US architect wins Dohaland design contract

Dohaland appoints US executive architect for Musheireb's next phases

Dohaland's Musheireb project.
Dohaland's Musheireb project.

Dohaland has appointed US-based consultant Burns & McDonnell to serve as executive architect for the next phases of its flagship Musheireb project.

Under the agreement, Burns & McDonnell is to provide architectural design, engineering and construction administration services for the project.

The $5.5 billion Musheireb development, the world's first sustainable downtown regeneration project, will regenerate a 35ha (86 acres) site in the historical downtown Doha.

The project aims to transform the old commercial and business district into the vibrant, cohesive and culturally alive city centre that it once was. The unique mixed-use project will simultaneously address issues of congestion, sustainability, and maintaining the aesthetic and social individuality of Qatar.

“This award is an important milestone in the progress of Musheireb, which is on schedule for completion in 2016. It will be a chance for the world to see what modern Qatari architecture is all about,” said Dohaland CEO Eng. Issa M. Al Mohannadi.

“We are honoured and humbled to be involved in Musheireb because of what it means for Qatar and its people,” said Burns & McDonnell principal Mike Roark.

“Qatar is on a path toward sustainable prosperity and environmental responsibility in all its development activities. We have been challenged to design projects that are as unique and sustainable as Qatar itself, and we are proud to accept that challenge,” said Roark.

Burns & McDonnell currently serves as executive architect for Phase 1A of the project. This included construction of several significant buildings in the Amiri Diwan Quarter, including the Qatar National Archive, the Amiri Guard residences and the Diwan Annex office complex.

The 135-member, multi-disciplined Burns & McDonnell project team includes architects, engineers and other technical professionals.

The upcoming phases will include design and construction supervision of a multi-use cultural forum, a central luxury hotel and serviced apartments, offices, townhouses, a primary school, a mosque, a shopping street and central power plant.
Major consultancy service's agreements for Musheireb have previously been executed with a number of International firms.

Burns & McDonnell will collaborate on the design and construction activities with UK-based firms Allies & Morrison Architects, Mossesian & Partners, John McAslan & Partners and Adjaye Associates.

The Musheireb site is bordered by Al Rayyan Road to the North, Jassim Bin Mohamed Street to the East, Musheireb Street to the South, and Al Diwan Street (part of Ring Road A) to the West. The mixed-use development contains hotel, retail, residential, mosques, cultural, heritage, school and government buildings ranging from 3 to 30 stories.

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