Saudi: Dow Middle East Innovation Center tops out
The superstructure of the Dow Middle East Innovation Center, which is being constructed at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, has topped out
Dow Middle East Innovation Center (Dow MEIC) has topped out.
The superstructure’s topping-out ceremony was attended by a number of high-ranking figures, including Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of US-headquartered Dow Chemical Company.
The facility, which is being constructed at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, is expected to become operational in H2 2018.
Commenting on the construction milestone, Liveris said: “When the new Dow Innovation Center opens in 2018, state-of-the-art technologies, such as reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, energy efficient systems and infrastructure, and roofing systems, will be developed by leading Dow researchers right here in the kingdom, and help to solve some of the world’s biggest global challenges.
“I am proud of the future that Dow and KAUST are building together,” he added.
With a floor space of 13,500m2, Dow MEIC will become KAUST’s second largest building upon completion.
Dow was one of the founding members of the KAUST Industrial Collaboration Programme, which aims to commercialise research into practical applications.
Jean-Lou Chameau, president of KAUST, said: “Our collaboration with Dow continues to be driven by innovative research for the creation of new knowledge and technology.
“The high-risk, high-reward culture at KAUST empowers our leading scientists to partner with industry in order to remain at the forefront of new discoveries in technologies and science. We look forward to the research outputs that will help propel further economic development in Saudi Arabia.”
Dow has an existing research and development (R&D) centre located within the KAUST Innovation Cluster, which focusses on themes such as water, energy efficiency, and the reduction of environmental footprints.