Infinity Tower reaches 90% completion milestoneby Cathal McElroy on Jul 30, 2012
Infinity Tower, the eye-catching skyscraper in Dubai Marina which twists 90 degrees, is 90% complete, according to Montasser El Raie, senior resident engineer with Khatib and Alami, the project’s consultants.
The Cayan Properties’ project had been set a deadline of 31 October several months ago and is still on course to reach that target.
The project’s MEP contractors, Drake and Scull, are currently working on the 73rd floor, with MEP work on every other floor of the building having been completed.
Speaking to MEP Middle East, El Raie said,“We are now passed the threshold of 90% which is a great achievement – we have been waiting for that.”
“So the actual countdown for the completion of the project has started and we are planning to complete the project by the end of October. Everything’s seems to be ok and we are on schedule.
“You can see the façade works almost completed, except for the Marina – we are working on that now. All the MEP works are full steam ahead. We are working now at level 73 with the mechanical floor,” he added.
The Tower has five basement floors, 72 residential, and six floors at its crown which includes the mechanical floor on level 73.
“We will have inspection from DEWA and civil defence shortly, and hopefully we will pass them in a good way and have as little comment as possible from the official authorities,” El Raie continued.
“Then testing and commissioning will soon start – it actually has already started partially for the different systems to make sure that they are working in the right way and wherever we have a problem then we have to rectify it.
“We started some finishing works in the basement and we are now doing the flooring and the marking in the basement,” he added.
The project has experienced some serious difficulties since it got underway in 2006. In February 2007, a quay wall collapsed while foundation work was ongoing, flooding the site and delaying the project considerably.
It also experienced delays due to financing issues following the Dubai’s 2008 property crash, but El Raie is now completely confident of the project’s completion.
“We are in a good shape and, as I mentioned, the countdown has started – hopefully the inauguration will be by the end of October,” he said.