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Q&A with

Kam Mun Wai Deputy Managing Director Meinhardt Singapore

Design and Engineering Safety Excellence Awards Projects in Laos, Maldives








Regional CEO Message


“Welcome to Shaping South Asia, our new newsletter aimed at keeping our clients abreast of our regional business operations and some of the exciting projects in which we are involved. This region within the Meinhardt Group extends from Pakistan and India down through Southeast Asia. We have existing offices in many of the countries in this region, but even where we have not yet established a presence we are already actively involved in projects, such as in the Maldives, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, as can be seen from some of the projects featured here.

John Pollard Regional CEO, South Asia j o h n p @ m e i n h a rd t . n e t

While we continue to expand our resources and capabilities in our traditional Civil & Structural and Mechanical & Electrical engineering, we are also aggressively expanding our Project Management, Lighting Design, Façade Engineering, Sustainability (ESD)/LEED and our newly-formed Transportation consultancy services throughout the region. Globally, the Meinhardt Group is working to expand and diversify our Infrastructure and Environmental services, in which we have had some excellent project wins in India and Singapore. To be involved in these emerging markets as Regional CEO is an exciting and rewarding challenge as we build upon our long-established network of offices to support our new areas of endeavour.”



Interview with





Interview with 01 Tell us a bit about your career development at Meinhardt and what your latest role as deputy managing director of Meinhardt Singapore entails?

Kam Mun Wai Deputy Managing Director, Meinhardt Singapore k m w @ m e i n h a rd t . c o m . s g

Apart from the traditional principal consultants, specialist consultants also now play a significant role to the design. We see that there are many opportunities in the market for specialist services which we can develop into and at the same time grow our business.

I joined Meinhardt in 1995 as an engineer and was fortunate to be given the opportunity to work on several exciting and challenging projects under the guidance of Dr Shahzad Nasim. These projects included Capital Square, One Raffles Link/CityLink, One Raffles Quay, The Sail and the more recent Marina Bay Financial Centre. I was promoted to Director in 2004. I have been leading a Structural Team since 2002 and became Joint Division Manager of the Civil & Structural Division in 2009. As the Deputy Managing Director, I will be responsible for the performance of both Civil & Structural (C&S) and Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) Divisions, as well as involved in corporate planning and administration. It is a big challenge for me moving forward and I relish the trust and opportunity the Group has given me. 02

Who are the leaders supporting you?

I am fortunate to have a strong and competent team of leaders in the office. Currently both the C&S and M&E divisions are separately managed by the Joint Division Managers. Budi Lee and Tan Chin Hock are looking after C&S while Francis Koh and Lui Chi On are jointly managing the M&E division. We recently set up a Group Design Team in both divisions, led by Dr. Juneid Qureshi for C&S and Mei Yeow for M&E. Their teams will focus primarily on providing technical advice and guidance for our projects, assuring the solutions we adopt are practical, cost effective and sustainable. The C&S and M&E teams are managed by their respective Team Leaders for the day-to-day running of the projects (see chart below). They are, in turn, supported by Deputy Team Leaders and Principal Engineers. I am happy to see more and more younger engineers in the office coming forward to contribute and taking on responsibilities. Some of them have been identified and will be groomed for the next generation leadership.

Meinhardt Singapore Key Personnel MANAGEMENT

Managing Director Dr S Nasim Deputy Managing Director Kam Mun Wai


Directors Budi Lee (Div Manager) Tan Chin Hock (Joint DM) Riddhi Karmacharya Dr Juneid Qureshi Technical Directors William Howell Rama V Mohan Low Huei Siong Marc Gourde


Directors Francis Koh (Div Manager) Liu Chi On (Joint DM) Jannet Ang Mei Yeow Wong Kong Sing Wong Chin Yin Hedrick Lo Associate Directors Yao Lee Lee Chin Yeu Tong Peter Toi Choong Pei Nung Technical Director Arra Tan



Directors Arsad Hossain Technical Director Jan Kamer


03 Do you have an operating philosophy for how the Singapore teams should serve clients and handle projects?

Professional fees are getting more and more competitive, both in Singapore and the region.The best service we can offer our clients is to do a good and professional job; nothing beats that. Long- term relationships with clients are built up through trust, good support and technical competency. Fees no doubt are a key consideration in the current market conditions, but being able to deliver quality service would ensure we stay in the forefront of the industry and have repeat customers. Clients invest a lot in their projects, and as consultants we must endeavour to help them get the best returns on their investments. In every project we take on, it is in our core value to put in our best effort for the job and hopefully meet our client's expectations, and better yet exceed them. We have been successful but there are also times we have not but we have learned and have become better engineers. My philospohy on handling projects is therefore very simple - be sincere to our clients, understand their needs fully and do the best we can.


How do you plan to grow the Singapore business and enhance client relationships?

Meinhardt has made its name in the past 30 years by offering integrated services in C&S and M&E engineering for building projects. We are very fortunate to have successfully completed many high-rise and iconic buildings not only in Singapore, but also in many parts of the world. Over the years, we have grown and expanded our capabilities to include infrastructure planning and design, facade engineering, transportation, aviation, marine, geotechnical engineering, fire, specialist lighting and environmentally sustainable design. We have also successfully ventured into other service sectors like project management, masterplanning, due diligence, feasibility studies and construction supervision. "We recognise that ... at the same time grow our business." There is need to offer a broader spectrum of intergrated services to our clients as projects are becoming more sophisticated. Apart from the traditional principal consultants, specialist consultants also now play a significant role to the design. We see that there are many opportunities in the market for specialist services which we can develop into and at the sametime grow our business. We want to be a one-stop servcice provider; this will enable us to support our clients and their needs more efficiently.

05 As Meinhardt expands its footprint across the globe, how do you make sure that it retains a firm foothold in the Singapore market where it has a long history and tradition and many good clients?

Meinhardt has more than 30 offices worldwide. Its headquarters is in Singapore where the Global CEO sits. Singapore is where our roots are. For the last 37 years, we have been very active in the local industry, and we will continue to do so for many more years. While the Group is expanding into the global market, my primary focus is still going to be Singapore. We will continue to serve our existing clients and at the same time, we will explore opportunities to develop and work with new clients both in the public and private sectors.


Give us a few reasons why clients should work with Meinhardt?

We have what good project teams and clients need, namely: 1.      Dedicated, creative and competent professionals. 2.        A solid track record in Singapore. 3.        A fully integrated engineering services. We are a one-stop innnovations and value-add provider. 4.        Good project directors who are focused on long-term relationships 5.     A clear and effective decision-making process.


Meinhardt has clinched three merit awards from Singapore’s BCA (Building Construction Authority) Design and Engineering Safety Excellence Awards (DESEA) 2011. The DESEA awards recognise our efforts in overcoming various challenges in achieving safety and excellence in our design and engineering works. Four projects also won the Construction Excellence Awards, namely City Square Residences, City Square Mall, Jurong Point 2 Shopping Centre / The Centris / Boon Lay Bus Interchange and Credit Suisse Regional Data Centre. Separately, City Square Mall was awarded the FuturArc Leadership Award 2011 for Commercial Architecture. The FuturArc Green Leadership Award honours innovative and ecologically-responsible buildings in Asia.

Marina Bay Residences Singapore

Design and Engineering Safety Excellence Awards 2011 Residential Category – Merit Developer: Marina Bay Residences Pte Ltd Architectural Consultants: Kohn Pedereson Fox Associates PC and DCA Architects Pte Ltd C&S and M&E Consultant: Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd Builder: Woh Hup (Pte) Ltd


Contact Juneid Qureshi jq@meinhardt.com.sg

Marina Bay Financial Centre (Commercial- Phase 1 ), Singapore

Design and Engineering: Safety Excellence Awards 2011 Commercial Category – Merit Developer: BFC Development Pte Ltd Architectural Consultants: Kohn Pedereson Fox Associates PC and DCA Architects Pte Ltd C&S and M&E Consultant: Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd Builder: Kajima Tiong Seng JV


Sky @ Eleven Design and Engineering: Safety Excellence Awards 2011 Residential Category – Merit Developer: Times Development Pte Ltd Architectural Consultants: DP Architects Pte Ltd C&S Consultant: Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd Builder: Tiong Seng Contractors (Pte) Ltd



Client: Heineken Supply Chain Architect: Infonova Co., Ltd. Year of Completion: 2009 Services Provided: Lead Consultancy, Project Management, C&S and M&E Engineering


Contact Theera Watanasup theera@meinhardt.net

The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa Maldives

Client: Tarwood Hotels & Resorts Operator: Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Year of Completion: 2010 Services Provided: M&E Engineering


Contact John Mugford johnm@meinhardt.net

Niyama Maldives

Client: Reollo Architect: Eco ID, Singapore Year of Completion: 2012 Services Provided: M&E Engineering & Lighting Consultancy


Contact John Mugford johnm@meinhardt.net

Mudhdhoo Maldives

Client: Dusit International Operator: Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Year of Completion: 2012 Services Provided: C&S and M&E Engineering


Contact John Mugford johnm@meinhardt.net


Design and Construction Supervision of Lussaily Reservoir Phases I and II (120 MIG) Meinhardt has successfully clinched one of the most noteworthy projects released by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority in recent years. This is the Group’s second key win in the MENA region, just two months after our appointment for the University of Bahrain.

120 MID


The existing Lussaily Reservoir lies 40km south of the city centre of Dubai. DEWA plans to build a larger Lussaily Reservoir adjacent to the plot. The project consists of two rectangular tanks partially buried, each with a capacity of 60 MIG or 273,000 m3. The new reservoir will have a control room to house the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) which will be integrated to DEWA’s master control centre. Meinhardt will provide design consultancy for the reservoir and water network including electrical and instrumentation requirements. The team will also assist in contract specification, construction supervision, water quality testing, commissioning of the SCADA system, operator training and post completion monitoring. Client: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Est. Construction Cost: US$ 85 million Consultancy Period: August to October 2011 Services Provided: Civil, Water & Environmental Engineering

Contact Arsad Hossain ah@meinhardt.com.sg

Contact Jan Kamer jk@meinhardt.com.sg

Making Waves @ Singapore International Water Week

During the five-day event, Meinhardt took centre-stage at some of the flagship programmes at this year’s Singapore International Water Week (4-8 July), including the Water Convention Poster Presentation and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Business Forum, where Arsad Hossain, our environmental engineering director, was a panel speaker.

By Carole Chow

Corporate Communications Manager cac@meinhardt.com.sg


Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center, Taiwan Meinhardt is providing façade consultancy for Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center which is slated to be the icon for city’s urban landscape. The 37,000 sq m cruise terminal and port service centre is designed by Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC from New York, and local architect, Fei & Cheng Associates. Meinhardt is able to provide good design solutions for the façade while still maintaining the architectural design intent. The double-skin cladding allows ventilation circulating through the wall cavity but also adds another layer of complexity to this already challenging façade design. Client: Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau, Taiwan Architect: Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C, USA and Fei & Cheng Associates, Taiwan Façade Consultant: Meinhardt Year of Completion 2014

Contact Shawn Li shawnli@bj.meinhardt.com.cn



Global News

Structural Engineer Adds Software Edge To Meinhardt's Group Design Team Kermin Chok is the latest addition to a recently formed research unit in the Meinhardt Group known as the Civil and Structural Group Design Division. Kermin, a structural engineer, will join Juneid Qureshi, Group Design Director, and William Howell, Technical Director, to lead a team that will review and develop concepts for major projects across the Group, perform internal engineering quality audits, and conduct training and research and development. A similar team is being formed for the Mechanical and Electrical Division.

A Technical Director, Kermin also specializes in

He has worked at Skidmore Owings and

engineering software, which puts him in good

Merrill (Chicago) and Halvorson and Partners

stead to steer the development, deployment and

(Chicago). In his past roles, he contributed to

integration of both custom and off-the-shelf

such large-scale projects as the Burj Dubai,

workflow solutions tailored to the clients' needs.

Trump Tower (Chicago), Infinity Tower (Dubai)

Kermin’s research interest centres on digital

and Central Market Development (Abu

design as it relates to architectural-engineering

Dhabi). He said exposure to these large

collaboration, workflow compression and

projects has shaped his thinking on the future

structural optimization. His work in these areas

of design collaboration and engineering.

has been published in the journal of the

Kermin is based in Singapore.

Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) and the International Journal for Architectural Computing (IJAC).

Contact the Structural Group Design Division

Juneid Qureshi

William Howell

Kermin Chok




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