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a 23rd Anniversary Edition J 23 No.4 May 2012, Vol

In this issue... Jeongok Prehistory Museum South Korea Wooden floors Class & Strength Wind turbines Environmentally friendly One Riverside Drive Kenya Sebele Centre Botswana Tackling power rationing Tanzania McCormick Property Development A pioneer in emerging markets



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Volume 23 No. 04

Guest Dr. Hennie de Clercq (President Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC)

REGULARS The Site Board 4 News 5 New Products 8 Association News 9 Events 9 Corporate News 10

June 2012 Cover Story

PICTORIAL Nigeria International Infrastructure & Construction Exhibition 11 Operational Excellence Summit 2012 11 Cover Story Jeongok Prehistory Museum The power sector of Ghana will be boosted by an additional 133 megawatts of power to the generation sector by the end of 2012, when the first phase of the Bui Hydroelectric Power Project is completed. More importantly, the project will add 400 megawatts of power upon full completion in 2013.

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GUEST Dr Hennie de Clercq 16 PERSONALITY Arch. David Rockwell 17 SUPPLEMENTS Making Wooden Floor a Success 20 Wind Turbines 22


Punt Road Oval Football Facility The overall design successfully creates a legibility of architecture that speaks to the Australian Rules football crowd. In a joint partnership between the Richmond Football Club, City of Melbourne, Department of Sport and Recreation and theAustralian Football League, the redevelopment of the Punt Road Oval fuels the themed landscape of the Richmond Tigers Football Club.

PROJECTS One River Drive 24 Jabbal Limited 28 Moke Garden 31 Tanzania's Power Woes 32 McCormick Property Development 38 Sebele Shopping Complex 42 Airport Junction Grand Opening 46

46 Sunset Chapel The stunning Sunset Chapel in Mexico built on top of a hill. One of its kind providing spectacular views to its members “The chapel is located on an upper floor and is reached by internal steps”

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MANAGING EDITOR Robert Barnes COUNTRY EDITORS Kenya - Francis Makari Uganda - Irene Kabuzire

The Site Board Scamble for Africa

WRITERS Irene Kabuzire,Elaine Young, Emmanuel Onsomu, Sam Kamenyi, Dominic Uys, Ann Kariuki, Lindsay Wagner

WEB / GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine O. Ombwa

Africa is richly blessed with an abundance of resources from minerals to fossil fuels as well as a young and growing population. Many of the countries who recently attended the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa Ethiopia bore witness to a continent on the verge of unlocking its vast and yet untapped potential.

ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Kenya Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Denis Ondeyo, Titus Oyuga, Trizah Njoroge

Even global conglomerates such as GE recognize this potential and are positioning themselves in a region that contributes at present a paltry 1% of its revenues with the future in mind.


South Africa: Kevin Schorr ,Tabitha Muthoni, Winnie Sentabire, Prince Moyo, Linda Mangwiro, Angeline Ntobeng

The list of opportunities are vast from mining opportunities to construction of infrastructure. Africa is beginning to face increasing interest from both East and West urged on by their need to secure resources for their own economies.

Uganda: Mutyaba Deus, Mugabi Moses Botswana: Dickson Manyudza, Gerald Mazikana

Policies need therefore to be put in place that ensure that revenues are used for the greater good of the people and not for the benefit of a few and further that priority is given to the development of infrastructure projects that benefit communities and generate wealth rather than those that are developed only for political expediency.

Tanzania: Tom Kiage Malawi: Anderson Fumulani Ghana: Anthony Hondah, George Laing Zimbabwe: Cyri’l Zenda Rwanda: Collison Lore Nigeria: Seni Bello China:Weng Jie

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Construction of Botswana's largest Dam ahead of schedule

Chinese Construction Company, Sinohydro Botswana, says it has completed the construction of the P1.134 billion (US$155 million) Dikgatlhong dam ahead of schedule and have already submitted a request for acceptance to government to assess the project before the end of this year. Dikgatlhong is the largest dam in the country with a capacity of 400 million cubic metres. The project which commenced in March 2008 was expected to be commissioned in March 2012. Assistant Project Manager Jing Jinke said during an interview that they are very pleased to have completed the project ahead of the targeted time frame and within the budget.

The underlying reason for building the billion Pula project was to augment and safeguard the security of domestic, commercial and industrial water supply in greater Gaborone, Francistown and other towns - as well as villages enroute the North-South water grid beyond the current planning horizon. It is situated near Robelela village and immediately downstream of the confluence of the Shashe and Tati Rivers.

Dikgatlhong is the largest dam in the country with a capacity of 400 million cubic metres


Sh7 Billion Eldoret-Busia Road Work On Course The construction of the Sh7.4 billion (US$ 89 million) Eldoret-Busia Highway is now on course and will be completed in one year. Maltauro Construction Company has hastened its working pace on the road, which is being financed by the European Union, after the PS reprimanded them. Already more than 40 kilometers of the road between Eldoret and Turbo market has been done as the firm works to complete the road within the stipulated deadline. Once complete, the highway is expected to boost regional trade especially within the East African Community. According to Roads minister Frankline Bett, who has severally visited the road to inspect the construction work, the Timboroa- Eldoret-Webuye and Webuye- Busia sections of the road will cost Sh3.2 billion and Sh4.2 billion respectively. He said the government will ensure that roads projects across the country are of high quality for them to last longer. Work on the TimboroaEldoret road including by-passes to help decongest Eldoret town where long distance trucks have been interfering with flow of traffic in the town, is set to start soon.

Once complete, the highway is expected to boost regional trade especially within the East African Community.


Construction of Kazungula Bridge, US$260 million project to start soon Construction of the long-awaited Kazungula Bridge to link Zambia and Botswana at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers is to start soon. This follows the signing of a US$80 million (P600 million) loan agreement between Zambia and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to cover part of the construction costs for the ambitious US$260 million project. AfDB has undertaken to persuade other co-operating partners, among them the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to ensure that the project will be completed within its four-year time frame. Once the bridge has been commissioned, transit times for goods traded between Zambia and Botswana - both landlocked countries - could be cut to just six hours from as many days or even a month per haulage truck.

Kazungula Bridge to link Zambia and Botswana at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers to become a reality.

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Government embarks on a R123 billion Rail project

South Africa

The Government has formally invited manufacturers in South Africa and the world to submit their bids to win the right to build 7 224 metro coaches estimated at R123 billion. These are modern trains that will be built in South Africa with the aim of revitalizing the country's ailing rail system. An estimated 65 000 jobs are expected to be created as a new generation of railway workers, in the form of engineers and artisans, come to the fore. Speaking at the event in Johannesburg, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele conceded that improvements in the country's public transport systems, particularly rail, remain crucial to South Africa's economy. At the moment, the current rolling stock is old, with the majority of the current coaches built in the 1960's and 1970's, and still being driven by 7,224 metro coaches estimated at R123 billion are to be built. old technology.

Government Covers 8.5 Billion Birr for Road Renovation


ThegovernmentofEthiopiathroughministryofroadshascoveredrenovation cost of 250,000 km of federal, regional and town roads. It said it is striving to contribute its share for the realization of the Growth and Transformation Plan.

According to the officials, over 751.4 million Birr was collected in the past nine months. The office had planned to collect over one billion Birr in this Ethiopian fiscal year.The ministry has renovated close to 17,800 km of roads in regular and seasonal maintenance in the reported period. The office has earmarked over 8.5 billion Birr to renovation, road safety and capacity building works Ethiopian Road Authority, regional rural road authority and beneficiaries of the fund. More than 791.6 million Birr of the stated sum has already been channeled to beneficiaries. The office has carried out awareness education to the public and with a view to reduce the road traffic accidents.

Ghana to Earn One billion dollars from Gas Annually

The ministry has renovated close to 17,800 km of roads in regular and seasonal maintenance in the reported period.


Ghana is estimated to rake in one billion dollars of revenue a year from the gas industry, an amount that can make the country repay the three billion-dollar Chinese loan facility from the Chinese Development Bank. This is after the construction and completion of gas infrastructure development projects that include the construction of offshore pipeline from the Jubilee Field to transport gas, the construction of a gas processing plant, the expansion of the Takoradi Port, the rehabilitation of the Western corridor railway lines, the coastal fishing harbours and landing sites re-development project and cold storage facilities. There is currently an infrastructure deficit in the country which is a major constraint to accelerated development. Ghana is undertaking infrastructure development to enhance its nascent gas industry.


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BiggestschemeaboveCrossrailstationapproved Proposals for two developments by AHMM above Tottenham Court Road station, including the West End’s first new theatre for 30 years, have won planning permission. Westminster City Council approved the schemes above the two ticket halls of the Crossrail and tube station on Tottenham Court Road, which will help to fund Crossrail. The development of the two buildings by Crossrail and developer Derwent London consists of shops, office and homes plus a new auditorium and commercial space to replace the former Astoria theatre. The scheme is the biggest of any above the new Crossrail stations. The council also gave permission for a new pedestrian link between Soho Square and Charing Cross Road, which the new buildings will overlook.

The proposals are part of wider plans to improve the area which include a Westminster City Council has approved proposals for two developments by new public space by the Centrepoint building. AHMM above Tottenham Court Road station.


World's largest freestanding shopping centre Philippines-based mall operator SM Group has started construction on the CNY3bn ($476m) Tianjin Shopping Center in Tianjin, China. Spanning across an area larger than 74 football fields, the shopping centre will feature three oval-shaped buildings that are united by a ringlike structure, and will have a total floor area of 530,000 square metres. Upon its completion by the end of 2013, the Tianjin Shopping Center is expected to become the world's largest freestanding shopping centre in terms of commercial space. SM Group also has malls under development in the Chinese cities of Chongqing and Zibo. SM Prime Holdings, the parent company of SM Group has four malls in China, which are located in the cities of Xiamen and Jinjiang in Southern China, Chengdu in Central China and Suzhou in Eastern China. By the end of 2012, SM Prime is expected to have 46 malls in the Philippines and five in China with an estimated combined gross floor area of 6.3 million square metres. The company said the mall project is its largest investment in China to date.

SM Shopping Mall in Xiamen.

Devimco announces details of $750-million District Griffin mixed-use development near Montreal port lands


Montreal developer Devimco released details of the $150-million District Griffin Phase III project near Peel and Ottawa streets, in a former industrial area near the east end of the Lachine Canal. The project, in Le Sud-Ouest borough, will include three 15-storey condominium towers plus a mall, including a Metro supermarket and Brunet pharmacy. “Construction of the first tower will begin late in 2012, with the sale of units beginningofficiallytodayandoccupationplannedforthespringof2015,”the company stated in a press release. The$750-millionDistrictGriffinprojectincludesresidential,retail,community and business projects.

An artists impression of the whole District Griffin project.

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UDA ConstructionSuite™ Designed for growing construction firms, UDA ConstructionSuite™ combines easy-to-use Estimating, Job Costing, Scheduling, Contracts, and Specifications with the breakthrough technology of ConstructionOnline and ConstructionNet CRM to redefine what software can do for construction professionals. Already used by tensofthousandsofconstructionprofessionals in60countries worldwide,UDAconstruction software delivers the new industry standard in project management for growing construction firms. With fully integrated and completely upgraded Estimating, Scheduling, Contracts, Specifications, and Document Management, UDAConstructionSuite™alsoincludesoverthreehundrednewfeaturesdesignedtogiveusers total control over their projects. Website:

Ply-Sealant Ply-Sealant is a fastsetting,lowviscosity,100%solids,unfilled,two-component,modifiedurethaneelastomer system. Theproductwasdevelopedfortheconstructionindustryforsealingcontroljointsinwarehousefloors,sawcuts in concrete, and as a waterproof sealant behind steel angles in bridge joints. Ply-Sealant provides a flexible, durable, weather-tight and traffic resistant seal for many types of joints in some of the most adverse conditions. Ideal application for control joints in warehouse leaking roofs and floors under heavy traffic and steel wheels. Website:

TE 3000-AVR Breaker Designed for floor work demolition, the TE 3000-AVR Breaker can break up to 6 tons/hr. It helps boost the power of an air tool while maintaining weight level to deliver explosive breaking power. The breaker weighs 65 lbs. and features a brushless SR motor and an active cooling system. Hilti Inc. Complete with 5-meter supply cord, AVR Active Vibration Reduction, Hilti grease, operating instructions in soft pouch. Packed in a cardboard box Technical Data: Dimensions (LxWxH) 814 x 610 x 209 mm Rated input 2070 W Weight according EPTA-Procedure 01/2003 29.9 kg Single impact energy 68 J Full hammering frequency 860 impacts/minute Width 610 mm Chuck type TE-H28P Triaxial vibration for chiseling in concrete 7 m/s² Website:

Reflector Enhancer Flooring Systems Elite Crete Systems of the USA has the hottest new trend in the decorative concrete industry - If you have been around the decorative concrete industry for some time, you have seen all sorts of new products, applications and techniques come and go. With that said, no product or system has been in higher demand over the past 12 months than REFLECTOR Enhancer Flooring Systems. What started off as a subtle alternative to conventional staining products has not only caught the eye of property owners, designers and architects but it is being specified as the primary flooring product for hundreds of projects across the United States. REFLECTOR ENHANCER is the perfect choice for commercial floors. It is durable, easy to maintain and available in a variety of color combinations. Create a unique set of colors and patterns that can match any custom design. The systems are easy to apply, cost effective, and ideal for commercial, industrial, and residential designs. Elite Crete Systems. Website: 10

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Construction Products Association Construction Products Association Remains Cautious About Construction Prospects Despite the latest figures for construction output in Q1 (first quoter) which show an increase of 6% compared with last year, the UK Construction Products Association remains cautious about the prospects for the industry for the rest of the year. Commenting on these figures, Noble Francis, the Association’s Economics Director said: ‘February’s positive figure has to be seen against the background of a 13% decline in output in January and is 5% below the level of output in February last year. Construction faces a very uncertain future with the latest new orders falling 14%, and private sector investment still not growing at a rate to compensate for the sharp falls in public sector spending on construction. Despite these positive figures for February it is now almost inevitable that construction output will fall in the first quarter of the year and have a negative effect on the growth in GDP.’

World Elevator & Escalator Expo 2012 Date: Venue: Contact: Email:

May 16th-19th, 2012 Guangzhou Charlene Wang

World Elevator & Escalator Expo is held every two years. The sponsor is China Elevator Association, and Langfang Conference & Exhibition Company takes charge of holding the exhibitions. From 1996 to 2010, the exhibition have been organized 9 sessions successfully. Nowadays, due to the needs of the exhibition scale, and the manufacturers' request. The 10th World Elevator & Escalator Expo 2012 will be held at China Import & Export Fair Exhibition Hall in Guangzhou from May 16th to 19th. China Import & Export Fair Exhibition Hall is the largest exhibition hall in Asia, and has the most advanced equipments, which is located at Pazhou Island. The exhibition center has full infrastructures, like hotels, bus stations, subway stations and all kinds of meeting centers, etc. When the exhibition starts, the rainy season is coming, so the temperature is very appropriate to take part in the exhibition or visit it. Meanwhile, Guangzhou is one of the largest air centers, it is convenient to take a plane.

There are 22 countries(like Japan, Germany, Italy, America, India, Korea and Turkey, etc) and 600 enterprises(including Mitsubishi, Hitachi, KONE, Toshiba, etc. famous international brands) joining in the exhibition. The exhibition area covers about 60,000sqm, which is the largest elevator & escalator exhibition in the world. Here, we sincerely welcome you to take participate in or visit the World Elevator & Escalator Expo 2012

Africa Infrastructure 2012 Date: Venue: Contact: E-mail: Website:

08 - 11 May 2012 Johannesburg South Africa Lynn

We are pleased to inform you that Deutsche Messe AG, SA Show Services and the Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry have partnered-up to host a new trade show, Africa Infrastructure. Africa Infrastructure will take place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 8th to the 11th of May 2012. The broad topics of the show include: energy, water and wastewater, the construction industry, transport and logistics, as well as telecommunications. Hannover / Johannesburg. Deutsche Messe is expanding its foreign activities and will be organizing its first-ever event in South Africa in 2012. The trade fair africa infrastructure will take place from 8 – 11 May 2012 at the ExpoCentre in Johannesburg. “South Africa is the economic focus of the entire sub-Saharan region and thus the perfect location for an event

that will attract decision-makers from across this vast part of the African continent”, said Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Board Member responsible for overseas tradeshows at Deutsche Messe, on Thursday on the occasion of the world's leading fair for intralogistics and materials handling CeMAT in Hannover.

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Terraforce launches new web and social media presence

Sunon Asogli ready for second phase of Ghana power project

Lafarge settles its cement cartel case with a R149 million

Terraforce has announced the redesign of their web site to develop a more cohesive Web presence for their network of licensees, while improving the overall user experience for visitors to the site, which now facilitates easier navigation and serves as a practical access point for the range of products and services Terraforce has to offer. Terraforce’s licensees can now also be contacted through several platforms, as each licensee has been allocated a separate page what allows web users to contact them via an email form, while also providing a Google maps page that gives the exact location of each Terraforce associated business.

The Chinese Shenzhen energy group, which is a major shareholder of Sunon Asogli Power Ghana, has said all is set for a second phase power project to begin at a cost of US$360 million. This would increase the capacity of the Asogli power plant, located at Kpone near Tema, from 200 MW to 560 MW.

Today the Competition Commission reached a settlement with Lafarge Industries South Africa (Pty) Limited (“Lafarge”) in which it admits that it took part in the cement cartel. The cartel involved the main cement producers in price fixing and market division.

A completely new feature is the social media connectivity that has been added to the site. Visitors can share the content or follow Terraforce on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, making the site more interactive and turning into a hub of information about the retaining wall industry in general. Visit to view the new site.

At the moment the company supplies about 15% of Ghana’s generation capacity. Li Xiao Hai Shaw, board chairman of Sunon Asogli Ghana, says that feasibility studies for the second phase project are progressing steadily. He says the commencement of the second phase can follow shortly because the country’s production of natural gas will guarantee a steady and dependable supply for this project.

Lafarge has agreed to pay a penalty of R148 724 400 which represents 6% of its 2010 annual turnover in the Southern African Customs Union region (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia). This agreement follows the Commission’s investigation of price fixing and market division against the four main cement producers Pretoria Portland Cement Company Limited (PPC), Lafarge, AfriSam (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (AfriSam) and Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (Pty) Ltd (NPC-Cimpor).

Part of the second phase output would be exported to Nigeria from which the company is obtaining gas to operate. A third phase would raise the group’s total power generation to 1,000 MW.

In terms of the settlement, Lafarge admits that it entered into agreements and arrangements with PPC and Afrisam that extended to NPC to divide the market through allocation of market shares and indirectly fix the price of cement.


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Association Partners Kenya

- Architectural Association of Kenya - Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya - Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers - Institute of Engineers of Kenya - Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya - The Construction Industry Federation of - Association of Professional Societies of East Zimbabwe (Cifoz) Africa APSEA) Ghana - Kenya Property developers Association - Ghana Institute of Engineers - Institution of Surveyors of Kenya - Architects Registration Council - Ghana Institute of Surveyors Namibia - Ghana Green Builders Association Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors - Ghana Institute of Planners Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia


Institute of Surveyors of Uganda


Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors


- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Construction Regulation Board (CRB) - Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)

- 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 - 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 May 2012

Nigeria International Infrastructure & Construction Exhibition The 4th Nigerian Infrastructure & Construction Exhibition. 17th to 18th April 2012.

Construction Review's stand at the event.

Exhibitors at the events.

Visitors to the Exhibition.

CR Stand at NI4 2012

HMD Africa at NT4 2012

Roughton at NI4 2012-05-09

Operational Excellence Summit 2012 Date: 24- 25 Apr 2012 Venue: Johannesburg, Radisson Blu Gautrain

Participants follow the proceedings.

Attendiees pose for a group photo.

Participants contribute during interractive session.

Participants enjoying a meal.

Attendiees follow the summit proceedings.

Participants at the luncheon.

Jeongok Prehistory Museum X-Tu Architects takes us through the design considerations and intentions of this new museum in South Korea 'Jeongok prehistory museum' by France based-studio X-Tu architects is now complete. Located on a paleolithic site of major archeological significance in Jeongok, South Korea, the facility aims to provide a multi-sensory space that represents ranging environments and atmospheres from the prehistoric landscape. Stretching between two small peaks, the structure seeks to harmoniously co-exist with the natural surroundings, physically acting as a threshold between modern day and archaic times. The soft and rounded form meanders around the site, paying homage to the watery landscape that originally existed nearby. A perforated double wall referencing the pattern of reptile skin reflects the peripheral scenery, changing as the day progresses and activity around the volume evolves. At night, the small punctures become illuminated and animated, as light moves along the stainless steel which smoothly wraps

around the tubular form. Paths organized as overlapping loops circulate around the building and serve as exterior museographic spaces. Merging the boundaries of indoors and out, concealed and exposed, the design aims to put users closer to the landscape than the building. Inside; a network of exhibition, education and activity spaces work in a continuous loop, guiding visitors through a collection of open and interactive areas. Freely arranged islands form micro-themed atmospheres throughout the museum, whose environment replicates and reconstitutes scenic landscapes and animal species. The museum focuses on themes in the natural history of the Chugaryeong rift valley, and features fossil skeleton models of human evolution, human and animal adaptations to the environment, and restorations of cave paintings. Outside, the landscape has been restored to the original state as a natural riverside park.

We wished the visitors to live an experience, to meet primitive mankind and to be introduced into a world different from everyday life, nearer the landscape than the building. Paleolithic men were not living like us in standardized built places. They kept moving in the landscape, the forests, the stream valleys, the delta marshes of which they knew every meander. The rocks and the bare ground were their everyday life, as familiar to them as the house floor to us. Outside, it is a threshold, a bridge that spans the precipice. Inside, the project seems entirely made out of the same material, an archaic and primitive material, as if it had been shaped out of the cliff itself. A double metal envelope with various perforations, waving and soft, nearly organic, the front shimmers like a reptile skin ; more or less glazed according to different places, changing with the light, it becomes a stainless steel mirror underneath which reflects the image of the chasm. The museum, a threshold to the Prehistory Park From the motorway, the museum looks like a strange and immaterial volume, softly glimmering, stretched between two cliffs. Around it the landscape has been restored, cleared of its undesirable buildings, and given back its original identity as a natural riverside site. The parking places disappear under the trees on the eastern side of the place. With its new trees the site recovers its primitive ecosystem. A walk along the rift gets the visitor into condition. Like the primitive men, he progresses along the meander, amid wild graminaceae. The rift deepens along with the feeling of suspense as he is coming nearer.


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The museum appears, enchased in the cliff. Then on its stain-steel mirror underface, the reflection of the chasm is suddenly unveiled, and at last the chasm itself is revealed and the visitor will have to cross over on a footbridge. Having crossed the chasm, he reaches the only entrance to the museum and the Prehistory Park. In the museum, a circular way which extends into the Prehistory Park On top of the stairs, an open space gives access to the reception, the entrance to the museum and the exhibition, the cafeteria, the lecture-room, the pedagogic activities and the multimedia laboratory. The visitor walks all around the factual parts of the project: temporary exhibitions and lecture-room. Back at the open space he can go again to the shop or the museum. The pedagogic and multimedia activities can be seen from outside, as the rooms are open, so that the visitor is encouraged to take part. Rooms and halls are conceived like landscapes Primitive men were not living in « rooms » but in open spaces. Living near the river they roamed freely along the country meanders. Their roaming made the paths which gave the site a structure. The inside of the museum and its scenographic course have been conceived after that image, like a landscape. The paths from theme to theme made by the flow of visitors meet part freely and allow going back.

The envelope filters the light like a lattice. The double wall includes glazings and solar protections in perforated metal and makes it possible to have a perfect command of heat exchange of the building, in winter as in summer. The admission of natural light is adjustable according to the needs of scenographic effects. On the level of the cafeteria and the central space, panoramic windows open on the landscape. The scenography Our purpose: A scenography able to evolve with the progress of research. Allow the visitor to share the emotion of the paleontologist who discovers the prints of a child’s naked feet on the soft soil of a cave. The project offers evolutive scenographic tools to be combined; The image walls for texts, plans, drawings and movie showing. The service walls which will contain new show windows as research progresses Malleable recomposable white mud floor; to reconstruct archeological sites and feel the emotion of the site inventor.

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Project Team Architects + Museography: X-TU Architects, Nicola Desmaziere, Anouk Legendre Team: Gaelle Leborgne, Olivier Busson, Mathias Lukacs, Keeyong Lee, Amelie Busin, Alix Pellen, Seung-Eun Lee, Mélanie Bury, Nenad Basic Client: Gyeonggi government Program: Cultural Museum of prehistory Name of Project: Jeongok Prehistory Museum Location: Jeongok, South korea Project Type: Building Project Duration: June 2008- May 2011 Total floor area: 6 700 m² shon Total site area: 72.600 m² Cost: 48 m equivalent € [building + museography + landscape] Engineering consortium: SAC int._ Architects/ing _ Séoul Sous-traitants: RFR_ Engineering structur, façads Alto ingenierie_ Engineering fluids 8’18’’ _ Lighting OGI _ Bet vrd Lord Cultur _ Muséographic consultant F. Demeter _ Scientific consultant

An envelope for services clears the space The walls of various thickness contain all the services needed for the building and the museum structure, fluids, ventilation, electricity, audio and lighting equipment, as well as show windows for the museum, pedagogic stocks, bar, lavatories, technical rooms. The walls are uninterrupted from floor to ceiling, so that the network can evolve, when necessary all around the building. May 2012


Ocean Plaza

The largest shopping center in Ukraine. Ocean Plaza shopping and entertainment center will be the symbolic facility that will be opened on the eve of the 14th European Football Championship – Euro 2012. Lybidska Square The Lybidska Square, where the shopping and entertainment center is situated, is located in close proximity to the historic part of the city at the crossroads of the Velyka Vasylkivska Street, Horkoho Street and Druzhby Narodiv Boulevard. Velyka Vasylkivska Street is the longest shopping street in the historic Kyiv and is a continuation of Kreschatik – the main city street. Ukraine is currently gearing up – along with Poland – for the 2012 European Football Championship. Along with modernizing the metropolis and capital Kiev and upgrade of

the Olympic stadium, the redevelopment programme also includes the opening of the Ocean Plaza. Not far from the stadium and historic old town, this modern complex with a total of 250,000 m² of floor space and 3,000 underground parking spaces is being realised in three construction stages. In addition to a hotel chain, cinemas and restaurants, the retail trade in particular will be the main focal point. In the process, one, two and three-storey storefronts are available for future tenants and visitors.

The bright modern architecture with the use of the latest facade media-technology, landscaping of public space in front of shopping and entertainment center, an ultramodern interior design, created by Chapman Taylor – international company, large entertainment component, and the careful selection of the world's best brands will create in the city center a unique place for shopping, recreation and entertainment. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week shopping and entertainment center will serve for Kyiv residents and guests. The central location and ideal transport accessibility are the main advantages of this project. The first city high-speed electric train will also stop in front of our complex, and have a direct connection with it. Coming out of the train, you can get to the subway station through our retail and entertainment complex, and vice versa. Scaffolding With a comprehensive formwork and scaffolding solution, PERI´s Ukrainian engineers are supporting an ambitious building project in downtown Kiev. In order to ensure that work is completed in time for the start of the European Football Championship in July 2012, an extremely tight schedule for the structural work has to be maintained. Not only the most appropriate system


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equipment with optimal material requirements is contributing to the success of the project but also expert advice and support provided throughout all phases of construction. The floor slabs of the four story building are supported by reinforced concrete columns with 70 cm diameters or edge lengths respectively. For this, the construction site team is using SRS circular column formwork for the round cross sections and TRIO column formwork for the square shaped columns. Especially advantageous is the fact that the TRIO column formwork system can be combined with TRIO wall formwork at any time. This has ensured fast forming of the different wall section heights – with few individual components and the BFD alignment coupler as the only connecting part required for all panel joints. The usually 30 cm thick reinforced concrete slabs are being formed using the MULTIFLEX girder slab formwork with support provided for the standard 3 m floor heights by means of PEP 20 and MULTIPROP props. The MULTIPROP props are made of aluminium and have a low weight but a high load-bearing capacity. In those areas where loads have to be transferred over great heights, the individual props are connected with MULTIPROP frames thus forming a modular shoring tower system.

have been adapted to suit both the respective supporting height and load to be carried and, if necessary, extended by means of additional frames. In areas with large supporting heights up to 13.80 m, a spatial load bearing structure is used to transfer the loads. For adapting the shoring to accommodate area loads and concentrated loads – resulting from 1.20 m thick beams – 50 cm and 75 cm horizontal ledgers are used. Thus, the standards are bundled within the system which means that time consuming tube and coupler assembly is not required. Cantilevered brackets in the load carrying system support the GT 24 and VT 20K formwork girders in those positions where additional working space is needed at the slab edges. Comprehensive service Close consultation with the site management team also during the tendering phase meant that formwork and scaffolding requirements

were analysed together and the system equipment individually tailored to meet project demands. This resulted in the most cost effective construction solution whilst taking into account both time and costs. PERI engineers have been available throughout the entire construction period to deal with all technical and logistical support issues and will continue to do so up to the completion of the project. The close collaboration and comprehensive support – from the planning phase through to return deliveries of materials – ensures the best possible results on the construction site as well as continuous operating sequences without any interruptions. Project team Field Service: PERI Brovary, Ukrain Developer: K.A.N. Development Design Bureau: TAM Pashenko General Contractor: K.A.N. Stroi

Flexible load-carrying concept The new building complex complete with multi-storey retail units features countless height offsets and cantilevered areas. This means supporting heights are required ranging from two to four floors; furthermore, the largely column free architecture is a result of load distribution via massive downstand beams. With PERI UP Rosett, the construction team has a highly flexible shoring system at its disposal. Shoring towers with1.50 m and 2.00 m base widths have been assembled which May 2012


Guest Dr Hennie de Clercq President Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Adapting to Changing Times The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) will promote increased cooperation and dialogue between the government, the institute and the steel construction industry in general in order to maximise opportunities in a tough global construction environment. This is according to SAISC executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq. Dr. Hennie de Clercq

“We live in a volatile world with historical shifts taking place across the gamut of human society including, international and local business markets, and the more we work together in dealing with the resultant powerful challenges the better chance we have of success,” says de Clercq. He adds that from a local perspective, the institute historically got used to ‘going it alone’ without really concentrating on working with government unless it had something to do with exports. “We became proud of our independence and it worked for us, but we came to realise that global business is too complex for a single industry to succeed on its own any longer.” “We will work toward changing this situation and will endeavour to interact much more closely with the various relevant government departments and the myriad other industries with whom we have excellent working relationships to see what synergies exist for deeper cooperation. In short, we will do things differently in future and will encourage our industry leaders to do the same,” he says.

“We live in a volatile world with historical shifts taking place across the gamut of human society including, international and local business markets, and the more we work together in dealing with the resultant powerful challenges the better chance we have of success,” says de Clercq. 18

Meanwhile, despite the challenging times, the South African steel construction industry – via the civil engineering and building sectors – has performed surprisingly well of late. “We know of only one bankruptcy in the steel construction industry this year and many firms have reported quite buoyant business activity for 2011 and a reasonable outlook for 2012,” de Clercq says. “We have performed better than many other countries - including the U.K., the U.S. and Australia – where, in some cases, up to 25% of the steel construction industry is expected to be lost to bankruptcy in the near future.” De Clercq says that there are a number of reasons for South Africa’s good performance. “Firstly, the leaders and managers of our industry businesses are exceptional. They

are generally very proactive in ‘getting out there’ to get the business and they have been particularly successful at combating the Chinese and other foreign competitors. “Secondly, the new Eskom power stations have been a significant boost to the industry, taking up a good deal of its capacity. Also, South Africa’s regional neighbours have been buoyant and South African firms have enjoyed significant volumes of cross-border business across a wide range of sectors including mining, warehousing, factories, office buildings and more. Thirdly, the recent weakening of the Rand has improved the competitiveness of our industry significantly. Apart from this being a boost to our ability to export, it is definitely helping us combat the practise of local companies importing fabricated structural steel from the East,” de Clercq says. On the question of exports de Clercq says that since International Steel Fabricators of South Africa (ISF) has been working with South African main contractors to bid on foreign contracts in conjunction with it promoting local steel fabricators to main contractors on foreign jobs, significant strides have been made. "We have always believed in promoting local steel fabricators to the main contractors on foreign jobs and, while this has been successful, focusing on helping South African main contractors to bid on these foreign contracts has helped as, when successful, they, in turn, are in a position to sub-contract work to our steel fabricators," de Clercq says. Issued on behalf of: SAISC, Brooke Browde Communications For more information please contact the SAISC on +27 11 726 6111 Tel: (011) 726.6111 (011) 485.5800 Fax: (011) 482.9644 Fax to email: 0867238171 Contact: Dr. Hennie de Clercq Mr. Alan Browde E-Mail: Website:

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Personality Arch. David Rockwell Long before turning his attention to architecture, David Rockwell harbored a fascination with immersive environments. Growing up in Chicago, Illinois and Deal, New Jersey, and Guadalajara, Mexico, Rockwell was a child of the theater – his mother worked as a vaudeville dancer and choreographer and cast him in community repertory productions. Rockwell brought his passion for theater and an eye for the color and spectacle of Mexico to his architecture training at Syracuse University where he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree and to his studies at the Architectural Association in London. These formative influences continue to have a strong impact on his practice. Rockwell Group He founded Rockwell Group in 1984, an award winning, cross-disciplinary architecture and design practice, based in New York City with a satellite office in Madrid. The firm focuses on a diverse array of projects that range from hotels to hospitals, restaurants to airport terminals and Broadway set designs to consumer products. Rockwell’s monograph, Pleasure: The Architecture and Design of Rockwell Group, was published by Universe, a division of Rizzoli Books in 2002. Spectacle by David Rockwell with Bruce Mau – a book examining the history and public fascination with largerthan-life manmade events – was published by Phaidon Press in October 2006. Career Growth He was also honored with the 2009 Pratt Legends Award, the 2008 National Design Award by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt for outstanding achievement in Interior Design, a lifetime achievement award from Interiors magazine, an induction in Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame and the Presidential Design Award for his work for the Grand Central Terminal renovation. . He took the Emmy Award 2010, Winner Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming, 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Rockwell serves as Chairman of the Board of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), and as a board member of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Citymeals-on-Wheels. To further our interest in fusing design and technology, David Rockwell joined a renowned team of architects to serve on the Board of Advisors for Gehry Technologies. This innovative alliance is organizing over the mission to push

the limits of how technology and design can work together to ensure the greatest quality, sustainability and efficiency of architectural projects. Outstanding projects David Rockwell, the new York based architect has just completed work on the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Centre, a public multiscreen theatre and cultural complex in the heart of the Lincoln Center in New York, and I thought it might be of interest. The Lincoln Centre is the world’s leading performing arts centre and is home to 12 world-class arts institutions including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera.

Arch. David Rockwell

The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center is a collaboration between The Film Society and Lincoln Center, is a state-of-the-art, interactive media destination with acoustic and aesthetic elements. David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group have artfully turned existing, underutilized office space and a parking garage into a series of street-level spaces that will catch the eye of visitors with cinema-inspired design and the comforts of a modern theatre. The new space consists of two Theatres, an amphitheatre and a café. The idea behind Rockwell Group’s overall design vision for the West and East Lobbies, The Chandelier bar, Marquee nightclub, Jaleo restaurant and 3,000 guest rooms in the new Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas was to redefine the total experience of Las Vegas, from arriving to eating to dancing to sleeping. The West Lobby is a kinetic space, centered around 8 giant central columns wrapped with mirrors and LCD screens. Rockwell Group’s LAB installed 384 displays on the columns and 26 behind the registration desk to create a platform for a variety of customized immersive digital experiences in the space. Off this lobby is the dream-like Vesper bar with a ceiling covered in metal mesh to look like a cloud, and shimmering silvers and whites throughout the space. The Chandelier is a 3-story multi-layered, lounge and bar, covered with an undulating string and crystal curtain, which creates the sense of a fantastical inhabited chandelier. The LAB created a series of digital programming for both layers of strings, creating separate interactive experiences for viewers walking by and guests inside.

David Rockwell, the new York based architect has just completed work on the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Centre, a public multi-screen theatre and cultural complex in the heart of the Lincoln Center in New York, and I thought it might be of interest. The Lincoln Centre is the world’s leading performing arts centre and is home to 12 world-class arts institutions including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera.

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Making Wooden Floor A Success By Emmanuel Onsomu Whether it's a residential interior, or a commercial installation, hard wood floors add an air of class, as well as structural strength. Hardwood floors are said to lend a sense of permanence to an interior and remain the most popular flooring choice for those who value tradition the most. That said, modern construction is embracing wooden flooring. With the emergence of super engineered products, a consumer is assured of durability and affordability. Benefits of hardwood flooring Hardwood floors are easy to install. Quality hard wood floors are specifically engineered to ensure a uniform and stable fit. The choice between finished and unfinished hard wood floors is an important factor in this, of course. Hardwood floors are elegant and aesthetic and give a warmth and beauty to any room; hard wood floors offer warmth, beauty, value of wood and never go out of style. They are also said to enable a look of spaciousness wherever they are installed. This type of flooring is also durable and strong. High quality hard wood floors that are kiln-dried, manufactured, installed and finished to certain standards can last for generations. The hard wood floors are tough, hard-wearing, and

have long term durability. They can stand up to active workspaces and heavy feet traffic. Suntups have an engineered wood product that guarantees the consumer a five year period free of humid effect. In Africa, the weather is extreme on both ends. It can be dry and hot for a long period, and then switch to a short period of total wetness. This can result in expansion and contraction respectively. The ordinary solid wood is not stable in such conditions but the engineered one is. With solid wood flooring, it generally expands and contracts a lot more than a Suntups SuperEngineered™wood floor, this can cause havoc or even failures with your flooring. The Suntups Super-Engineered™wood flooring is constructed to be dimensionally stable, in fact up to 70% more stable. The Suntups Super-Engineered™ floors are made with the same thickness re-surface area as a solid, so if the thickness below the tongue is a ply or solid wood it is still just thickness but with the ply you get stability and safety and 60 percent less exotic wood is wasted simply on thickness. Good quality hardwood floors are a good investment because they add value to property.

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Made in Kenya to World Standards Who would have thought that one could find world class kitchens right here in Kenya? For a long time, most discerning home builders have looked to the West to source the best kitchen units for their homes, with Germany and Italy being the preferred markets. In recent times, others have been flocking to China in search of this critical home component in the hope of saving some money. Like in all products, the consumer is only interested in two aspects: quality and price. To get both, developers have had to be prepared to dig deeper into their pockets – until now.

Trancewood Limited, a Nairobi-based furniture manufacturer, has shattered this traditional myth by making elegant kitchens for all categories of buyers. The company’s stunning designs and finishes make their kitchens as stylish as any units competing on the global market. Using MDF for carcasses, (as opposed to others who use chipboard), Trancewood makes kitchens in various levels of sophistication to cater for all – from the lower end of the market to upscale consumers. Trancewood is essentially a kitchen hypermarket where one chooses goods according to his or her taste and spending power. The difference is that at Trancewood, cheap does not mean low quality. Even the bottom end buyer still gets a product that meets international standards in all aspects. So, why Trancewood? It comes down to price, quality and local availability. At Trancewood, you will save as much as 50% on your kitchen costs and get

a kitchen built to German or Italian standards. In addition, you are assured of technical back-up in terms of replacement of parts in the event that damage occurs in the course of use. This is not possible with units made abroad. The journey to the kitchen of your dreams begins with a visit to the Trancewood showroom. Even with the wide variety of choices displayed there, you can still get a customized unit commensurate with your taste and budget. Trancewood’s highly skilled designers and managers will listen to your needs and transform them into a product you will be proud of for years to come. So whether you are an individual putting up a single house or a developer undertaking a massive residential development, a visit to Trancewood is one of the wisest decisions you can make.

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Wind Turbines Once up and running, wind turbines produce 100% zero pollution; they are one of the most environmentally friendly sources of energy available at present time. By Emmanuel Onsomu The power of wind has been used to generate energy for ages. However, it is only until fairly recently, that its full potential at delivering an energy source for the masses has been realized. Wind turbines are becoming more and more popular throughout the world, due to global warming and the need to generate a sustainable source of energy. A report from industry consultants, AMI Consulting, published early this year, calculates that the global demand for materials in the production of wind turbine blades grew by over 20% per annum in the last five years. The market for wind turbine blades has been one of the fastest growing of any composite application with strong growth in Europe, North America and more recently Asia. Increasing effort is being invested in designing blades for maximum power generation and this requires careful attention to material


composition, material processing and of course overall design. To maximise return on investment, the average blade size is getting longer and heavier requiring greater quantities of raw materials. As blade length and weight increase beyond current norms, increased sophistication in blade design, materials and manufacture are required. Wind energy is a renewable energy that is incredibly diverse and is making a significant contribution to the fight against climate change. Furthermore, wind energy is one of the most economic and rapid means of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Wind turbines simply convert the kinetic energy from the wind into electricity using rotor blades to drive a generator located inside the turbine. Wind turbines come in various shapes and sizes and vary in power output from 100 watts to over 1 megawatts. There are two types of wind turbines, horizontal and vertical axis. These can consist of either 2 or three blades.

HAWTs (Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines) The horizontal wind turbines typically have 3 blades attached to a horizontal axis and have a gearbox and a generator located at the top behind the rotor blades. These are the most common type of wind turbine. They are usually seen on large spaces of land in the country side or somewhere vulnerable to high winds, such as in the sea. VAWTs (Vertical Axis Wind Turbines) The less familiar vertical wind turbines come in different shapes and sizes and they typically have the gearbox and the generator located on the ground. Installation Wind turbines are generally more suitable for properties with extensive land area, e.g. on farms or rural locations, as this allows larger wind turbines to be installed, which have greater efficiencies. However in urban or small

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suburban homes small scale wind turbines with rotors less than 1m in diameter may be installed. Fixing of wind turbines should be undertaken by certified installers, and carried out with appropriate planning permissions and Building Control approval, both of which will demand exact standards be reached prior to completion; with focus on health and safety and their visual impact. Once up and running, wind turbines produce 100% zero pollution; they are one of the most environmentally friendly sources of energy available at present time. This means the local supplies of water, air, and soil are not contaminated with chemicals or other toxins. In contrast, coal fired power plants, nuclear power plants, and incineration power plants all produce some levels of air, soil, and water pollution. Economic viability: In general, wind turbine farms can compete with other fossil fuel energies in terms of installed costs. They are also shielded from potential rises in conventional energy (natural gas, coal, and oil) prices that will inevitably make these energies too expensive for the construction industry. In fact, wind energy now costs between 4 and 6 cents per kilowatt-hour, making it one of the most economically viable renewable energy solutions.

Inexhaustible and renewable: The wind blows in every corner of the earth and can produce power in a variety of ways without generating greenhouse gas emissions and without fear of supplies running low. It is inexhaustible therefore entirely renewable. Wind turbines have a low embodied energy, requiring minimal manufacturing, transport and installation costs, in comparison to other alternative energy forms such as solar panels and Combined Heat and Power (CHP). Compared to solar energy, the wind can (depending on weather conditions) generate electricity constantly, 24 hours a day, throughout a windy night or on a cloudy day, which then can be stored for later use. Wind power is a worldwide recognized symbol of green energy, the use of which indicates the user is environmentally conscious. It is obvious that with the many benefits of wind, it is a highly valuable investment for individuals, communities, and countries. Governments need to come in and support companies that are dedicated to provide quality wind turbines.

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One Riverside Drive

Convergence of Elegance, Luxury and Prestige Innovative Planning and Design Consultants, a Nairobi architectural consultancy that is only four years old, has pulled off yet another spectacle – the One Riverside Drive.


One Riverside Drive is an exclusive high end residential development consisting of twenty 3-bedroom apartments and 12 Duplexes, discreetly located in the prime Nairobi suburb of Riverside, near Westlands.

The firm, which is also behind the prestigious office complex known as Fortis Tower, is rapidly establishing itself as the studio to watch in the coming years.

One Riverside Drive has positioned itself as a premier lifestyle residence, a groundbreaking Architectural Schematic for Nairobi’s exciting property scene.

One Riverside Drive is an exclusive high end residential development consisting of twenty 3-bedroom apartments and 12 Duplexes, discreetly located in the prime Nairobi suburb of Riverside, near Westlands. The development features an array of recreational facilities such as a state of the art gym, sauna and steam rooms, luxury Jacuzzi facilities as well as an amazing deck area for private relaxation and for hosting private functions.

Architectural Features From a design standpoint, the following are the main results: • The creation of a focal feature, in this case the pool decks and landscaped terraces. • A hidden parking facility: One Riverside Drive conceals all parking spaces allowing residents to enjoy greener spaces within a very highly built up suburb of Nairobi. • The blocks within the Scheme are specifically positioned in a way as to allow for high level glimpse views of the ever changing Westlands skyline. • The design of the building and

The ambient lighting scheme featured in the contemporary fountain and pool deck area enhances the highly stylish development. The apartments feature a high-tech security system, including CCTV and a perimeter electric fence.


Schindler Limited We are proud to be associated with Innovative Planning and Design Consultant on River Side Drive Project. Longonot Place, 1st Floor, Kijabe Street, P.O. Box 43410 - 00100, Nairobi, Kenya. Pilot Line: 340819. Tel: 340669/312115/2225978/2226938, Fax: 313279. Email: 26

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the apartments within reflects a ‘Miami’ style of living – contemporary, elegant, fluid spaces in the heart of a busy popular suburb. Challenges The commanding sloping site called for very creative use of space and particular attention to the arrangement and design of individual blocks. The architects found a way around this challenge and managed to produce an exceptional high quality design that merged seamlessly with intelligent landscape architecture to create an organic, fluid built environment. The project kicked off in September 2009 and was scheduled for handover last month (April). Off Ente rpri se Roa d , Ind ust ri a l Are a . , P. O. Box 4078 5- 00100 GP O, Na i rob i, Ke nya Te l: +254 2 0 650 2 87 / 6518 35 / 558 58 4 / 65302 19 / 8 0149 19 Ema i l : i nfo@s a rl . co. ke a nd s a rl @fut ure net . co. ke we b s i te : w w w. s a rl . co. ke

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Project Team Client: AMS Properties Architect: Innovative Planning &Design Consultants Quantity surveyor : Towercost Consultants Quantity Surveyor: Towercost Consultants Mechanical Engineer: Gill Consult Civil Engneer: Civil Engineer Design Main Contractor: Mandhir Construction Electrical Subcontractor: Bhatti Electricals Mechanical Subcontractor: Nile Plumbing


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Jabbal Limited A Company Founded on Integrity Kenya

Background Jabbal Limited was founded by Sutinder Singh Jabbal, a third generation Kenyan of Asian descent in 1987, as Jabbal and Associates. Prior to venturing on his own, Mr Jabbal was employed and trained by Armstrong and Duncan, one of the oldest Quantity Surveying firms in Kenya. He worked for the firm for 13 years (from 1977 to 1990). Although he held the position of Associate, Mr Jabbal opted to explore new horizons at the beginning of 1990. Jabbal Limited Today The current directors of Jabbal Limited are SS Jabbal and RK Jabbal. The former is a member of the The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK), The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK & Kenya), The Architectural Association of Kenya and The Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (Kenya). RK Jabbal is the Financial

Consultant and Administrator. Professional educational training was gained at the college of Estate Management, University of Reading (UK). Presently the firm has four quantity surveyors, two technical and two administrative support staff. Services and Company Ethos The firm provides full Quantity Surveying services, Project Management and Coordination, as well as Dispute Resolution services. The cornerstone of Jabbal Limited is Integrity. The company is committed to excellence in service delivery to the construction fraternity in Kenya through professional etiquette, conduct and approach. This service has been consistent throughout Jabbal Limited’s existence. Projects undertaken have been successfully completed and delivered.

Jabbal Limited’s competitive edge is based on the company’s policies of Total Trust Responsibility, Accountability, Openness and Fairness. Some Key Projects Jabbal has been involved in more than 130 projects of diverse nature, type and value having gained vast experience in construction field over the years. Some of the recent key projects have been: • The Safaricom Headquaters Buildings on Waiyaki Way (2 No.) where both Project Management and Quantity Surveying Services were provided for the Caribon Group. • Housing projects for Erdemann Group • Hotel projects for Eka Hotels Group • Industrial projects for IPS and Jubilee Insurance (AKDN) Group.


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According to Jabbal Limited, the company’s most unique project undertaken so far was a conservation and preservation project carried out at Kericho, a historic site of religious significance Gazetted by the Government of Kenya as a National Monument. A Gurdwara (Temple) was erected enveloping the existing traditional buildings to preserve the old and yet create new facility for 3No. prayer halls and accommodation together with kitchen/dining facilities. An adjoining NSPSI school for the local community was also built. The project presented opportunities to work with international charity organisations and local support groups and was carried out on voluntary basis as service to the community. International Experience Jabbal Ltd has been involved in projects in the UK, India, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania and Burundi with various organizations in various capacities as Advisors, Consultants, Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers. Company’s Take on the Construction Industry Jabbal Limited acknowledges the vibrancy of the construction industry in recent years,

Mr Jabbal discusses a project with his staff. From left: Naomi Wambui (Administrative Assistant), Phoebe Atieno (Quantity Surveyor), Boniface Gachia (Technical Assistant), Zachary Gakuya (Quantity Surveyor) and Paul Ambatsa (Quantity Surveyor).

noting that the private sector has been the driving force in sustaining building activity especially in Housing, Office and Commercial development. The present public spending has also enhanced and generated growth in public infrastructure sector but Jabbal anticipates a downturn in view of the high cost of finance and inflation in the coming months. According to Jabbal Limited, the main challenges facing the industry in Kenya are: • The current high interest rates and cost of borrowing. • The negative impact of cartels in price manipulation of various trades and materials. • The lack of sufficient and adequate training facilities of skilled technical staff i.e. artisans, carpenters, joiners etc. The level of productivity and quality of work is not at its best and is in fact deteriorating. • The regulation, vetting and grading of contractors for various work categories. • The control on influx of sub-standard materials and equipment. • The professional ethics and values which must be maintained and enhanced.

On Project Management, Jabbal notes that the last decade has seen the advent of the Project Manager on the Kenyan scene, a service necessitated by clients’ preferences, namely: • The desire to have one stop engagement with the Design and Building Team • Due to intricate financial and technological advances being made in the ever changing building environment, the need for expert advice is essential for the success of any undertaking. Whereas the service is part and parcel of the building process today, roles and responsibilities are at times unclear and undefined. Both education and understanding are therefore critical for all stakeholders. Future Jabbal Ltd is very conscious of environmental preservation and the use of alternative methods for “Greener Buildings”. The company will endeavor to play its role in the construction industry in sustaining professionalism in delivery of services and ensuring “value for money” for both clients and contractors.

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Major Kenyan cities have continued to see a boom in home construction. Though analysts expect the momentum to slow down in the face of the upcoming elections and the high cost of borrowing, new estates are still coming up. One of the latest such estates is Moke Gardens. Moke Gardens is a modern estate for middleincome earners on a 40 acre piece of land in Lukenya near Athi River, a 25-minute drive from Nairobi. The Ksh1.5 billion (US$18m) project comprises 272 semi-detached maisonettes built on an eighth of an acre piece of land each. According to the developer,Mr Harun Nyamboki, the project will be completed in four phases of 48, 75, 75 and 74 units. When complete, the controlled development will feature a perimeter wall and a single gate. The project kicked off in June 2009. The development incorporates eco-friendly concepts. The rooms feature high ceilings that allow natural light into every room and ventilation. All the houses are fitted with solar water heating systems. Grey water from the houses will be treated and recycled through a water treatment system at the property. The recycled water will be used for irrigation and general cleaning. Once the project is completed, solar powered street lights will be installed. The bathrooms are well finished with modern shower cubicles. Each house rests on

a well-manicured backyard surrounded by a picket fence separating the property and the road. The developer has been generous with space. Says Mr Nyamboki: “Our target market wants well designed houses with ample space for families. We have also delicately balanced cost and quality. Our finishing is good and we have made space allowance for additions such as washing machines. The rooms will not look cluttered when furnished.”


With the housing sector in Kenya facing a deficit of nearly 150,000 units annually, there does not appear to be a more lucrative venture for investors than residential development despite the cloud of high interest rates.

“We will try and customise the houses to individual lifestyles. Some buyers prefer balconies on the upper rooms while others would like less space on their backyards,” remarks the developer while acknowledging that this may slightly delay the project completion date of 2013. Ceramic tiles of different designs and decra roof tiles are available on site for buyers who want a different look for their houses. Each unit has a driveway that can accommodate two cars while a third car can park on the front yard. The property will feature a public area, a school, entertainment and shopping spots. Mr. Nyamboki says his main challenge at the moment is ensuring there is adequate infrastructure in the area. The local authority is set to complete a sewer line to the property while a road from Mombasa road through Daystar University is to be rehabilitated. A four bedroom maisonette complete with a servant quarter is selling for Ksh8.5 million (US$102,000) while three bedroomed ones are going for KSh7.5 million (US$91,000). “When you look at the cost per square meter, it’s about KSh 45,000 (US$540). That is a reasonable price”, he concludes.

May 2012


Tanzania’s Power Woes Tanzania

By Construction Review Reporter Cacophonies of ear-splitting noises as diesel and petrol generators outdo one another are synonymous with Karioakoo and Dar es Salaam Central Business District (CBD) during the daytime. Elsewhere, businesses have stalled and households are constantly in the dark owing to the power outages that have become a common phenomena in Tanzania. Inaccessible and often unpredictable power outages are becoming a way of life to residents.

Besides power outages caused by drop in production, severe storms, vandalism of transformers and other infrastructures have also caused outages and left the country in the dark especially the unprepared. Builders have therefore been forced to think ahead and install generators to ward to mitigate the outages. Emergency backup power and lighting come in quite handy when the electricity suddenly goes out.

The consequence is that the economy has been ravaged. In the recent years it has been sagging under the pressure caused by erratic power supply resulting from countrywide


power rationing. Estimated losses from various stakeholders including manufacturers paint a grim picture of the situation with some large manufacturing concerns, for example ALAF Ltd decrying huge losses of up to US$ 200,000 an hour as reported in the media. Overdependence on hydropower has meant that the reliance on sporadic rainfalls has rendered the situation unbearably difficult not for just the manufacturers and domestic users but also for the small traders who operate power driven equipment. Even if existing power output were to be fully operational, the question of power production and distribution still remains an Achilles heel. Last year, the media reported that the International Monetary

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Power situation A glimpse at power situation in the country reveals the following flaws. Only less than 15 percent of Tanzanians have access to power, with a paltry 2 percent in the rural areas. These disparities have seen the economies in the rural areas remain stagnant. It is notable that investment in the electricity sector has been small and capacity has only grown marginally. Demand, on the other hand, has been continuously rising, a major contributor to power outages.

The limited installed capacity of less than 800 MW against the rising demand that is expected to exceed 1200 MW coupled with 1000 MW per capita compared to 500 MW have all contributed to the rationing. The country's five-year development plan targets generation of more than 2,700-megawatts by 2015/16.


Fund (IMF) 2011/2012 growth forecast for Tanzania would drop to 6 percent from 7.2 percent. The reason cited was that frequent power outages would hurt production output while food and fuel prices could push inflation higher.

The contribution of Independent Power Suppliers (IPPs) who rely on fossil fuels that feed the national grid has been subject to the fluctuating dollar and petrol prices in the world market. Experts have argued that there is abundant, but largely untapped renewable energy resources. Currently hydro power accounts for 70 percent of electricity produced while diesel based production, solar and generators are also used. Rural Tanzania consumes close to 90 percent biomass energy.

Generators are becoming not just a fad in Dar es Salaam because outages happen at the most inopportune times necessitating preparedness for eventuality in the darkness or stalling of operations. There are no official statistics as the number of generators purchased but large numbers are purchased May 2012


Alternative power Besides power outages caused by drop in production, severe storms, vandalism of transformers and other infrastructures have also caused outages and left the country in the dark especially the unprepared. Builders have therefore been forced to think ahead and install generators to mitigate the outages.


Emergency backup power and lighting come in quite handy when the electricity suddenly goes out. Although solar energy holds promise, it still has a long way to go. Solar is renewable and clean but the underlying costs of installation exceed what most Tanzanians can afford. It is appropriate for schools, dispensaries and offices ranging from capacities of 300Watt to over 1kWatt that can be used for lighting, computers, fans, refrigerators (for vaccines). Most existing systems are donor funded without plans for maintenance and replacement of batteries. Solar energy has great potential. Generators Generators are becoming not just a trend in Dar es Salaam because outages happen at the most inopportune times necessitating a higher level of preparedness to forestall stalling of essential operations. There are no official statistics as to the number of generators purchased but it is evidently high. Secondly, while generators on sale in Tanzania may meet the need of supplying power when needed, there still remains the need to purchase

models that are environmentally friendly with a reputation for quality and low noise output. After sales service is also critical.

The quality of after sales service and support offered to customers, adds Mr Nielsen, is of highest possible standards. Providing a 24hour callout service, the company has an extensive fleet of generators on service contract receiving regular visits by qualified staff to ensure good running condition of plant and equipment. It also boasts of a hire fleet consisting of mobile generators of various sizes for short and long time rental covering emmergencies, special functions, construction sites nd other uses.

On a small scale, power generators have proved to be indispensable ready-to-use that although expensive in the long run, does fill the chasm created by power outages. Moreover, heavy downpours have often interfered with distribution thus necessitating stand-alone generators. The situation for large scale users such as industries, telecoms and mining is however complicated. Their generator needs can only be met by equally large and well established generator suppliers who can meet their needs. One such company is Merrywater Ltd. Merrywater, one of the leading generator industry players in Tanzania is the authorized dealer of FG Wilson UK. FG Wilson is the largest generator manufacturer in Europe.

Merrywater supplies generators with a wide range of technical specifications for both single and synchronized operation ranging from 9.5 up to 20000 KVA, and holds one of the largest stocks of generators in Tanzania meeting standard specification and various international standards related to both emission control and sound pollution. Domestic generators Generators can be defined by their purpose as either domestic or professional. They can also be defined by their use - as backup or basic generators. For domestic use in Tanzania, petrol generators are preferred.They are a source of electricity with relatively small power. It fits in when users carry backup, seasonal or emergency power supply.

By collaborating with FG Wilson, Merrywater has enhanced the training of staff by providing both local and overseas training opportunities. This, according to Mr Henrik S. Nielsen, the MD of Merrywater, combined with extensive investment in tools, has put Merrywater among the top suppliers of generators in Tanzania with a sound customer base consisting of individuals, industrials, foreign as well as local governments together with the Telecom, tourist and mining industries.

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Generators for construction sites ought to be compact and powerfully built into sturdy steel enclosures that can be moved around the jobsite with a tow motor. Diesel power plants are the main workhorses where for various reasons, centralized power supply is not available, or the quality of supply is poor.

There is nothing surprising in the popularity of diesel generators because they provide low cost electricity generation, and as a result - a fast recoupment of the generator set. Long lifespan and durability can also be attributed to the undoubted advantages of diesel power.


weight, size and noise level at work. Variants of using a petrol (gasoline) generator: as a backup low power supply both in stationary and portable version, are the only possible source for carrying out rescue and repair work in the field and at remote facilities to provide electricity to various kinds of mobile objects.

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CHINA TRUCK (T) LTD mainly sell SINOTUCK HOWO series, which include: various tipper trucks, tractor trucks, semi-trailers,cargo trucks, concrete mixer trucks, bulk cement tankers, water tankers, fuel tankers, fire fighting trucks, other specialized vehicles, machinery, bus, pick-ups etc, and their spare parts. CHINA TRUCK (T) LTD has exported nearly 3000 units heavy duty trucks to Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, D. R. Congo and other countries. Further, we provide good technical services and sufficient spare parts efficiently to our overseas customers.

McCormick Property Development Having successfully completed 49 shopping centres and malls to date, MPD malls hold many of the top trading density stores in South Africa such as Shoprite and other grocery anchors.

South Africa

Pioneering into the emerging markets of sub-Saharan Africa, McCormick Property Development (MPD) now has an established footprint on the African continent. Founder, John McCormick began investigating Africa as a potential development hub in the mid 1990’s. Having initiated the development of many shopping centres in the South African rural areas (old “Homelands”) and townships during the apartheid era, he understood the unique socio-political environment of those areas which in turn gave him a unique advantage in terms of having a similar insight into the African environment. And now with 49 completed developments, 2 more under construction, 8 more currently being leased totalling over 200 000m² GLA (gross lettable area) in SA, and 3 in Africa totalling over 150 000m² GLA currently

being leased with construction planned to commence prior to year end, they are busier than ever. Despite getting approached by other developers almost weekly, MPD prefers to utilise their “Project Development” division to source new business and define target areas. MPD manages the entire process on a turnkey basis, from site identification, purchase, zoning, design, leasing, development management, project management, marketing management, launch management, facilities management and asset management. MPD solely manages buildings that they have been involved in developing. They found that other developments have too many fundamental flaws and that the input required to correct these flaws is so substantial, that it is not worth their while.

“Our primary focus is on Emerging Market Retail,” explains Jason McCormick, “However, given the importance of these developments within their markets and how they become the “nexus” of population movement in their markets, we have moved into mixed use developments over the past five years. For example, our Mogale City Mall development includes over 100,000m² of commercial space and 150,000m² of light industrial development, as well as 12,500 housing units within the development.” Projects MPD are currently building two shopping centres, the 16,500m² “Diepkloof Square” in Soweto and the 12,500m² “Blouberg Mall” in Senwabarwana (Bochum) in Limpopo Province. Another three shopping malls are anticipated to begin within the next 6-8 weeks in South Africa; two large Malls in Mozambique and one large mall in Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe are expected to begin in the second half 2012. Having successfully completed 49 shopping centres and malls to date, MPD malls hold many of the top trading density stores in South Africa such as Shoprite and other grocery anchors (trading density is a measure of a store’s sales versus its’ rentable area). It’s difficult to name a “Flagship” project, however, Jason McCormick’s favourites are the 42,000m² “Chris Hani Crossing” Mall in Vosloorus, the 34,000m² Tsakane Mall in Ekurhuleni, the 25,000m² Kwagga Plaza (about to be expanded to over 40,000m²) in


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Benefitting surrounding areas All MPD projects have benefitted their surrounding areas, predominantly with direct employment. MPD has created over 40,000 new jobs in its 30 year history, in areas that are historically disadvantaged and hence in dire need of employment. MPD also works with local traders to ensure that they do have an opportunity to take up space in the malls. MPD, have a firm belief that education is the answer to South Africa’s productivity and unemployment problems and has been extensively involved in educational projects. From building schools in the “Previously Disadvantaged Areas” to offering annual bursaries and scholarships, this is a spin-off benefit to the areas in which they develop. MPD also have some extremely exciting Corporate Social Investment projects that are in the pipeline. MPD make a concerted effort to ensure ‘Green’ building technologies wherever possible. More specifically, they have been working together with Pick n Pay and Shoprite over the past few years to reduce their electrical requirements.

McCormick elaborates, “Our biggest challenge is that we are 100% committed to transparency and refuse outright to bribe anyone, on any level. We have found corruption to have become pervasive throughout our niche of the industry, and our not “paying our way” makes it incredibly difficult to get things through in what we would define as a “normal” timeframe, and often leaves us struggling for years to get developments approved.” “Socio-political pressures are also a huge challenge in the industry and working with local political structures is often incredibly difficult and sometimes downright frightening! We have however managed to create a model for working with these structures in these areas over the past 30 years which places us at a distinct advantage over newer entrants into these markets who may not know the extent of the pressure that will get exerted on them during the course of the development process.” “Development within the old “Section 293 Townships”, where land ownership was not allowed under the Apartheid regime also remains a problem as title deeds can take years to acquire. We will not develop on land that does not have a title deed, and as such, development is being held back in many of these areas due to the time that it takes

Department of Land Affairs to issue title deeds.” “Low rentals in the shopping malls, that tenants can afford, are a problem – especially when played against the huge costs of bringing services to the development areas. One must remember that these areas are traditionally under-serviced and as such they rarely have the bulk services to handle developments of the nature that we do. Given that the various Local Authorities generally do not have the budgets to service these areas, the onus then falls on the developers to bring in the bulk and link the services, creating a far higher cost base than would otherwise be the case. High costs and low rentals make it very difficult to make the returns needed to justify the risk of developing in these areas!” Conclusion As the 1st South African company to initiate BBBEE when John McCormick did a Share Scheme for local economic empowerment in his “Giyani Plaza” in 1985, the 1st company to focus solely on the “Emerging Market” and the current market leader in the South African Emerging Market development, McCormick Property Development stands out as a solid development company with a promising future as they continue to break ground in Africa.

They have also increased the insulation specification within their own developments to further reduce air-conditioning loads in all projects. Other environmentally friendly practices utilised by MPD include rainwater harvesting in the 32,000m² “Edendale Mall” in Pietermaritzburg and a 2.4 Hectare fully rehabilitated and maintained wetland system as part of the same development. Light sensors are used in common areas and energy saving lighting is installed throughout all the malls. Challenges There are a multitude of challenges that face the development industry in Africa. Jason May 2012


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Mpumalanga and the 26,000m² Jane Furse Plaza in Limpopo. These developments all have lengthy waiting lists for space, given the incredible trading densities that the stores within these malls produce.



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Sebele Shopping Complex: Keeping the Promise by Ezra Mogwe

Sebele Centre has kept the promise of being the place to Stop, Shop, Meet and Eat The grand opening of Sebele Shopping

launch were given a sneak preview

Centre in June 2011 was truly a

through a live broadcast on RB2 (Radio

m o m e n t o u s c e r e m o n y. M o s t l y

Botswana 2), a local radio station, so

targeting local Sebele, Phakalane,

they could also partake in spirit. One

Gaborone Block 10 and Gaborone

year later, Sebele Centre has kept the

North dwellers, Sebele Shopping

promise of being the place to STOP,

Centre was officially opened on 23



June 2011 by Sandy Kelly, Director of PrimeTime Holdings. In addition to the

Client Brief

mentioned categories of customers,

The client for the mall project is


the new P98 million mall gets business

PrimeTime Property Holding, the

from bypassing travelers who need to

Botswana listed property fund. The

stock up for the journey ahead as it is

brief was to design a shopping center

located very conveniently on the A1

with easy access from every direction.


The mall had to be a modern,

Shoppers enjoyed fantastic opening th

offers right through to 26 June 2011 at this long needed convenience center. The shoppers were dazzled by funky tunes and friendly faces with performances by traditional dance groups to celebrate this occasion. Those who could not make it to the


functional, and convenience shopping center that people would like to shop at. The idea was to make the customers’ shopping experience as fun as possible. Description The entire mall comprises of two detached buildings. The first and larger

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of the two has an “L” shaped design

9139 square meters and the parking is

with the inner part of the “L” facing the

finished with asphalt with special

parking lot and the A1 beyond. All retail


shops are located on the ground floor centered around the anchor tenant,


Pick n Pay, while the offices are placed

The main challenge that was

on the first floor with all the eateries

experienced was with the Public Sector

situated together on the east side of

industrial Strike which affected the

the center. Customers are offered a

opening date of the center. Though the

variety of store options in the form of

mall was promptly completed in May

well esteemed shops, a hardware

2011, there was delay in opening since

store, restaurants, technology stores,

the required trading licenses could not

and much more to meet their shopping

be obtained on time. This resulted in the


mall being opened a month later than anticipated.

The smaller building, which houses a toy shop, is located east of the larger

Timeless Shopping Experience

one with a road between the buildings

The concept on which this mall was

and additional parking in front of it.

founded works perfectly i.e

There is also a small circle for

convenience centre and the tenant mix

controlling vehicular traffic which has

will forever make Sebele Centre work. It

unique lighting that truly stands out

will not be in any way competing with


and adds to the exquisite aesthetic of

the recently opened neighboring

the mall.

Airport Junction, a destination centre which does not have the easy “pop-in”

The whole idea was to use materials

access that Sebele Centre has. Sebele

that are environmentally friendly and at

Mall was constructed with the

the same not compromising quality.

confidence that it would stand the test

The total built up area of the center is

of time.


Project Team Project Manager: Time Projects Architect: Paul Munnik Architects Quantity Surveyor: MLC Quantity Surveyors Civil Structural Engineers: ADA Consulting Engineers Electrical Mechanical Engineers: AR Edwards & Associates Main Contractor: Red East Construction Electrical Sub Contracts: B& h Electrical Aluminum Sub Contractors: Alucraft Timber Trusses: Tlhomeso Timbers

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Protea Surveys Celebrates 20th Anniversary The year 2012 marked a milestone for Protea Surveys Instruments CC, which has been delivering excellent service delivery to all customers since the early 1980s. Since being founded in South Africa the company has spread its sphere of operation to open up branches in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique. This move not only signals the growth which our organization has experienced since inception, but it also shows the strong commitment which Protea Surveys has to ensuring that we conveniently and promptly reach our clients to assist them in whatever way we can. Protea Surveys Instruments Botswana, which is located in Gaborone, is a

company that has excelled in supplying, calibrating and service of all survey and civil laboratory equipment including: RTK GPS | GARMIN GPS | Totalstation | Theodolites | Auto level | Nuclear density gauges | Concrete Cube Press cube moulds | Slumb cones | CBR machines | Survey and Mining Software We offer a wide range of Fujiyama Survey Instruments, FOIF survey instruments, Humboldt laboratory equipment, James Concrete testing equipment, Pro-ikon Soil testing equipment and Carlson Software.. Our main focus is to render personal attention to every need expressed by our customers. Honesty, quality service, accountability, team management and

customer service support remain our prime values amongst others. There is no doubt that when it comes to Land Surveying, Construction, Mining, Civil Laboratory Services and repair of related equipment, Protea Survey Instruments remains the best supplier to deal with. Protea’s clientele consists of the government sector and other well pronounced private companies. We not only boast our trained and experienced staff as well as its quality range of products and services, but also pride ourselves in being a major solution to Consulting Engineers, Land Surveyors, Mine Managers, Mine Surveyors, and Geologists in whatever project they may be undertaking.

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Airport Junction Grand Opening


The opening ceremony of this anticipated mall, in April 2012, was something many will remember for a long time. The intended targeted residents of the nearby Sebele; Phakalane; Gaborone Block 10, Broadhurst and Gaborone North as well as others who travelled further to marvel at the new landmark all flocked the mall taking advantage of fantastic opening sales. They were dazzled by funky music and performances by various entertainers who were celebrating the unveiling of the magnificent Airport Junction Shopping Mall. The tenants were in top form with opening giveaways and discounts. One of the anchor tenants, Spar, even had competitions for shoppers and clowns outside their store for children’s amusement. Shoppers who could not make it to the launch were made part of the action via a live broadcast on Gabz Fm, a local radio station. As its name suggests Airport Junction Shopping Centre - the P469 million mall is enclosed on the south side by the Airport Road and it is also adjacent to the A1 on the east flank. The entire mall takes up an estimated 45,800 square meters, making it one of the top three centres in Gaborone. The entire mall comprises of four separate buildings, the first two of which are located

closest to the A1 Highway. They house the new KFC drive-through and the Builders Warehouse. The third and largest building is the main mall is located west of the site facing east towards the first two buildings with the parking lot located between all of them. Careful consideration was taken to bring many new franchises to the centre and make for a unique shopping experience. A number of new South African café and restaurant franchises such as Cuppachino’s, and Panarotti’s have been strategically placed in a whole row at the front of the mall facing the A1 to attract customers, along with the old favorites such as Nandos, Wimpy, Spur and Chicken Licken. A play area with a water future is centralised at the major restaurant area with the aim of catering for children activities. In addition to the mentioned franchises, a number of known banks such as Bank Gaborone, Barclays, ABC Bank and other anchor tenants such as Shoprite, Edgars, and Stuttafords, among others, have also been included in the mall. Sparkling Auto, which is housed in the forth building, is located on the northern area of the site near the main entrance – one of three access points. It faces east towards the first and second buildings with ample parking in between them.


Project Team Client/ Developer: B E P Developments (Pty) Ltd Architect: Frans Farmer Architects / Arctez Project Manager: Shilo Holdings (Pty) Ltd / C-Pro Botswana (Pty) Ltd Quantity Surveyor: MLC Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd Mechanical Engineer: Win Consulting Engineers / A.R. Edwards & Associates (Pty) Ltd Electrical Engineers: Quad Africa / A.R. Edwards & Associates (Pty) Ltd Structural/Civil Engineer: ADA Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd Main Contractor: Stefanutti Stocks Botswana (Pty) Ltd

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Standard Electrical Lights Up Airport Junction

Construction began in September 2010. The entire mall comprises of four separate buildings, the first two of which are located closest to the A1 Highway with the bulk of the parking lot area located in front of them. The buildings are all connected by wide covered walkways. Landscaping will be a prominent feature in most of mall’s open area.

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Founded in 1946 Standard Electrical is one of the largest electrical contractors in South Africa. With 66 years of experience the company has been involved in all facets of the electrical contracting field, specializing primarily in office buildings; shopping centers; hotels; industrial buildings; hospitals; housing and apartment complexes. The company is a SILVER founding member of the GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL of South Africa. The group is supported by adequate banking facilities enabling it to tackle a project of almost any size. Given this vast experience, impeccable reputation and a history of excellent service delivery Standard Electrical Botswana, a subsidiary of Standard Electrical, was engaged to carry out all electrical works at Airport Junction. Rather than seeing this as

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The recently completed Airport Junction Shopping complex, which is located on the outskirts of Gaborone, is one of several major malls which Botswana has seen emerging since late 2011. The mall is enclosed on the south side by the Airport Road and is adjacent to the A1 on the east flank. Being in the top three of the city’s malls, the centre occupies a total of 45,896sqm and boasts ample parking space for all customers and employees.


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May 2012

Construction Review Africa  

CR May 2012 Issue Vol 23 No. 04 Africa's leading building and construction industry journal featuring news, views and construction projects.

Construction Review Africa  

CR May 2012 Issue Vol 23 No. 04 Africa's leading building and construction industry journal featuring news, views and construction projects.