CW Awards: Al Salmy is Construction Exec of Year

Hands-on approach and leadership highlighted by judges

Al Salmy (centre) picks up his award from VSL's Stephen Burke (eft) and Carlos Correia
Al Salmy (centre) picks up his award from VSL's Stephen Burke (eft) and Carlos Correia

Muhammad Sultan Al Salmy from Hoehler + Partner in Oman was named Construction Executive of the Year at last night's Construction Week Awards.

Judges described Al Salmy as a successful business leader operating in a challenging market. They noted his ‘hands-on approach’ and ‘proven track record of leadership’.

"He has developed a successful company from grass roots and has clearly demonstrated a real commitment to his country and its vision for growth," said one of the judging panel.

Al Salmy himself expressed his delight at winning the award.

"I never expected it," he said.

Recent key highlights for the firm this year have been the successful completion of the German University of Technology scheme, which won Commercial Project of the Year at the 2013 CW Oman Awards, and a start on site at the Al Buraimi University, which is due to complete in October 2014.

Al Salmy told CW that the company was also working on a new museum project and is hoping to pick up more projects where the practice can utilise its distinctive style.

"Really, we are trying to change the kind of architecture we have in Oman. Trying to bring this modern type of architecture - so that it's a mixture between an international standard and having the traditional Omani style of architecture." 

Carlos Correia, general manager of VSL, and Stephen Burke, deputy general manager of VSL, a category sponsor of the event, made the award presentation.

Jason Kroll from AECOM - the winner from the Qatar edition of the event - was highly commended in the category, with the judges pointing out that his strong understanding of his local market helps play an important role in realising his company’s projects.

Abhay Shankar, of Al Watanyiah United, and Harichandan HB, of Bahwan Engineering Company, both from Oman, also made the final shortlist in the category.

The Construction Week Awards are an annual series of events that recognise and reward the best the GCC construction industry has to offer. This year's event was supported by presenting sponsor DU, and platinum sponsors SAP and FAMCO.

The next edition takes place in March, in Oman, and is open for entries now.


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