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MEP Conference: Meet the sponsors

Reem Dayoud, MEP director at LACASA, shares views on market dynamics and the different opportunities and challenges ahead.

INTERVIEWS, MEP

Tell us a bit about your company

Established in 2006 by Emad Jaber and Nabil Al Khaja, LACASA is a quality-driven multi-disciplinary Architecture and Engineering firm with presence across the MENA region. In almost 11 years, the firm has grown exponentially and currently boasts a diverse portfolio that includes over 300 projects regionally. As of 2017, LACASA employs 310 architects, civil engineers, MEP engineers, and admin staff in Dubai and Qatar.

What was your main motivation for signing up as a sponsor this year?

LACASA is a firm believer in the transference of knowledge and has always supported events that promote the exchange of ideas across the industry. Since its establishment, the firm has undertaken a number of initiatives to support this mission. By supporting the MEP Conference, LACASA hopes to bring more industry leaders and practitioners together to discuss the state of the field and to share ideas that can impact not only the industry, but the region overall.

What are you looking forward to the most at the conference this year?

We look forward to meeting MEP experts at the conference as well as learn about the newest technologies first-hand from the other professionals in the industry. Technologies are always changing within the MEP field, and hence having an event like the conference is a great opportunity for all of us.

What have you been up to this year business wise?

We have been working on expanding our MEP department by recruiting highly talented and professional engineers in order to accommodate the increasing project load and be able to deliver projects more quickly. Additionally, we have been planning to migrate all of our designs from Autocad onto Revit in order to create fully enabled BIM models and enhance project coordination across all departments. In addition to that, our MEP engineers have been involved with various thought-leadership initiatives as well as have conducted factory visits in order to gain first-hand knowledge in MEP products and rising technologies.

How is the market shaping up? What market trends have you noticed this year?

The market is maturing, and our clients are getting more demanding and specific towards improving building design quality, specifically in terms of safety, cost efficiency, and environmental impact. Additionally, authorities in the UAE are also strengthening and promoting their standards and requirements which have not only met international building standards, but have also exceeded them. We are optimistic about this year’s market, as we have signed a great number of diverse projects as of this month.

What are the main opportunities and challenges in the market?

Opportunities:

 Mega projects in Dubai (EXPO 2020) and its consequent developments
Entering urban development projects
New opportunities in GCC markets (Qatar)

Challenges:

Competition
Market fluctuations
Matching project critical deadlines
Recruiting talented professionals

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