MEP Middle East Awards 2013: Winners announced
Exciting night at Dubai gala dinner event witnesses dramatic finale
The winners of the MEP Middle East Awards 2013 were announced at a gala dinner event in Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm Hotel on Wednesday evening (20 November).
RED Engineering was the big winner on the night, taking home two awards for Engineer of the Year (Shaun O’Mahoney) and Innovation of the Year for its “Seawater Cooling” technology.
However, the biggest drama at this year’s event was reserved for the MEP Contractor of the Year award which closed the night’s proceedings.
The judges’ votes in the category had resulted in a three-way tie between ALEMCO, Saudi Binladin and Trans Gulf, meaning the winner had to be decided by first and second preference votes after the judges all stood by their original decisions when consulted for a second time.
Having attracted fewer first preference votes than ALEMCO and Trans Gulf, Saudi Binladin came in third, receiving a specially-commissioned “Highly Commended” trophy for having come so close to the ultimate prize.
With ALEMCO and Trans Gulf sharing the same number of first preference votes, the result came down to the judges’ second preferences which saw Trans Gulf narrowly pip ALEMCO to the award for MEP Contractor of the Year.
Like Saudi Binladin, ALEMCO’s efforts were rewarded with a rare trophy for its “Highly Commended” nomination in the category.
Among the other company winners were consultants Atkins and Ramboll, who sauntered off with the MEP Consultant of the Year and Specialist Consultant of the Year awards respectively.
The Specialist Contractor of the Year award was clinched by Alsa Solar System which was nominated in the category by Viessmann.
Other companies celebrating on the night were Altaaqa Global which bagged Supplier of the Year and Drake & Scull which secured Health & Safety Initiative of the Year for the third time in a row.
In the project categories, KEO International Consultants bagged Overall GCC Project of the Year for its work on Phase 4 of Abu Dhabi Education Council’s Future Schools Project, with Voltas Olayan picking up Sustainable GCC Project of the Year for its Al Bustan Utility Complex project in Riyadh.
The remaining individual awards of the night went to Manoj Patil from Mace Macro for Young Engineer of the Year and Steven McKenzie from ALEMCO for Project Manager of the Year.
An independent panel of 12 judges voted for the 2013 MEP Middle East Awards made up of industry professionals from across the GCC and throughout the construction sector.
This year’s Platinum Sponsor for the event was Leminar Air Conditioning.