Dutco awarded $12.5m contract for new DEWA headquarters

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a $12.5m contract (AED46m) to UAE contracting firm Dutco Balfour Beatty for development of the first phase of its new headquarters building

The present DEWA head office.
The present DEWA head office.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a $12.5m contract (AED 46m) to UAE contracting firm Dutco Balfour Beatty for the development of the first phase of its new headquarters building, named Al Sheraa, according to a report by the UAE state news agency.

Dutco Balfour Beatty won the deal after beating 10 leading international companies with the lowest bid. The scope of work in Phase 1 includes shoring, dewatering, excavation, piling, fencing and associated works, it stated.

Al Sheraa is the tallest, largest, and smartest government net Zero Energy Building, ZEB, in the world. It will have over 186,000m2 of office space in over 1.86ha of land in the heart of the Cultural Village in Al Jadaf district, the report said.

The building will have 16,500m2 of photo-voltaic solar panels on the roof to produce over 3,500 kilowatts (kW). The building will also include an additional 2,000m2 of building-integrated photo-voltaic panels.

The total renewable energy generated from the building is over 5,800 megawatt hours (MWh) per year. The building will be completed and inaugurated in the last quarter of 2019, the report continued.

"By building Al Sheraa, we establish a role model in Dubai and the world to achieve a balance between development and the environment," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

Al-Sheraa’s design was inspired by the UAE’s traditional houses, where enclosed spaces overlook an open courtyard. The courtyard will be the focal point and most prominent feature of the building, the report added.

To reduce heat in the open courtyard, a sail design is used to provide shaded areas. Natural light during the day will stream through specific openings in the sail, giving sufficient light without the associated heat.

The courtyard features trees, planted areas, and plants within a sustainable environment. The courtyard will give occupants and visitors an outdoor feeling in an indoor setting.

The building will use the latest technologies including the internet of things, (IoT), big data and open data, and artificial intelligence. Robots will be used for cleaning and to provide security services.

The total energy used in the building in a year is equal to or less than that produced on site during that year. DEWA’s new headquarters is targeted to receive a platinum rating by Leed (leadership in energy and environmental design), where platinum is the highest certification, it added.


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