country. Thela believes that the NDP and its objectives will never


come to fruition unless there is involvement of consulting engineers at the forefront of this development. Consulting Engineering, although a relatively small sector, has a large multiplier effect on the development of infrastructure as consulting engineers are the designers that create the large scale infrastructure projects that employ large numbers of people during the construction, operation and maintenance phases of infrastructure. CESA is pleased that Government has prioritized infrastructure development as a key component of accelerated economic development. In his 2013 medium term budget policy statement for the three year period ending 2015/16. They welcome this

Africa, gives you front row

22th - 24th April 2014


development as key to the socio economic development of the

Minister Pravin Gordhan allocated R827billion to infrastructure

2014 in Johannesburg, South

Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2014




bring together regional and international







authorities, key decision makers and senior executives involved in the design and construction of both public and private real estate developments. This year’s event will once again highlight what is happening in the UAE’s capital. The Conference is designed

announcement but are concerned government has not yet revealed the

as a communication platform

project pipeline going forward. The industry needs this information


to commit to long term planning and investment in more resources.

development projects currently

Although there were delays in implementation since the NDP which

in progress across the Emirate

was adopted at the end of 2012, the organisation is looking forward







to an acceleration of this programme in 2014.


African Utility Week

realisation of Abu Dhabi Vision

Date: 13th -14th May, 2014 Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa Contact: Neil Borthwick Email: Website:; African Utility Week Blurb African Utility Week, will take place from 13 – 14 May 2014(Focus days: 12 May, post-event site visits: 15 May) at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. This event has been running for 14 consecutive years and has established itself as the largest water utilities and power utilities exhibition and conference on the African continent. We offer valuable business opportunities for utilities, municipalities, governments, regulators, large power users and solution providers. The exhibition features over 200 exhibitors from the international water and sanitation,power generation, transmission, distribution, metering, clean energy, energy efficiency, and project management industry and represents the largest display of engineering technology.

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and private bodies towards the 2030. A series of topical and highly interactive



tables feature every year at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, providing the opportunity for business leaders in real estate to meet with investors and to discuss key issues affecting real estate investment and development in emerging markets. The Networking Reception is designed to create an outstanding opportunity



and regional executives to meet and network in a relaxed and informal



event will take place in a five star venue, Abu Dhabi (to be confirmed). 9


Inga 3 Dam handed over to private sector

Ash Resources supplies fly ash for St Helena airport project South Africa’s leading fly ash supplier, Ash Resources, over the last thirty years has successfully developed a by-product of Eskom’s coal-fired power stations to be a key component of local cement and concrete. The company also has a fine track record for the reliable delivery of its innovative fly ash products for the construction of challenging infrastructure projects regardless of size or distance. Few current projects can be as fascinating and logistically challenging as the international airport being constructed on St Helena. A remote island in the southern Atlantic Ocean, St Helena is halfway between Africa and South America. It acquired fame as the place of Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile from 1815 to1821. With no airport, goods have to be transported to the island on a specially chartered vessel that takes five days to travel from Cape Town. That is all about to change! To promote tourism with the aim of making the island community more self-sustainable, the British Government is funding the construction of an airport. South African contractor, Basil Read, was awarded a Design, Build and Operate contract for the project.

Davis and Shirtliff Launches Grundfos sub-factory East Africa's leading water equipment supplier, Davis and Shirtliff has launched its Grundfos sub-factory, an in-house assembly plant of the world famous Grundfos SP borehole pumps to reduce waiting time for out of stock pumps and improve market availability. "We can now assemble at least 10 pumps a day, unlike before when customers had to wait up to 16 weeks for pumps which were out of stock," said Mr Alec Davis Group CEO, during the inauguration ceremony held at the Davis and Shirtliff head offices at Industrial Area, Nairobi. "Grundfos has partnered with Davis and Shirtliff to ensure that our customers' access products within the shortest time possible while maintaining the global quality of our products," said Mr. David Githendu, Grundfos Regional General Manager. The Grundfos submersible pump will now be assembled in 2 hours at the factory, then shipped to clients in the region. The KES4 million (US$46,360) sub-factory comes at a time when Davis and Shirtliff has reported a 14 per cent rise in demand for its pumps in 2012, with the company having sold over 80,000 pumps in 2013 alone. 10

The World Bank has unexpectedly decided to develop the Inga 3 Dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation, rather than as a public sector project. According to internal sources, the IFC will support a private investment in the Inga 3 Dam by Chinese companies in a deal that was brokered by the administrator of USAID. Critics have given a number of reasons as to why the World Bank move is not a smart one. Topping the list is the IFC which many critics say has a poor social and environmental track record. In recent months, the Corporation was admonished by its own ombudsperson for serious abuses in the Tata Mundra thermal power plant in India and the Dinant palm oil project in Honduras.

Transcorp to raise power plant capacity by 1,000 MW Nigeria’s Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) has partnered with General Electric (GE) to expand the capacity of Transcorp Ughelli Power’s 360 MW power plant by 1 000 MW over the next three to five years. The deal, the result of a cooperation agreement signed between the parties last year, would see the output of Nigeria’s largest gas-fired electricity generation asset rise to 700 MW by December 2014. The parties also plan to add another 115 MW to the plant’s output through the rehabilitation of the damaged GT 15 turbine. The US$300million plant was fully financed by panAfrican proprietary investment company Heirs Holdings.

Atayol awarded US$31 million road contract

The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) has awarded a 596 million Br (US$31 million) contract for two road construction projects in the Amhara and Afar regional states to a Turkish company. The contract was signed with Atayol


Construction Energy,





Fuel Trade

Company Co Inc, at ERA's headquarters. Atayol has more than 10 years experience in the sector with 17 road project deliveries in various parts of the world but the project is its first engagement in Ethiopia. ERA has carried out the construction of 4,331kms of new link roads and maintained 4,700kms of asphalt and gravel roads over the past five years.

DNJ Projects chooses five star plasterboard

In the upmarket suburb of Hatfield, the





provides a three star stay for guests




making use of its 102 rooms in 3500m2 space. During a recent renovation of the hotel’s interior, and






Projects used 12mm and 9mm Lafarge Gypsum plasterboards and complementary grid and finishing material. DNJ Projects Director Jose Menezes says the choice of product was based not only on architect specification, but on convenience, ease of use and customer service his company receives from Lafarge. “We have a good relationship with Lafarge Gypsum and enjoy both excellent service and high quality products,” Menezes says. March 2014

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Arch. Kamulegeya Younus Tamale A wealth of experience spanning over 30 years in Uganda.


Architect Kamulegeya Younus Tamale

Architect Kamulegeya is the principle architect and managing director of kamulegeya & associates, in partnership with architect, Mubarak Silim. With over 30 years of architectural and planning experience, his dedication has seen him commit to and complete several projects. 12

Educational Background r Kamulegaya Kamulegeya attended the University of Nairobi from 1972-1976 where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies. In 1978, he started working with Uganda Posts and Telecommunication Corporation, first as an architect, and was later promoted to Chief –Architect in the Department of Building Construction.In 1984, six years later after the disbandment of the Department of Building Construction, Architect Kamulegeya left the Corporation to work with Kaddu & Associates, a leading Architectural firm before starting his own company, Kamulegeya & Associates. His company was registered in 1984, but started operating in 1985 and still goes strong up to date. Architect Kamulegeya has enjoyed the role of project manager on many of his office projects and he feels it has proved to be part of his life and in which upgrading is very vital. Professional Experience He is the principle Architect and Managing Director of Kamulegeya & Associates, in partnership with Architect, Mubarak Silim. With over 30 years of architectural and planning experience, his dedication has seen him commit and complete several projects that include; Auditor Generals’ office, ( still under construction), Greenland Towers, Cancer ward for Uganda Cancer Institute at Mulago hospital, Commercial center at Rweza Entebbe road, Kabuli hospital ward, radiotherapy center at Mulago hospital, 22 fish markets for fish development all over Kampala City, and Forestry Resources Research Headquarters at Kifu Mukono for National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO.) His office works in association with Arabic Consulting Engineers in Egypt, an international firm who designed and supervised the rehabilitation of Nakivubo

channel for Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA). Professional affiliations Architect Kamulegeya is an active member of Uganda Society of Architects, and a certified member of the public procurement and disposals of public assets authority (PPDU), along with being registered with the Architects Registration Board(ARB). Philosophy He believes in having good work ethics and conduct, sticking to rules and regulations of the architect governing body, the architects registration board,( ARB), paying dues and taxes as demanded , and deliverance of quality work to maintain a good profession reputation. His advise; “Be assertive, and always on the lookout to get jobs both locally and internationally”. Newspapers are the best source of work opportunities he points out. Architectural challenges in the construction industry He has this to say regarding the industry. Hoax architects have partly affected the architect association and this has led to loss of lives, time and money. A number of semi or non-qualified persons in the construction industry have been assigned to projects of which standards they cannot meet. This is at the level of architects, project engineers and contractors, leading to sub standard projects. The number of buildings failing in the country and killing or causing permanent damage to people is partly because some clients prefer cheap input as opposed to quality, with the aim of cutting costs. This in the end turns out to be more expensive than hiring qualified persons, because the building will have to be started all over again once it has collapsed. To read more and to comment on this story visit March 2014

Africa Electricity Date: 9th - 11th October, 2013

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg South Africa

ACDC Dynamics engage with visitors at the Africa Electricty Exhibition and Conference.

Delegates engaged in Day 1 of the Africa Electricity Conference.

Italian exhibitors meeting visitors at Africa Electricity.

Leaders panel debating the right energy mix.

Scot Brodsky, Partner, Baker and McKenzie and conference chairman, speaking at Africa Electricty.

Voltex demonstrating their products.

Great Rift Valley Transport Summit Date: 4th - 5th December, 2013 Venue: Kunduchi Beach Hotel Dar es salaam Tanzania

Summit participants.

Guest speaker panel.

Summit guest speaker presentations.

Summit guests.

GRVTIS group photo.

Summit round table meetings.




By Emmanuel Onsomu


Building design

meå School of Architecture is located by Umeå River in Sweden. It is part of Umeå University and was formed to provide a professional degree

From the outside the building has a cubic expression with

in architecture. Umeå School of Architecture’s policy of

building is designed as a dynamic sequence of stairs and

sustainable development and integrated design makes it

split, open floor levels where abstract, white boxes hang

unique from other Architectural Schools in Sweden. With

freely from the ceiling filtering the light coming in through

its interior landscape of open floor levels and sculpturally

the high skylights.

its larch facades and square windows placed in a vibrant, rhythmic sequence on all sides. The interior space of the

shaped stairs, the building resonates with creativity

One of the key objectives was to create a bright and open

and artistic experimenting. The institution was built by

study environment where everyone is part of the same

Henning Larsen Architects and as a growth centre for the

room – only separated by the split levels and glass walls of

architecture of the future. Umeå School of Architecture

the teaching rooms. The design supports the opportunity

is expected to provide the framework for inspiration and

for mutual inspiration and facilitates the exchange of


knowledge and ideas between the students.

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In contrast to the dynamic atrium, the drawing rooms placed along the facades of the building in a strict and regular sequence of columns and beams have a simple and rational design. The varied pattern of windows not only creates a strong visual effect – it also generously lets the light flow into the building and offers a breathtaking view of the Umeå River which is one of the main rivers in northern Sweden. The School of Architecture will form part of the new Arts Campus at Umeå University, which will also comprise the new Academy of Fine Arts and Art Museum – both designed by Henning Larsen Architects. The new dynamic centre of excellence is on a previous industrial plot by the north beach of Umeå River. The objective is to create an arena for education, research and entrepreneurship in architecture, design, art and digital culture. Art, research and society are brought together and will emphasise the role of Umeå as a creative centre of excellence in a global scale. It is expected that the Academy of Fine Arts and Art Museum will be ready for inauguration in 2014 where Umeå will also become the European Capital of Culture Sustainability and materials Sustainable materials have been used for the Umeå School of Architecture. The exterior facing is larch wood and, on the inside, local birch wood creates a contrast to the light walls and contributes to achieving good acoustics. The concrete floor gives an industrial and robust expression. Early on in the design process, energy calculations and daylight simulations helped to establish that the facade should consist of wood with window holes instead of only glass. This has been a key parameter in achieving a 50 percent energy reduction. Ventilation, lighting and heating functions are ingeniously integrated in the bearing structure. The air comes in under the floor and is transported to the roof of the building via the columns and beams where it is circulated round the building via perforated pipes. Henning Larsen Architects is an international architecture company with strong Scandinavian roots. Their goal is to create vibrant, sustainable buildings that reach beyond themselves and become of durable value to the user and to the society and culture that they are built into. Since the company was founded in 1959, they have acquired a comprehensive knowledge of the many aspects of building - from sketch proposals to detailed design, building owner consulting and construction management. Their competences are continuously developed through their close collaboration with global partners, experts and specialists. The firm has shape, challenge and changes the physical environment – from masterplans, urban spaces and buildings to interior design, components and strategic design – with the overall objective of providing the user

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Kitchen makeover?

the suppliers every contractor should know Today’s kitchens are more than just a place to cook, it is a reflection of ones personality and a place to relax and entertain Compiled by: Yvonne Andiva, Eric Mong'are and Torah Onyango In Africa demand for fitted kitchens is growing in leaps and bounds given its fast expanding middle class with disposable income. Fitted kitchen manufacturers who get in on the ground floor will have the first-in advantage and have the opportunity to grow brand recognition and loyalty over the long term. From South Africa to Nigeria and Kenya developers have been putting up well appointed housing estates literally overnight with home

prices topping US$1million. Golf courses as part of these estates is becoming the rule rather than the exception which can attest to the changing tastes of today's home buyers in Africa. Gone are the kitchens of days past when all that was required was a stove, pantry, fridge and sink. The discerning homemaker today as well as commercial kitchen operator wants style, quality and convenience all wrapped into one. Fitted kitchens address these demands and they are becoming the new standard Concealment One of the suppliers interviewed for this article puts it this way “The contemporary kitchen design today has two strong trends presently; concealment of the functional elements, and secondly the use of ‘furniture’ proportions and details to soften the impact on the space. In terms of design, hidden kitchens are extremely popular and as such, innovative and highly creative options are becoming more readily available. The cabinetry needs to be desirable and luxurious, and non-specific to the kitchen area with flush cabinetry and minimal handles. This allows for any necessary appliances to be concealed with the use


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incorporating textured and highly visual kitchen cabinetry, such as rubberised effect lacquers, steel worktops or matt/ gloss glass cabinets.� So along with cabinets comes quality tiling, sinks lighting and appliances to complete the look. The modern kitchen is no longer simply a utility where one prepares food, it instead speaks of elegant taste, convenience and space for one to not only cook but also entertain. If you are planning to own a new dream kitchen or remodel your current one, you should take into consideration these various requirements. You should have in mind clearly what purpose you want your kitchen to serve and settle on a design that caters for those needs. This will also enable you decide if you need any additions to your kitchen with a touch of customizable cabinets and countertops being the common ones.

of cleverly designed pocket, bi-fold and coplanar sliding doors for the height of concealment and minimalist styling. Incorporating functional storage systems such as dividers for use in cutlery drawers and small mezzanine racks will also provide additional storage in cupboard space, keeping the necessary food and kitchenware out of sight. Pull-out rack systems and deep pantry drawers or a simple worktop extension are other avenues to explore creating additional zones in which to relax and replenish, cook without restriction and of course entertain. Not only designed with cooking in mind, this trend for hidden kitchen design has also reached as far as the concealment of laundry products. Whether that be a large or small appliance the options are endless, playing perfectly to the bespoke requirements so customary these days.

Space and colour In case you are thinking revamp, functional space is key. You should go for a design that works well for you. Consider carefully where to place various appliances such as the refrigerator, cooker and microwave. The design you settle for should give you enough room to cook, eat and entertain. A good kitchen design should also give you enough storage space for your pans, utensil and other small appliances. Your kitchen space should also look appealing to your guests and you can simply achieve this by employing clever use of colors which will go a long way in creating a favorable ambience. You should also consider the cost. Always go for a design that will fit your budget. Engaging a professional kitchen designer if you can find one will help you achieve your desired design which is within you budget. There are many kitchens layouts which can accommodate any available space. So if you have a small space you need not worry as even a small space can have spacious storage with a nice flow. For instance for small spaces, always think vertical designs and L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen with a large center island for larger layouts.

Materials In terms of material, this is what he goes on to say: “A real design advantage comes in the form of unusual or colour surfaces such as mirror/glass and stone/ceramic. This has allowed homeowners to inject small areas of personality and individuality in the design. Rustic timber finishes and textured, three-dimensional veneers also remain a strong choice adding depth to furniture, all the while depicting different shades of colour. Matt lacquers with tactile finishes and interesting veneers are also popular, March 2014


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To achieve a design that will see you have enough room to store all your utensils and other small appliances, maximize space by using every square inch of space available.Several suppliers today offer the best in kitchen fittings and appliances. We take a look at what the industry has to offer you. InSinkErator Headquartered in Racine Wisconsin, InSinkErator a business unit of Emerson is the world’s largest manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers for home and commercial use. Today, InSinkErator offers a high performance line of disposers, the Evolution Series, with advanced sound, grind, anti-jam and anti-vibration technologies. InSinkErator has also partnered with universities, researchers and municipalities from around the world whish help them to innovate, research, and design advanced technologies for disposers used in Kitchens.

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According to Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions Development Manager, Middle East & Africa InSinkErator Mohamed Karam currently their products are available in Africa and they can be purchased from them directly or through their designated agents across Africa. Mohamed also added that their company has maintained a strong commitment towards the global effort to help preserve natural resources and save the environment. Over the last few years, Insinkerator has maintained a strong commitment towards the global effort to help preserve natural resources and save the environment. A recently conducted Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on the common ways of disposing food scraps and waste has shown that Food disposers play a significant role in the move to reduce global warming versus landfills. Aside from this, it was also noted that the by-product of food waste disposers can even be recycled into energy — energy production that can be facilitated at any wastewater treatment plant. Consistently creating and developing products that respond to the customer’s needs, in 1967 Insinkerator was acquired by Emerson Electric Co. the global leader in bringing technology and engineering together. To provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets that unleashed the power of InSinkErator brand and helps it to lead this category. GROHE in Africa GROHE Europe’s largest supplier of single-brand sanitary fittings continues to expand its global reach in Africa. With GROHE sales offices established in East and West Africa and a fully functional stocked warehouse and office in Johannesburg to serve RSA and SADC, the continent has the full support and commitment required for a continued aggressive March 2014

expansion plan. GROHE is fully engaged in partnerships with most countries in Africa with over 370 retail outlets throughout the continent and are expected to solidify and increase that footprint to over 700 retail outlets by the end of 2014. GROHE has modern Kitchen faucet collections offered in a wide choice of styles within each range from single-lever basin mixers, to four-hole bath combinations, GROHE faucet collections ensure the perfect match every time. GROHE Middle East and Africa sets the tone by providing accessibility of high quality products within the African Continent with full facility service points for retail and international project business. According to GROHE Middle East and Africa President Simon G. Shaya, as a global brand they are always looking to invest in markets that have growth potential for GROHE and the African continent has proven to be the right focal point adding that they have always been seeking new ways to expand and widen their reach and the African continent has brought spectacular rewards to the brand. Grohe recognized the growth potential in Africa years ago and took up the opportunity to successfully grow the business.

SieMatic Möbelwerke As a high-end brand that is also steeped in tradition, SieMatic is renowned internationally for kitchens that combine the best of modern and classic styles. The company’s portfolio is notable for its award-winning designs, superior quality and functionality, and innovative kitchen detailing. Updated versions of SieMatic’s successful kitchen solutions are on view in showrooms and at prestige outlets in more than 60 countries worldwide. Since its founding in 1929, SieMatic has dedicated itself to the quest for perfection and to the elaboration of ever more distinctive solutions. The company, which is headed by CEO Ulrich W. Siekmann, has always prioritized corporate social responsibility in all of its activities. To this end, the company’s products are manufactured in Germany under eco-friendly conditions. Their partners in the international project business appreciate the value of the brand SieMatic as well as their dense network of daughter companies, importers and sales partners.

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Taking chillers to the next level Compiled by: Yvonne Andiva, Eric Mong'are and Torah Onyango hillers have become an indispensible piece of equipment that cools equipment or the air in many commercial facilities. Even in Africa where temperatures are normally modest, vital equipment in places like hospitals require chillers in order to operate correctly. Other places where they find use is in hotels and industrial facilities. In today’s energy conscious world, chillers need to meet much higher energy efficiency levels as well as environmental demands in order to pass the bar. This has promoted greater innovations designed to give a greater bang for the buck. One such innovation has been with water cooled chillers for instance. These are taking over from air cooled ones because they take up less space, ling effects. However different applications will require different types of chillers so never think that one size will fit all. When looking for an industrial chiller look at the total life cycle cost, the power source and capacity noise levels. Employing the services of a professional will greatly assist in this task as some of the more technical aspects will be way above the ability of a layman to work out. In this issue we take a look at some of the global players and what they have to offer.


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VRF: Latest design on the market Air conditioning systems industry has evolved over the years since ancient Rome, when the first system was developed- when aqueduct water was circulated within the walls of luxurious Roman estates to keep them cool, with the first modern air conditioning system developed in 1902 in order to reduce humidity problem. Since then, every air conditioning system is designed to provide comfort in homes, restaurants, trains, ships, hospitals, etc., and also to relieve discomfort of allergies by

removing pollen from air, and helping to preserve the health of patients in hospitals. In business and industry, air conditioning systems are designed to improve the efficiency of workers, ensuring uniformity in metal work and to prevent too much or too little moisture from damaging f r a g i l e

paper products. A number of companies such as Hisense VRF, Mitsubishi Electric, Samsung and LG manufacture and distribute products tailor-made to their client’ specific needs, and to provide year round comfort whilst reducing energy consumption. Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems (VRF) Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) System is one of the latest and the most energy efficient technologies available on the market. The system consists of a number of air handling units connected to a modular external condensing unit and the refrigerant flow is varied using inverter controlled variable speed compressor, or multiple compressors of varying capacity in response to changes in the cooling or heating requirement within March 2014

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the air conditioned space. In more advanced versions(Heat Recovery), the indoor units may operate in heating or cooling mode independently of others, offering energy savings when heating and cooling are required simultaneously in different zones. Most manufacturers the world over have taken the VRF route because of its energy efficient technologies and its environmental friendliness. This is due to the system’s ability to speed up and slow down according to the load required in the building space and thus providing precise temperature control, explains Kevin Baker, National Sales Manager from Hisense VRF. Most VRF systems are very

compact, space saving and offer flexibility to install without needing cranes to move condensers, because they come in modules that can be carried through the elevator/ lift to the roof of the building. In addition, they also offer competitive advantage through superior control system- on-site and off-site building management(BMS), adds Baker VRF Controlling System The VRF systems boast a number of controllers, such as the remote control switch, wireless remote control switch, central station, a 7-day timer, and an individual control system. In addition, it includes a Building Management System (BMS) and H-Net Management System (HMS). Eurochiller S.r.l. Established in 1990 in Italy, EUROCHILLER designs, manufactures and assists industrial

cooling systems with capacity included between 2 and 1220 kW as well as water and oil temperature control units with heating capacity ranging between 3 and 140 kW. Their design and manufacture are 100percent completed in Italy at their Castello d’Agogna’s premises, employing about 50 workers and before shipment, each single unit is thoroughly and carefully checked and tested, to respond to the most severe quality controls they apply to their production. Their newest project goes under the claim "THE POWER OF WATER" which is the inspirations that drove EUROCHILLER to first study and create a new and exciting cooling technology aimed at achieving the highest energy savings (The ADY-NAX) Designed to significantly reduce energy consumption and improve production efficiency, the ADY-NAX is ideal for the growing number of manufacturers interested in solutions that offer the right combination of cost, quality, efficiency and environmental safeguard. Representing their goal to continuously develop, improve and innovate their products – even during these critical years – the ADY-NAX really is more than just another product; it’s a project that will change the future design of cooling systems for injection moulding machines and extruders. Sabrina Gangini (Marketing Manager) underlines the importance to always go into details of offered products and to focus attention on the reliability of components and the seriousness of a supplier when shopping for cooling systems. She adds that the industrial processes are not the HVAC ones as the products destined to cool down a process are meant to work all year round, and this can happen only if the selected chiller has been studied, designed and manufactured to match this scope.What must not be forgotten is that the choice of the wrong chiller results in lost production time which translates into financial loss. Aggreko They provide power and temperature control (TC) solutions for rent, anytime, anywhere. The company has been in operation for over 50 years, and today works out of 194 different locations around the world. In terms

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of its temperature control offering, Aggreko is second to none, with an air and water chiller fleet of over 2,250 units that equate to a total capacity of 1,080 MW. In addition, Aggreko’s TC fleet includes airconditioners, spot-coolers, air handlers, cooling towers, heat exchangers, heaters and other temperature control accessories, making Aggreko’s TC offering one of the most complete on the market. Aggreko is well positioned in Africa, having operations in 46 out of Africa’s 55 nations. As a global company, Aggreko adheres to the highest standards of corporate governance and promises to deliver quality solutions while working very much as a local company. Having worked across a broad range of sectors that include mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, utilities and events, Aggreko’s engineers are well versed with the specific needs of their customers. Whether it’s providing a mining company with cooling solutions for underground or open cut mines, chillers for the broadcast facility of a mega sporting event, or even temporary air conditioning to hotels or hospitals, providing customers with peace of mind is at the core of Aggreko’s offer. This is evident from their impressive portfolio of major global players and repeat business. Recent customers

include the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the power utilities in over 50 countries including the UK, France, Angola, Kenya, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil and the USA.Chris Wishart, Regional Temperature Control Manager, Aggreko Africa says that their equipment is built to meet their particular operational requirements. A generator or chiller is normally designed to be permanently installed and rarely, if ever, moved. Its performance will also be adapted to the regulations and ambient conditions of the country in which it is sold. An Aggreko generator or chiller will be picked up and put down multiple times during its working life, and be required to work faultlessly in locations that may reach temperatures of +50°C, and a few weeks later, at sub-zero temperatures on the peak of a mountain for example. We use the highest quality material – given the choice of 6mm steel for a bed-plate, or 8mm, we choose 10mm. Johnson Controls Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries and their focus is mainly on Africa. Johnson Controls market through many channels; they sell directly and through agents. Neil Cameron, Area General Manager of Johnsons Controls says, “TheYVAA and YMC2 have built-in variable speed drives (VSD’s) which makes them well suited to operate on generators. To read more and to comment on this story visit

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Maasai Mall at Ongata Rongai shopping centre on the outskirts of Nairobi.


Ark Construction Limited Founded only five years ago, we look at what it has taken for Ark Construction Limited to earn its place in the highly competitive construction industry in the country.


rk Construction Limited was founded in 2009 by Mr Kurji Kalyan Kerai and Mr Narendrabhai B. Patel. The two possessed vast technical and managerial experience in the construction industry, a factor that could be attributed to the fast pace at which the young company has grown in that short period. Currently Mr Kurji Kalyan Kerai serves as Managing Director and oversees the day to day operation of the company while Mr Bharat Kerai serves as a Senior Projects Manager, a role that puts him in charge of most of the company’s interior fit-out projects. The company’s other human resources include 5 Project Managers, 11 supervisors, 3 Quantity Surveyors, 10 Site Agents/ Foremen, 20 Administration staff and between 150-400 workers who are hired on a regular basis depending on the volume of work currently being handled. The team works seamlessly to ensure smooth operations. Registered with the National Construction Authority, Ark Construction Limited has embarked on an apparently well defined path to growth with a clear vision and objectives. “We will strive to attain a leadership position in the market”, says the management. “We choose to serve by creating innovative and value added solutions to all construction related problems so that we deliver impeccable


quality works”. To underline its commitment to provide quality services with efficiency, Ark Construction Limited has already applied to the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) for the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) certification. It believes that this certification will reaffirm its determination to deliver high quality projects. In addition, the company has also applied for the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to show its commitment to a greener Kenya. Areas of Specialization Ark Construction Limited undertakes the following broad categories of works: • Building construction and associated civil works • Office and shop fit-out • Metal and timber fabrication • General renovation works • Landscaping Completed Projects and Challenges Faced Masaai Mall This was a project at Ongata Rongai shopping centre on the outskirts of Nairobi. Unlike a project on a virgin site, the land had been previously developed with a mall and March 2014


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New commercial building for All Parts Holdings Ltd on Tom Mboya Street, Nairobi This involved demolition of an existing building. The biggest challenge faced during this project was the fact that Ark Construction had to pull down an existing building consisting of a multi-storied shopping mall. It involved working in enclosed spaces as the site was surrounded by other buildings. Being in the Central Business District, traffic was a major problem and delivery of materials was challenged by both human and vehicular traffic congestion. Ark Construction also had to ensure that surrounding businesses experienced no disruption to their activities as the work went on. Residential house, Lakeview, General Mathenge, Gigiri In this project, Ark Construction was tasked with taking down old buildings in order to replace them with new and improved ones. Notable challenges in this project were unfavourable weather (which caused significant project delays and negatively impacted cashflows) and unstable prices of key materials such as steel and concrete.

Other Projects Among other projects that Ark Construction has undertaken are: • Proposed residential house in Lakeview - Nakuru Street, Nairobi • Proposed townhouses along General Mathenge Drive, Nairobi • Residential house, Gigiri, Nairobi • Erection to completion of residential house, complete with external works and services installation, Kigwa Ridge • Treetop Lodge refurbishment at Nyeri


acres of old parking and substantial infrastructure were in place. Many of the water, sewer and power lines were not well documented and Ark Construction had to use great caution when working at the site. This particular project was also a potential safety hazard for the company’s workers. In addition, several businesses were still using the old infrastructure and any interruptions to services would have shut them down. Ark Construction therefore worked to ensure minimal interruption.

Others are as follows: Fit-out projects Offices • PricewaterHouse Coppers (PWC) at Delta tower, Westlands Nairobi (Executive wing, 16th Floor - 17th floor) • PriceWaterHouse Coppers (PWC) at Delta tower, Westlands Nairobi , 9th Floor - 15th Floor • UNHCR - Regional Support Hub Office fit-out,at APHRC Campus Kitisuru, Nairobi • Trans Business Machine Ltd, Upperhill • Office interior fit-out for Scangroup - The Chancery • Aga Khan University, New Leadership Suite, Pak Place, Nairobi • New Dental Clinc for Aga Khan University, • Office fit-out for Nairobi Java House at ABC Place, Westlands • CBA Office fit-out at Westlands, Nairobi • Visa Cemea Holdings - Office interior Fit-out

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Interior fit-out for Flamingo Casino at Fortis Tower, Westlands.

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Westlands, 14 Riverside Drive New office fit-out for Kenya Data Networks at Sameer Business Park, Mombasa Road , Trade Mark (EA) Ltd - Office fit-out on 2nd floor Southern Shield Building, off Waiyaki Way


Casino • Interior fit-out for Flamingo Casino at Fortis Tower, Westlands, Nairobi Banks • Standard Chartered Bank - Refurbishments to existing Branch at Kenyatta Avenue Nairobi, Harambee Avenue Nairobi, Muthaiga Branch, Kitengela Branch, Executive Wing Chiromo Road, Mass Banking & Priority Branch Chiromo, Koinage Branch, Branch Fit-out at Treasury Square Mombasa • Bank of Africa Branch Banking Facility at Freed Building on Moi Avenue, Mombasa • Chase Bank: Office fit-out at Delta Tower in Westlands and Machakos Branch • I&M Bank Ltd - Branch Refurbishment at Ngong Road, Office Reorganization and fit-out at I&M

Tower Kenyatta Avenue, Riverside 14, Branch fitout at I&M Select, new branch fit-out at Nakuru, new branch fit-out - Nyali Cineplex Mombasa, new branch fit-out at Eldoret Commercial Bank Africa - New branded branch at Nakumatt Juction NIC Bank - Meru Branch Interior fit-out complete with Sales office

Coffee shops and retail shops • Nairobi Java House: shop fit-out at JKIA and South C, Pizza 360 at ABC Place, Shop Fit-out works at Nyali, Mombasa, Planet Yogurt Outlet at Galleria Mall Karen • Safaricom Ltd: Roll out shop at Sarit Centre Nairobi, Nakumatt Mega II Nairobi , Narok , Kisumu Jubilee House, Eastleigh Nairobi, Retail shop at Malindi, Retail shop at Kakamega • Innscor Kenya Ltd: fit-out to Chicken Inn, Pizza Inn, Creamy Inn and Galitos Outlet at Union Tower, at Greenspan Mall, at City Mall Mombasa Ongoing Projects • Proposed Extensions and Alterations to Existing Factory at East African Cables • Proposed office fit-out for Genghis Capital, Westlands at Delta Tower 3rd Floor • Proposed Office fit-out for Genghis Capital ltd, Westlands at Delta Tower 4th Floor • Proposed Chase Bank office fit-out , Westlands at Delta Tower 2nd Floor • Proposed Residential House on Plot. L.R. No.209/7462 Kanjat Rd, Westlands • Renovation and Extension to Metropolitan Hospital, Buru Buru Nairobi • Additional Apartments for MS. Bid Apartment, Westlands • Proposed Renovations at City Bank Upperhill Branch

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Availability of credit As far as Ark Construction is concerned, availability of credit is not as issue for the company. “We have a very good reputation with all our suppliers and sub-contractors. Our payments are made on time and this garnered us a very good reputation with potential suppliers. Most of the materials we buy are on credit from our supplier unless we need something urgently from a supplier we have not done business with, and then we obviously need to pay in cash or cheque”. Quality of training Mr Kerai sees a clear lack of quality training in the construction industry in general. “The quality of projects and finishing we see in general is not up to international standards and health and safety regulations are not as strictly adhered to”, he observes. He adds that although the government is trying its best to bring in measures to make sure there is maximum compliance, it may take a couple of years before change can be seen.

PricewaterHouse Coppers (PWC) at Delta tower, Westlands.

Future So where is Ark Construction headed? “We are quietly optimistic in our ambitions for this company”, says Mr Kerai. “I believe that with our unique selling point of providing high quality services to our clients and meeting tight deadlines has helped us maintain good rapport with will all the consultants we have worked with. We are regarded as one of the best in terms of delivery and quality by most high profile consultants and this has enabled us to be a leading contractor for several banks and multinational companies as mentioned in the projects above.” Mr Kerai says although Ark Construction’s core business at the moment is interior fit-out, the company has recently undertaken several civil and general construction projects and is expecting to undertake more civil and construction projects. It hopes to become the market leader in both interior fit-out and general construction.


Ark Construction’s Perspectives on the Industry in Kenya Business climate According to the company’s Senior Project Manager Mr Bharat Kerai, the construction sector in the last seven years has been booming. As a result, there has been an influx of international companies especially from China, hence driving up competition and bringing down prices. However, although at the moment the impact is not being felt significantly owing to the huge market, Mr Kerai predicts that the situation may not remain the same. “I feel that in the long run this might hurt the budding entrepreneur who will not be able to compete with cut throat prices unless he has the financial muscle and goodwill in the market”, he says.

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he heating, ventilation and air conditioning sector is one of the most competitive in the construction industry. To remain relevant, players in the sector must not only be able to supply the latest and most effective equipment but must also possess regularly updated technical knowledge to be able to install and service equipment as required. Raerex (EA) Ltd is a Kenyan company specializing in the supply, installation and maintenance of mechanical ventilation, air-conditioning, chillers, freezers and cold room equipment. The company has seen steady growth since inception and was recognized by the 2013/2014 edition of the prestigious Top 100 Mid-sized Companies Survey. The company’s mission is to provide its clients with the best possible solutions in both air conditioning and mechanical ventilation products that are environmentally friendly. It is guided by a vision of becoming the preferred service provider of air conditioning and mechanical ventilation installation systems in the industry. Raerex (EA) Ltd boasts a trained and experienced work force backed by the necessary tools, plant and equipment for the satisfactory execution of any work in its field of operation. The company’s directors are experienced personnel who have handled and commissioned many projects all over East Africa. The company stocks a wide range of products that have been certified and are environmentally friendly. It has well equipped stores and a workshop. March 2014



Installation Products - The company stocks Grease Filters, Door Grilles, Perforated Diffuser, Round Ceiling Diffuser, Square Ceiling Diffuser, Maksal Copper Pipes, Linear Grilles and Supply Grilles.



Products and Services 1. Carrier Air conditioners - These include Carrier Free Standing, Under Ceiling, Carrier four way cassette, High wall and Outdoor. 2. Toshiba Air conditioners - These include Toshiba SMMS Outdoor unit, Under Ceiling, Four way cassette, High Wall and Ducted Unit. 3. Dehumidifiers and Air curtains 4. Casals Fans - These include Axial Fans, Centrifugal Fans and Cabinet Inline Fans.

Freon Gases - Raerex also supplies a range of Freon gases.


Compressors - The company also stocks compressors ranging from 12000 btu to 36000 btu.

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Congratulations Raerex (EA) Limited on your Top 100 Medium Sized Company Award! We are proud to be associated with you. The Green House, 3rd Floor, Suite 18, Ngong Rd, P.O. Box 1756-00100, Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 3860839/40, Fax: +254 20 3860840, Wireless +254 20 2453081 Office Mobile: +254 722 398 215, +254 733 714035 Email:, Website: March 2014


The home of iconic architecture Ethiopia

Addis Mebratu Consulting Architects and Engineers is widely respected throughout Ethiopia for creating contemporary designs that stand out amidst competition.


arge scale infrastructure projects taking place throughout Ethiopia have raised the bar of excellence for firms in the field of architecture and engineering to aspire to and in the face of stiff competition from rivals, Addis Mebratu Consulting Architects and Engineers continues to rise to the occasion, with every project it handles. Established in 1998 by architect Addis Mebratu as a medium-sized entity, the company has continued to grow consistently, gauging from the number of projects it has delivered to the satisfaction of clients drawn from various sectors. Thanks to dedication and focus, Addis Mebratu Consulting Architects and Engineers has now graduated

from a relatively small architectural firm into a Category 1 Architectural and Engineering Firm. Specialty Addis Mebratu says his firm is involved in the design supervision and contract administration of different types of buildings that range from residential and apartment projects to international hotels and high rise office buildings. Pivotal elements In architecture and engineering in which there are a number of players, what has made Addis Mebratu

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Consulting Architects and Engineers the preferred service

sustainability of our designs – environmentally, socially

provider? Mebratu singles out five pivotal elements; total

and economically.” Mebratu adds: “It is our firm’s belief

commitment; a humanistic and contextual approach; a

that we need to create a convincing balance between our

talented technical team and; constant elevation of design

client’s visions and interests with the interest of the end





Total commitment


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Talented technical team

Commenting on what has been nothing short of phenomenal

Addis Mebratu Consulting Architects and Engineers’

growth, managing director and owner, Mebratu says: “Our

growing reputation is down to a team of talented

firm’s recognition has been a result of the commitment

staff of design architects, construction engineers and

we have put into our work and our relentless effort to

project managers. Mebratu says through experience and

equip our design and construction management team with

willingness to explore new ideas and challenges enables

continuous practice and training.”

the firm to provide clients with an unparalleled planning process.


Humanistic and contextual approach

Mebratu reveals that as much as possible the firm ensures


that it adheres to the values it stands for.

Undoubtedly, one of the core drivers of Addis Mebratu

He says: “We follow a humanistic and contextual approach

Consulting Architects and Engineers’ success is the

to architecture. We are also constantly focused on the

practice of striving to elevate its design process by seeking

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Yoly Hotel expansion building

Constant elevation of design processes

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that every step of the construction process from concept and development of the project through the construction administration is spot-on. Challenges It would be an understatement to say that in the course of work Addis Mebratu Consulting Architects and Engineers is not confronted with challenges, Mebratu reveals. He says: “Our biggest challenge has been the relatively low fee for architectural services in Ethiopia which is partly a result of low level of awareness on the part of the clients (both private and government) with regard to the value of good design and quality based selection of architects and partly due to a dysfunction in the market for architectural services caused by unethical practitioners and the lack of an effective regulatory framework.”


new technologies in order to find the perfect solution to every design challenge. “Our insight helps to guide our clients through the complexity of the decision making process and helps to reinforce our shared commitment to quality and successful effort.” “Above and beyond, innovation and the role of architecture are continually advancing and at Addis studio every effort is made is to assure each project, however unique, will meet its full potential.” 5. Integrity Apart from its commitment to good design, the firm prides itself with integrity, Mebratu says. “In an industry that is plagued by corrupt practices our firm upholds ethical practice exerting maximum effort to serve our clients whilst making sure that every penny they spend goes to their project/investment.” Spot-on Through its exceptional approach, Addis Mebratu Consulting Architects and Engineers is able to ensure

Optimistic Having evolved into one of the most sought after architectural and engineering firms that has taken advantage of the country’s economic growth Mebratu firmly believes the only way for the Addis Mebratu Consulting Architects and Engineers is up. He says the firm is optimistic about future growth prospects. Says Mebratu: “We would like to share our expertise (and learn from) with other countries of our African continent which is in a key stage of unprecedented transformation both in tems of economic growth and the development of its cities.” Pivotal role in the award winning Ethiopian Parliament The breathtaking design of the Ethiopian Parliament continues to earn plaudits. It is worth mentioning that Addis Mebratu Consulting Architects and Engineers played a pivotal role in its architectural blueprint. The consortium of key consultants involved included Addis Mebratu consulting architects and engineers (Ethiopia), S7 Architects plc ( Ethiopia ) and Truerniet - Clercx Architectuur (Netherlands).

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Trenchless Technologies growing from strength to strength The company offers a non-disruptive, cost effective solutions to pipe laying problems in South Africa. By Newton Mthethwa


renchless Technologies has been in existence for more than two decades, and was specifically formed to cater for the growing need for non-

disruptive, cost effective solutions to pipe laying problems in South Africa.Trenchless technologies is a 70percent BEE owned company with

services that include

directional drilling, horizontal boring, pipe ramming and microtunnelling for new pipeline installations, pipe

bursting, pipe reaming, sliplining, Sekesui(RibLoc)SpiralWound piping, CIPP/ softlining fo rexisting pipeline replacement and rehabilitation as well as CCTV pipeline inspection. The continued growth of the organisation can be attributed to the fact that it immediately filled a need in the market for boring small diameter holes beneath the roadway to install electrical conduits and water piping, using earth piercing or moling tools and pipe ramming. The company additionaly acquired the Terra Hammer agency for Southern Africa in 1994 along with the

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horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry to continue to grow in tandem with the fibre optic network roll-out, and this is expected to continue for several years with the “last mile” and fibre to the home and business.

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range of percussive hammers from 65 to 210 diameter, which allowed the company to undertake a full range of horizontal boring for pipes from 25 to 160 mm, pipe bursting from 110 to 315 mm as well as pipe ramming up to 400 mm. “We made good progress in pipe bursting for various municipalities that could see the benefit of not digging up their streets and pavements as well as the cost savings achieved, and our main focus for many years remained pipe bursting”, explained Sam Efrat, Managing Director for Trenchless Technologies. As technology continued to improve, Trenchless Technologies became more versatile, offering a wider range of more tailor-made solutions. In 1997, the company acquired their first horizontal directional drills, followed in 2004 with the undertaking of the first cured in-place pipe (CIPP) project. In 2006 the company acquired the SPR EX (Expanda) and SPR PE (Ribline)technologies, and in 2011 the SPE RO (Rotoloc) spiral wound piping technology.The company is currently looking at fold and form and epoxy lining solutions to further expand its range of services, explains Efrat. Trenchless Technologies has managed a sustained continued growth since inception and according to Efrat, “We experienced an average 20 percent year-on-year growth and expect this trend to continue, fuelled by the impending investment in water infrastructure needed to secure Southern Africa’s water resources, as well as the continued fibre optic network roll-outs”. In addition, the company expects the trenchless rehabilitation market to grow from a R500 million per year industry toR5 billion per year, as well as anticipating the

In 2012 the company was awarded the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISITT) annual project award, for its ‘Port Elizabeth Goes Trenchless project’ which was nominated from 27 affiliated trenchless societies worldwide. The Port Elizabeth project entailed the rehabilitation of two parallel sewers located in the central business district (CBD), which was originally designed to use only the spiral wound technique throughout, however the site conditions required the additional use of CIPP and pipe bursting at certain locations. “The project is an excellent example of using trenchless technology options to address unexpected site conditions, allowing the project to be completed successfully without excavation and surface disruption”, stated Efrat. The

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company made use of several trenchless techniques to overcome the challenges posed by the project, which included spiral wound pipe expansion to a close fit (both SPR EX and SPR RO technologies), spiral wound pipe grouting in-place (SPR PE), ambient CIPP, UV CIPP and pipe bursting to successfully complete the project. The ABSA Bank Energy Centre Sleeves Reticulation project has been the most challenging and interesting for Trenchless Technologies, adds Efrat. The project required the installation of 85 sleeves using HDPE pipe from 110 to 710 mm, up to 16 m deep beneath roadways, to connect several of ABSA Bank’s CBD buildings with gas, electricity, fibre optic, chilled and hot water. According to Efrat, a number challenges were encountered during the undertaking of the ABSA Bank Energy Centre Sleeves Reticulation project. Though they were not insurmountable they included the following: The basement floors that were to designed to support the weight of a typical sedan vehiclenecessitated propping from the floor below to add support to all areas over which the HDD drill South Africa

needed to travel to get to the required position within basements. A floor to floor height restriction, requiring that all equipment be less than 2.1 m in height- leading to the Terra-jet being refitted by removing the operator cabin, rebuilding the hydraulic tank, as well as lowering the encapsulation body work. In addition, 65 installations took place in clay, while the remaining 20 were in rock, and this necessitated the use of percussive hammer and rock reamers to expand the holes to the required diameters. Other challenges involved drilling through lateral support ground anchors which were encountered during drilling in dozens of locations. In order to gain access to the drill face coring to remove concrete, lateral walls from 300 to 500 mm thick were also required. Trenchless Technologies has become a trendsetter in the trenchless technology industry and in the past 20 years, the company has successfully completed hundreds of contracts, and achieved a number of awards which included the 2000 SAICE Pretoria Branch Award for Technical Excellence, 2007 (SASTT) Award of Excellence for the Rehabilitation of Sewer Pipes in Klipspruit Basin, together with Johannesburg Water and consultant Vela VKE, 2009 (SASTT) Award of Excellence for the ABSA Bank Energy Centre Sleeves Reticulation project, 2010 CIDB Construction Summit Award for outstanding performance in South Africa’s construction industry, and 2012 (ISTT) International Project Award for the rehabilitation of two parallel sewer pipes in Port Elizabeth’s CBD. 42

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Greefspan Solar and Herbert Solar Parks Renewable Energy Projects 33-Megawatts of clean and reliable energy to be added to the national grid


he South African government’s Independent Power Producers procurement (IPP) program has resulted in the construction of the Greefspan and Herbert Solar Parks situated near Douglas, Northern Province, South Africa. The construction of the two renewable energy projects owned by AE- AMD Renewable Energy in partnership with the IDEAS Fund, an infrastructure fund managed by Old Mutual Investment Group of South Africa, commenced with Herbert Solar Park in December 2012, followed with Greefspan Solar Park in January 2013. Both projects are set to be handed over to AEAMD in April 2014. SunPower acted as AE-AMD Renewable Energy’s Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) partner for both projects.These are jointly sitting on 167 hectares of land and entail ground-mounted


solar systems featuring 137,862 photovoltaic solar panels on single-axis trackers. The trackers are programmed to follow the sun throughout the day, ensuring that maximum amount of power is being generated. Herbert Solar Park is set to produce 22 MW, and as of early February, 19 MW had been generated, and the plant has already exported 9 GWh to the national grid (Eskom). In addition, Greefspan Solar Park is set to produce 11 MW. Besides designing and manufacturing solar panels and systems, SunPower also has a successful track record of building solar power plants around the world. The company’s global track record includes recent achievements such as the California Valley Solar Ranch, a 250 MW project in California. In addition, construction is ongoing on the largest solar plant development in the March 2014

world, Solar Star, a 579 MW plant. Once completed, it will generate enough energy to power 400,000 homes. “SunPower is taking a long-term view on the promising South African PV market. Following the completion of this project, the team will get ready to kick off the execution of an even larger installation in the Prieska municipality later this year.” said Mario Riello, Managing Director, Utility Power Plant Sales, EMEA and India. SunPower will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction, as well as Operations and Maintenance for a 75MW ground-mounted solar power project in Prieska. SunPower majority shareholder, Total along with their partners, MuliloSolar Enterprises (PTY) Ltd were selected as preferred bidders for this project by South Africa’s Department of Energy in the third round of their Independent Power Producers procurement program. SunPower has worked closely with the local municipality to ensure employment opportunities for the community, not only during the construction, but also for the lifetime of the Herbert and Greefspan projects as part of the operations and maintenance plan. Since breaking ground, the projects have generated more than 300 jobs in the local community, including the hiring of local contractors. Security measures have been implemented in the form of an electric fence that has been erected to protect both plants, with an anti-burrow feature specifically designed to protect small animals. The site also has 24 hour security and night vision cameras.

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million TEUs by 2017/18. Other terminals such as the Durban Ro-Ro and Maydon Wharf terminals will see the creation of the container capacity, through the acquisition of new equipment, including mobile cranes and various infrastructure upgrades. The project to complete will require enormous resources in materials, plant and personnel. The Department of Public Works has estimated that the project would create approximately 64 000 construction jobs and 28 000 operational jobs. The project has created joint ventures by major construction and civil engineering companies and this set to filter down and the SMMEs involved in the construction industry will be drawn in to complete small sections of the project. In addition, 70 million cubic metres of material is to be dredged, 3.5 million tonnes of rock to be brought in, while 2.5 million cubic metres of cement will be utilised, 52 000 tonnes of reinforcing steel to be used and 14. 5 million cubic metres of earth works.

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