MEP in the house
An in-house MEP contracting division has helped Commodore Contracting
An in-house MEP contracting division has helped Commodore Qatar Contracting deliver the Al Jassimya Tower.
Situated next to the Burj Qatar, the Al Jassimya Tower is one of a number of tower projects that has sprung up in Doha’s Corniche area over recent years. The tower comprises three basement floors, a ground floor, mezzanine floor and 40 further floors of office space.
Having been designed by South West Architecture, Commodore Qatar Contracting took the role as both main contractor and MEP sub-contractor during the two year build. Kassem N Rahal, area manager for Commodore Contracting, says the company’s in-house MEP department is a big advantage for a main contractor working in Qatar.
“The MEP package can be the difference between the job being a failure or a success,” he comments. “Having an in-house MEP department is good for the margins of the business, as you can price more competitively, and you are in control of when the work is completed as the sub-contractor is actually part of your team.
“There is also the issue of communication, which is obviously easier; the flow of information is very flexible. I think that an in-house MEP team really adds to the value of a main contractor.”
Eli Hamadimann, quality and development manager at the contractor, takes up the theme: “Being part of an in-house company gives us more control over tight margins as you have the main contractor on your side. That makes the working process far more flexible and you can be more direct with the contractor. They are in a position to priorotise your needs first. You’re able to save on time which reduces manpower, labour and costs.”
The scope of the MEP work at Al Jassimya Tower was extensive. Commodore had to contend with completing the MEP work within a tight timeframe and the design development changing during the project. During the construction, Commodore’s MEP team completed works on the tower’s HVAC system, the full electrical system, plumbing and drainage, and extra low voltage systems, such as the public address and CCTV security.
“One of the major challenges on this project was sourcing materials within a short period of time, it made for quite an anxious period,” says Ahmed Mamdouh, MEP projects manager.
“But because we are part of the main contractor, we know about the different phases of work, the schedule and the strategy for construction. You are able to plan properly. It’s no secret that material and procuring the right amount of the material you require is an issue in Qatar - if you don’t plan well, you will run into problems.
“By having engineers or project manager who knows the market, they can often suggest alternative products in the case that you’re having difficulty with materials, for example – that is an asset that makes our MEP offering stronger.”
Al Jassimya Tower
Client: Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa
Main Contractor: Commodore Qatar Contracting
Consultant: EGEC Qatar For Engineering
Location: Doha Corniche
Built-up area: 80,000m2
Construction duration: 24 months