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October 2012 Volume 23 No. 09

Guest - Eng. Dr. Isaac Mutenyo, Ag. Hon. Secretary UIPE 2011/12

REGULARS The Site Board 6 News 7 New Products 10 Association News 11 Events 11 Corporate News 12 PICTORIAL Kenya Bureau Of Standards Expo 13 Fidic Acen Seminar 13 Olympic Exhibition 2012 13 Cover Story Deloitte Head Office

Personality - Brett Marlin Projects Director of Time Projects Botswana


International Project Sipopo Congress Center 26 GUEST Engineer Isaac Mutenyo 14 Personality Brett Marlin 15

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The Site Board

COUNTRY EDITORS Kenya - Francis Makari Uganda - Irene Kabuzire

Meeting Africa’s housing needs Despite growth being experienced in African economies on the back of positive macroeconomic reports in recent years, the housing markets are still constrained by factors such as poverty, a lack of long-term financing, land management systems in need of reform and a rising cost of building materials.

WRITERS Irene Kabuzire, Elaine Young, Emmanuel Onsomu, Dominic Uys, Lindsay Wagner WEB / GRAPHIC DESIGN Augustine Ombwa O. Frankline May

In addition recent global economic uncertainity in Europe and China have placed pressure on Africa’s traditional markets slowing growth and constraining foreign direct investment.

ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES Kenya Frances Lagoussis (Mombasa), Denis Ondeyo, Trizah Njoroge, Alvan Wamae

In most countries in Africa mortgage rates of about 20% are seen as normal which adds to limiting uptake of loan facilities.

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

Despite these limitations housing stock continues to grow although it still falls short of demand especially in the low income segment. This situation offers great opportunity for any investor given Africa’s untapped potential.

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AfDB Approves US$71million For Gabonese Hydroelectric Project The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) group, through its private sector window, has approved a senior loan of US$71.3million to the Coder hydropower project for the design, construction and operation of two run-of-river hydro projects in Ngounie province and North Gabon. The project consists of two run-of-river hydroelectric power plants, a 70 MW plant in the Ngounie province and a 52 MW plant in North Gabon. Despite a high electricity access rate of up to 83%, the Gabonese electricity sector still faces frequent electricity shortages and blackouts resulting from high urbanisation. Gabon's current power shortages hinder the country's economic and social growth, making it a high governmental priority to revitalise the electricity supply and lower electricity prices. The government's goal is to increase generation facilities from 373 MW to 1,200 MW by 2020. The current electricity production is split about 50:50 between hydro and diesel oil and Gabon also wants to cut environmentally unfriendly and costly diesel power generation. The project, with a two-year completion target, will provide electricity to the national grid as well as provide security of supply to rural areas.

The project consists of two run-of-river hydroelectric power plants, a 70 MW plant in the Ngounie province and a 52 MW plant in North Gabon.


FCTA Spends US$142million On Abuja Rail Project

The Federal Capital Territory Administration ( FCTA) has so far spent US$142million on the Abuja Mono Light Rail project, says Mr. Jonathan Ivoke, the Secretary for Transportation.Ivoke disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the Senior Staff Retreat of the secretariat in Abuja. The theme of the retreat is "Transportation in the FCT, Prospects, Challenges and Solutions."Ivoke said that the Chinese Government was expected to provide 500 million dollars as a counterpart fund for the project awarded to Chinese Construction Company, CCECC, in 2007. Ivoke added that the project will be completed two years late than the initial 2013 completion date as only 20 per cent of the work had so far been done. He said that the secretariat had designated 500 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on different routes in a bid to provide efficient, effective and affordable environmentally friendly mass transit system. In his address, the FCT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed, said that the rail system would ease movement of personnel, goods and services.

Costs on this phase will be relatively lower as land had been procured and construction of bridges was finished during the first phase.


Expansion of Northern Bypass Starts Early 2013 Procurement for the contractor for second phase of the 21km Kampala Northern Bypass is set for December and the real construction works is to start early next year. The construction is funded by the European Investment bank, European Union and the Government of Uganda. Costs on this phase will be relatively lower as land had been procured and construction of bridges was finished during the first phase. However, Dan Alinange, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) spokesperson said they are acquiring more land at some round-abouts that are to be widened and turned into flyovers.He said valuation of the property for those expected to be affected has already been finalised pending compensation. Round-abouts to be expanded include Kalerwe, Busega, Ntinda, Kisaasi and Nansana and all residents around them are to be relocated. The road, which stretches from Mandela Stadium at Bweyogerere to Busega round-about, is to be turned into a dual carriage road, when the second phase is completed. The first phase was constructed by Salini and works commenced in 2004 at a unit cost of $1.74m per kilometer funded by the EU and the Government of Uganda.

Costs on this phase will be relatively lower as land had been procured and construction of bridges was finished during the first phase.

October 2012



South Sudan eyes a US$4bn road network

South Sudan

South Sudan has said it plans to spend up to $4-billion in the next decade on building itself a 7 000 km road network. Roads and Bridges Minister Gier Chuang Aluong told the Construction Review that the new road network would link his country - Africa's newest nation - to both Sudan and Kenya. South Sudan, a country which stretches across almost 240 000 square miles, has only 300 km of paved roads and most of the country is linked only by dirt tracks which are impassable during the summer rain season. Aluong said the plan which is based on a similar idea floated a decade ago - would be funded from oil revenues and development loans. He added that he envisaged linking Juba by paved roads with Malakal and the White Nile port of Renk on the southern side of the border. The Juba link to the Ugandan border in Nimule has just been completed with the help of the United States. Another road will link Juba with Kenya, which will shorten the time it takes to The country plans to build itself a 7 000 km road network. transport goods. Most of South Sudan's imports currently arrive in Mombasa on the Kenyan coast and are trucked from there via Uganda to Nimule, a trip that can last several weeks.

Work Starts On US$6.7M Othiwarongo Mall


The development of a $6.7 million shopping mall by the Safland Property Group Namibia and Frontier Property Trust in Otjiwarongo came a step closer to reality after a recent ground-breaking ceremony. Kallie van der Merwe, chief executive officer of Safland, said the expansion and upgrade of Town Square would house a bigger and better Jet Mart Store, the first Clicks in Northern Namibia, Edgars Active, Fashion Express, a new look Truworths, new concept Mr Price, Exact, Total Sports, Scooters Pizza and Hungry Lion. Van added that once up and running they expect more that 100 new retail employment opportunities. The Groundbreaking ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Otjwarongo, Hilda Jesaya, Ranga Haikali, chairperson of the Safland Property Services Namibia and Fuastina Caley, the director of education and currently acting chief regional officer of Otjozondjupa.

US$309Million for City Roads, Rail Upgrade

The expansion and upgrade of Town Square will house bigger and better stores.


The World Bank has released US$309million for the upgrade of roads and rail transport in Nairobi and several other towns. The amount, in addition to US$114million from the Kenya government, will be channeled into the National Urban Transport Improvement Project.The funds will go towards the expansion of Uhuru Highway, which dissects Nairobi CBD, and initiate rapid bus transit and commuter rail systems. In a statement issued in Washington, World Bank Kenya country director, Johannes Zutt said, by helping to ease traffic congestion and develop a modern commuter system, this project will enable Nairobi to remain a great city in which to live and to do business. Major components of the project include expansion and upgrading of the highways, service and access roads from JKIA through Museum Hill to Rironi road on the Northern Corridor transport system. The project also includes financing construction of by-passes in Kisumu in Western and Meru in Eastern Kenya and the building and operation of new rapid bus and rail transport systems to increase the volume while speeding up passenger and freight services around the country's urban areas. 10

World Bank Kenya country director, Johannes Zutt, said this project will enable Nairobi remain a great city in which to live and to do business.

October 2012


Saudi Arabia

US$629Billion construction projects under way Saudi Arabia's vibrant construction industry is expected to undergo accelerated growth in the next few years with the value of projects planned and under way currently estimated at $629 billion. Over $500 billion in investment opportunities covering energy, transportation, education, healthcare and other vital economic sectors still remain, making the Kingdom a leading investment destination for construction work. Among the major factors expected to sustain Saudi Arabia's dominance in the construction domain are its status as the region's top economy, a large and growing local population, a highly competitive business environment, and a national impetus on infrastructure development. Around US$2 billion worth of road projects are being built, with the project pipeline expected to grow by an average of 4 percent over the next four years.

Commenting on the development, Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI), a regional specialist in integrated design, engineering and construction, said the broad scope of Saudi projects - from government and education to healthcare and hospitality - makes it a premier construction market. DSI points to the numerous opportunities available in mechanical, electrical and Around US$2 billion worth of road projects are being built, with the project plumbing (MEP), civil contracting, water and power and rail opening up within pipeline expected to grow by an average of 4 percent over the next four years. the Saudi market.


Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children opens The $400m Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children (BRHFC) has opened in the US.The 12-storey, hospital is situated one block north of the existing Children's of Alabama Hospital facility and named in honour of Alabama entrepreneur Benjamin Russell. The hospital will have 332 beds and 48 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) bassinets.Architecture firm HKS, in partnership with Giattina Aycock Studio designed the project, wiith KLMK the project manager and Hoar Construction, in partnership with KBR, serving as the construction managers. Doug Compton, HKS senior designer, said: "The hospital's curvilinear design combines vision, gradate and opaque glass types that are punctuated with colors interspersed throughout the building - inside and out - for visual interest." With a floor area of 760,000ft², the new facility has been built to accommodate a rise in the number of patients, anticipated medical technology needs and proposed consolidation of pediatric services including cardiovascular surgery and solid organ transplant care.

The $400m hospital will have 332 beds and 48 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) bassinets.

Brisbane Airport Unveils Upgraded Domestic Terminal


Brisbane airport in Australia has opened its upgraded Domestic Terminal, finished at an investment cost of $350m.The Domestic Terminal Precinct project began in 2010 and includes the $40m enhancement of common user satellite terminal, a $60m expansion of stage 2 northern domestic terminal apron, construction of a new $196m nine-storey car park and an elevated skywalk. The upgrade also features a 5,000-space smart car park with Skywalk, as well as a new forecourt area and central taxi rank and a revamp of the road network within the precinct terminal. Brisbane Airport (BAC) chairman Bill Grant said it is a significant project that will ensure Brisbane Airport is well prepared to manage the 33 million passengers anticipated to be travelling through the Domestic Terminal by 2029.Developed as part of a $4.2bn infrastructure programme at Brisbane, the project included the construction of Domestic Terminal Skywalk in February 2008, and a $340m International Terminal expansion project. Brisbane airport's passenger traffic expects to more than double its current 19 million annual figure to 51 million by 2030.

Brisbane Airport (BAC) chairman Bill Grant said the project will ensure Brisbane Airport is well prepared to manage the 33 million passengers anticipated to be travelling through the Domestic Terminal by 2029.

October 2012



The Gehl vertical-lift V400 skid loader The Gehl vertical-lift V400 skid loader boasts a rated operating capacity of 4,000 lbs. (1,814 kg) and a true vertical lift height of 144 in. (365 cm). The all-new V400 is a true vertical lift machine, which means the lift path follows a vertical line as opposed to an “s” shaped path offered by other vertical-lift models. Lifting up to 144 in., the V400 can easily load high trailers and trucks. “Gehl is excited to regain the throne as the world’s largest skid loader,” said Sean Bifani, product manager. “The V400 fulfills the market’s demand for a high capacity skid loader. Paired with its high lifting height, the V400 enters the high-end of the skid loader market, where product options are minimal. The V400 provides maximum capacity and the industry’s largest breakout force at 9,150 lbs.” Website:

Dynapac’s new CA6000 single-drum vibratory roller USA has introduced four models of its CA-series single drum vibratory rollers. The CA5000, CA5500, CA6000 and CA6500 have been equipped with a number of enhancements over previous models, including optimized drum amplitude, automatic bouncing control and an overall design that makes it easier to service the equipment, according to the manufacturer. Compaction is delivered by the new models utilizing drum amplitude of .083 in. (.2 cm.) This increased force allows rock fill to be compacted in layers almost 9 ft. (2.7 m) thick with rock sizes up to 3 ft. (.9 m) in diameter. It also requires fewer passes to reach compaction specifications. Automatic bouncing control measures feedback from the drum and eliminates drum bouncing or over compacting. This feature improves compaction performance while extending the useful life of the equipment by eliminating drum double-jump, which could lead to premature failure of machine components, according to the manufacturer. Website:

Volvo PF6110 Tracked Paver Paving performance is increased with global technology utilized in the Volvo PF6110 tracked paver, according to the manufacturer.The auger system on the PF6110 is independent of the conveyor system. Each of the two auger and conveyor drives uses sonic sensors for more precise handling of material. The conveyor system has chains that are automatically tensioned for proper performance and less downtime. The conveyor chain cover cleans itself, providing easier maintenance. Reversible augers and conveyors are available as optional equipment. Hopper capacity for the series is 14.4 tons (13.1 t), giving the paver a practical production rate of 820 tons (744 t) per hour.A 205 hp (153 kW) Cummins Tier III engine powers the PF6110 paver. The PF6110 has a paving speed of 246 ft. per minute (74.9 m per minute) and a travel speed of 10 mph (16.1 kmh). The paver includes a 30-kW (37.5 kVa) generator with four 110-volt outlets. Website:

Bobcat Upgrades 700 and 800 M-Series Loaders Building on the productivity of the Bobcat 700 and 800 frame-size loaders, significant upgrades have been made to the skid steer loaders, compact track loaders and all-wheel steer loader. These changes incorporate greater machine performance through enhancements such as increased breakout and lift forces, better horsepower management, shorter cycle times and simplified display navigation, according to the manufacturer. Bobcat Company also has continued to take steps toward complying with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) diesel engine emissions standards by adopting a systems approach to simultaneously achieve standards compliancy and improved machine performance. Upgraded loader features apply key interim Tier IV (iT4) technologies to provide enhanced loader functionality and reporting for machines with horsepower ranging from 75 to 174. Machines in this horsepower class include Bobcat’s 700 and 800 frame-size loaders, consisting of seven M-Series loaders: the S750, S770, and S850 skid steer loaders; the A770 all-wheel steer loader; and the T750, T770 and T870 compact track loaders. Website: 12

October 2012


Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Environment, Safety and Reasonable Pricing are the Priorities for Steel Construction Industry in 2012. This is according to Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Executive Director Dr. Hennie de Clercq.Mr. Clercq says the truth is that steel, when taking a holistic approach to energy, is an extremely environmentally-friendly, green product and often more so than products like brick and mortar. Among its many important priorities for 2012 and beyond there are none more crucial to the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) than the promotion of steel as a green product, the protection of the local consumer – especially from the imports of sub-standard and dangerous products and the fight for reasonable pricing from the steel producers. “It is perhaps a truism that one of the most pressing challenges facing global industry is to make its processes less harmful to the environment or, in the current parlance, more ‘green’ and the Institute is committed to helping the local industry to be more energy efficient while also demonstrating that significant strides have been made in making steel more green with a reduction in its carbon footprint of more than 40% in the last 50 years.

The 4th edition of the International Africa Public Private Partnership Conference and Showcase Date: Venue: Contact: Email: Website:

14-16 November 2012 Hotel Sheraton, Abuja Federal Republic of Nigeria James

The 4th edition of the International Africa Public Private Partnership Conference and Showcase will take place in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria from 14-16 November at the Sheraton Hotel. APPP 2012 is the only event in Africa where senior professional, VP to CEO level delegate from small engineering firms to top 10 global infrastructure developments firms, financiers and legal advisers behind innovation will gather to discuss high level strategy and build quality relationships. APPP 2012 is where forward thinking companies and leaders of national PPP units will come to initiate their next PPP deal. The APPP conference now in its 4th edition and has evolved

into Africa’s premier PPP event, unparalleled in its presentation and reputation as a definitive platform and a strategic forum to gain hard information on Africa’s PPP sector. The 2011 edition held in Nairobi, Kenya attracted the attendance of 231 delegates from 25 countries.

MozBuild 2012 Date: Venue: Contact: Email: Website:

26-28 November, 2012 Girassol Indy Congress Hotel & Spa, Maputo, Mozambique Laura Sitzia

MozBuild 2012 is the only international trade exhibition for the construction industry in Mozambique designed to provide a meeting platform for all existing companies and potential new entrants/exporters to Mozambique to network, engage, and cement business relationship, and market products and services. The exhibition will cover the following product categories: Building and construction materials, Building equipments, Road building machinery, Windows and doors , Swimming pools, Roofing material , Flooring , Electric tools, Lighting, Interiors, Rail ways

October 2012


Nairobi’s tallest residential Linden Comansa’s 21 LC 660 Arusha's Proposed Modern apartments unveiled Shopping Mall to Eclipse Improves its Jib Length

Construction of the $41.2million housing project, which is dubbed Le Mac, is currently under-way with completion date set for 2015.

The 21 LC 600 showcases as one of the most attractive cranes on its segment.

The mall will be the largest shopping centre in the Northern Zone.

Mark Properties has unveiled a 22-storey luxury apartments project along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi’s Westlands area targeting wealthy buyers and renters.

The 21 LC 660 tower crane, available since July 1st 2012, has already improved its features just after its official launch. The four versions of this tower crane (with maximum loads of 18, 24 36 and 48 tonnes respectively) finally have a jib length 4 meters longer than what was announced a couple of months ago, and the cranes are now offered with a maximum jib length of 84 meters.

Arusha International Conference Centre will soon construct a large, modern and 'state-of-the art' shopping mall in a project to be undertaken by local Authorities Pension Fund. Already 20 housing units that used to be part of the AICC's 60 residential estate located at Soweto area, in Kaloleni ward, within the town centre, have been demolished to pave way for the proposed stateof-the-art shopping mall. The Director General of LAPF Mr. Eliudi Sanga confirmed they were already constructing a similar mall in Mwanza, near Kirumba at the cost of $41.3million.

Construction of the $41.2million housing project, which is dubbed Le Mac, is currently under-way with completion date set for 2015. On completion, Le Mac is expected to be the tallest residential building in Nairobi – taller than the proposed Kasarani Hills that were anticipated to be the tallest residential apartments in the country. Le Mac will provide office and retail space on the lower floors and one-bedroom and twobedroom residential apartments in the sixteen upper floors. The top floor will host an elevated swimming pool and a 5-star 360 degree rooftop restaurant for the residents. According to Ravi Vasta, a director of Mark Properties – a Nairobi-based family-owned property development firm, the Dubai-styled project targets high-income home buyers and tenants seeking accommodation in exclusive neighbourhoods.

With this upgrade, the 21 LC 660 tower crane which was especially designed for large industrial, public works, infrastructure and mining projects, achieves a maximum jib length longer than most part of the tower cranes that are currently available in the market with similar characteristics. At this moment, very few manufacturers can offer jib lengths longer than 80 meters in tower cranes with similar characteristics than the 21 LC 660, and even fewer have Flat-Top tower cranes with more than 360 tonne-meters. Because of this, with its 84-meter-long jib, Flat-Top design, 660 tonne-meters and its highly competitive price, the 21 LC 600 showcases as one of the most attractive cranes on its segment.

Mr. Sanga said the Arusha structure is likely to be much bigger than the Mwanza's project. Speaking earlier, the Arusha International Conference Centre's Managing Director Mr. Elishilia Kaaya had revealed that the AICC was in the process of constructing what would eventually be the largest shopping centre in the Northern Zone. AICC, whose flagship business is operating the country's largest conference complex in Arusha, is also the proud owner of about 655 residential housing units in the city where residential houses are hard to find. The Centre also runs the AICC Hospital along Nelson Mandela Road in 'Uzunguni' area.


South Africa

Association Partners Kenya

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


Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia


Institute of Surveyors of Uganda


Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors


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


- Ghana Institute of Engineers - Architects Registration Council - Ghana Institute of Surveyors - Ghana Green Builders Association - Ghana Institute of Planners

Tanzania - 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 October 2012

KENYA BUREAU OF STANDARDS EXPO Date: 24th - 26th August 2012 Venue: KEBS Headquarters South C Nairobi, Kenya

Minister of Housing Hon.Shitanda signing the visitors book.

Kenya Minister of Housing; Hon. Peter Soita Shitanda addressing exhibitors and visitors.

A visitor at the CR stand.

Minister of Housing Hon.Shitanda, and the Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Industrialization, Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho at the event.

CR Marketing & Circulation Coordinator William Mutama receives a certificate from a KEBS official.

Minister of Housing Hon.Shitanda, The PSMinistry of Industrialization; Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho and The Managing Director Kenya Bureau of Standards, Mrs Eva Oduor at the event.

FIDIC ACEN SEMINAR Date: 14th -15th August 2012 Venue:Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja-Lagos, Nigeria

Cross secttion of participants at FIDIC ACEN Sseminar in Lagos.

Seminar Facilitator,Bogdan Oprea.

Participants at the same event.

Olympic Exhibition 2012 May 22, 2012, Bucharest, Bucuresti, RO

Olympic Exhibition officer Oliver South present the model of the Olympic Park and the GREAT campaign to visitors.

An attendee at the Model of the Queen Elisabeth II Olympic Park on display in Bucharest.

Romanians visiting the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Exhibition

Guest Uganda at 50 years Interview with Eng. Dr. Isaac Mutenyo, Ag. Hon. Secretary UIPE 2011/12

Eng. Isaac Mutenyo

The construction industry in Uganda has over the past 50 years experienced a boom. This is as a result of the rapid population growth and liberalization of the economy that have triggered the demand for housing and infrastructure. Despite the surge in activities, the industry continues to exhibit low levels of technology adaptation and utilisation. Contractors have continued to employ old methods of construction culminating in long construction cycles, increased costs of construction and environmental degradation. Due to the perceived high cost involved in hiring professional engineers, many developers have resorted to using ordinary artisans and builders (so called “engineers”) to oversee the whole process of construction especially in construction of houses. However, because these “engineers” have limited knowledge in building and professional ethics, they tend to produce shoddy work. The rising cost of building materials like cement, timber and sand among others is the other cause of substandard work. As a result, many site developers are using cheap but poor quality construction materials. Many of such low quality materials do not meet the specifications of the design engineer. Such practices do not guarantee the durability of the structure and they compromise the safety and comfort of the users.

Eng. Isaac Mutenyo has a PhD from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, MSc from UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands and BSc (Eng) in Civil Engineering from Makerere University. He is a Fulbright Scholar and currently works as a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Kyambogo University and he coordinates the Appropriate Technology Centre for Water and Sanitation. 16

The construction industry today is challenged with trying to provide the much required services and products for an ever increasing population. There is thus need for rapid changes in the construction industry because the next few decades will see enormous migration into urban centres where competition for services will be enormous. Lack of financial capacity and lack of research and development in the industry are of most critical importance. Most construction firms in Uganda lack adequate capital to finance their activities. This implies that firms are reluctant to invest their funds on research and development, new technologies (maintenance and running costs) while still faced with the challenge of actual execution of work. This scenario is further exacerbated by low profit margins, corruption and continuity of construction work (construction volume handled). The costs of improved modern technology remain high for most construction firms to acquire. Many construction and Engineering firms have not tapped on the available research potential in the academia such as Universities.

Individual firms are encouraged to: • Use improved communication systems through the use of information technology. • Document and keep records of tried and tested technologies that can be referenced in future to develop improved models. • Create policies that encourage staff development for improved productivity/ efficiency and thereby encouraging innovation in construction. • Encourage adequate staffing levels, where qualified personnel are employed to fill the various positions within the firm. • Develop management structures based on competencies as compared to favouritism and relationships. • Improve the coordination/awareness between stakeholders of the industry through exhibitions, workshops and seminars. This creates the awareness of the new construction materials and techniques elsewhere in the world. • Firms must exhibit proper financial management through hiring competent personnel. • Join and be members of professional bodies to enhance shared learning. • Tap on the potential of the academia, universities and research agencies to improve on their research and development. At the Government Level, the following are recommended: • Accessibility to capital at competitive rates. Capital must be made available to construction firms at affordable rates. • Regulate the construction industry as a business entity. This will guide the practitioners on the way they go about their business with emphasis on employment of indigenous professionals. • Encourage research and development through recognition of professional organisations such as Engineers registration board (ERB), Uganda institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE) and academia. • Government to enact favourable employment policies that will encourage professionalism and conducive working environment. • Governments to encourage foreign investments so as to improve the level of technology in the nation through technology transfer.

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Personality Brett Marlin Projects Director of Time Projects Botswana Born in Durban, South Africa, 50 year old Brett Marlin now lives in Botswana with his beautiful wife, Tanya, and two sons – Matthew and Nicholas- who he adores. “We met in 1980, she was a blind date and as the corny saying goes: it was love at first sight”, he said with a light sense of humor.

In 1988, Brett got his first job at Stocks & Stocks in Cape Town where he was employed as a trainee quantity surveyor. He was responsible for monthly valuations, payments to subcontractors and cost reports to head office. With a National Higher Diploma in Building and National Diploma in Property Valuations, he has contributed towards the Stellenbosch University Techno Park, among other projects, in his first job. With hobbies such fishing, playing cricket and hockey, quad bike riding, it is no surprise that he is naturally extremely competitive in every aspect of his life. He expressed his pride in every project he has successfully completed, especially because he gives 100% into each and every one of them. Rise to the Top Since working for Stocks & Stocks Cape (Pty) Ltd, Brett has worked for various organizations in South Africa in different positions and thus accumulating a wealth of experience. He started with Time Projects as a Project Manager in 1999 and soon progressed to Senior Project Manager. Within 4 years he was offered a directorship and headed up the Commercial Division. In addition to his experience, it is his competitive nature and constant quest for improvement that has earned him this well deserved executive position. Achievements or Milestones Brett was awarded top student for his final year of Building Surveying. He considers completed project as a major achievement. “I also feel that one of my most significant achievements has been assisting in taking Project Management in Botswana to a new level”, he added. Time Projects has implemented a leading edge internet based project management system, which makes online collaboration with all involved parties possible.

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Though there are no Project Management associations in Botswana, he participates in training offered by other associations, particularly in South Africa, in order to stay ahead in terms of the latest developments in the Construction Industry. Giving Back to the Community Time Projects is one of the largest private developers in Botswana, which indirectly employs thousands of people in the construction industry. Brett went on to say “We develop medium to low cost housing thereby providing much needed housing for thousands of people. We have and still are developing a number of shopping centers in the rural areas thereby providing much needed employment and good shopping facilities which offer a wider range of commodities for the local communities.” Time Projects also has a commitment to helping charities such as SOS Children’s Village, the Cancer Association and many more. Future Prospects for Property/ Construction Mr. Marlin foresees turbulent times ahead, particularly with the development of office space given the dearth of office space currently under construction. There certainly are still a lot of prospects in the Industrial and Housing Markets. The challenges are to think outside the box and come up with new concepts that have not been implemented in Botswana, such as Time Projects’ latest development- “The Office”.

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Fire fighting By Emmanuel Onsomu Protection of life and property from the effects of fire is one of the key objectives of Building Codes around the world. Requirement for firerating of building elements is one of the strategies commonly employed to achieve this objective. In the absence of proper fire rating of a building, a fire can rapidly spread and endanger many lives. Back in December 30th 1903 in Chicago, the newly built Iroquois Theatre was hosting a matinee show to a packed house of over 2000 people. It had been rushed into opening to meet the Christmas theatre season and was not up to the low fire standards which existed at the time. Late in the second act of the matinee, a stage light shorted out, causing a local fire which spread to the curtains. The fire quickly spread to the backdrops used for the show and spread outward into the upper decks of the theatre. In all, 602 people were killed. Fast forward to 1977, Xinjiang, an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China, was celebrating the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. On this day, hundreds of children loaded a theatre to watch an afternoon show. During the production a fire started in the lobby. It rapidly spread and engulfed the exits trapping hundreds of people. In total 694 people were killed that day. In the aftermath of these events and many others, many lessons have been learned on how to improve the design of buildings to contain fires. Most buildings around the world are now well equipped with firefighting equipment. Modern firefighting techniques have also come up to help put out fires and prevent catastrophes. Fire rated plasterboards With the invention and development of gypsum board technology over the last 100 years, fire-rated plasterboard systems are now widely used around 18

the world. A major breakthrough in enhancing plasterboard’s natural fire-resistant properties was the addition of glass fibre reinforcement and shrinkage-compensating minerals to the gypsum core. It is this technology that allowed the development of fire-rated gypsum boards capable of withstanding extreme temperatures achieved during a standard fire test. Today, firerated plasterboards of various thickness and sizes are available from all major plasterboard manufacturers. Boral: Firestop Plasterboard Boral, an Australian based building and construction materials supplier produces its Firestop plasterboard in thicknesses of 13mm, 16mm and 25mm. By using combinations and multiple layers of these products, Boral has developed over 300 fire-rated systems with fire ratings from 30 minutes to 4 hours. While fire-rated plasterboard can be used to upgrade fire resistance of masonry walls and concrete soffits, its most common application is in conjunction with light gauge steel and timber framing. The resultant lightweight firerated systems offer a number of advantages to traditional ‘heavy weight’ construction, including potential cost savings and shortened construction times. Boral’s range of lightweight fire-rated plasterboard systems includes wall and ceiling systems, fire protection of steel and timber columns and beams and even self supporting fire escape tunnels. In recent years Boral has achieved particular success with wall systems utilising 25mm firerated plasterboard panels friction fit between light gauge steel H-studs. This type of construction does not require specialised plastering skills associated with screw fixed fire-rated plasterboard systems, and has opened many opportunities in terms of possible system configurations.

Boral’s success in fire-rated plasterboard construction is credited to a close cooperation between the Sales, Marketing and Innovation functions, and its ability to identify market needs and to develop and market solutions that satisfy these needs. Georgia-Pacific Gypsum: Dens® Family of Gypsum Products Over 25 years ago, American based GeorgiaPacific Gypsum opened the door to a new way of constructing commercial and residential properties with the discovery of fiberglass mat exterior sheathing. This innovation was momentous in that it countered all the issues related to paper faced gypsum sheathing; mold, moisture, warping and delamination. Traditionally gypsum panels were produced by encasing a slurry of calcined gypsum plaster with paper facings. Researchers at Georgia-Pacific Gypsum who made the discovery invented a patented technology breakthrough whereby a gypsum core could be effectively wrapped in a fibreglass mat and embedded in the core eliminating the need for gypsum panels with paper-faced mats. At the same time, Atlanta-based worldwide leader in advanced wall insulation systems, Sto Corp., the inventor of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) was eager to find an improvement on traditional paper-faced gypsum sheathing. This was particularly vital in cold-weather environments, since the final coating on an EIFS system requires that the ambient temperature be above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Sto had two under-construction projects on Old Orchard Beach, South of Portland, Maine, which would be exposed to cold weather for about six months, because it was too cold to finish installing the EIFS. And nearby stood two other October 2012

under-construction condominium projects, also on hold for the winter; those, however, had been built using paper-faced exterior sheathing. So, while Georgia-Pacific Gypsum was field testing its products, company representatives had the opportunity to compare its performance – sideby-side – with the technology it hoped to replace. As it turned out, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum and Sto couldn’t have asked for more dramatic results. Despite bracing winds and sub-zero temperatures, the then-unnamed Georgia-Pacific Gypsum exterior sheathing performed impeccably on the two condominiums. And the other two under-construction condominiums, which had left paper-faced gypsum panels exposed to the harsh Maine winter? Over 50 percent of those panels had to be replaced, says Pat Huempfner, a justhired sales representative for Georgia-Pacific’s Gypsum Division at the time – and, of course, this time they used the still nameless GeorgiaPacific Gypsum product. Fiberglass mat gypsum sheathing as the product would come to be known was then introduced into the market as a substrate for EIFS. In 1986, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum commercially launched the industry’s first fiberglass mat gypsum panels: DensGlass® Sheathing and using the Maine testimonial as a selling tool, a small team of salespeople successfully sold architects, specifiers and contractors on the benefits of the new, category-defining product. Driven by the success of DensGlass Sheathing®, and customer feedback, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum in 1987 introduced its first extension of the Dens® brand line -- DensShield® Tile Backer, which featured a proprietary coating that enables the panels to be used in wet areas behind tile. Enthralled by the advantages of these products, customers were clamoring for more applicationspecific products – and in the same year, DensDeck® Roof Boards were introduced and

the Dens® family of gypsum products continued to evolve. Since the introduction of DensGlass® Sheathing, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum has steadily expanded its portfolio of fiberglass mat gypsum panels to include DensArmor Plus® High-Performance Interior Panels, DensArmor Plus® Interior Panels, DensDeck® Roof Boards, DensGlass® Shaftliner, DensShield® Tile Backer and the recently released ToughRock® Gypsum Boards. And while other companies have entered the fiberglass mat industry, none has Georgia-Pacific Gypsum’s quarter-century legacy of innovation, field testing, experience and leadership. Firefree Coatings, Inc FIREFREE Coatings, Inc. Have unique fireresistant paints that can provide the same level of fire safety at a significant lower cost and with much less disruption to the buildings occupants. Their products have been used and approved in most 50 states in USA and are currently being used in Australia, Canada, Belgium, Poland, United Kingdom, Israel, India, Mexico, Costa Rica among other countries. Their products include; Firefree 88® ; This is a water based coating that can withstand extreme temperatures (up to 2000°F) for up to two-hours, thus containing the fire to the room of origin and preventing flashover. Firefree 88 is an interior coating and it has been tested to a wide variety of substrates including sheetrock, wood, lath and plaster, concrete, sheet metal, tin, foam, composite panels as well as advanced materials such as fiberglass and carbon graphite. Firefree® Exterior; This product was specifically designed to address wildfires intrusion to a structure through eave/soffit areas. This product was tested to the demonstration on 2x4 wood rafters and 1x6 pine sheathing.

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Biometrics in Construction Site Security By Emmanuel Onsomu Construction companies are constantly looking for enhanced ways of improving the security on their construction sites; protecting the area from invasions, to protecting construction tools that are on site or even granting limited access to some employees. For the most part, construction site security has involved the use of ID cards, PIN numbers and passwords. However, Biometric security Products are proving to be of great importance with every passing day in all parts of the world, and its uses are no more related to Security or HR. Its uses have expanded to such unthinkable domains, that one can feel the potential of biometric in replacing every form of identification including signature, cards, and even passwords/memory. As Philip J. Scarfo, Lumidigm’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing puts it in his article Preventing Theft of Heavy Equipment with Multispectral Biometrics: The core problem has been that conventional fingerprint technologies, both semiconductor and conventional optical, were designed to rely on unobstructed and complete contact between the fingerprint and the sensor, a condition that is elusive in the real world,

a world that is wet, dry, or dirty and users are not all young office workers with great skin who are experienced at using biometrics. Still cards – even when combined with RFID tags and protected by PINs – are notoriously unreliable in that they can easily be lost, stolen, borrowed and forgotten. And as Francois van Loggerenberg product and marketing manager of iPulse Systems informs, facial recognition, depending upon the quality of the system, may authorize a photo of a worker, or have severe problems accurately identifying workers under less-than-optimal lighting conditions. Multispectral Imaging Technology Philip presents multispectral imaging a newer, sophisticated technology that was specifically developed to overcome the fingerprint capture problems conventional imaging systems have in less-than-ideal conditions as a solution. This biometric technology, he says, excels in real world conditions such as those found on construction sites because, unlike conventional technologies, it does not rely on clean and perfect contact between the finger and the sensor.

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Deloitte Head Office Deloitte Head Office Wins Combined Architectural and Light Steel Frame Award at Steel Awards 2012 The Deloitte Head Office Building in Pretoria was constructed with an EPS (extruded polystyrene system) light weight structure. This technology has been used extensively in Europe, but has to date not been accepted in the main stream construction industry in South Africa. The polywall system composed thin gauge steel members clad with foam and gypsum boards finished off with rendered plaster. With the use of 144 tons of steel, this system enabled the architect to design facades that cannot be built with masonry. The façade interface incorporates soft flowing curves, to accentuate the natural tree line that was on the original site. These brightly rendered curved facades have become the prominent trademark in the area. Design concept of tree stems Situated in a "forest like" environment, the building facades were designed with angular window fenestration which resembles the patterns of the original tree stems on the site, creating a contemporary forest pattern on the building. On the external facades the steel work also followed the design concept of tree stems, and were designed and erected in angular patterns.


The architect made use of a number of fin-walls as well as large feature walls on the edges of slender cantilevered slabs. Furthermore the light weight walling systems greatly improved construction speed. Wall panels were designed and manufactured off site where upon delivery to site, they were connected and erected. Glazing contractors were able to start manufacturing the aluminium prior to the light weight walling system was installed as this system is extremely accurate. In addition, the system allowed for far better accuracy which ensured better detailing and finishing connections, which could not have been achieved with masonry, also ensuring that only a limited amount of masonry work was required on site, which ensured a clean and safe construction site during the construction period. Similarly, the main entrance lobby stair case was designed as a "birds nest" to keep with the natural concept, and received timber cladding at various angular patterns in order to obtain the desired effect. Steel Awards 2012 The Steel Awards 2012 judges broke with tradition this year and combined the historically distinct “Architectural” and “Light Steel Frame Building”

(LSFB) categories, presenting the combined award to the Boogertman + Partners Architectsdesigned Deloitte Head Office, which is situated at the Riverwalk Office Park in Pretoria. The unprecedented move was motivated by the unique qualities of the building, which unites excellence in the use of architecturally exposed steel with cutting-edge application of the Light Steel Frame Building (LSFB) method in commercial buildings. Steel Awards 2012, the 31st Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) with the Aveng Group as main sponsor, was held simultaneously at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng,the Durban Botanic Gardens in KwaZulu-Natal andat Kirstenbosch in the Cape, on September 6th 2012. High-Quality Outcome Judge LemaseyaKhama, representing the South African Institute of Architects, said that “having understood the material makeup of the envelope” the judges’ particular interest was to “see how it stood up to its application”. After inspection, the judges were full of praise. “The product outcome is one of high quality,” they said. “The design details were simple yet achieved complex and

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pleasing forms, while the detail resolution belies a concerted team effort. With the knowledge that the LSFB product is relatively new in South Africa, this is laudable.” A Natural Feel The site of this development slopes severely from west to east, where it connects to the Wolwespruit River, which separates it from the existing three office buildings in the complex. The original site was overgrown with various exotic trees. “This gave the site a very natural feel, which we wanted to incorporate into the design,” said Boogertman architect and director Sterik Gerber. The building facades were designed with angular window fenestration which resembles the patterns of the original tree stems on the site. This natural feel was also incorporated into the interior tiling and lighting patterns. The steelwork on the external facades followed the same design concept, and were designed and erected in angular patterns. The judges drew specific attention to the main entrance lobby stair case, which was designed to resemble a bird’s nest. “With reference to the entrance staircase, the built solution has been achieved with minimal wastage; optimal structural resolution; and a precise installation patterning,” they said. Praise for Light Steel Frame Building “The fact that this year a LSFB project has reached the point of excellence where it can also be an ‘Architectural’ category winner, sends a

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very strong message about the LSFB industry and how much it has developed in this country,” the project team said. The eye-catching deeporange exterior was achieved using 60mm-thick EPS (expanded polystyrene) lightweight cladding, fixed to a light steel framework which is bolted to the reinforced concrete structure. Gerber says that this technology is used extensively in Europe and America but is only now catching on in the mainstream South African building industry. These facades, which simply could not have been built with more conventional building methods, ensure excellent insulation, providing comfortable temperatures all year round and so reduce the demand on air-conditioning for cooling in summer and heating in winter. In fact, LSFB is significantly more energy efficient than more traditional construction methods, both with regard to “embodied energy” of the materials and components, as well as “operational energy” relating to heating and cooling of the building. A recent research project carried out by the CSIR indicated that a LSF building will require less than half of the energy needed to heat and cool a masonry residential building to comfortable internal temperatures. The LSF walling systems also greatly improved construction speed. Wall panels were designed off site, and were delivered to site where they were connected and erected. Glazing contractors were able to start manufacturing the aluminium prior to the installation of the lightweight walling system

as this system is extremely accurate. Another advantage noted was that because only a limited amount of masonry work is required on site, LSFB ensured a cleaner and safer construction site during the construction. “What has been left in the minds of the judging panel,” concluded Khama, “is the extraordinary potential of this [LSFB] system to be used in a highly aesthetic, all-steel superstructure, with all the attendant benefits of precision and time-saving, not to mention the environmental considerations.” The Aveng Group was the main sponsor of Steel Awards 2012. Other sponsors were: Macsteel (table décor sponsor); Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa (Tubular Award sponsor),Cadex SA (photo competition sponsor); Stewarts & Lloyds (Light Steel Frame Award sponsor); and partner sponsors: B&T Steel, Cosira Group, EVRAZ Highveld Steel and Vandium, Eazi Sales and Service, Genrec Engineering, NJR Steel Holdings, and Tubular Holdings. Project Team Developer/ Owner: Atterbury Properties Architect: Boogertman + Partners Structural Engineer: DG Consult Quantity Surveyor: Pentad QS Project Manager: Pentad QS Main Contractor: GD Irons Construction Steelwork Contractors: Spiral Engineering (structural steel); Vela SBS (LSFB) Facades: GDS


uninterrupted sheer glass walls, the gray-bronze mesh follows the color of the tree trunks and the existing Conference Hall materialized in solid travertine. Through the placement of metal panels in variations at different levels and angles, the façade is perceived as an assortment of playful geometries glittering with day light, echoing not only the colors and tones but also the motions of the winds and waves. The panels change in every direction with the orientation of the building and depending on its relation with the exterior and the course of sunlight; the semi-transparent perimeter “shield” of designed bronze mesh application that flows around the building, protects the inner glass walls to reduce the heat in order to improve building’s energy efficiency. The glass wall systems allow for the maximum viewing area with no horizontal or vertical mullions to obstruct the vision towards the ocean. Especially the restaurant, directly facing the ocean, benefits the maximum view.

SIPOPO Congress Center The semi-transparent perimeter “shield” of designed bronze mesh application that flows around the building, protects the inner glass walls to reduce the heat in order to improve building’s energy efficiency Republic of Equatorial Guinea is located in the west coast of Middle Africa, including several small offshore islands and an insular region containing Annobon and Bioko islands. Malabo is the capital and the second largest city of Equatorial Guinea, located on the northern coast of Bioko Island. The SIPOPO Congress Center building site is situated by the ocean and surrounded by the woods, next to the recently built Meeting Hall. The rectangular two-storey block is nested in a semi-transparent metal envelop as a shield protecting from strong lights and creating an

implication of security, protecting the interiors from sharp sun beams yet benefiting the daylight at optimum. lacy texture The lacy texture of the mesh behaves like sunbreak and grants a shady interior without hindering the accent of transparency. The building with its elegant veil visually merges to the ocean and the surrounding greenery in serenity, reflecting the beauty of the surroundings. Encircled and harmonized with the green woods and the blue ocean, mirroring the nature on the building’s

The refraction on the glass together with the glittering reflection of the moves of the mesh joins the mirror image of the surrounding nature. The three-dimensional effect of the mesh curtain gives the feeling of floating expression by the vast sea and the breeze gliding through the leaves. The iconic building gains gestures of its own and presents the moves and processes of nature in its appearance using the language of contemporary architecture. Incise patterns permit controlled daylight to diffuse into the building interior and at night, when lobbies and the restaurant are lighted, the oozing beams through the slits communicate with the spirits of the forest and ocean. The Lobby Entering the main lobby, which is double space atrium, the interiors grant a feeling of spaciousness, and create a wide circulation zone. The main conference hall is a rectangular space at the first floor, with a circular seating design. The hall is situated amid the structure and accessed through the connecting lobbies at three sides; as the balances of light and shadow, transparency of a communal space and confidentiality of affairs of state is carefully practiced in the physical existence of the project. Situated as a back row of the mail hall, VIP launches are designed at the ground floor. The restaurant, overlooking the bay, is also located at the first floor flanked by the foyer at two intersecting sides. An understanding of contemporary architecture is proposed for the building which is supported by all means of technological infrastructure. Starting with the design of special walls, the acoustic concerns are supported by architecture as well as the quality of technical equipment. Natural materials like timber, natural stone and glass is preferred all through the construction.


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From carpets to natural stone flooring, each item is the choices of elaborate design. The three dimensional walls of each space is uniquely designed with reference to local sources, such as the bark of pine trees mimicked in timber and mirror at the restaurant, or the geometric motives of African tradition on the walls of the lobby.

Aimed to develop as a diplomatic resort, the new Center will be the core of the presidential zone and host exclusive meetings in harmony with the adjacent grove and the seaside.

All lighting elements like chandeliers are tailor made; Some representing precipitations in crystal driblets, colorful waves or a lively stream. Not only physically but also symbolically, the building is a sign of its land.

Aligning with its function as a meeting place for the presidents, the building is strong and symbolizes to be modern; it is simple but functional and finds its expression in elegance. The Center is in harmony with the environment and makes optimum use of natural resources such as daylight, the greenery, the ocean and the view.

High technology and high security systems are applied in the building. All technical rooms, storage, service and maintaining facilities are solved at the basement (+0.00 level) floor.

The building is in accord with its “place” in terms of natural resources and cultural heritage, it is not an imported glass box model but a genuine African trace of our era.

Bridge The transparent connection bridge links the new building to the existing Hall repeating the same design manners in the texture of the natural environment. At the start of the corridor, the building as a source of pride for Africa, the Africa map made up of lights welcomes the leaders at the entrance and enriches the communicative nature of the Congress Center.

Open to negotiations of African cultures, African leaders shall meet at the Sipopo Congress Center which is a strong element of high representation. Like the powerful ancient silk cotton tree –Ceibaof the Equatorial Guine flag, the Sipopo Congress Center will gather the delegates of nations under its roof for 'Unity Peace and Justice'.

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Client: Oficina Nacional de Planification Y Seguimiento de Proyectos de Guinea Ecuatorial “GEProyectos” General Contractor Onur-Summa J.V. Architect Tabanlıoğlu Architects Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlıoğlu Architectural Project Team Salih Yılgörür, Ali Çalışkan, Sertaç Tümer, Utkan Yonter, Emre Çetinel, Elvin Erkut, Tugce Güleç Interior Design Tabanlıoğlu Architects Hacer Akgun Marino, Eda Lerzan Tuçbil, Esra Çanakkale, Gonca Yılmaz Ağbaş, Anday Bodur Landscape Consultant Tabanlıoğlu Architects Structural Engineer Emir Mühendislik, Adnan Öğüt Mechanical Engineer DT Mühendislik ve Taahhüt A.Ş. Electrical Engineer DT Mühendislik ve Taahhüt A.Ş. Fire Consultant Prof. Dr. Abdurrahman Kılıç Acoustic Consultant STD, Sorgun Akkor Architectural Lighting Consulting ZKLD Studio Sound & Media Screen Systems Consultancy Ateksis Dış Tic. Ltd. Şti. Glass & Alum. Facade Arte Yapı Sistemleri Metal Mesh Cladding Arte Yapı Sistemleri Steel Works Modül Çelik / UMD Wood Works&Furniture Nurus Site Area 11.700 m² Construction Area 13.708 m² Photography Emre Dörter Starting Date of Design 11.01.2011 Starting Date of Construction 11.01.2011 Completion Date of Design 11.02.2011 Completion Date of Construction 23.06.2011 29

Large Bore Polyethylene Pipes Soon to be manufactured in Tanzania The Dar es Salaam based plastic pipe manufacturer, Plasco Ltd, is soon going to be in a position to offer 630mm, 560mm, 500mm and 450mm diameter High Density Polyethylene (PEHD) pipes to Large Bore pipe customers in East Africa. These new large bore Polyethylene pipes can be used for the conveyance of fluids and gases, either under Pressure or for Gravity flow applications (Sewer and Drainage pipes). Derek Pitfield, the Managing Director of Plasco, writes here about some of the advantages of Polyethylene pipes that positions these products ahead of most others. Perhaps the two most important design criteria for any pipeline are that it will have a long operating life coupled with secure water-tight joints. In this regard, Polyethylene is almost certainly the leading raw material for water transportation. Modern day Polyethylene piping materials have been designed to meet the stringent requirements of the Gas Industry, and in that sector, nowhere is safety and security more important – Gas pipes must resist bursting and joint leakage without compromise, for very obvious reasons. For large diameter piping applications, Polyethylene PE 100 pipes are normally always Fusion-Jointed, says Pitfield. Electro-Fusion or Butt-Fusion welded joints are one hundred percent leak-free and the joint, if welded properly, the molecular bond arising becomes stronger than the parent pipe (the cross-sectional area of the joint portion is greater than that of the pipe). 30

Corrosion-free Coupled with Water tight joints, poly pipes are corrosion-free and designed to last upwards from 100 years. Polyethylene pipelines are generally considered to be amongst the most cost-effective in the pipe industry. Other pipe materials may certainly be cheaper, but installed Polyethylene pipe systems really start to demonstrate their cost effectiveness only after several years of operation. Pipeline repairs are expensive, and pipelines that may appear cheaper on day one of a project, quickly become expensive when rectification or replacement work becomes necessary. The ‘old chestnut’ of spending a little more money to buy the best, is nowhere more pertinent than when investing money in water supply pipelines. The Media regularly report water shortages and few countries are immune to this growing pressure. A March 2008 OECD report stated that as many as 44% of the world’s 6.6 billion people live in areas of high water stress. This figure is expected to increase to 59% by the year 2030, unless major new water initiatives are undertaken to alleviate the situation. News bulletins also advise us about water pollution issues that are nothing short of alarming. Problems closer to home include the constant risk of cholera outbreaks that manifest from polluted water and there should be no room anywhere for complacency concerning the quality of our drinking water. Surface and underground water storage facilities are always at risk of pollution from un-treated sewage infiltration.

In Africa and other arid parts of the world, water supply companies have additional problems to cope with. Evaporation levels are high and rainfall is sporadic and seasonal. Every other day, we hear or read reports related to the depletion of water from the three Great Tanzanian Lakes. River systems are being high-jacked everywhere for irrigation purposes and water losses from pipelines in towns and cities often reach above forty percent. In many African cities, raw sewage can often be seen in roadside storm water culverts. Concerning water supply for cities, planners are certain that in future, water will have to be pumped longer distances from ever-deeper wells in order to satisfy our need for this most precious of liquids. Long distance pumping increases the cost of water supply. Smooth-bored Polyethylene plastic pipes lower pumping costs and their corrosion and scale free characteristics ensure a lifetime of unchanged pumping performance. Fusion jointed The loss of treated water from old and defunct piping systems (corrosion and pipe fracture) is a serious problem found all over. Water that has been filtered and purified at considerable cost to the tax payer should not be wasted – every drop is precious and this is a matter about which something can be done. What is required is a piping system that is one hundred percent watertight. The solution is the Fusion Jointed Polyethylene Pipeline. Pipe jointing is an integral part of any piping system and it is leaking pipe joints that give rise to some of the greatest October 2012

problems in this industry. Wherever there are pipe or pipe joint leakages, there automatically follows a loss of clean water that has cost anything up to four USD per cubic metre to purify (water purification costs vary enormously from country to country and in Dubai, an exceptional example of course, potable water has long been more expensive than petrol). Similarly, when there is leakage from a sewer pipeline, there follows almost certainly contamination of the groundwater system. Fusion jointed polyethylene pipelines eliminate such problems and are therefore likely to become ever more popular with engineers. Polyethylene pipes, because of their ductile characteristic, are also better able to withstand water pressure fluctuations (water hammer). They also resist corrosion attack from most aggressive fluids and they can be laid more easily than rigid pipes, since they are not restricted to “straightline” trenching plans. Once buried, polyethylene pipelines resist acidic soils, fluctuating external loads and to some extent, point loads that may be caused by sharp stones impinging the buried pipe. The question of “stress-crack resistance” has been the major design driver for the latest generation of PE 100 materials. “Users should be aware that not all Polyethylene materials are of the same quality, and the use of re-cycled materials, for example, diluted into virgin materials is wholly unacceptable. Such practice will surely lead to premature pipe failure and that unscrupulous practice should be questioned thoroughly by buyers. Identification Concerning pipe colour. Pitfield says that “water Engineers should progress the view that all longlife water supply pipelines should be manufactured from Blue coloured material. Simply applying a Blue stripe to denote water within is not good enough, since this does not safeguard the buyer from unscrupulous manufacturers who use or add re-cycled or lower grade (cheaper) Polyethylene materials.

The Gas industry insists upon the use of an Orange or Yellow identification colour for Gas pipelines – the water industry should do likewise and insist on the use of Blue pipes, for the same reasons”. Polyethylene pipes can also be used to reline old and defunct pipelines manufactured from the traditional materials (concrete, steel, clay and asbestos), whether they are conveying water or sewerage. This rehabilitation process using polyethylene pipes (slip-lining) employs the drawing in of a new and relatively thin walled polyethylene pipe into the old “host” pipe. This technique is both cost effective and well proven. Re-lining of old pipelines is practiced in many parts of the world and the technique is particularly valued in the old cities and towns of Europe and the United States. There is need to excavate only small sections of the old host pipeline at convenient positions, from which to clean through and open-up the old damaged pipeline. A replacement polyethylene liner is then drawn through the decrepit pipeline and this can be carried out for distances of up to one hundred metres or so. Of course, the pipe location, diameter, depth, curvature etc, will all determine the re-lining solution applied. Plasco can offer more information related to this technology. When installing or laying any pipeline and particularly sewer lines, it is imperative that these are “closed” systems – that foul water cannot leak out of the system and that clean ground or surface water cannot infiltrate the system. Closed pipeline systems prevent people from getting anywhere near to foul or diseased water. Too often, sweet rainwater finds its way into open sewer systems and this is a criminal waste of our primary support for life. Large Bore Polyethylene Sewer lines (sizes above 355mm diameter) offer a perfect solution for Town Planners who are looking for tight, gravity operated discharge systems. Such pipes may be supplied in an infinite array of stiffness classes in order to satisfy the burial conditions of the pipeline.

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Installation For many industrial applications, fusion-jointed Polypropylene pipes can be the perfect choice for the transport of aggressive chemicals, often at elevated temperatures. Waste liquids must be contained, detoxified and purified before being disposed of according to law. Toxic waste fluids should not be allowed to find their way into freshwater or river systems, aquifers or estuarine systems and fusion jointed polyolefin pipes will support this goal. Polyethylene pipes are probably the most cost effective pipes for such chemicals – stainless steel is an option, but it is very expensive and only necessary where high temperatures and pressures are called for. Concerning pipeline installation costs, a growing number of engineers and funding agencies are now accepting the concept of “Whole Lifetime Costing”, where the pipe cost alone is not the only parameter to be taken into consideration at the outset. The full list of costs (pipes + trenching + jointing + installation + importation of selected fill + compaction of selected fill + water leakage losses + road surface repairs, etc) must all be considered and compared, and for the whole life-span of the pipeline. In this regard, polyethylene pipes, as already stated, when used with fusion-welded joints, can be shown to be amongst the most costeffective of all the piping systems available. Most people will recognize the immense value that clean potable water and efficient sewage disposal can add to their daily lives. Large Bore Polyethylene pipes, properly fusion jointed, can help to deliver these benefits to our communities. The author trusts that this short article will help to influence pipeline decision makers towards the use of PE100 Polyethylene pipelines in sizes up to 630mm diameter. 31


CAS Consultants A Multidisciplinary Consulting House


The firm is a member of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya (ACEK) which is affiliated to the International Federation of Consulting Engineers FIDIC - and the Association of Professional Societies of East Africa.

Introduction CAS Consultants is a Kenyan firm of Consulting Engineers and Environmentalists offering under one roof project management services and the full range of engineering and environmental services including Civil (Roads, Water supply and Sanitation), Structural and Electrical/ Mechanical engineering, environmental studies/ environmental impact assessments, socioeconomic and institutional studies.

Act Panels IIA & IIB covering water supply and water environmental engineering respectively. CAS Consultants is registered by the Ministry of Roads and Public Works both as Roads and Civil/Structural Engineering Consultants and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources as a consulting firm in water engineering and associated environmental studies/environmental impact assessments, socio-economic and institutional studies.

The firm is a member of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya (ACEK) which is affiliated to the International Federation of Consulting Engineers - FIDIC - and the Association of Professional Societies of East Africa. CAS Consultants was established in 1988 as a Partnership but was incorporated six years later, with the original partners becoming directors of the new company.

Services The company, through technical co-operation with specialists and Associate Consultants in various fields including scientists, environmentalists, sociologists, economists, professionals in the building industries and management consultants, also plays the role of Lead Consultant and Project Managers in projects requiring multidisciplinary participation. The firm deploys consultants in various fields to supplement, if necessary, the inhouse key personnel in undertaking specialised studies.

Management The directors of the firm, who are equal shareholders, are Eng. Christopher Abuodha and Eng. Sebastian Mwarania. Both are Consulting Engineers registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB) and are members of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) and, The Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya (ACEK) . The two directors are also Registered Water Engineers under the Water

CAS Consultants Director (3rd left) taking the Kenyan Prime Minister (2nd left) and other Government officials through the Voi-Mwatate road project


The firm is independent and does not have any business interests that are likely to influence the impartiality of professional judgement. Since inception, CAS Consultants has undertaken several projects through feasibility studies, planning, design, supervision, contract administration and specialised studies for Kenyan

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Past and Ongoing Projects Kimira Irrigation Scheme Construction works for Kimira Irrigation Scheme commenced on 9th September 2009 and the project is due for completion by the end of October 2012. The contract was awarded to M/S Sinohydro /Machiri Ltd Joint Venture as the contractor at a sum of Ksh. 1.4 Billion who mobilised on site on 24th October 2009. Kimira Irrigation scheme is part of the Kimira Oluch Smallholder Farm Improvement Project sponsored by the African Development Bank and the Kenya Government to improve the livelihood of community living along the project area – Karachuonyo, Nyanza Province. The supervision team from Sabbour Associates/ CAS Consultants/Heritage Consultants comprising the Consultant Project Manager, Consultant Quantity Surveyor and the Inspectors mobilised on site in April, 2008. Oluch Irrigation Scheme Work on this Irrigation Scheme commenced on 9th September, 2009 and is also expected to be completed by end of October 2012. The contract was awarded to M/S Sinohydro Ltd/Machiri Ltd Joint Venture at a sum of Ksh. 1.5 billion who mobilised on site on 24th October, 2009. Oluch Irrigation Scheme is part of The Kimira Oluch Smallholder Farm Improvement Project sponsored by the African Development Bank and the Kenya Government to improve the livelihood of community living along the Project Area, i.e. Homa Bay District in Nyanza Province. The supervision team from Sabbour Associates/CAS Consultants/

Heritage Consultants comprising the Consultant Project Manager, Consultant Quantity Surveyor and the Inspectors mobilised on site in April, 2008. Rehabilitation and Construction of Londiani Muhoroni Road Project.The project road (C35) is situated in Kericho and Kisumu Counties in Rift Valley and Nyanza Provinces. It starts at Londiani at the intersection of B1 and C35 Roads, and terminates at Muhoroni at the intersection of C35 and C34 Roads. The first 43km from Londiani Junction (B1) to Fort Ternan Town shall be new construction to bitumen standard. The remaining 20km from Fort Ternan Town to Muhoroni shall be rehabilitated. The total project length is approximately 67km including Londiani Town and Muhoroni Town loop roads. The contractor for the project is Jiangxi Zhongmei Engineering Construction Co. Ltd. Reconstruction of Voi- Mwatate (A23) Road Project The road is located in Taita Taveta County and Coastal Region of Kenya with National Highways Authority being the implementing agency. The main works are located along the existing Voi – Mwatate (A23) Road which is 24.76km. However, there are additional works under the contract that cover construction of 2.5km section to Taita Taveta Teacher Training College (TTTC) which is a constituent college of JKUAT as well as the Repair and Rehabilitation of the 18 km section from Mwatate to Wundanyi (C104) thus making a total of about 45 Km. For more information about CAS Consultants and their full range of services and project portfolio, please email them at casconsult@africaonline.

Oluch Irrigation Scheme is part of The Kimira Oluch Smallholder Farm Improvement Project sponsored by the African Development Bank and the Kenya Government to improve the livelihood of community living along the Project Area, i.e. Homa Bay District in Nyanza Province.

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Mabati Available at the Click of a Button “Every year the marketing landscape changes, every year the customers become more demanding, every year they want more things. You have to always be sprinting to stay ahead of the competition.”- Brian Chapell In the August 27th edition of the Times Magazine themed ‘the wireless issue’ this year, the magazine ran a feature called ‘Bye-Bye Wallets’ which for all intents and purposes summarizes Mabati Rolling Mill’s move to provide an online shopping portal for their customers. Not only do customers not need to get their wallets, they can buy these products from anywhere in the world.


Marketers across the world believe that in the near future online marketing will rapidly escalate from a luxury or a perceived necessity into an important resource for strategic business communications and a provision of service. MRM has embraced this theory with open arms by embracing technology not only as a tool for communication but as tool that can propel sales. To say that MRM is a company moving into the future would be an understatement, recently MRM signed an agreement with the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions, Microsoft to become the first Company in Kenya to embrace Microsoft’s newly launched Office 365 for enterprises. MRM has embraced the technology and is now communicating through cloud computing.

This Roofing Sheets online shopping site is for customers who are looking for the convenience afforded by online shopping. The site also targets customers in Diaspora who would want products for their families here at home.

MRMhave made it easier for their customers to buy their products from wherever they are in world by using the internet as a tool that will assist their customers buy products online through their online shopping website Online shopping is a form of electronic commerce where customers buy goods and services over the internet without an intermediary service. MRM has set up a link through their website that will facilitate all their customers to view and buy the products they require online from wherever they are in the world. User-convenient online market Early this year when MRM launched the new website, they had to develop a marketing strategy that ensured that their consumers got even closer to their products. Thisroofing sheets online shopping site is for customers who are looking for the convenience afforded by online shopping. The site also targets customers in Diaspora who would want products


for their families here at home. MRM has made using this tool easier for their customers to use and access. All one has to do is visit the company website and click on the products tab. Under products choose whichever type of product you would like to purchase, a gallery of pictures of the products under that label appear across your screen. When you see the product you would like, click on the image and it gives you an order now option. The icon will redirect you to the online buying site. The buying site will give you options on the color, length and weight of the product you would like to buy. Not only is this initiative a plus for MRM but it has also made the buying experience more enjoyable and less stressful for the customer. Aluminium-Zinc Technology for Colour-coated Roofing Systems MRM, a flagship company of the Safal Group, is the first company to use Aluminium-Zinc technology and to start a colour coating line in Africa. Today MRM offers a wide range of roofing products which serve both their domestic and regional markets. These roofing systems include: DumuZas, Galsheet Resincot, Covermax, Versatile, Zentile, Orientile, Elegantile and Lifestile brands. In addition, MRM pays key attention to quality. Their ranges of products are manufactured to conform to world standards in the industry. This shows the firm's commitment to deliver value for money in metal roofing solutions. Mabati Rolling Mills has established a distributor network that spans throughout the whole country so as to ensure that their customers are well served. On service, four Service Centres have been set-up in Thika, Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa which offer the customers complete roofing solutions including roof design, technical consultation and customized lengths and colors. With these efforts MRM hopes to make the hard task of choosing and buying roofing solutions much easier because as many companies are now realizing, “The consumer is King”. October 2012


Creating Banking Space in a Non-purpose Built Structure Fitting out Coop Bank’s Mlolongo Branch by K&M Kenya

When one of Kenya’s leading banks needed a new branch in the rapidly growing Mlolongo area in the outskirts of Nairobi, they turned to K&M Archplans. But it was not going to be a straight forward job as Arch. James Kimathi explained to CR.

The project required much thought into the structural and architectural requirements for a bank branch.

The Cooperative Bank Mlolongo Branch was a fit out within an existing but newly constructed building. This building had been designed as a mixed use development housing small retail outlets on the ground and first floors, and residential apartments on the upper floors. The bank had sought space within the growing Mlolongo area, and this particular building, being the most recently built, offered the most potential due to its location and available size within Mlolongo town. The space was definitely not purpose built or geared for a traditional bank branch as we would think.


The project required much thought into the structural and architectural requirements for a bank branch. The design of the branch emanated from the functional requirements of the bank being contextualized within the space that was being rented from within the new facility, then merging the resulting spatial requirements with the existing constraints of the building’s structure. The building’s upper levels, for example, had been designed for small shops and apartments. The space that the bank had chosen to take required extensive alteration of one of these floors in terms of their partitioning, but with due consideration to

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the building’s structural elements, that could not be modified to avoid undermining the structural integrity of the whole structure. Doing this would have resulted in some awkward spaces being created due to structural elements that could not be modified being within them. This presented its own unique challenges, but extensive discussions with the projects’ engineers yielded results that made the building’s program workable. It was also necessary to reinforce the building structure in some areas where the team had to omit pre-designed load bearing partition walls, and to devise some brackets to prop up long spanning beams to reinforce them. With some good interior finishing, these ended up being some of the most attractive elements in the interior composition for the bank, and added much interest. The floor to ceiling heights were a challenge as they had been designed for residential and smaller developments rather than a banking hall.

However with some ingenuity, K&M were able to design a system that allowed for installation of airconditioning units in the ceiling, while providing a pleasant ceiling finish around them. While its not the perfect setup for large groups of people, it is a working solution that is quite pleasant. Due to special bank requirements, it was necessary for several new structures to be created within the building’s envelope that had not been earlier considered. For example, internal circulation connections such as staircases had to be created in areas to ensure secure operations of the bank. Implementing these requirements offered their own challenges in terms of architectural and structural design, but the architect managed to deliver a working solution to the bank. Mlolongo: Dealing with the Area’s Unflattering Construction Safety Image In the recent past, Mlolongo area has been in the news for failed structures. It was something in the mind of the project team all the time. According

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Due to special bank requirements, it was necessary for several new structures to be created within the building’s envelope that had not been earlier considered. For example, internal circulation connections such as staircases had to be created in areas to ensure secure operations of the bank.





Project Team Architect K&M Archplans Ltd. Quantity Surveyor Emjay Consultants Ltd. Structural Engineer Armitech Consulting Engineers Services Engineers Mecoy Consultants Ltd. Main Contractor Faisal Contractors Plumbing Bowl Plumbers Ltd. Air Conditioning Farm AirConditioning Ltd. Electrical Contractors Jogra Electricals Ltd. Structured Cabling Intersurf Communication

to K&M, having a building fail structurally is a major blight to a professional’s track record. It was therefore necessary that all interventions proposed on the building were sound and would not interfere with the building’s structure or envelope, unless expressly approved by the owner of the building. Theyalso had to take into cognizance the structural concept by the building’s engineer and ensure that any intervention on the floors they were working on did not compromise the rest of the building. Architectural Highlights and Finishes The creation of a bank branch from a space that would be considered relatively unsuited for a traditional bank branch called for acceptance of new construction materials and finishes within the bank branch. For example, the use of nicely moulded gypsum ceilings mixed with acoustic mineral ceilings at some points created good interplay on the ceiling plane, while responding to the functional need of providing for the bank’s airconditioning and light fixtures. The bank’s standard colors needed to be employed within the elements within the branch, but their interpretation and placement is what creates a unique statement within the branch. By creating interesting patterns on the building’s façade using ceramic and porcelain tiles, as well as adorning wide surfaces with the bank’s colors,

an attractive design composition was achieved. Wrapping columns and structural elements with writing surfaces and functional elements also adds to the richness of the banking hall’s composition. The solution of structural bracing of the existing structure as a result of the modification of internal walls on second floor received nice interior detailing using gypsum to camouflage them as attractive edge mouldings. Finally the choice of soft furnishing such as blinds and desks complemented the pastel colours used on the walls, and floor finishes to give a great colour composition that falls within the bank’s branding.All modes of access between main areas within the bank are made through secure doors that are bullet proof and burglar resistant. Placement of these doors had to be done in close consultation with the bank’s officials who were very helpful and experienced in the delivery of the bank’s premises. All in a Day’s Work Despite the peculiar challenges encountered here, K&M are widely experienced in these kinds of projects and have at least 20 banking jobs in their stable, a factor that may explain their ability to provide quick solutions to all these situations. Some of their other clients include Kenya Commercial Bank and Barclays Bank, among others.


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We are proud to be associated with K&M Archplan on co-operative bank Mlolongo project Westlands, Waiyaki Way, Waumini House, 1st Floor P.O. Box 66566-00800 Nairobi Tel: 4444442, 4444443 Wireless: 020-2151056, Fax: 020 8005960 Cell: 0711-851414 / 0737-783836 Email: 40

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TBM Headquarters The architect has created daring, slanting concrete walls and cascading terraces from the offices offering fantastic views of the cityscape. The TBM project, designed by seasoned Kenyan architects Mutiso Menezes International (MMI), is a six-storied executive office building in Nairobi comprising two wings on every floor. The client will occupy 40-50% of the building while the rest of the space will be available for rental. The architect has created daring, slanting concrete walls and cascading terraces from the offices offering fantastic views of the cityscape. Besides the offices, the building features a cafeteria, a training room, strong rooms, generator room and plenty of parking space. It also has a communication masts terrace. A Green Building The atrium provides skylight and natural ventilation to the entire building. The provision of voids at specific locations to the entire basement parking with glass blocks covers and louvers also provides natural lighting and ventilation. Finishes Offices: Office walls are painted soft white while ceilings are brilliant white. Floors have cement screed. This basic finish takes into account that eventual occupants have their own preferences and would make adjustments to suit their tastes before moving in.


Kitchens: Kitchen walls have ceramic tiles with decorative borders. The ceilings are acoustic with light fittings and extras such as heat sensors. Kitchen floors have nonslip ceramic tiles laid in a decorative pattern. Cabinets are made from stained mahogany and have granite tops. Bathrooms: Bathroom floors feature nonslip ceramic tiles while the ceilings are acoustic and fitted with smoke detectors. Sanitary fittings include wall mounted flush valves for adequate flushing and water saving. The fittings are stylish with granite vanity tops. Facilities As stated, parking space is adequate and can hold at least 79 cars. Two elevators with a capacity of 18 persons serve the building. For an uninterrupted supply of water, a borehole has been sunk. Standby power will be available from a generator while the entire building is secured by a perimeter wall with modern security features. Challenges The project, whose estimated cost is US$3.6m, commenced in September 2010 and is scheduled for completion at the end of October 2012. As with every project, the team experienced several challenges in the course of its work. In the basement area, excavation took much longer than anticipated due to the area’s hard rock. Besides, seepage of water from the surrounding rock fixtures into the basement meant constant pumping of water while excavation continued. In addition, erratic rains resulted in numerous stoppages leading to delays. Project Team Architect Mutiso Menezes International Project Manager Crystal Project Management Ltd Quantity Surveyor Murai and Associates Structural Engineer Miles Consulting Engineers Ltd. Services Engineers Gedox Associates

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National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation looks forward to a new home The building under construction will occupy a total area of approximately 9000m2 on seven floors. The National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation (NWCPC) is a State Corporation established under the State Corporations’ Act vide Legal Notice No. 270 of 24th June, 1988 Cap 446 of the Laws of Kenya.

The Corporation has for a long period of time used temporary structures as offices for its large number of staff. The congested old temporary office structures have contributed to poor working conditions and subsequent affected productivity.

Core Mandate • Develop state schemes and spearhead dam construction for water supplies, flood control and other multi-purpose uses, land drainage and construction of dykes. • Carry out ground water recharge using flood water. • Develop, retain existing and expand bulk water supply to Water Service Boards and other Water Service Providers. • Drill and equip boreholes. Core Strategic Objectives • To increase water storage capacity in Kenya. • To increase accessibility, availability and reliability of water supply and water for multi-


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purpose use. To reduce the risks (mitigate the effects) of floods and drought. To strengthen and build the institutional capacity of the Corporation. To improve performance and quality service delivery. To enhance financial sustainability of the Corporation. To mainstream cross–cutting issues in the Corporation’s activities.

New Headquarters Building The Corporation has for a long period of time used temporary structures as offices for its large number of staff. The congested old temporary office structures have contributed to poor working conditions and subsequent affected productivity. The Corporation’s management saw it prudent to develop a modern office block that would accommodate its entire staff under one roof. ...Continued on page 44 October 2012

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...Continues from page 40 A team of consultants was hired to come up with design proposals which were vetted and a final agreement was arrived at on the type of building to be developed. Concept Of The Building The building under construction will occupy a total area of approximately 9000m2 on seven floors i.e. basement, ground floor, 1st – 5th floors.

Kenya Project Team Architects Kamau Karogi Architects Civil & Structural Engineers Gathara and Partners Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Aberdares Engineers Quantity Surveyors Kajumba Consultants Main Contractor N.K. Brothers Ltd

The basement is entirely for parking staff vehicles except for a transformer, generator, water pumps and lift cabin base. The other six floors starting from the ground floor will accommodate the following: 1. Office space to accommodate all the staff of NWCPC plus supplementary reserve space. 2. Three seminar rooms, one to accommodate 120 persons and 60 persons each for the other two. 3. A library to occupy 225 square meters 4. Boardrooms 5. Cafeteria 6. Basement car park to accommodate 64 vehicles The building is developed as a reinforced concrete framed structure sitting on pad foundation with the other elements of columns, beams and slab framed together up to the roof level. The concept of open space office has been stressed in


government offices and this is the format that shall be adopted except for a few managerial offices. Construction Progress The project was started on 10th January 2012 after it had stalled for two years due to the inefficiency of the previous contractor whose agreement was terminated. The construction of the building is expected to take a period of 24 months to its entire completion which is expected to be 1st January 2014. The skeleton structure as per the program of works is expected to be at the roof level by January 2013 all factors remaining constant. The total contract sum is Ksh. 707,909,101 (approximately US$ 8.6m). There is a clear indication of good speed in the execution of works and a well checked cash flow for the project. On completion of the project, the Corporation will be in a much better position in realizing the Vision 2030 recommendations and shall be up to date with the ISO requirements regarding working conditions. The process of developing this office block and the final outlook of the completed structure will immensely improve the image of the Corporation and will be a true reflection of what it is doing in various projects across the country.

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Kenya’s Jewel at the Coast Kenya is currently being touted as the development hotspot worldwide. Recent figures put Kenya’s property appreciation in 2011 at the top of the worldwide ranking table, with an extra ordinary 25% appreciation last year. In the worldwide context, this is amazing. However, for people living in Kenya, it is old news. We have all seen our property values rise steadily over the last 5 years in many areas of Kenya.

links as well as exciting new projects which aim to ‘raise the game’ at the coast.

One of the hottest of the hot spots within Kenya is the coast. A number of factors have driven this rise in not only land values but also in demand. The sustained growth in Kenya’s GDP over the last 8 years has created a new middle class who can think about purchasing a home. Short-term rental demand at the coast means that getting an income from a coastal investment is a real possibility. There are an increasing number of businesses setting up branches at the coast further fuelling demand for executive accommodation.

“We wanted to create something that was designed to meet the needs of our clients, not just import a concept from elsewhere. Right from the earliest stages, we wanted to create a ground breaking and an iconic project that people would be really inspired by”, said Mahmud Visram, Managing Director of Sun n Sand Beach Resort, who are investing and developing this project.

Another factor is the proposed investments in the Lamu Port, the new coal-power plant in Kilifi, Titanium mining, major road infrastructure development at the coast, improved road links with the upgrade of the Mombasa Road, the air 48

What many projects have done is to replicate development models that have been successful internationally. However, a new project in Kilifi County about 32km North of Mombasa along the Mombasa – Malindi Highway, Ocean Seven, had a different starting place.

The architects, Planning System Services Ltd, well known for their award winning hospitality projects, both in Kenya and overseas, took up this challenge with relish and set about designing something really special. “The architectural team at Planning Systems Services Ltd were struck by how beautiful the 17-acre beachfront plot was and our intention, from day one, was to make the most October 2012

of it. This meant that we knew we had to go up in height and maintain as much open space as possible”, said Munene Patrick Mathenge, lead architect. Arup, a global firm of service engineers famous for among other projects, the structural design of the Sydney Opera House and several of the exciting sporting venues constructed for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, were retained to design the systems of the towers and as leading engineers worldwide, Arup’s expertise on iconic buildings is reflected in the numerous sustainable technologies used at Ocean Seven, as well as a behind the scenes network of systems that will make living at Ocean Seven a pleasure. Also key to the project’s evolution was the desire by the developers that everyone should have a sea view. This has created equality in the units for sale that buyers appreciate. While buyers can choose the size of their apartment and the level they prefer, each and every apartment has its own sea-facing balcony. “It doesn’t seem fair that only a few people can enjoy this wonderful view and so we stipulated to the architects that everyone should have a sea view. The balconies which make up a part of every apartment give everyone a chance to enjoy the sea views and also the inside / outside living that these large balconies offer’, said RoseminVisram, Sales Director of Sun n Sand Beach Resort. The Ocean Seven complex (with 5 residential and 2 commercial towers) has been

designed to offer all the luxury amenities we have come to expect – spa, boutique hotel, helipad, retail shopping mall, banking hall, travel agency and other related services. There are a number of swimming pools within the grounds; for serious swimmers a 50-meter infinity pool, and other informal pools and a children’s pool. The landscaping has been cleverly designed by Ecoscapes to give residents a choice of vibrant social centers or quieter retreats like gazebos and yoga decks. A 2-km jogging or walking trail is also woven into the Ocean Seven ‘parkscape’. Demand for the 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and 3 and 4 bedroom triplex penthouses has been high since the project (phase 1) launched in midApril. The Vision 2030 pinpoints Kilifi County as one of three centres earmarked for expansion and infrastructure investment that means that transport links, amenities and services will get increasingly better. Location is always touted as the biggest factor to consider when buying property and Ocean Seven really delivers on location. Both close to a major city and yet out of the hustle and bustle, on a major arterial road, in an area that has seen some of the highest property value appreciation in Kenya. It is exciting to see projects of this scale and scope coming up in Kenya – an iconic development with a team with reassuring depth and breadth of experience, planning and knowledge, set on a truly exceptional site.

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We wanted to create something that was designed to meet the needs of our clients, not just import a concept from elsewhere. Right from the earliest stages, we wanted to create a ground breaking and an iconic project that people would be really inspired by”, said Mahmud Visram, Managing Director of Sun n Sand Beach Resort, who are investing and developing this project. 49




Out of the box in East Africa

Ndani Interiors Ltd is a unique design house specialising in creating stylish practical interiors, comfortable and timeless. We deliver economical, durable concepts with optimum impact and cooperate on precision time frames and deadlines. We have completed numerous lodges, hotels, residences and restaurants. Our recent projects range from new builds to refurbishments: Apartments: Ocean 7 Kikambala Planning Systems Services Limited Residences: Thomas Gronglyke Architects Robin Nixon Architects Hotels & Camps: DMJ Architects Lodges: Peter Thomas Architects CafĂŠ & Hospital: Symbion Architects EA P .O.Box: 1092 - 00502 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 - 0722 518011, 0733 618870 Email:, Website:


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Kenchuan Architects A Formidable Kenya Studio

The 20-year old consultancy has an impressive project portfolio across the country Chengdu China. The latter have highly trained staff in architecture design, urban planning, interior design and project management. In addition they have trained technical and supporting staff and utilize modern software such as AutoCAD and ArchiCAD.

Kenchuan Principal Partner Architect D.W. Situma

Kenchuan Architects’ primary consideration is to develop as a joint architectural consultancy with a meaningful and practical approach to problems found in Kenya, elsewhere in Africa and the whole world at large. The firm takes special interest in studying the African Social Composition and way of life, believing strongly in culture and the indigenous element of building, as well as post modern architecture involving Third World countries. Although the firm is currently operating within Kenya, it intends to explore the rest of East Africa and has in the past participated in regional tenders.

Kenchuan Architects was established in 1993 and is fully owned by Kenyan architects, town planners and interior designers engaged in consultancy services of various aspects, such as planning, supervision and project management. To gain wide experience and give adequate attention to each individual client, the firm is associated with Zhuxin Architecture Design Company Limited,

Key Staff Kenchuan Architects has qualified professional staff with a combined experience of more than 90 years in projects of various types and complexity. The Principal Partner, Arch. D.W. Situma, has more than 21 years of experience in the design and construction supervision of various projects. A graduate of Architecture from the University


of Nairobi ,he is a registered Architect with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (BORAQS) and a corporate member of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK). For the first three years of his professional practice, Arch. Situma worked in the Ministry of Public Works and Housing on Ministry of Health projects and therefore gained enormous experience in health related projects before going into private practice. Widely traveled professional, Arch. Situma has shown leadership in the management of construction sites by leading teams of consultants in building works that include Quantity Surveyors, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Landscape Architects, Interiors Design and Contractors in various disciplines of construction to the success of the project at hand. Another key member of the Kenchuan team is Arch. Z.M. Bukania, who has more than 35 years of experience in design and supervision of various types of buildings, both low and high-rise, including Nyayo National Stadium and Moi International Sports Centre – Kasarani. For almost a quarter of a century, Arch. Bukania has worked in various capacities in the Ministry of Works in Kenya rising from Architectural Assistant October 2012

through to Assistant Architect, full Architect, Superintending Architect, Senior Superintending Architect, Chief Superintending Architect to Chief Architect. As Chief Architect, Arch. Bukania was the chief adviser to the Kenya Government on all building matters including both development and maintenance of the Government buildings throughout the country and in Embassies and High Commissions abroad. Over the years Arch. Bukania, who holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architectural Studies from the University of Nairobi, has been in charge of nearly 1200 projects at various stages of implementation. Another pivotal team member, Arch. Li Jie, boasts more that 30 years of experience in the industry. A holder of a B. of Arch. Degree from the South Eastern University China, Arch. Li Jie has been involved in the design of both commercial, health, industrial and sports complexes in and outside Kenya. One of the most notable one is the Moi International Sports Complex in Nairobi. In his previous employment, Arch. Li Jie specialized in design of art centres. He is an associate member of the Architectural Society of China (ASC) The three key consultants are backed by highly qualified architectural assistants. These are Mr. F.S. Ndalila, Mr. John Odegi Odhiambo and Mr. George Nzyoka. Current Projects 1. Proposed Hostels for Ngara Girls High School – Phase Two under construction 2. Proposed Construction of Kenya Sugar Research Foundation (KESREF), Kisumu (Under Construction – 85% Complete 3. Proposed Construction of Kibabii Teachers Training College in Bungoma (Under

Construction – 85% Complete). Proposed Offices for Salvation Army of Kenya, Kakamega Branch, 100% complete 5. Proposed Conference Hall for Anglican Church of Kenya in South C Nairobi – Under construction – 60%. 6. Proposed Kitchen construction for Vetlab Golf Club at Kabete Nairobi – 100% complete. 7. Proposed Resource Centre for Alliance High School. On going – 85% complete Proposed Students Hostel for Alliance Girls’ High School – Tender Stage Proposed Students Hostel for Alliance Boys’ High School – Tender Stage Proposed Alliance High School Chapel – Tender Stage Proposed Shops and Offices Complex at Ronald Ngala Street, Nairobi, for Trecca Enterprises Ltd. On going. Proposed Rehabilitation of Utalii House – Tender Stage. 4.

Completed Projects Among many others, the following are some of the completed projects undertaken by Kenchuan Architects: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Proposed Construction of Co-operative Bank of Kenya Offices at KUSCCO Centre branch. Proposed Complex for Co-operative Insurance Company (CIC), Nairobi. Area 1150m2. Proposed Offices and Laboratories for Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Karura. Proposed Salvation Army Headquarters at

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Karen – Nairobi. Construction completed. Proposed Construction of Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Busia branch. Proposed Incubator facility and Godowns for Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) at Athi River. Proposed Research Centre for National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS) – Nairobi Construction completed. Proposed Shops and Offices for Bungoma Teachers Savings and Credit Co-operative Society Ltd. Area 3500m2 – Construction completed. Proposed Shops and Offices for TransNzoia Teachers Savings and Credit Society Ltd. Area 4500m2 – under construction Proposed Completion of Offices and Laboratories for Regional Research Centre at Mtwapa Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) funded by World Bank. Area 6550m2 – construction completed Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Stadium 60,000, Hostel 200, Gymnasium 5,000, administration block and staff housing all costing about Ksh.1billion Proposed Hostels for Ngara Girls High School Phase One. Proposed Renovation and Extension of Offices for Jamii Sacco Ltd, Nairobi. Area 1500m2. Proposed Rehabilitation of KTDC offices, Utalii House 11th Floor – construction completed.

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Multi Billion Lamu Port to Boost Regional Economies The objective of developing Lamu Port is to provide a second sea port and transport corridor gateway link to serve the expanding import and export cargo base including the new hinterlands of northern Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia

Kenya continues to strengthen her position as a gateway and a transport hub to the East African Sub-Region and the Great Lakes Region to facilitate trade, promote regional economic integration and interconnectivity between African countries. The conceptualization of the Lamu Port – South Sudan – Ethiopia Corridor Project has been driven by the need to establish dependable access way to the sea for Ethiopia and the South Sudan through Northern and Eastern Parts of Kenya as part of the envisioned land bridge across Africa. Kenya

To realize this objective the Government conceptualized the development of the Lamu PortSouthern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor, or the Second Transport Corridor, as way back as in 2006.

following completion of studies, the Government of Kenya began implementation of the LAPSSET Corridor Project beginning with groundbreaking ceremony which was held at the Lamu Port site on 2nd March 2012 and witnessed by heads of states and government from the Republic of South Sudan and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Considering the importance of this Project, the government adopted a multi-sectoral approach and an inclusive institutional framework was set up to spearhead, coordinate and oversee the development of the Second Transport Corridor Project.

This idea was concretised after the launching of the Kenya Vision 2030 and the First Medium Term Plan (2008-2012) in which the Second Transport Corridor was identified as one of the Flagship Projects.

Lapsset Corridor Project Components The completion of the Components, if work is undertaken in lots will be between 2015 and 2020 except for the long term development phase of the Lamu Port, which will be up to 2030 and beyond. The project life is 30-40 years for large scale civil engineering works and 25 years for mechanical works and private sector investment. The annual investment in LAPSSET Corridor would add 2.5% to 3.0% to the GDP growth rate per year.

To begin implementation of the LAPSSET Corridor Project, the government of Kenya carried out planning and design studies sometime in 2009, which were subsequently completed in July 2011. Implementation have been undertaken and

Out of the eight LAPSSET Components, the Government of Kenya has put priority on the development of the First Three Berths and Associated Port Infrastructure, which is expected to trigger development of the other components.


The investment amount necessary for the implemention of the LAPSSET Corridor Project is compared with the projected GDP, GFCF and provable investment amount at each year from 2011 to 2015. The projected annual investment amount for the development of LAPSSET Corridor will account for an average of 6% of the total GDP, 16% of the total government budget, and 29% of the GFCF in each year for the period of 20112015. Lamu Port The Port of Lamu as a second port in Kenya is bound to have considerable impact on the Kenyan economy and on the regional economy of the Eastern and Horn of Africa and beyond. At the national level, transformation of Lamu from a small port on the Indian Ocean seafront of the East Coast of Kenya into an international Port handling over 24 million tonnes of cargo and serving a new major transport corridor in the Eastern Africa has many implications for Kenya. First, it will enable the country to have a second international port besides Mombasa, providing an alternative and additional trade route to the Northern Corridor. Increased trade will promote the development of productive activities within the country. Secondly, the anticipated substantial

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Thirdly, by stimulating economic activities in various sectors, the port will strengthen economic linkages among various economic sub-sectors of the domestic economy. The project will create many direct and indirect jobs will be created in various sectors of the economy for hundreds of persons at the port for both skilled and unskilled personnel from Lamu town and other parts of the County and indeed from other parts of Kenya. Many of these job opportunities will be created in port construction and various port services (cargo handling, customs services, etc). Other employment opportunities will be created in agricultural and manufacturing sectors, service sectors, including wholesale and retail trade, tourism, maintenance and repair services for motor vehicles, ships etc. All this will lead to increased demand for health services leading to improvement in the livelihoods of the local communities. The development of Lamu Port under LAPSSET Corridor will also create considerable employment opportunities for people from many regions of Kenya and from the neighbouring countries, namely, Sudan and Ethiopia. Interaction between the port and its hinterland will be particularly important in enabling shippers to “rely on seamless transport chains of which the port will be a prominent node. 1�. Lamu will also provide an ideal location for the export-oriented industries planned to be established in its adjacent hinterland. By sharing the basic infrastructure such as water, electricity, solid disposal systems, communication, onland transport. These component factories will minimize their costs and achieve competitiveness of their products both on the domestic and export markets. These industries will include fish processing, oil refinery, manufacture of petroleum

products, textiles, ship repair and building and construction. Development Of The Lamu Port The implementation and the development of Lamu Port component will trigger the development of the other Components in the Port at Manda Bay. The Port Master Plan will be implemented in three phases namely short term (2020), medium term (2030) within which twenty (20) berths can be developed while the other twelve (12) berths can be considered during the long term plan (beyond 2030). The Manda Bay is well sheltered and has deep waters of around 18m along main channel and 5m to 60m in the Bay and therefore can accommodate any post panama vessel. The development of twenty (20) berths by 2030 and up to a total of thirty two (32) berth Lamu Port at Manda Bay beyond 2030 on 6,000 to 9,000 quay length is feasible. The development of Lamu Port will also include the construction of port associated infrastructure such as Causeway, port access road, railway yard, water and electricity supply, port buildings and other port related services. Objective of Developing the Lamu Port The objective of developing Lamu Port is to provide a second sea port and transport corridor gateway link to serve the expanding import and export cargo base including the new hinterlands of northern Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia and as well reduce over-reliance on one Port (Mombasa Port) and one Transport Corridor (The Northern Transport Corridor). Development of the Port of Lamu will enable the country to establish the only Transshipment port in the Eastern and Southern Africa after Port Durban. The establishment of a transshipment port at Lamu Port at the Indian Ocean Coastline at a time when the Suez Canal is being widened will enable the new port to play the role of a transshipment port to serve the Eastern and Southern Africa Region, thus creating a new hub character in the Kenyan economy.

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The project will create many direct and indirect jobs will be created in various sectors of the economy for hundreds of persons at the port for both skilled and unskilled personnel from Lamu town and other parts of the County and indeed from other parts of Kenya. Many of these job opportunities will be created in port construction and various port services (cargo handling, customs services, etc).



increases in the population of Lamu in the short to medium terms (2012-2020) and in the long term (2020-2030), respectively, will create considerable demand for goods and services in the area with a strong impact on economic activities in the hinterland and beyond.

Mozambique’s International Construction & Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition

26-28 NovEmber 2012

Girassol Indy Congress Hotel,Maputo, Mozambique

“The only event in Mozambique focusing on the Construction & Infrastructure Industries” To find out more about the MozBuild contact us on +44 (0) 207 700 4949 or e-mail Initiative organized and supported by:

Ministério das Obras Públicas e Habitação da Républica de Moçambique

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Uganda’s construction Overview The building and construction industry in Uganda, particularly private, road sector and water supply have experienced a boom over the years. The reasons are:• Improvement of the economy that has spurred Ugandans to aspire for and attempt to improve their living standards, • Liberalisation of the economy, • Investor confidence in the Government policies, • The enabling environment brought about by the Government’s liberalization,. • The Government Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) that has refocused resources into road construction and maintenance, construction of UPE classrooms, construction of health centers and water supply schemes.. Uganda

Uganda Independence Monument

Back in the colonial days, the colonial government was only interested in developments within gazetted urban areas. Indeed, the Public Health Act 1964, which is still in force, applied for constructions in urban areas only. In rural area, huts were the main developments. The only concerns over a long time were of health nature: the presence of a pit latrine in the homestead, simple ventilation in the hut, the size of windows and not much else. Structural strength of the dwelling was never an issue. Over the years, the rural African improved his dwelling from the hut to the mud and wattle (grass thatched or tin or ironsheets roofed). He moved further to use unburnt clay (kifufu) bricks, then burnt (kifufu) bricks with relatively simple dwelling structures. Of late he has ventured into storeyed structures. It is in this area where hell has broken loose. From the above chronology of events one can see that there was no guidance as to the concept of quality of materials standards or construction practices or concept construction supervision. Then the rural urban migration into the towns came with the transferring of the village/rural culture. The first settlements were constructed at the periphery of the towns due to lack of affordable housing within the towns and this is how the slums developed particularly in Kampala and the other municipalities. The upheavals of the 1970s, 1980’s and the collapse of planning and development control systems and the falling resources of urban council’s exerbated the problem. Lack of control and observing and enforcing regulations had little regard for the African in the towns.

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What is most interesting is that, the Minister of Works & Housing by law has no powers to intervene in the private developers undertakings. However the Ministry has now prepared and submitted a comprehensive new Building Control Bill which will address most of the short comings of the Public Health Act, 1964. When passed, Government will now be empowered to better regulate the industry. In the meantime, the Ministry has mounted a vigorous awareness campaign and by the time the law is passed then both the public, the developers and local authorities will know what to do. October 2012

Architectural designs of buildings have developed over the years from the traditional designed houses to modern designs with glasses, tiles, cladding and others,

Changes in Architecture Architectural designs of buildings have developed over the years from the traditional designed houses to modern designs with glasses, tiles, cladding and others. Modern homes have sliding doors, pocket doors, and other types of movable partitions to allow flexibility in living arrangements.

and eased work in terms of speed, quality and storage of information. “Graphics like 3D impression give first class work and programs like Arch Cad make presentation very professional.” he adds. Arch. Dr. Ssemwogerere supplements this by saying CAD designs play a great role in visualizing the design especially for lay persons,

Dedicated living and dining rooms have been replaced by large multi-purpose family areas. In addition, many houses include private "bonus" rooms that can be used for office space or be adapted to a variety of specialized needs.

According to Arch. Dr. Semwogerere, architects not only consider overall long term costs and maintenance but also consider occupants comfort while building the most environmental and sustainable structures that are eco friendly.

Modern architects are always taking bits and pieces of visions and designs of the past and molding them into something new and exciting. Case in point is the Pyramids Casino of Kampala. Designs have experienced a great deal of architectural difference and change and this can be seen, in particular, in the educational buildings, garden cities, housing and industrial estates, the flats and skyscrapers we see around us.

Construction Materials Material supplies used in the construction industry in Uganda have also changed and improved over time. Buildings progressed from having cemented floors to tiled floors and walls. Quality products at reasonable prices are now being used to not only beautify buildings but also provide durability.

Arch. Dr. Kenneth Ssemwogerere the President of Uganda Society of Architects remarks that Architects are creators, generating complex projects that demand complex understanding requiring higher knowledge, Changing lifestyles calls for changing living spaces. Arch. Kamulegeya, of Kamulegeya & Partners firm attributes this changing trend of development to the Improvement of the economy that has spurred Ugandans to aspire for and attempt to improve their living standards. Because of this, architects have become environmental designers who now tame and incorporate nature into the buildings. This can be observed in buildings which encompass trees, plants, rocks and even waterfalls. The liberalized economy has attracted many diverse investors and industries into the country. This growth has led to increased innovative technology to avail good standards to the people It has steered to the progress from use of geometrical instruments and drawing boards by architects to the use of computer aided designs. Arch. Kamulegeya says that integration of IT in their work and the use of computers has simplified


industry 50 years on

Mr. Jitu Parmar, proprietor of Tile Centre Ltd. remarks that distinct from the past years when one would hardly find an enormous building with the same design and color of tiles, trends have now changed in Uganda. Suppliers are able to import large quantities of tiles of the same color, design and of good quality. Ceramic tiles have also been introduced in the construction industry. Others include porcelain, mosaics, and vitrous glass. Further more, Mr. Jitu Parmar explains that enhancement is now no longer done by tiles only but with boarders. ”white cement was being applied for tile fitting but now grout is being used.” Mr. Parmar describes that Ugandan contractors, engineers and architects have adopted to changing trends and as suppliers of building materials, and they have followed this inclination and import materials of the latest fashions world wide. ” Tile Centre has kept changing with the requirements of our clients and architects and we provide the necessary materials at competitive prices” he adds Sanitary products have also changed with the trend for example Twifod bathrooms, and Cobra building materials are being imported from South Africa, Spain, Italy and Kenya. Ordinary Timber that was being used for interior designing has

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been supplemented by laminating boards, MDF boards, CHIP boards and block boards. A soft board, a bi product of timber that was being used for ceilings has now been replaced by silicate and Gipson boards.Metallic and wooden doors have been complemented by aluminium and non aluminium doors/windows, frameless glass doors and windows. Electrical and Mechanical engineering Gone are the days when buildings had very simple and poor electrical installations. Trends in electrical engineering have changed as a result of the technological improvements in the region. Uganda now has cable trenches, copper welding for earthing grid, bus welding, CTs, VTs, isolators, circuit breakers, power transformer installation among others. Mr. Arnold Dalmeyer, the General Manager of Patronics Services Ltd a company that deals in electrical engineering services and installations, remarks that the company liaises regularly with their suppliers to ensure that the highest quality of products and newest

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technologies are obtained and effectively used by the client. The construction sector is however growing rapidly at a faster tempo that is fairly hard for the people to keep up with. To elucidate this situation, Mr. Dalmeyer explains that because they are equipped with skilled substation technicians, combined with their regional presence, Patronics services maintains a strict procedure for detection, rcording, treatment and failure to conform. “This enables us to have a continuous improvements through sustainable internal audit plan” reveals Mr. Dalmeyer. Conclusion. Generally, the construction sector continues to experience a boom. With more of the government’s support and all stakeholders playing their roles maximally, we shall soon see multi storeyed sky-scrapers gracing the skylines of Kampala, builders and contractors acquiring sophisticated equipment to execute multi-million-dollar projects thus making the sector more vibrant and capable of supporting the country’s development plans.



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Recent projects Construction of Mpanga Market in Fortportal Municipality Rehabilitation of Hospitals and supply of Medical Equipment in the Central Region in Uganda Construction of Office block on Plot 99/100 Buganda Road Construction of Malting Plant at Nile Breweries Limited Construction of Medical Ward at Arua Hospital Construction of Effluent Treatment Plant at Nile Breweries Construction of Outgrowers offices at Kakira sugar Limited Construction of Tropical Africa Bank Kakira Sugar Works Branch Uganda Blood Transfussion Services (UBTS) Nakasero,Kampala Uganda Construction of Two Additional Floors to the Lugogo Control Centre Office block Construction of Mbarara Hospital at Plot 8-18,Hospital Road,Mbarara (Phase 1)

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Kabale Currency Center Uganda

In 1980 the Bank of Uganda (BoU) introduced a concept of having its own tailor-built currency centre building and associated facilities. Previously the BoU had been using former Uganda Commercial Bank premises for its operations in some towns such as Fort Portal, Gulu and Arua. In pursuance of the building ownership policy to provide adequate and economic office and storage space for its various activities, BOU acquired land from Kabale Municipal Council on Plots 98 – 104 Kabale Road for this purpose. The objective of the Kabale project was to provide bigger and secure storage facilities for bank assets and currency stock, currency centre operations, and conducive office accommodation and working environment for the Bank of Uganda, Kabale Currency Centre staff and customers.

Project Team Employer BANK OF UGANDA Project Lead Consultant Arch Design Ltd Quantity Surveyors BuildCost Associates Main Contract Pearl Engineering Company Ltd 64

Planning The Bank of Uganda, Kabale Currency Centre, new office premises and related facilities were planned to provide office space, storage facilities and car parking space for all the currency centre operations. A consultant firm Messrs Arch Design was commissioned to carry out planning, detailed design and supervision of all construction of the Currency Centre. Topographical and geotechnical studies at planning stage were very paramount as the terrain of Kabale and the actual Project site is typically steep and with weathered volcanic rocks. Detailed Design, Tender documentation, Tender action

and construction supervision were all carried out by the consultant. Design concept The building has three levels with the main banking operations based on the ground floor and offices on the upper two levels. The guiding principles for the design of the facility were that the structure be well-planned; affordable and; durable including amenities such as catering and adequate parking. It was a must that the building should be consistent with the surroundings and yet remain aesthetically pleasing and befitting the stature of the BOU. The office premises and storage facilities comprise of the following inter-related units and facilities built on the same site with a total floor area of the building of 3500m2 of which 40% comprises currency strong rooms and associated facilities – including: Banking Hall with tellers, back offices and cash offices; currency operations offices, counting room, checking room and stores; Security offices; Banking vaults; Currency vaults and equipment rooms; Loading bay and associated security equipment; Auxiliary stores; Canteen block with supporting facilities; Gate houses with operational facilities; Offices for staff and Clearing house; Library and Board room with executive offices; Equipment Room; Fire detection and Fire fighting facilities; Data and October 2012

Site Layout Buildings The site occupies Plots 98 – 104 Kabale Road in Kabale Municipality and occupies 0.405 hectares in size. The land measures 52m along Kabale Road and 52 along Babukika Road. The land slopes approximately 1 in 3 with Babukika Road being the highest level and slopes towards Kabale Road – which is the lowest point of the site. The site thus is accessible only through kabala Road. The Currency Centre facility is oriented to have all its entrances along the Kabale Road with the Canteen situated between the main block and the embankment towards Babukika Road.


Building Materials Specifications for materials included affordable and durable materials for the various elements. These were also selected to allow for minimum regular maintenance and redecorating. Project Benefits First, the new facility will provide bigger and secure storage facilities for BOU Assets/Currency Stock, Currency Centre operations and conducive office accommodation and working environment for the Bank’s Kabale Currency Centre staff and customers. Secondly, the Bank will now exude the corporate image befitting it and also provide sufficiently for the market within the area of influence including the districts of Kisoro, Kanungu, Kabale, Rukungiri and Ntungamo. Role of the Main Contractor The main Contractor was Pearl Engineering Company Ltd. Pearl handled all the Civil/Structural works, Electro-Mechanical works and provided the general site administration and attendance over the suppliers of specialized installations. Project Challenges The project site was highly constrained for construction activities as the entire site was to be built up and secondly part of the slope had to be cut through to enable fitting in of the design. Built during the time when the country was experiencing the highest inflation in 15 years, price fluctuation was unavoidable – and this affected the budget of the project. Suppliers of certain fittings such as lifts delayed and the lifts have had to be fitted during defects liability period.

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Approximately 5,000 metres of precast concrete stormwater pipes will be used to drain Waterfall City, which have been specified by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA). Regarded as one of Gauteng’s largest infrastructural projects to date, Waterfall City is currently under construction and is earmarked to become Midrand’s new central business district. Driven by Atterbury Property Developers, the initial Waterfall City development will comprise 800,000 square metres of rentable space when completed. Spanning 125 hectares, the site forms part of a 565 hectare estate, bordered by Allandale Road, the Johannesburg/Pretoria highway, Woodmead and a mushroom farm. The professional team includes C-Plan Consulting Engineers, responsible for infrastructural planning and project management, with Labucon Resources handling a major portion of the earthworks, road infrastructure and the installation of stormwater, fresh water and sewerage piping. Rocla was selected as one of the suppliers of concrete stormwater pipes. The stormwater drainage project, which commenced in November last year, is due for completion in early 2013. The pipes ranging in diameter from 450mm to 1,950mm will drain the site and discharge into three water channels, which will ultimately feed the Juskei River to the south. According to KC Oojkaas of C-Plan Consulting Engineers, all roads are constructed to JRA standards, which specify concrete stormwater piping. “Precast concrete is the best material for stormwater drainage due to its strength and durability, which is why it forms part of our roadbuilding specifications.”

Concrete Manufactures Association’s Director, Hamish Laing adds, “Besides its durability and longevity, concrete piping is far less dependent on embedment material than flexible piping. Because concrete piping is rigid, contractors don’t incur the same sort of difficulties as they do with the proper installation of flexible pipe products. These difficulties become more pronounced when working in trenches.” Besides fairly steep gradients, other engineering challenges included outcrops of rock and a high water table. Stone bedding comprising 19mm imported aggregate provides additional founding stability for the pipes. The rocks were blasted and crushed and used as dump material on an adjacent road building project KC Oojkaas added, “The stone bedding prevents any soil movement from exerting excessive pressure on the pipe joints. A laser-beam is used to ensure that the pipes are properly aligned.” The pipes are connected with ogee joints, which are rendered waterproof by applying a waterbased damp seal to the joints, as well as 20mm of the piping surface on either side of the joints. This area is then covered with bidem sheeting and a second coat of damp seal. Wingwalls minimise erosion Wingwalls are being installed where the pipes discharge into the water channels to prevent soil erosion. According to Sias Swart, Labucon Resources Site Manager, the Waterfall City project is setting a precedent in that two of the wingwall outlets are being custom manufactured off site at the Rocla plant, instead of in situ. Rocla precast wingwalls, which were recently introduced to the South African market, offer


numerous benefits, which include quicker installation, lower material requirements, no formwork and no wastage, were approved by JRA for this project. The wingwalls are placed by a crane, and depending on ground condition, take between 15 minutes to an hour to install. In contrast, in situ wingwalls take a minimum of two days to construct, seven days to cure, and can be adversely affected by rain during and shortly after construction. “In stormwater applications, wingwalls direct the water into and out of pipes resulting in the reduced turbulence, thereby optimising the hydraulic capacity of the conduit,” says Craig Waterson, Sales and Marketing Director of Rocla. “Precast wingwalls come with a separate precast concrete toe which keys the entire unit to the ground, and prevents any movement, while also reducing the risk of scouring of the soil below or to the side of the toe.” More about Rocla Rocla (Pty) Ltd, part of the Murray & Roberts group, is a leading manufacturer of precast concrete products for infrastructure, including pipes, culverts, manholes, poles and other related and customised products. Rocla partners with customers to design and develop solutions for specific applications. With over 94 years of experience in precast concrete technology, Rocla provides extensive backup and technical expertise to its customer base. Rocla has an extensive network of factories throughout South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, and is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. October 2012

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Fibertex South Africa manufactured locally in South Africa Fibertex’s main objective is to remain at the leading edge and to ensure its customers have optimal solutions related to their specific needs. In pursuing its vision to enlarge its position globally Fibertex AS, based in Denmark and one of the world’s largest geotextile manufacturers for the past 44 years, invested in South Africa to form Fibertex SA ( Pty) Ltd a joint venture between Fibertex A/S, Safyr (Pty) Ltd and the IFU ( International Funding Unit.The company, based in Hammarsdale, is now the largest manufacturer of nonwoven polypropylene and polyester geotextiles in Africa.

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Fibertex SA manufactures a versatile range of its internationally proven Fibertex™, nonwoven, needlepunched, staple fibre geotextiles. These geotextiles are designed specifically for use in civil engineering construction works, the building industry, dagriculture, marine and coastal engineering. The most common applications are roadworks, drainage and filtration systems, hydraulic works, dam, river and water structures, mining applications, waste disposal (landfills),ground systems and erosion control to name a few. Fibertex’s quality management system is certified in accordance with the most comprehensive standards set by the international organisation DQS, the German equivalent of the South African Bureau of Standards, and IQNet (the German controlling body), namely ISO 9001:2008. This means that the quality management system has been implemented and verified at all levels within the organisation. The ISO quality management system accreditation benefits both customers and suppliers. The net result is that customers are guaranteed satisfaction when dealing with suppliers. Fibertex SA’s factory is based in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, with ourhead office and a regional office on the same site. Geotextiles Africa is Fibertex’s agent and distributorwith regional offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Between the two companies we have a wealth of experience and knowledge for clients, design engineers, specifiers and contractors to draw on. Fibertex SA has noted additional opportunities continually arising in other regions of the African continent, the Indian Ocean Islands, Australia and New Zealand.In keeping with our strategic goal to be close to our customers we have established

a sales force teamdedicated to servicing these specific regions, and to setting up subsidiaries and distribution networks. Furthermore, over the years the company has set up strategic partnerships in the quest for growth and synergy. The Fibertex and Geotextiles Africa team actively offer technical advice, installation assistance and training within the entire African, Indian Ocean and Australasianregion. A worldwide technical service is offered by visiting our website, The site has upto-date company, product and technical literature: all of which can be downloaded. Fibertex’s global success has been demonstrated through the supply of geotextiles into some of the world’s largest construction projects, examples of which include: Hong Kong International Airport, the world’s largest single landreclamation where more than 7 million m² of Fibertex F-4M and F-1000M were chosen to stabilise and separate the subbase and as filtration layers in the protection works of the 13 km of coastline. Palm Islands, Dubai, considered the‘eighth’wonder of the world. This project entailed reclamation of land from the sea by constructing two islands directly in the sea off Dubai. Fibertex geotextile was used in the stabilisation of the 27.5 km x 200 m wide breakwaters on the two islands. The durability of thegeotextiles selected had to withstand stones weighing between 10 tons and 500 kgs. Two resort and residential reclamation projects were then constructed on the islands. Within South Africa,Fibertex SAhas alsosuccessfully supplied geotextiles to a number of prestigious projects. Geotextiles Africa secured orders for the supply of Fibertex geotextiles from our local production into three of the largest projects in the past three years,namely: • The Namibian Road Authority’s road rehabilitation project, with 1 000 000 m² of FiberSeal™ AM2-SA. • The ash-tailings dams at Medupi Power Station, with 850 000 m² of Fibertex™ GRI 13 class 2 geotextile; and • The Kusile Power Station,currently requiring 3.5 million m²of Fibertex™ F-750M SA protection geotextile. Eskom, the national power utility/supply company, has commenced construction of two new coal-


driven power stations at Medupi. Following strict environmental laws the ash-deposit dams must be lined with geocomposite lining systems. Within the design of these systems the Fibertex geotextiles are used as separation and protection layers. Geotextiles Africa has supplied 850 000 m²of Fibertex GRI 13 class 2 separation-grade geotextile. Significantly, Fibertex has the capability of developing specific geotextiles and supplying geotextiles that meet stringent international specified grades. Of historical interest is the fact that Fibertex AS, then a subsidiary of the East Asiatic Company, supplied geotextiles to a number of projects through anoffice in Southern Africa, dating back to 1977. One project was in Namibia for the South-West African Administration of Roads Department. A road was built bypassing Rehoboth, 90 km south of Windhoek. The road crossed several flat, sandy flood plains by means of cellular-type bridge structures. The bridge foundations are protected from effects of scour by means of Reno mattresses. A layer of Fibertex S-300 was placed as a filtration layer below the Reno mattresses. Thirty-five years later the Namibian Road Authority is currently rehabilitating the same road as part of a regional project.The rehabilitation consists of a new single-seal wearing course. Pothole repair and crack-sealing are undertaken before full-width geotextile overlay with FiberSeal AM2-SA. In keeping with global geotextile requirements Fibertex SA is able to manufacture products to many international specifications and test standards. These specification and standards include the American Standards (ASTM), Australian (AS), European and International ISO (EN – ISO) and South Africa (SANS). Fibertex South Africa supports Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE), a government policy to advance economic transformation and enhance the economic participation ofall people in the South African economy. Rod Claus Tel +27 (0)31 7367100 Fax +27 (0)31 736-7115 Cell +27 (0)83 2512299 October 2012


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Aiding the industry A year after the establishing of BuildSafe in South Africa, the organisation is going from strength to strength Build Safe was first established in New York City and has spread over many other parts of USA. Internationally the most successful initiative was run in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from February 2007 until May 2010. Build Safe Dubai (BSD) was launched when six like-minded construction stakeholders, led by Bovis Lend Lease, got together to champion worker safety and de-bunk some of the time and cost myths associated with safer working practices. This was fuelled by the high level of foreign labour in UAE and the fact that safety was seen, by some, as anti-competitive and a reduction in net profit. This mentality helped competitors to get together and agree “when it comes to safety, there is no intellectual property”.

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The six also agreed on a strategy for starting a group that could champion construction safety and share best practice. The commitment, from the Heads of these organisations, coupled with a shared desire of making a difference was the real catalyst to turn an idea into action. Each organisation agreed to move ahead and openly share information for the benefit of the construction

market in Dubai. What started out as BSD later became BuildSafe UAE (BSU). It did not take long to gain support from other organisations that were only too keen to be part of that group. Apart from the original group of 6 contractors; BSU later had over 70 other construction stakeholders from developers, designers, suppliers and government bodies combined with the 7,200+ people registered on the email that were all interested in making a firm commitment to improve health, safety and welfare across the UAE and beyond. The Chairman during that phenomenal growth was Grahame McCaig who has since moved back to South Africa and is currently the Managing Director of Aveng Grinaker LTA. It is through his passion for the initiative and belief in the capabilities and achievements that started the quest to establish BuildSafe South Africa (BSA). The inaugural meeting for BSA took place on 31.08.2011 at the AGLTA Civil Engineering Training Larpa and was attended by representatives of 16 entities. They represented contractors, clients, institutes, insurance and service providers. During that meeting the ethos


of BSA was agreed and a working committee set up to make it happen. The Founding Members of BuildSafe South Africa formed just after the meeting and they are Sasol Technology, Aveng Grinaker-LTA, Fluor, Murray & Roberts, and Foster Wheeler. They all contributed the start-up funding for the initiative and also representatives of four of the five companies formed the Board of Directors. Now BSA is a continuously growing group of like-minded stakeholders who are publicly expressing their commitment and dedication to being an integral part in helping the construction industry in South Africa to improve and maintain high standards of health, safety and welfare for workers. We are making a better history every day.

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Ford Incubation Facility providing professional support and growth opportunities

The facility, located adjacent to the Silverton plant, is a joint initiative between Ford, the Gauteng Provincial Government and Tier 1 Suppliers who directly supply FMCSA. The Silverton incubation centre is designed to empower fledgling black entrepreneurs by providing professional support and growth opportunities. Entrepreneurs will be selected and housed at the facility, enabling them to supply the new Ford production line. The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) has committed R105million to the project. Funds will be disbursed through the Automotive Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC), which has earmarked R55 million for training, development and BBBEE companies' start-up costs, and the Supplier Park Development Company, Ltd (SPDC), which has allocated R50 million to build the facility. The initiative is part of the Silverton assembly site's transformation from a low

volume, multiple vehicle plant to a high volume, single model production facility in 2011. Annual capacity at Silverton will increase to 110,000 vehicles in 2011. FMCSA, Tier 1 Suppliers and the Government are working with BBBEE companies to enable them to participate in Ford's global pickup truck production programme. The project entailed the construction of a new 7000 m2 industrial Incubation Facility with a separate office, canteen and change room. This further includes the upgrading of the existing care centre as well as all associated earth works, external works. A new parking area at Ford Motor Company’s existing premises in Silverton has also been incorporated. The automotive industry is one of the key economic sectors of the country and the project promises to foster a strong and globally competitive auto industry.

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