Lusail Multipurpose Hall gets 4-star GSAS rating

KEO Sustainability has been awarded the first GSAS certified sports project in Qatar for its fast-tracked work on the Lusail Multipurpose Hall, achieving 4-stars for services

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KEO provided sustainability services [to Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC)] on the Lusail Multipurpose Hall, which has achieved a prestigious 4-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) rating, the first sports hall in the region to earn such a rating.

Francesca De Petris, sustainability manager, KEO, explains that the building is part of a portfolio of sport structures built to host a variety of legacy events, not only in handball, but also in basketball, volleyball, badminton, gymnastics and many more sporting activities. The facility has just hosted the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship.

“With a built up area of over 126,000m2, in a site area of 395,000m2, which includes mixed indoor facilities and outdoor training areas, playing fields, jogging and cycling track, this project has played an important role both during the handball tournament and subsequently at legacy,” she says and adds, “Quality control and stakeholder management have been the key to this important milestone.”

KEO provided ‘fast-track’ construction management services, and KEO Sustainability were appointed as client’s representative — Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) Certified Green Professional (CGP) — for the construction verification of the GSAS certification process administered by Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD).

The project was recently awarded by GORD 4 Stars in the GSAS Sports Design Category, with a mix of credits which involve design, construction and operation.

Sustainability highlights of the project include:

  • 100% greywater recycling and reuse and reduced potable water consumption
  • 70% glazing efficiency improvement and 36% lower lighting power density compared to ASHRAE
  • 20% of recycled content materials
  • 27% of responsibly sourced materials
  • 90% of construction materials and construction expenditure contribute to the national economy by engaging local resources
  • 35% of materials can be disassembled at the end of life of the project
  • 75% waste recycling
  • Landscape using low water consuming plants and efficient recycling
  • Low polluting interior finishes
  • Heat reduction strategies including light coloured materials
  • Increased sustainability management practices during operations
  • Highly accessible and walkable site with connections to public transportation.
  • The project was initially targeting 3-stars rating level under the GSAS Sports Scheme, having received an official confirmation from GORD at the end of the design stage. KEO sustainability team worked very closely with the project managers, contractors and the construction supervision team to implement a process of quality control and regular reporting which allowed confirming the score of GSAS 3-stars.

Enhancements in the operational sustainability of the stadium and associated grounds then helped increase the overall performance to achieve a final score of GSAS 4-stars.

De Petris explains some of the challenges, “Dealing with a fast-paced schedule and various contractors on site and trying to balance all stakeholders’ requirements constituted the biggest challenge of the project.

“Constant and accurate communication with all the parties involved, including on-site engineers, client and operators has allowed the project to perform during construction and even step up its pace to achieving a better result.

"The key to this success is in the right mix between implementing an accurate reporting regime, applying high technical expertise in the documentation review, patiently providing continuous on-site training and thus obtaining the support of all stakeholders,” she says.


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