SNC-Lavalin bags $135m on record LEED Zaha Hadid
Firm wins ten-year deal to run world's largest residential LEED scheme
Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has announced been awarded a ten-year contract worth $135m to operate and maintain the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh.
At 66,000m2 the Zaha Hadid-designed complex is the largest residential development project in the world to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
“We are delighted by the opportunity to be involved in such a state-of-the-art facility,” said SNC executive vice-president Charlie Rate.
The complex includes a research and office facility with a footprint of 28,500m2, residential accommodation for 1,000 students and supporting power, district cooling and transport infrastructure.
SNC-Lavalin will provide integrated facility and community management across the project’s 530,000m2 area.
The contract win is SNC’s second Saudi contract award in just over a week, following a $92m contract to build a district cooling plant in Makkah for the $1.3bn Jabal Omar development.
“We are delighted with receiving this contract, the third district cooling plant contract awarded to us in Saudi Arabia since May 2010," said SNC executive VP Charles Chebl at the time.
Both contracts follow hot on the heels of the news that SNC-Lavalin Fayez Engineering (SLFE), SNC’s JV with its local Saudi partners, has strategically acquired Zuhair Fayez Partnership, a Saudi Arabian engineering consultancy.
SNC-Lavalin has also hired American executive Robert Card as chief executive officer commencing October.