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Modern formwork systems Saving time and money

Since 1989

October 2014, Vol 25 No.9

Formwork and scaffolding in construction is a major contributor to the overall cost of construction and therefore moving with the times can offer significant savings overall.

Africa’s leading construction journal

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Fire protection systems Looking at recent trends in technology Mass Notification Saves lives during emergencies

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Kenya: Pinnacle Homes, Kitengela

The new 250,000m2 BBVA headquarters in Las Tablas, Madrid. Alsina has supplied the entirety of the engineering solutions, formwork, falsework and shoring systems.

Uganda: Village Mall, Bugolobi


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Concrete formwork allows concrete to be used in many applications and in more complex projects Fire prevention in building


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Village Mall Bugolobi opens its doors to the Public

Cementing Africa’s rise If construction activity is an indication of economic growth then Africa is definitely on the rise and cement

The upmarket shopping mall i is the newest addition to the predominantly residential neighbourhood of Bugolobi, Kampala

consumption which is a good indicator of growth in the construction sector is on the rise as well. As consumption of cement has grown so too has production. Production in Africa rose by 33mtpa over the previous four years to reach 88mtpa in 2013.


Estimates suggest that two thirds of sub-Saharan African countries rely on imports to meet half of their demand and with Nigeria and Ethiopia exceeding local demand

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this could offer opportunities for trade between African The firm based in Kenya offers architectural, interior design and project management services. Most of its projects have been in the high-end residential market


Though currently the per capita consumption of cement stands at about 100kg compared to 570kg globally this low base means the rise is bound to be substantial especially as planned infrastructure projects and housing


get into top gear in the years ahead.

The future looks bright for an industry that has for long been described as lacklustre

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South Africa



Conceptual Design for R72 coastal road Completed

Expansion of Kariba Dam starts

US$11bn new Bagamoyo port project to kick off this year




The Kariba power project in Zimbabwe kicked off officially with the

expansion of the R72 coastal road between Port Elizabeth

President Mugabe commissioning it on 4th of September. The project is estimated to cost US$533m and is expected to generate an additional 300MW by 2017. Speaking soon after the groundbreaking ceremony, President Mugabe said he was happy that the Kariba

and East London has been

power project had begun to take shape. The project had been on the

completed according to South

cards for years, with its implementation hampered by the shortage of

African National Roads Agency

foreign currency, among other obstacles.

Construction of Bagamoyo port at Mbegani creek in Tanzania is to commence this year once the necessary paperwork has been completed. The development is going to be located 60 kilometers north of Dar es Salaam city.

(Sanral). The road is very vital

Mugabe also added that the project will see generation capacity

This comes after the expedition

for the region, given that Port

increase from 750MW to 1050MW. The construction works for the

of the project which was to

Elizabeth and East London are

Kariba power project involves adding two 150MW power generating

begin next year. Bagamoyo

units. The current dam has six 125MW generating units. The Chinese

port is going to be constructed

government has already extended to the country, a US$320 m loan

in phases to start as soon as

for construction of the dam. A further US$213 m has been borrowed


from Development Finance Institutions to fund the same project. This

The start of construction is

fund is provided through the Zimbabwe Power Company.

expected to happen soon since

major economic hubs; hence the road will be a boost to future



to the economy of the region. Expansion of the road will include resurfacing and addition of lanes, and it is estimated to cost US$ 500m. However, there is no detailed information of when construction work on the road will begin. According to Sanral’s Regional Director, Mbulelo Peterson, the tender committee is set to decide on the appointment of a contractor for resurfacing and the lanes to be added between East London Airport and Keiskamma River. This would lead to a total cost of US$ 6.88m for this particular project. The road, which will be 227km long, was integrated into the national grid with other provincial roads in 2012 after the

Mozambique Construction of Lupata and Boroma dams in Mozambique to start in 2015 Construction of Lupata and Boroma dams on the Zambezi River in Tete province, Mozambique will start next year, after the government signed contracts with companies that include the Mauritian capital, for the construction of the dams. Construction of the two dams is scheduled to take five years. The construction phase for Lupata and Boroma dams will help employ 1,488 Mozambicans. Energy minister Salvador Namburete signed the two contracts with Paulo Ratilal who acted on behalf of the two consortia. Lupata will be build by the Hydroelectrica de Lupata; which formed by Hydroparts Holding and Cazembe Holding of Mauritius, the publicly owned Mozambican electricity company, EDM, and the Mozambican company Sonipal.The consortium involved in construction of the Boroma dam is the Boroma consortium, constituting of Rutland Holding of Mauritius, EDM, and Sonipal. Construction of the Lupata and Boroma dams will see improvement in electricity generation in Mozambique, since Lupata dam will produce 210 megawatts and is costed at US$1.072 billions. The Boroma dam, will produce 612 megawatts on completion, and is estimated to cost US$572 million.




the negotiations are in their final stages. The mega Bagamoyo port will take about 30 years to construct to reach its full potential at a cost of US$11bn, making it one of the largest in Africa. The first phase of the new Bagamoyo project will be ready in three years time. It will be able to handle 20 million containers annually. The port will be able to handle twenty times more cargo than the port in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam, the country’s largest port. The new port also would transform Bagamoyo into an East African hub for Indian Ocean shipments to and from six of Tanzania’s mostly landlocked neighbours, ease congestion at the Dar es Salaam port, and make

transfer of ownership from the

Tanzania’s import-export sector

provincial government to Sanral.


US$70.17m would be spent in a span of three years in the upgrading of the R72. And there



of the new Bagamoyo port will



undertaken Merchants




International (CMHI) mainly,

were no indications as to whether

among other investors from

Sanral intended to change tolls in


the routes for the road.

countries served by Tanzania.



landlocked October 2014



South Africa N4 Road rehabilitation to be carried out

Two local firms, Gulf Energy Limited and Centum Investment Company Ltd, have successfully won the bid for construction of the Lamu coal plant. The power plant is going to be constructed at a cost of US$2bn in Mombasa, Kenya. US$500m to be used in construction will be provided by equity fund, and the balance will be funded through debt. Once complete, the plant is expected to add up to 960MW of electricity to Kenya’s national grid. The move for undertaking the Lamu coal plant project is directed at reducing the country’s reliance on diesel generated electricity, which has in the past elevated the cost of electricity. This will be the largest single power generating plant in East, Central and Southern Africa, with the exception of South Africa case.

The N4 road project between Rustenburg and Tshwane will receive an additional 32km extension as plans to transform it into a dual carriage freeway continue. This will help improve on the status of the road, making it safer by decongesting the travelling between the two towns. The contract for construction of the road is priced at over US$35.80m, and will include the construction of a second carriageway with bridges and broadening of existing bridges to accommodate the new carriageway. The rehabilitation process of concrete slab roads at all toll plazas along N4 and N1 begun in June 2010, and are going on well. Some of the construction plaza projects that have been completed include Zambezi, Stormvoel, e.t.c

Association Partners

Two firms win US$2bn Lamu coal plant project bid

Abuja airport terminal expansion to be completed in 2014 The ongoing Abuja Airport terminal expansion project in Nigeria is expected to be completed in December 2014 when it will also be opened for operation. This was revealed by the Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala during an inspection. He was accompanied by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie, from the Chinese construction firm (CCECC) who are currently executing the Abuja Airport terminal expansion project and have taken it to 30% completion. On the same note, the ongoing US$849m Federal Capital Transport Authority (FCTA) light rail project is also expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015. The Federal Government has embarked on improving most of the nation’s airport terminals across the country through various remodeling and expansion works in view of bringing them to international standards.




- 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

- Association of Ethiopian Architects - Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers

Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors

South Africa


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

Uganda Institute of Surveyors of Uganda October 2014

Botswana Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors

Ethiopia Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia

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

Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia

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

Nigeria - Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria - Association of Professional Women Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria


- The Nigerian Institute of Architects

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

- American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region - Nigeria Society of Engineers - Nigeria Institute of Architects - Building and Construction Skilled Artisans Association of Nigeria(BACSAAN) 7


Hitachi to introduce EH1100-5 Rigid Frame Dump Truck Many successful legacy features are continued on the EH11005, such as the long-life and highly compressible NeoconE/ Helium suspension strut fluid, the robotically welded fully fabricated box section frame, the highly stable trailing arm front suspension and the reliable body floating hinge pin design; all features included on Hitachi rigid frame trucks regardless of size. This latest version of the EH1100 includes improvements to the operator environment, increased machine serviceability, increased payload, more remote monitoring capability, to name a few, plus many additional

JCB launches complete QS generator range JCB Power Products has extended the QS range of generators, to offer outputs of 20-220kVA, a power range that covers more than 70% of the market by volume. Available as both open and canopy sets,JCB unveiled the firstfour cylinder models earlier this year and has now added a smaller unit and a six cylinder generator to complete the line-up and cover all power requirements. JCB Diesel by Kohler for compact models The G20QS, G27QS and G45QS models are powered by recently launched JCB Diesel by Kohler engines, all offering 500 hour service intervals and single-side service access. These drive Mecc Alte alternators, with proven components from Deep Sea Electronics and Schneider, guaranteeing the highest reliability and efficiency levels in the market. The G20QS delivers 18kVA or 14kW prime output, the G27QS 25kVA or 20kW and the G45QS 41kVA or 33kW. All three generators have been tested to operate in temperatures above 45ºC, and feature a compact robust canopy design with widths of just 750mm, minimising logistics for customers and dealers as up to 38 generators can be carried in a single 40’ container. All models come with three-stage fuel filtration to ensure clean fuel supply, even in poor site conditions and the three generators can be run in a 60Hz configuration.

features to satisfy our range of customer requirements globally. Operator Environment Similar to the large Hitachi mining trucks and shovels, the EH1100-5 is equipped with a 25 cm (10 inch) LCD display to provide the operator with information regarding hauling performance and systems condition. Offsetting the LCD display to slightly right of the steering

New Commercial 7.5-10 Ton Copeland Scroll™ Variable Speed Compressor Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has expanded its Copeland Scroll™ variable speed product

column allows the lowering of

offering with the launch of a new commercial compressor and motor

the dashboard in front of the

control drive. This new variable speed compressor and drive allow

operator for better visibility to

system manufacturers and building owners to achieve superior

the front of the truck.

performance through expansive speed range that delivers enhanced

Self adjusting novel conveyer belt skirting system An innovator of modern bulk material handling technology has introduced a novel conveyor belt skirting system with a streamlined design engineered to fit virtually any conveyor with less maintenance and more efficiency. Martin® Self Adjusting Skirting prevents spillage and equipment breakdown caused by fugitive material by creating a constant tight seal to the belt. The unit self adjusts to rubber skirt wear, regardless of material volume and size diversity, allowing it to be an adaptable solution for an entire bulk material processing system across many different industries. “As bulk material is processed, the conveyor belt speed, load and volume can change, which can affect the integrity of the skirting seal,” said Senior Product Specialist Dave Mueller. “One skirting system across the whole line that adjusts automatically to these diverse variations dramatically cuts man hours needed to maintain it.” As the friction from the belt wears down the seal strip of standard skirting systems, workers have to shut down the conveyor and use tools to manually adjust it. Without this type of regular maintenance, fugitive material escapes from the belt, getting into bearings and other components, which can cause expensive and unnecessary production delays.

light load efficiency and dehumidification. “Our Copeland Scroll Truck systems communication

variable speed compressor and drive delivers one of the highest

via CAN bus allows rear view

part load efficiency levels in its class, enabling significant energy

camera monitoring through

savings and standards compliance,” said Bart Powelson, director

the LCD display and reduces

of commercial marketing at Emerson Climate Technologies Air

the amount of wiring required

Conditioning Business. “Whether designing for a roof-top unit in the

throughout the truck.

United States or an air-cooled chiller in Europe or Asia, our latest variable speed compressor technology offers efficiency, precise 8

control, and the protection offered by CoreSense technology.” October 2014


Powering Africa Ethiopia

IWMA to hold Seminars in Germany and Sweden in November 2014

20th-21th November,


2014 Venue:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Big 3 Africa Show 2014 Date:

3rd - 5th October, 2014


Kenyatta International Conference Center

Contact: Amy Offord Email:


Nairobi, Kenya Website:


The Powering Africa Ethiopia

The largest international trade


exhibition in Africa catering to


Ethiopia’s and






Hamburg, 21st August 2014 after a seminar in Dubai at the very

the growing Interiors, Builders Hardware



international and local power

beginning of the year, the IWMA board of directors has decided



to organize two further educational events in November 2014. One

machinery, will take place in



of these seminars will take place in Munich, Germany, on 11th

Nairobi, Kenya at the KICC

November 2014 at the Best Western Hotel Cristal (to be held in

from the 03 – 05 of October

German). The other one will be held on 20th November 2014 in

with record breaking numbers.




investment opportunities within the region. The 3rd Annual Powering Africa: Ethiopia is a concentrated two-day meeting

Lund, Sweden, at the University of Lund (to be held in Swedish).

set to bring together senior level

“During the seminars interested parties will get information on how

executives in the power value

water mist works – in theory and more or less practice”, says Bettina





Exhibitors and trade visitors are said to increase by 25% and 30% respectively at the Big 3 Africa 2014 which is the ultimate

McDowell, Association Secretary. She explains: “The theoretical

exhibition which houses the three

part of it is the physics behind water mist. Other presentations will

most exciting sectors in the east

deal with case studies that will show how water mist systems can

African region. As the largest

be applied. And there will of course also be news on standards and

event of its kind, it ensures direct

guidelines.” During both events there will also be exhibitions.

access to over 100+ exhibitors from over 15 countries and more

chain to drive forward investment into Ethiopia’s energy sector.

Mining Business & Investment Conference Eastern Africa th


than 8,000 trade visitors. Spread over three days, the

Date: 16 & 17 October, 2014 Venue: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi Contacts: Joy/Anne Email: marketing@ Website:

mega event “Big 3 Africa” is the

The Mining Business and Investment Conference Eastern Africa

services from all over the world,

(MBI) is an annual event aimed at harnessing mining potential in

it gives visitors the opportunity

Eastern Africa. Held under the auspices of the Kenya Chamber

to source cutting edge products

sectors. With the rise of European

of Mines and Prescon Limited with the support of the Ministry of

and services as well as learn

and Chinese investments in the

Mining, Kenya, the conference brings together key stakeholders in the

about and discuss the latest

region, the meeting will explore

industry to discuss major concerns as well as point out the strategic

market trends. There is no other

different financing models to

investment opportunities available. Now in its 4th year, the two day

related trade exhibition in East

support power projects, as well

conference will be held at Safari Park Hotel on 16th and 17th October

Africa that delivers the same

case studies of live projects led

where an audience of over 600 delegates with a vested interest in the

quality and quantity and variety

by leaders and their partners.

mining industry is expected to attend.

of buyers and distributors.

Ethiopia is leading the way for a green economy with resourceful emerging



Africa: Ethiopia is proud to shine the light on this region, providing an




learning environment to unravel solutions for key strategic issues faced by public and private

October 2014

ideal forum for the international players





showcase products and services to the ripe African market. With an amazing array of products and



BASF opens a new production plant in Kenya BASF Group, one of the world’s leading chemical companies has entered Kenya with a new production plant for concrete admixtures. The new production plant for concrete admixtures was inaugurated recently. The plant, to be set in Mlolongo Kenya will seek to serve infrastructure projects that are ongoing in the country. The company manufactures cement additives and concrete admixtures among other chemical solutions for use in the construction, maintenance, repairs and renovation of structures. The plant is the company’s first for production of construction chemicals in Eastern Africa. Headquartered in Germany, the company’s new production plant will help meet increasing demand in rail, road and airport construction. The company has been importing the construction chemicals from Germany but now it will be easier to serve locals once construction of the new production plant is completed since it will increase the company’s efficiency in supply and lower down related costs. The time for exporting the related products from Dubai to Kenya will be reduced from a month and it will take a few days for those in need to get the products. The time taken for products to reach Kampala (8 weeks) and Dar es Salaam (6 weeks) will also be reduced following the construction of the new production plant.

SA's Infrastructure Expansion to benefit Ampcontrol Ampcontrol Africa, the local subsidiary of the international manufacturers of industry-specific equipment for the heavy industrial, power utilities, and mining sectors recently moved into their 10,000sqm facility in Boksburg, Johannesburg. Both the design and layout of the new facility were carefully thought out to enable Ampcontrol’s market leading technologies to be manufactured locally onsite, providing immediate benefits to customers. “We see robust growth in South Africa’s mining sector and this new facility will help us effectively respond to the demand in the industry as well as introduce new and even safer technologies,” said Ampcontrol Africa’s Managing Director, Edwin Bauer. With considerable investment made in both the facility and relocating Ampcontrol’s two South African-based operations into the one site, Ampcontrol is committed to the role its local operation will play in securing long term partnerships with customers across multiple markets. The new facility boasts an onsite training centre, electronics assembly area as well as transformer, power distribution and electrical system manufacturing capabilities. 10

Hycrete wins annual Concrete Canoe Competition

Pilosio formwork to help in building SA's motorway junction

Hycrete Inc, a leader in waterproofing and corrosion protection has won the annual Concrete Canoe Competition organized by the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) with the use of its innovation in hydrophobic concrete admixtures on canoe materials. The team from the University of Nevada, Reno took home first place, utilizing a canoe made from material containing optimized concrete mix design containing Hycrete’s hydrophobic admixture. According to Kristin Kramer, a University student and CoProject Manager for the team, “using Hycrete reduced water marks left behind on the canoe after being submerged in water.” According to Devin Larson, UNR Mix Design Manager, Hycrete improved the workability and gave better surface finish.

The Italian company Pilosio has clinched an important contract for the supply of temporary construction site structures at the South African branch of CMC of Ravenna. The project envisages the construction of a motorway junction north of the city of Durban that includes two of the longest viaducts in the country. The Made in Italy brand is a winner in South Africa. Pilosio, a company that manufactures scaffolding and formwork for the construction industry said the 1.5 million euros worth order to CMC involves supply of scaffolding and formwork needed, to the north of the African metropolis, to be precise, in order to provide the Ravenna Company with the equipment it requires for the construction of an important motorway junction, called the N2-M41 Mount Edgecombe Interchange.

Emaar's latest products at 2014 Cityscape Global Emaar’s


Management programme will be at the forefront in showing sustainable


at Cityscape Global 2014 in UAE this month. Some of their initiatives include campaigns and community projects to conserve water and energy, complemented by




energy, recycling and waste management. Cityscape Global is the annual meeting point for key real estate investors, developers, architects, designers, investment promotion authorities, and real estate professionals. A recent poll conducted in UAE by Bayt. com showed that 72.5 percent considered going green.

TerniEnergia to build two Solar Power Plants in SA TerniEnergia, an Italian energy and waste management company has signed a construction deal with a European utility company to develop two solar power plants in South Africa at a cost of US$197.3m. The two solar power plants will have an installated capacity of 148.5MW. The company has announced that the two agreements have been signed with a European company. TerniEnergia Projects, a subsidiary of TerniEnergia, South Africa, will carry out engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance on both projects: one involves construction of a 82.5MW power plant in Paleisheuwel, and another 66MW plant at Tom Burke. October 2014

Archibuilt 2014 Date:19th - 23rd August 2014 Venue: Ladi Kwail Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria

Director General NBRRI, delivering his Goodwill Message.

Guests at CR Stand.

President Niyi Brimmo with other members of the Exco delivering speech.

Top staff of West Africa Ceramic Ltd display their award.

Visitors at CR stand.

Awards time.

Architectural Association of Kenya Annual Convention 2014 Date: 20th - 23rd August, 2014 Venue:Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort, Mombasa

Dance at the Gala Dinner sponsored by Sadolin.

Waweru Gathecha AAK Chairman and Hon Danson Mungatana visiting Exhibition.

Waweru Gathecha AAK Chairman Speaking at the Event.

From Left Jacob Mwangi AAK Executive Officer, Waweru Gathecha AAK Chairman Vir Panesar of Panesar Interiors and Musembi Mumo - AAK Hon Secretary.

From Right - Sylvester Kasuku, Director General LAPPSET, Lee Karuri Chairman Afrika Homes and Samson Obae of Getso Consultants.

Presentation of gift to the Chief Guest.


Leveraging proven technology for mass notification


This article was co-authored by Jason Falbo (Pictured) and David Sylvester. Jason Falbo, P.Eng, M.B.A., is the VicePresident, Engineering, at The Mircom Group of Companies

The objective of an MNS is to protect life by indicating the existence of an emergency situation and instructing people on the actions they should take through concise, accurate, timely, and well-directed messages. 12

ass Notification and emergency communication was first defined in 1997 by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) in an investigative document termed: "Khobar Towers Report". The report was developed in response to the deadly terrorist bombing of an American Military housing complex in Saudi Arabia in 1996. In summary, the report concluded that significant loss of life could have been reduced and even avoided entirely if there were an effective means of alarm and "mass notification" in place at the housing facility. A mass notification system provides information and instructions about emergency conditions in a building, area site, or other space. The objective of an MNS is to protect life by indicating the existence of an emergency situation and instructing people on the actions they should take through concise, accurate, timely, and welldirected messages. This article is provided to highlight the strategic advantages of installing a governmental recognized UL2572 compliant solution. Getting Started When developing an MNS solution, the first step is to perform a risk analysis to determine the technology that is best suited for the facility. Often, the security team provides a list of typical emergency and non-emergency incidents that they address throughout the life cycle of their campus. NFPA Standard 1620 defines a risk analysis as follows: "to characterize the likelihood, vulnerability, and magnitude of incidents associated with natural, technological, and man-made disasters and other emergencies that address scenarios of concern, their probability, and their potential consequences." The goal is to anticipate and define the circumstances under which a mass notification system shall be utilized to protect lives. Once you have done that, the next step is to establish an appropriate response for any noted incident. Fire Alarm Emergency Voice Communication Systems Since mass notification systems provide

information and instructions about emergency conditions in real time, the live audio and text messagecontent typically drives the specific user requirements. As such, both audible and visual signal based emergency communication solutionshave been steadily growing in use over the last 40 years. The building code requires that fire alarm systems provide emergency voice communication in lieu of bells or horns in both high rise and large assembly occupancies. With the development of mass notification, the utilization of the fire alarm emergency voice communication system for incidents other than fire has become prevalent. System integrators now look to UL-2572 compliant solutions when integrating with existing fire alarm system structures. This has come mainly from the need to provide live voice instructions to occupants in buildings, especially for large assembly and high-rise facilities where the uncontrolled evacuation of people creates more risk. Fire-alarm voice evacuation systems evolved from basic paging systems to an integrated emergency voice evacuation broadcast system that is operated from the display and control centre located at the Central Alarm and Control Facility (CACF). Fire Alarm Systems Integrated with Mass Notification Technology In the late 1990s and especially in the early 2000s after the terrorist attacks in New York City, the industry focus shifted to providing rapidly disseminating information to mitigate casualties during emergency incidents. Fire alarm systems are required to provide both survivability and emergency operation performance. They are afforded with emergency power and supervised circuits that report off-normal conditions on their system if they occur. Therefore, utilizing fire alarm for mass notification provides a higher level of survivability than just connecting to a disparate computer or VOIP based telephone system. In the late 1990s and especially in the early 2000s after the terrorist attacks in New October 2014

York City, the industry focus shifted to providing rapidly disseminating information to mitigate casualties during emergency incidents. Fire alarm systems are required to provide both survivability and emergency operation performance. They are afforded with emergency power and supervised circuits that report off-normal conditions on their system if they occur. Therefore, utilizing fire alarm for mass notification provides a higher level of survivability than just connecting to a disparate computer or VOIP based telephone system. Fire alarm systems are regulated to provide both signal audibility as well as emergency message intelligibility. This means that when integrating security and IT messaging systems, fire alarm systems provide a higher level of performance. There are many factors that affect the intelligibility in voice messaging design, including: • Reverberation generated by the various surface materials and furnishings of a facility; • Speaker properties such as sensitivity, power output, and coverage; • The speaker layout in a facility based on room dimensions and surfaces Mass Notification/Fire Alarm Integration Advantages Since fire alarm systems must be supervised and wiring faults must be reported, the user confidence in the system performance is ensured. This is especially important when utilizing a fire alarm system for mass notification incident broadcasting. The emergency response team will be confident that the system will operate as intended during the incident. Fire alarm systems are combined with various peripherals such as sensors and speakers which are considered "safe" units. In a "safe unit", regulatory testing is performed to ensure that unit construction will withstand the test of time and internal wiring of the unit does not have to be supervised. Safe units are verified with their control equipment through compatibility testing during the manufacturer listing phase, and regularly on-site via system tests and inspections performed at specified intervals. For example, the National Fire Code of Canada requires monthly operational tests of the fire alarm emergency voice communication systems. Fire alarm systems undergo the most comprehensive laboratory testing to ensure survivability. Examples are as follows: • Environmental dynamics: high temperature, low temperature, and high humidity; • Power supply lines transients such as varying nominal, under, and overvoltage inputs to the system; • Enclosures performance tests such as quality construction and resistance to electromagnetic interference; October 2014

Emergency backup battery tests such as the charging circuitry is evaluated for its potential to provide 24 plus hours of battery backup for both lightly and fully loaded system configurations. Fire alarm systems and their real-time operating systems and dedicated firmware also provide sophisticated scheduling options and advanced logic constructs to allow customizable programmability as required. Software is guaranteed to perform in a consistent manner without fault and with predictable timing. The software written for fire alarm control units often follows standards adopted in other life-safety critical environments including avionics, health-care, and nuclear facilities. For the reasons mentioned above, mainly the remarkable reliability of all hardware, supervision of all external wiring, well designed real-time embedded software routines, and system design and programming flexibility, fire alarm systems have become the de-facto platforms for Mass Notification Solutions. Mass Notification Market Potential According to recent market research, the global market for Mass Notification Systems is predicted to be $2.41 billion by the end of 2013 to an estimated $6.41 billion in 2018. What's Next in Emergency Communication Systems? • Development of smart messaging algorithms based on phonomies and human behaviour during emergency situations; • Revisions to the Canadian Common Alerting Protocol (C-CAP) as an industry standard for MNS reporting; • Adoption of the new CAN/ULC-576 mass notification equipment standard by the local authorities; • Integration of Building Information Modeling and Geospacial Information Systems as applied to emergency response visualization tools; • Increase in the use of wireless tactical emergency graphical display systems. 13

Modern formwork systems Saving time and money


se of formwork and scaffolding in construction of concrete structures is a major contributor to the overall cost of construction. One research study suggests that this cost can run up to or over 40 percent of total construction project cost. In addition, use of formwork affects speed, quality and safety in construction of walls, floor slabs, columns, beams, stairs, window hoods, and balconies, as well as other structures. With increased activity in the construction sector around Africa, a prudent contractor needs to complete jobs quickly and increase his margins, in order to enhance competitiveness and increase profit margins. Enhanced delivery time has also become an expectation by many governments and private developers since these facilities are needed as quickly as possible, in order to supply services to a burgeoning population. There has also been a great interest, among users, for buildings that achieve certain quality standards and specifications such as green star – ratings. Achieving high quality also calls for use of high quality construction materials in the building process and formwork and scaffolding systems are one of the essential ingredients. Use of traditional formwork by contractors cannot be trusted to deliver the expectations of the ever expanding construction industry in Africa, as well as fulfill the need for investors, contractors and governments to improve delivery time on infrastructure and construction projects.


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The old way Taking a walk down memory lane reveals that timber formwork and scaffolding was the first to be used in the construction industry in the form of timber columns. The category includes those made of bamboo. Advancement of technology then led to some improvement, where ply woods, supported by steel pipes, were used. Smaller formworks that would be connected together in construction works were then invented. Larger formwork followed and were used for construction of slabs, beams and columns among other structures. These consisted of previously invented smaller formwork systems, linked together. The material used for larger formwork systems was steel and they became too heavy, leading to a shift to aluminum, plastic and fiber glass, among other materials. Traditional formwork systems are associated with and much loved for their low initial cost, need for low expertise, user experience, and low weight, but they are condemned by their poor finishes on concrete walls and columns/slabs, spending of a lot of time when using them in construction, their high labor requirement, and their need for high skilled labor. Indeed, 50 percent of labor can be spent on filling in irregular openings around columns, corners and other penetrations in traditional formwork systems. Prefabricated formwork systems Evolution of system formworks has seen entry of prefabricated formwork for slab panels, slab decks, beams and

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columns. For instance Doka formwork presents a category of formwork systems that are semi system in nature, These comprise of steel parts and plywoodbeing used for ensuring smooth concrete surface in construction of slab decks, beams and columns . Doca is a Canadian company supplying semipermanent formwork solutions around the world. However, pre-fabricated formworks are used for slab panels and supports. Modern formwork systems represent fabricated modular components with casting panels. The formwork is prefabricated before transportation to the site, according to the work needed – particularly, the shape needed. Modern prefabricated formwork is the most economical when it comes to high-rise buildings, medium construction and large construction works. Cost Reduction Since formwork systems contribute to a large extent to construction costs, cost reduction can thus be achieved by using steel/aluminum prefabricated formwork systems that reduce the massive labor costs spent when setting up and putting traditional formwork systems in place. Labor costs also reduce when lighter models of aluminum/plastic or innovative steel formworks made of lighter steel components are used, since many of these systems can be handled and put in place or carried from floor to floor by one person. Massive transportation costs saving can be achieved by use of lighter aluminum formwork systems such as from MFE Formwork Technology, a Malaysia-based global company that manufactures lightweight aluminum formwork systems. Innovative slotting-in ribbed formwork systems allow low weight overall, hence becoming preferable in cutting down transport costs and labor costs required in moving them to, from and around the work site and putting them into place. This is according to Mr Henri Pereira from Roofix Africa who notes that massive labor costs can be achieved by use of Roofix systems that can be carried around by one person, from one floor to another. Roofix Africa is based in South Africa and manufactures permanent slotting-in ribbed formwork systems for concrete works. Moulded and extruded plastic formwork systems are also a trend in ensuring that contractors do not incur large construction costs, since they are lighter to carry and handle around. “Minimal propping requirements due to the lightweight nature of the slab system also becomes a strategy of reducing construction costs when proper formwork systems are selected”, according to Kenndy Jimba from Voidcon. Voidcon is a South Africa-based company supplying permanent and temporary formwork and decking systems. Experts do not differ with regard to use of innovative formwork systems in cutting down construction costs. Bridgend’s Ally Mumtaz agrees that contractors who 16

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utilize innovative uPVC plastic shuttering systems cut down on labor costs and that “most contractors report back in excess of 30% (construction) cost savings.” Saving of time and ease of assembly Construction cost is also reduced when formwork leads to quicker construction, such that the project is not affected by issues of material price change over time, and when such quick completion helps the contractor to move to another project promptly. In addition saving of construction material costs is realized with perfectly prefabricated modules since no concrete is needed to fill in non-perfect joints and corners in structures being built. Time overruns affect many construction projects, with research revealing 50-80% over-runs. In Africa these figures are probably much higher. With construction projects come completion timelines, which if not adhered to lead to increased costs of labor and material due to price changes over time, as well as underlying repercussions on society related to political factors when governments change. Contractors also need to finish jobs quickly to undertake more and untie construction resources to optimize profits. Mumtaz agrees with the observation that careful selection of formwork systems can help such contractors working on a “stringent timeline constraints.” The need to reduce time overruns on construction and the need to reduce time for construction phases, has led to studying of the impact of use of recent technologies on the same. Research has since found that the presence or absence of precast facades does affect the time of setting up the superstructure in a high-rise building, in addition to several other factors. According to Mcnutt, the Regional BD Manager at MFE Technology Formwork, systems that are cast monolithically in a single site-based operation, allow contractors to achieve unprecedented speed of construction. Designs of various sections of many types of structures are largely repetitive, and thus, use of precast module formwork systems made of similar standard units has been found to be effective in cutting down the construction time. One system formwork unit is simply applied in another section during construction, and thus the contractor only needs a few non-repeating formwork units – thus providing savings in terms of time and money. Prefabrication of formwork units allows designers and contractors to become familiar with standard units and thus can help reduce the time spent in deciding the sizes needed in future projects. Precast formwork comes with lesser joint areas and units that need to be reorganized, reassembled and screwed together, thus cutting down on time for assembling and disassembling the formwork October 2014


systems. Such formwork systems help eliminate need for projects to take more time, which translates to additional labor costs. For instance, Roofix systems that have no joints to be screwed together, according to Pereira, “will speed up building of concrete walls and concrete floors, thus saving on overall construction costs”. Reuse Indeed, using temporary steel, plastic or aluminum can increase the number of re-use of formwork systems,meaning that a company does not need to buy another set of formwork system materials when undertaking another project in another place: they will simply disassemble the units and transport them to the second site and reassemble them ready for re-use. The number of reuse runs even over 300 as notes Richard Mcnutt from MFE. Remember, timber formwork can only be reused a few times before the timber begins to bend, break or is affected by water and chemicals. Thus, using timber formwork can increase the overall cost for a contractor who is undertaking many projects over time, compared to use of a steel formwork system. Reuse does not only apply in regard to reapplication of the system in subsequent construction work, but also involves the ability possessed by plastic formworks such as from Moladi, to be moulded into other products other than becoming wasted after breakage, thus allowing for 100% recyclability. Moladi is a South African company manufacturing injection moulded plastic shutter formwork system that can be reused up to 50 times.


Smoother finishes - high quality job Pre-engineered formwork systems are manufactured under controlled environment and thus, achieve high quality work and can be trusted to deliver the high quality aspects needed in sensitive infrastructural projects and buildings – these are important for meeting specific building standards in many African countries. Safety and strength of structures The issue of construction worker safety is also increasingly becoming of great concern among contractors, governments, entities and investors in large. Thus, it is also important that solutions “guarantee the highest possible safety standards,” According to Luca Drigani from Pilosio. Pilosio is an Italian formwork and scaffolding company with branches in South Africa. Not only do projects get derailed by weather changes, but also that structures and buildings actually are brought down or destroyed by earthquakes, massive rainfalls, powerful winds/cyclones, and poor quality construction materials, among others. Tie-off bars on prefabricated steel formwork can be trusted to deliver worker safety and strong structures compared to wooden supports that are prone to tremors/ earthquakes or wind interruptions. Permanent formwork systems also add strength and stability to structures when left in place after the pouring of concrete. October 2014

scaffolds, access scaffolds, birdcage scaffold, shoring tower and façade scaffold. The newest release from Peri, the Peri UP system falls under this category. Pereira agrees with the fact that future systems will allow designers to think out of the box and use it to create truly beautiful structures. Permanent formwork systems are also being used to a larger extent, to allow builders save on construction time and labor costs, since labor would be required to remove them from place. According to Richard Mcnutt from MFE, their light aluminum systems are cast monolithically in a single site-based operation, allowing contractors to achieve unprecedented speed of construction. It is likely that most formwork systems in future will incline towards offering capacity for contractors and workers to do quick changes at the job site, during implementation of various tasks, according to David Espadas from Alsina, a Spain-based company providing formwork solutions. Presently it is not unusual to find concrete structures using wooden poles Innovative formwork systems and trends in the market The most dominant innovative category include the lightweight aluminum/steel-based slotting-in ribbed formwork structures that are light in weight, can be put in place by one person, can be used where there are no cranes, and which are used for setting up all types of structures. Modern innovative formwork systems that do not allow for displacement of concrete volumes by voids can help increase concrete savings. Voidcon’s permanent formwork can manage savings on concrete of up to 60% according to Jimba, the Marketing Director at Voidcon. Innovative slotting-in ribbed formwork structures do not require much reinforcement and thus cut down on labor costs. Molded plastic formwork modules join aluminum systems that are helping reduce the much handling needed with heavy and bulky steel systems. Technology advancement is also helping in manufacture of unit-based formwork systems, where one unit can be applied in building many sections of the structure – thus eliminating the need to buy extra units. Just last year, peri introduced the new PEP Ergo Slab Prop that, according to Voss Sylvia from the company, comes “with a reduced weight of the prop, therefore offering a costeffective solution for slab support.” Another trend is use of new systems that can manage various construction jobs, including those applicable as stair towers, suspended October 2014

lashed together with ropes as scaffolding while wooden planks have to be nailed into place by carpenters before pouring wet concrete to form a slab. This process is slow, tedious and wasteful. If Africa is to move forward in the development of its construction industry there will need to be a definite shift towards the use of fabricated formwork systems in order to save on costs, dwindling forest cover and improvement of safety.


Formworks and Scaffolding

By Yvonne Andiva


one are the days of buildings having simple flat finishes, nowadays concrete can be poured out to a formwork and resemble a stone, brick ,tiles

and a variety of other products to make the structure look more appealing to the eyes. Concrete formwork technology has impacted the world in a tremendous way, in that it is used globally and it defines the structure of buildings while they are still in their initial stages of construction. Concrete formwork also allows concrete to be used in

formwork being used is strong and sturdy enough to carry the loads that have been produced by the concrete, workers and any other type of equipment that are used to provide further support to the forms so as to ensure satisfactory results and performance at the end of the construction. In Africa today, many projects are being constructed using the formworks. This technology has become an increasing necessity in the transformation of most countries into a first world entity with a thriving infrastructure of impressive buildings, busy freeways, massive sports stadiums and world leading industry.

many applications and in more complex projects. Designers and builders should however ensure that the


Alsina’s Group Alsina’s Group is an international company that manufactures, sales and rents formwork systems and concrete solutions. Based in Barcelona (Spain), it currently employs over 500 people and operates in 14 countries, with more than 30 delegations to provide and distribute its services and products used in hundreds of projects around the world. With over 60 years of experience, Alsina has become one of the world’s formwork leading companies. Exporting Alsina’s systems has been one of the biggest keys to the expansion of the company in recent years: these are formwork systems and engineering services that have proven effective for over 40 years in Spain. Products like the Mecano Concept system (an intuitive and productive slab formwork system that reduces significantly the cost of implementing all slab types) or the Alsipercha fall arrest system are opening new markets with very October 2014

good results in international projects. The construction

rest of the treated water volume supplies the populations

of the Mactaa desalinization plant in Algeria is a good

of Mascara, Mostaganem and Relizane. David Espadas,

example of the introduction of these new formwork

responsible for Marketing Communications in Alsina says

systems in other countries. Alsina has recently finished

that their products and services are available in all African

the construction of this desalination plant near the city of

countries, especially in Morocco where the company has a

Oran, which has a capacity of 550,000 cubic meters, being

Branch. Nowadays, the Spanish based company is able to

the world's largest water service. The city of Oran is the

implement any project in every country worldwide.

main beneficiary of this plant with 360,000 m3, while the

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Pilosio SpA Pilosio, a company that manufactures scaffolding and formwork for the construction industry has announced it has won an order worth around 1.5 million euros with the Italian construction company CMC of Ravenna which has operated for a long time in South Africa and has branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Since 1961, Pilosio has represented Italian excellence in the production, sale and rental of building structure, like scaffolding, formworks for walls and slabs, trench lining for safety in excavation works, as well as structures for entertainment events, such as stages, grandstands and covered areas. In detail, Pilosio’s structures, 70% of which will be tailor-made specifically for this site will be used for the construction of two imposing viaducts created with the

“casting” system to avoid any interference with the traffic below. The dimensions will be 26 metres high by 947 metres long, and 18 metres by 443. Pilosio will supply 200 sqm of P300 formwork for foundations and trusses, 500 sqm of special steel formwork divided into five sets for the construction of the viaducts’ pile shafts, an additional 350 sqm of special steel formwork made up of three sets for the construction of the pier caps, two sets of Maximix formwork and custom-made products for a total of 940 sqm, as well as the Omnimode shoring system with customized solutions for the creation of the suspended work platforms to be used in the installation phase of the roadway ashlars. The special technical solutions and the onsite assistance guaranteed by Pilosio were decisive in winning the order. In fact, Pilosio’s technical office provided a swift and high qualified response to the various critical areas of the construction site, the co-ordination with the various organisations involved in the project and the design of a special formwork system for the piles that could be adapted to two different sizes and for the roadways of the viaducts, optimised for the use of installation technology with buttresses. Pilosio gives added value in its services by providing assistance for customers, both in Italy and around the world, offering a wide range of products that maintain high standards of safety and quality. Luca Drigani, External Relations Manager says that at present they have a branch office in Durban, South Africa, and very soon they will be able to supply their products to all the Southern African countries, especially SA and Mozambique’s construction and the oil & gas industries. He concludes and says that they would like to expand their presence in West African countries especially Ghana and Nigeria. Roofix Africa With the fast economical growth taking place in Africa, the only way to meeting delivery deadlines in construction projects, taking into account the serious skills shortage and lack of building materials, is through the use of innovative building solutions. New technology in construction helps in reduction of building costs, speedy completion of projects and elimination of much labor and intensive use of construction equipment that tie down to high operating costs.

Roofix permanent formwork allows you to build non-load-bearing concrete walls in high rise buildings


Introducing Roofix In the construction of composite concrete floors of coldformed steel structures, corrugated steel decks are used. Temporary formwork for concrete floors and slabs is costly and time consuming since it involves erection of supports that also require assemble and disassemble. Using Roofix in place of decks allows quick permanent formwork October 2014

The Formwork Experts.

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and Roofixafrica who are the authorized distributors of Roofix in Africa, due to Roofix’s flexibility, architects are more likely to think out of the box and use it to create truly beautiful structures. He advises that Roofix is a better alternative to traditional bricks and concrete blocks, which are often in short supply throughout Africa, and when they are, quality is usually an issue.

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erection and building above the slab is within days instead of weeks. Roofix permanent formwork allows you to build non-load-bearing concrete walls in high rise buildings, steel structures, light steel frame structures and perimeter walls. Roofix is offered by Roofix Africa’s technology, a company based in South Africa. The technology has been applied in many countries around the world. Roofix (first generation) is an in-place formwork for concrete. It is made of 0.70 and 0.80mm thick steel strips of 500mm width and its material is in accordance with DIN 1623-1 (ST12). Roofix consists of seven V-shaped ribs with a depth of about 18mm. The material between the ribs is slotted and expanded, forming strips of meshed herringbones. The distance between the ribs is about 135mm and the overall width of Roofix is 81±1cm. According to Henri Pereira owner Zenspaces

CONTRIBUTORS Pilosio SpA Luca Drigani Alsina Formwork Solutions David Espadas Roofix Africa Henri Pereira 24 PERI GmbH Voss Sylvia MFE Formwork Technology Richard Mcnutt

Installing Roofix Formwork 1. Laying Roofix on Floor Beams: Roofix formwork must be placed on floor beams perpendicular to the axes of the beams. They can be lifted from floor to floor by hand since they are light. 2. Installing reinforcement mesh 3. Concreting. Permanent walls are also being built using Roofix by erecting the structure and plastering with mortar. PERI GmbH Globally PERI is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of formwork and scaffolding systems. Through its 6,700 employees, over 50 subsidiaries and 110 efficiently-run storage sites, PERI serves its customers worldwide with innovative system equipment and a comprehensive range of services related to formwork and scaffolding technology. Within Africa, PERI has had a remarkable growth in the past year, which continues to be the trend for upcoming years. Key to PERI’s continuous success is the diverse product portfolio which allows them to adapt their solutions to give contractors optimal results. Constraints of contractors to deliver projects within time and budget are challenges easily met with PERI as trusted supplier of German formwork and scaffolding solutions. Timely material availability is ensured with a smart regional logistic network including central hubs in North, West and South Africa along with professional on-site support to optimize material usage, handling and safety, throughout each phase of construction. Additionally, the product-portfolio offered is targeted to the exact requirement of the region, which demands a mix of traditional building methods as well as system formwork solutions, high in quality yet with attractive prices. Various additions have been made to the existing portfolio, to further meet this specific demand of the contractors in Africa. In 2013, PERI introduced the new PEP Ergo Slab Prop with load capacity up to 50 kN yet with a reduced weight of the prop, therefore offering a cost-effective solution for slab support. To read more and to comment on this story visit October 2014

Fire prevention in building By Erick Mong'are


ver the past few decades fire protection and prevention have undergone an evolution. Unprecedented new hazards and threats

have emerged. Fires are burning differently because of modern construction techniques and furnishings; budget constraints are limiting staffing, equipment purchasing, training and firefighters now face not only new hazardous

Firetrace®’s self-contained fire detection and suppression systems which provides dedicated fire protection for a vast array of mission critical in-cabinet equipment


materials and technical rescue challenges but also terrorist and criminal events. Africa has the highest fire losses in terms of frequency and total losses and therefore new facilities and renovation projects need to be designed to incorporate efficient, cost-effective passive and automatic fire protection systems. Fire Systems Traditionally fire systems provided early detection in order to warn occupants, initiate evacuation and notify the proper authorities. Although this is still true, as a result of recent terrorist incidents, school shootings, and natural disasters, the role of a building’s fire systems has expanded. These systems have evolved into emergency communication systems that provide essential information that is needed for occupants to respond during all types of emergencies. These systems should be effective in detecting, containing and controlling or extinguishing a fire event in the early stages. Fire protection engineers must be involved in all aspects of the design in order to ensure a reasonable degree of protection of human life from fire and the products of combustion as well as to reduce the potential loss from fire. According to USA-based Firetrace International’s marketing director Scott Starr involved parties should appreciate the importance of providing mission critical fire equipment system with dedicated proven fire protection and appreciate the impact on the company that a fire can have if a piece of mission critical equipment is destroyed. October 2014

For these systems to be effective in providing information, it is imperative that building occupants can hear and clearly understand the messages. In the past, a lot of attention was focused on audibility. Signage for evacuation Everlux’s photoluminescent safety signs and complete photoluminescent Safety Way Guidance Systems. Other than audibility, another aspect that enhances safety is visibility especially in the event that the buildings interior is plunged into darkness. When installing such signs, end users should be familiar with the luminance properties of the photoluminescent safety signs they are planning to purchase and install in their buildings. The luminance intensity and period of light decay are determinant on how effective a safety sign will be during an emergency situation. There are many International Standards that set the minimum luminance performance on safety signs, namely ISO 16069. To ensure they are getting photoluminescent safety signs with a reliable quality, end users should require photoluminescent safety signs from recognized and certified manufacturers. They should require that the signs have their luminance properties printed on as well as the name/ brand of the manufacturer and that they are given a copy of the manufacturer third party certificate. Everlux limited is recognized within the fire protection industry as a leading supplier of photoluminescent safety signs’s sales manager Tiago Pedrosa adds that it has been proven that in the event of fire and the consequent accumulation of smoke only a low location lighting system, safety signage systems at floor level will be effective in providing continuous guidance to evacuees throughout the evacuation routes. Therefore, the requirements for low location lighting systems are increasingly becoming integrated in many international building. Fire Detection Labor Strauss product family of Fire Detection and Extinguishing Control Panels. Labor Strauss product family of Fire Detection and Extinguishing Control Panels Fire burns and spreads very quickly much faster than most people imagine. A few minutes can mean the difference between only minor damage and a situation that is way out of control. The faster everyone gets out of a house, and the firefighters can get to the scene, the better the chances are that the repairs needed will be minimal. Their should be smoke detectors and a fire alarm installed in buildings to offer 24 hours a day, 7 days a monitoring service. If a problem arises, day or night, the service notifies the fire department immediately to minimize any damage. It is also important that customers buy the appropriate gadget in order to effectively prevent occurrences of fire. According to Cesar Covarrubias from Brooks Equipment, October 2014

clients should learn as much as they can about fire safety and the various fire codes. Having basic knowledge will help one understand which products they need for which applications ensuring that they are getting the right equipment. It’s also important for people to look for gadgets that can detect gas once there is a leak it can be controlled before a fire starts. In this issue we will be addressing some of the specific issues associated with providing operational fire protection systems in buildings. FoamFatale Greece Ltd FoamFatale Greece Ltd. is a fire and safety company that specialised in oil storage tanks, terminals, refineries and power plants. Their company designs, manufactures and supplies the breakthrough Self-Expanding Foam System (SEFS). The FoamFatale system does not require external water, no need for proportioner, aspirating device, foam chamber, top pourer, just pure fire suppression even for the full surface of a large scale open-top floating roof tank. To read more and to comment on this story visit

CONTRIBUTORS FoamFatale Greece Ltd

Danfoss-Semco A/S

Christos Sideropoulos

Rashid Haddadi

Labor Strauss Sylvie Flages International sales manager

Firetrace International Scott Starr


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Tiago Pedrosa

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Village Mall Bugolobi opens its doors to the Public The mall, which opened shop recently, is a one-stop shopping centre for a variety of services and goods for Bugolobi and the rest of Kampala suburb dwellers.

By Dan Nsalasata he Village Mall Bugolobi is the newest addition to the predominantly residential neighbourhood of Bugolobi. This upmarket shopping mall will not only cater for the needs of shoppers within its primary catchment area of Bugolobi, but also those from Mbuya, Kitintale, Mutungo and Luzira. The Mall is a welcomed development by the heavily-populated Bugolobi community that now has several office developments within its environs. The shopping centre has three floors and has a unique and vibrant tenant mix with diverse offerings that will leave shoppers spoilt for choice.

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Outlets to choose from The Mall has attracted interest from strong brands like Nakumatt, Barclays Bank and Orange Telecom, among others, while also drawing the attention of internationallyacclaimed brands like Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Nairobi Java House - all occupying the ground floor. The USA based restaurant chain- KFC is the world’s second largest restaurant chain (as measured by sales) after McDonald’s with over 18,000 outlets in 120 countries and territories as by December 2012. Others are Brood Confectionery, C&A Pharmacy, Banana Boat, Elite Computers, Laville Wines, Spotclean October 2014

Uganda Drycleaners, Kings Gadgets, and MTN among others. Accessibility to the first floor can be made using the stairs, ramp or the state of the art panoramic lift that offers a splendid view of the mall and the courtyard below. On the first floor, you will be welcomed by the food court which comprises 5 outlets with various cuisines; Chinese, Italian, Indian, and Ugandan. It even boasts an ice cream parlour. The food court design, low ceiling and lighting, creates a warm and cosy ambience thus setting the mood for a relaxed dining. Right next to the food court are a bookshop and high-end wine lounge while the kids play area is strategically placed adjacent to the food court. Other stores on the first floor include Kids World, Millennium Infosys, Era Beauty lounge & salon, Design me Interiors (Interior decor), Dazzle (ladies’ boutique), MTN (service centre), Liquid silk (Sports bar), The Groom (men’s apparel) and eye care centre. The second floor offers fine dining restaurants to cater for family and private dining, a gym, spa, men’s only exclusive saloon (men’s refinery) and the mall’s management office. Accessibility to the centre has been made even easier with the creation of five entry/exit points; two on spring road (Old Port bell road), one on Luthuli Avenue, another on Bandali Rise and a service entry/exit point at Bandali Close. October 2014

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New shopping experience This new development will heighten the shopping experience in the area through the provision of convenient shopping and social activities for the family to enjoy. The Mall opens for trading with Nakumatt, Orange, Banana Boat, Spot Dry Cleaners, Kings Gadgets and La Cara, a cosmetics store, while other stores will open later on in the year.


It will have liquid silk and Kentucky Fried Chicken open as well. With the opening of the Village Mall outlet, Kentucky Fried Chicken will have its first outlet in Uganda. It is an exciting time for all, but particularly the Bugolobi residents as the Village Mall opens her doors to the public.

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We congratulate BUGOLOBI MALL MANAGEMENT upon this massive investment. We are proud to be associated with the project as the Quantity Surveyors.

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Pinnacle Homes Kitengela A huge beginning for NAI-TEX Developers


itengela, a bustling town located 30 kilometres south of Nairobi, is the new home to Kenya’s fast growing middle class. Every day, maisonettes, bungalows and apartments are coming up in the area. There has been a huge influx into the town by families previously living in rented premises in the capital. Many have put up their own homes while others have purchased ready properties. Realizing the town’s potential, investors have also flocked the area in droves. Almost all the banks, hospitals and major insurance firms have branches in Kitengela town. Manufacturers have also set up outlets in the town. Like in other areas surrounding Nairobi, developers have identified an opportunity in Kitengela as more people seek to move away from stifling congestion in the capital city. Among the big property investors in the town is NAI-TEX Developers Limited, who are putting up 107 homes under the brand Pinnacle Homes.

designed housing development with homes built to high standards and featuring superior finishes. We also intend to incorporate as much greenery, trees, shrubs and grass”, they say. The project’s concept is to develop single-family housing within a master planned gated community. The development will occupy an 11-acre parcel of land and will consist of four-bedroom, two-storey single-family houses. The homes are targeted for sale to the middle household income segments in and around Nairobi and Athi River areas. The development will also include a 3,000 square foot commercial centre, an on-site

Project Scope According to the developer, the overarching concept is to build quality middle income homes in a serene, well maintained environment that offers adequate living spaces with plenty of outdoor space such as parks and children play areas where inhabitants of the community can meet and enjoy. “We are delivering a well thought out and October 2014



bio-digester sewer system, water borehole, and several communal pocket parks. It will also feature well lit streets and similarly lit parks and common spaces. The homes will be constructed using EPS panel technology in lieu of conventional stone masonry units. Each home will sit on a plot size of approximately 3,500 sq feet which will be separated by “knee-height� hedges. There are two distinct home designs both consisting of 4 bedrooms, two and half baths with spacious well lit rooms. Project Team Client: NAI-TEX Developers Limited

The homes are open style designed with the intended purpose of bringing in plenty of natural light. High quality paint and stylish tile floor finishes will be used in all areas. There will be an option to install wood tile floor finishes in selected living spaces. Residents will have excellent views of Ngong and Lukenya Hills. A good investment In coming up with this project, the developer has used available market research on population and housing trends in the region. The houses will make a good investment


for those buyers not interested in purchasing for their

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own use. The development will employ a two-tier pricing

Quantity Surveyor:

model where cash buyers will be offered a slightly lower

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price compared to mortgage or bank financed buyers. The

Civil/Structural Engineer:

developer has brought on board several preferred banks

NM Engineering

that are willing to arrange long-term financing but will not

Main Contractor:

exclude other banks that investors or buyers may rather

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Hidaya Homes and Properties Ltd

The project was scheduled to commence in September 2014 for a period of 24 months.

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Three Decades of Gitutho Architects & Planners A dynamic and refreshed family practice firmly focused on the future

Gitutho Architects and Planners is a Kenyan architectural and urban planning firm that has been in practice for over 30 years. It has its head office in Mombasa with a major branch in Nairobi. From these two locations, the firm has put together an impressive portfolio of projects.


Architect Kamau Njendu.


nitially Gitutho Associates consulting architects, the firm was registered in 1983 by its principal architect, Kamau Njendu. Arch Kamau Njendu has been a private practicing architect since 1982. He studied at the University of Nairobi where he obtained both his bachelor and master’s degrees in architecture. He briefly worked at the Ministry of Public Works in various positions, eventually working with Municipal Council of Mombasa and becoming the first African Chief Architect of the City of Mombasa. It was in 1982 that Arch Njendu decided to go into private practice. Since then, the architect has built a career synonymous with excellence and reliability. He is not only a well known architect in the fraternity of architects but is also a respected man in the Mombasa and October 2014


Chief Administrator Mrs Joyce Kamau.

Architect Mugure Njendu.

the larger national community. A believer in giving back to the community, he has served in the board of directors at Star of the Sea Primary School, Holy Ghost Cathedral Mombasa and Ndutumi Secondary School among others and has been involved in various community projects. He is a fellow member of the Kenya Institute of Management and a life member of Child Welfare Society. A husband, a father and grandfather, he has consistently shown grace and respect when dealing with clients, professional colleagues and his staff. Gitutho Associates operated under the management and guidance


Some of the Nairobi Office Staff Members, Muinde, Beatrice and Ada.

of Arch Njendu until 2010 when the consultancy was rebranded to become Gitutho Architects and Planners Ltd. The move also saw the entry of Arch Njendu’s daughter, Arch Mugure Njendu, who became a partner. When Arch Mugure is asked about working in a family consultancy with her father, she has nothing but praise for her mentors’ guidance and stoic career. Unlike many family practices, the two work well together in a partnership framed with respect and confidence in each other's strengths. Arch Mugure joined the firm after obtaining her bachelor and master’s degrees in

Some of the Mombasa Office Staff Members Elizabeth, Zedekiah, Mule and Catherine. Charles Misao Technical Assistant at work.

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architecture in Boston and Miami respectively. During the eight years she spent in the United States, Mugure worked with various architectural firms including Stirling Brown Architects and Brockhouse Associates. The amiable architect, who made it to the list of Top 40 Women under 40 during a survey conducted by the Business Daily newspaper in 2014, graduated with a master’s degree in Architecture in Suburb and Town Planning. Naturally, it meant that the rebranded firm would now have expanded capacity to undertake urban and master planning in addition to regular architectural work. Arch. Mugure is also a qualified Arbitrator. As a partner in the firm, Mugure has been involved in various projects and business development, expanding the firm’s geographical scope to cover other parts of East Africa. A firm believer of East African cooperation, Arch Mugure currently serves as the chair of the Ethics and Practice Board at the East African Institute of Architects. Gitutho Architects and Planners has a staff of 20

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permanent and short term employees in both its Mombasa and Nairobi offices. This team of dedicated and focused staff ensures that the organization runs smoothly. Major Projects and the Future Key projects that the firm has undertaken include Kenya Ports Authority pension housing scheme, the Murang’a County Government building and the Library building for Kenyatta University, among numerous others. Several others are ongoing or at tender stage. The partners are focused on maintaining their existing clientele base as well as welcoming others. They are determined to ensure that quality is never compromised regardless of structural or other changes in the firm. Having clocked 30 years and more, Gitutho Architects and Planners looks to the future with optimism and thanks its clients, professional colleagues and partners in the construction industry for their continued support.

Congratulations Gitutho Architects & Planners for your long service to the construction industry! We are proud to be associated with you. October 2014


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Block 45 Architects Out to give value for money



nlike in the past when there was a small pool of qualified architects to pick from, investors, government and other players in the construction

While large established firms still get the lion’s share of

industry in Kenya can now choose from a vast array of

by bagging sizeable projects across both public and private

professional consultants capable of delivering high quality

sectors. Block 45 is one of the fairly young architectural

services that meet the expectations of today’s discerning

firms in the country having been established only six years



big projects because of their perceived capabilities, newer entrants are increasingly giving them a run for their money

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However, the head of the practice, Mr Predrag Rajnovic (Pedja), is an experienced professional with nearly two decades in architecture. The firm is registered with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS) and Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK). It is also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Block 45 currently has a staff of six consisting of three architects, one interior designer, two technicians and one administration assistant. In future, the firm intends to expand to a partnership to depart from the current structure of sole proprietorship. The firm is guided by the desire to give value for money. “We hope to grow our business by providing our clients

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with high quality service for a proportional fee”, says Mr Rajnovic. “By being careful to understand and translate a client’s vision into reality, we aim to always have satisfied clients.” Services Offered Block 45 offers architectural, interior design and project management services. Most of its projects have been in the high-end residential market. However, it is now branching out into other sectors such as commercial and educational buildings. The director also has a wealth of experience in hotel design which would come in handy when contracted to provide services in the hospitality sector.



Spring Valley •

Mandharini – 104 no. villas and 50 no. apartments on a 9-hole golf estate in Kilifi

Log Houses – 2 no. up market 5-bedroom log homes in Spring Valley

Industry Perspectives According to Mr Rajnovic, who holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture among other qualifications, Nairobi is a sophisticated market where the client’s expectations often exceed the level of service they get. He feels that an improvement is needed in construction technology and access to locally manufactured products. “At the moment, the construction industry is heavily dependent


Projects Undertaken Most of Block 45’s projects have been within Nairobi, Coast and Nyanza provinces. A few of these are: • Brookhouse Schoool – new kindergarten containing classrooms, dining hall and offices, log construction at Bomas/Langata • ISK Staff Housing – 32 no. modern, efficiently designed houses ranging from 2- to 4-bedrooms in Kitisuru • Highgrove – 28 no. up market 5-bedroom homes in

upon imported goods, which makes procurement more complicated and building costs higher”, he says. On professionalism and regulation of the construction industry in Kenya as a whole, Mr Rajnovic observes that although there are adequate regulations covering consultants, “on site we find that there is a shortage of qualified and skilled individuals.” He decries inefficiency in the building process which is normally reflected in the construction cost. Ultimately, he says, it is the developer who suffers.


We are proud to be associated with Block 45 Architects in their Projects Italbuild imports Ltd was established in July 1997. We are registered with the National Construction Authority as a building and civil engineering contractor in category NCA 1 & NCA 2 respectively.


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Apex Steel Bars International Standards at Local Level Traditionally, twisted bars were used in

BS: 4449). Apex Steel’s deformed bars are

In addition to Thika Superhighway,

building construction projects. However,

trademarked as ‘APEX TMX’ and every

Villa Rosa Kempinski and the Sankara

globally twisted bars have been banned due

one meter of the deformed bar has this

Hotel, Apex Steel has been used in several

to their inconsistency in quality. The new

name inscribed on it.

generation steel bars - namely Deformed

of this superior steel bar began in 2007.

Bars, also known as ‘Ribbed Bars’ - are now

‘APEX TMX’ being strong and malleable

being used all over the world. In Kenya,

steel gives shape to a developer’s vision

Apex Steel was the pioneer in bringing to

or a fabricator’s concept. You drive

Riverside Park, Mombasa Port expansion,

the industry deformed bars, manufacturing

several feet above the ground on the Thika

English Point Marina, Tsavo-Emabakasi

them locally but to international standards.

Superhighway because of Apex Steel’s

Transmission Line, Tana River Hydro

Apex Steel was the first to introduce

assured quality of construction steel

Power Plant, Southern bypass, Northern

deformed bars, be awarded a KEBS

bars. You relax in the Villa Rosa as the

approval for deformed bars and attain the

concrete is held together by the deformed

‘Diamond Mark of Quality’.

bars manufactured by Apex Steel, and you

projects. A few of these are Delta Towers, CFC Bank, Purshottam Place, 9 West, One West, 14 Riverside, Hotel Radisson,

Bypass, Sondu-Miriu Dam, Kwale Base Titanium and Tsavo Transmission Lines. Apex Steel’s endeavor continues to be

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)

swim with confidence at the Hotel Sankara

requirement is Grade 460. However the

because it’s ‘APEX TMX’, the high quality


deformed bars manufactured by Apex

steel from Apex Steel, that gives you the

localized availability. For more information,

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