MEP Awards: Nominations, sponsors, winners

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Nominations are now open for what will be the 10th anniversary of the MEP Middle East Awards later this year.

The 2016 edition of the exclusive gala event is set to take place at a soon to be announced venue in Dubai on Wednesday, 16 November.

The MEP Awards website is now accepting nominations, where people are able to view all the categories under “Award Categories”.

All submissions must be submitted through the website by clicking “Submit Nominations”.

Following a short registration process, the individual is able to submit single or multiple entries.

This new format allows people to go back into the nomination system and amend/delete their submissions till the nomination deadline.

Each submission should include a 500 word write up and people are able to upload any supporting documents with the submissions as a single PDF file no larger than 10MB.

***For more information on the MEP Middle East Awards 2016 and the new Supplier of the Year Category, visit the MEP Middle East Awards webpage: www.constructionweekonline/mepawards

Past winner

MEP Middle East catches catches up with EFECO regional director Basheer Massad, the first ever winner of the MEP Project Manager of the Year Award at our inaugural event in 2007

How long have you been working in the Middle East?

I have been working in the Middle East based in the UAE since February 1995. I was born and raised in the UAE.

What do you remember of the first ever MEP Middle East Awards in 2007?

The event to me was a turning point and a first of its kind that managed to uncover and bring to the spotlight the lost recognition of the MEP sector in the Middle East. It was well received by the industry and that showed in the great atmosphere on the night. It was an opportunity to meet a large number of our colleagues, consultants and clients under one roof in a well organised, friendly event. The night was simply amazing.

What do you recall of being crowned MEP Project Manager of the Year?

I was taken by a surprise I must admit. Perhaps one of the best surprises I had in my entire life! The night before I received a call from the organisers requesting me to confirm attendance to the event; my answer was “of course” as we had a table booked, which I was invited to as a member of the senior management team of the company I worked for at the time – BK Gulf.

As time passed during the event I realised that our company was nominated for a few awards, two of which we won. When my name was announced I had a mixed feeling of happiness and gratitude for my hard work being recognised. I was even happier to understand that it was an easy decision for the judges to select me among other nominees for the award. I felt so proud of my achievement and the success of our team.

Please explain the major work you were engaged with at the time you won your award?

At the time I was actively involved in managing a number of iconic high-rise commercial and residential buildings projects. The scheme that won me the award was Al Salam Tower, formerly known as Chelsea Tower, which was an Atkins designed 50-storey residential building in Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

How did winning the award help to further your career and boost your confidence?

Immediately after the award and in recognition of my achievements, particularly delivering profitable projects in a fast-track nature, and the labour incentive initiative that I was involved in, I was promoted to an operations manager position for the commercial/residential buildings sector. Since then I have continued to hold senior management positions with the firms I have worked for.

Please explain how your career has progressed since winning the award?

After becoming an operations manager based in Dubai, in 2008 BK Gulf selected me to manage its entire Abu Dhabi operations as an operations director – a position I held until moving on to my current position within EFECO as a regional director for the Abi Dhabi and Al Ain region.

How would you compare the work you do now to what you were doing when you won your award?

I am now responsible for the delivery of a number of projects in the region of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The size, diversity and complexity of these projects are far more significant than what I did at the time of the award. Some of these projects like the Midfield Terminal Building and AMMROC are executed as joint venture projects for which I am either a member of or chairing the joint venture board.

What major changes have you noticed in the MEP sector since you won your award in 2007?

I wonder what has not changed! I believe the MEP sector has gone through more drastic changes than any other sector within the construction industry in recent years. I guess the main turning point was the global economic crisis that occurred in late 2008. Before that you have seen MEP companies grow out of proportion; a lot of them could not handle the sudden drop in volume, margins and cash crunch, leading to failing to survive or diminishing in size. We are now experiencing new players, more aggressive competition and much more demanding main contractors/clients.

The nature of projects have become far more complex while delayed payments and unreasonable one-sided contracts became the norm. I believe the coming years will see further changes resulting in MEP companies becoming more conservative which will lead to further downsizing of the number and size of MEP companies. This combined with the existing scarcity of qualified, competent MEP resources will result without a doubt in further changing the current form of contracts, procurement strategies and delivery/execution methods hopefully to the betterment of the current status.

Will you be entering or attending our 10th anniversary awards this year?

Without a doubt, as part of the EFECO team I’m sure we will have a memorable attendance and participation in this year’s award ceremony.

Meet the sponsors

MEP Middle East talks with Saad Ali, vice-president and general manager of HVAC supplier Ruskin Titus Gulf

Introduce your company?

Ruskin Titus Gulf (RTG) is a leading HVAC manufacturing company supplying duct accessories and air outlets, as a part of Air Distribution Technologies Inc which has recently been acquired by Johnson Controls. RTG is headquartered in Dubai and has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Umm Al Quwain.

What are you looking forward to at this year’s Awards?

It will be a great opportunity to rediscover the MEP market and community where innovative ideas are shared, and opening up engineering prospects for engineers who are interested in the Awards. It is also with great pleasure to be supporting the Awards which encourages the development and importance of acknowledging individuals and groups that have contributed to the HVAC community.

What have you been up to this year business wise?

We have joined Johnson Control’s global network and have integrated their corporate system along with a solid product line synergy that broadens our reach to clients and networks within the market. This will also aid our development in getting to know more about different HVAC equipment and increase our ability to achieve a greater market within the GCC.

How is the market shaping up?

The market is currently stabilising with some noticeable growth. There have been several announcements of new hotels and entertainment venues to be constructed before Expo 2020 in Dubai, increasing investor prospects. It is our aim to contribute to the success of the UAE through being involved in many of its infrastructure projects. We want to provide quality life-safety equipment and comfortable air distribution.

What are the main market opportunities and challenges?

The opportunities show themselves as the new entertainment projects being announced throughout the UAE that require life-safety dampers. Also there are several opportunities surrounding the Expo 2020 in Dubai and FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The challenges are the increasing levels of competition, breaches of payment agreements and the risk of project cancellation.

Who won what last year

Health and Safety Initiative of the Year: Trans Gulf's Health & Safety Initiative - Trans Gulf Electromechanical

Sustainable Project of the Year: Renewal Solar Energy Polysilicon Manufacturing Plan for PV Panels - Arabian MEP Contracting

Retrofit Project of the Year: Dubai Airport complex - ALEMCO

Mechanical Project of the Year: Burj Rafal - P&T Architects and Engineers

Electrical Project of the Year: Dubai Design District (D3) - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Young Engineer of the Year: Jamie Darragh - Black & White Engineering

Project Manager of the Year: Mark Farley - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Mechanical Engineer of the Year: John Makaronas - Atkins Global

Electrical Engineer of the Year: Anand Krishnan - Atkins Global

Plumbing Engineer of the Year: Giovani Tauckoor - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

MEP Executive of the Year: Vasanth Kumar - Arabian MEP Contracting

MEP Consultant of the Year: Atkins Global

GCC Project of the Year: Dubai Opera - Atkins Global

MEP Contractor of the Year: BK Gulf

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