Companies that won big at the MEP Awards 2017
The 11th MEP Middle East Awards was a smashing success with a turnout of over 400 senior MEP professionals
This year’s MEP Contractor of the Year award went to Voltas Limited.
The company also won the Plumbing Project of the Year for its work on Regent Emirates Pearl Hotel-Grand Hyatt in Abu Dhabi.
Additionally, Arcadis emerged as a big winner at the MEP Middle East Awards held in Dubai.
The MEP consultancy collected three awards including: MEP Consultancy of the Year, Plumbing Engineer of the Year (Roger Vincer) and Mechanical Engineer of the Year (Ian Eldridge).
MEP Middle East Awards was held on 8 November at Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai.
A total of 17 winning awards were handed out on the night, with two winners for Project Manager of the Year category; Aoidin Curran from WME Consultants and Roy Wicks from Alemco.
In addition, for categories where the judges felt it was a very close call, there was 15 highly commended awards given to companies and individuals.
A record number of nominations were received this year, with winners and highly commended in each category chosen by our panel of six distinguished judges.
There were two lucky individuals who won the two biggest prizes of the night, courtesy of sponsor Gulf-O-Flex.
Tomi Anyanwu, regional engineering manager (Middle East, Africa & Turkey) at Equinix EMEA, won the one night stay at Burj Al Arab with a 500AED food voucher for Scape restaurant.
The other big prize was the Heli Dubai, a scenic helicopter tour of Dubai for two people, which was won by Maxim D’Souza, group general manager at Brayan Group.
Muzamil Shaikhani, managing director from Gulf-O-Flex, presented the awards.
Other prizes included brunches at restaurants, which were won by Syed Ibrahim Sahul Hameed from Future Metro and Amit Ahuja from AMCA International.
The MEP Middle East Awards 2018 will take place in Dubai on November 7.
So see you next year!
Health and Safety Initiative of the Year
BK Gulf won the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year at the 2017 MEP Middle East Awards.
In the last 12 months BK Gulf continued its significant strides in perfecting its HSE performance where achieving millions of man-hours without a reportable incident became the norm.
One project alone recorded 8 million man-hours without any lost days. BK Gulf has built on the exceptional performance of previous years by introducing the ‘You Promised’ initiative.
The You Promised initiative complimented BK Gulf Golden Rules introduced in 2015 to remind everyone of their obligation towards their family and society by being safety.
You Promised is an overarching initiative for number of events that have been held throughout the year which was based on three pillars: training; health; and cooperate social responsibility CSR.
In the last 12 months. BK Gulf carried out over 346,450 hours of safety training.
This training was put into practice by introducing pictorial method statements and risk assessments to simplify the understanding of complex installations tasks and improve comprehension of associated risks.
Accepting the award was the HSEQ manager, Graham Milligam. He said: “We have always put health and safety at the forefront of everything. So this is an achievement by the company as a whole.”
DEWA Solar Innovation Center - TJEG
Sustainable Project of the Year
The DEWA Solar Innovation Centre forms the focal point for Dubai’s solar technologies at Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park.
“It was challenging to do something for DEWA who are on the forefront on innovation and sustainability, but that was also the driving factor,” said Ted Jacob Engineering Group (TJEG) associate principal Qamar Nizami.
He added: “Moreover, it’s important for a project to be seen through from the drawing board until it’s finished. We have the responsibility, but it’s the client that has a larger responsibility – they need to be aware and we need their support, which is what we got from DEWA.”
The facility will showcase the history, evolution and application of this abundant sustainable source of energy, by means of workshops, conferences and exhibitions for students, professionals and the public.
TJEG’s role as lead consultant and project managers for the design and construction phases has harnessed TJEG’s global experience in green buildings. The project aims to be ‘LEED Platinum’ accredited on completion; hence all facets of the project and its life cycle must embody sustainability and reduce carbon emissions.
“We also tried our best to keep the building a LEED Platinum – to keep it zero carbon as much as possible. In terms of mechanical, electrical and automated systems we tried to do our best,” Nizami added.
Dubai Festival City Mall - Black & White Engineering
Retrofit Project of the Year
The Retrofit Project of the Year award went to Black & White Engineering for its Dubai Festival City Mall project.
The mall is a landmark urban retail resort which forms the centre of Dubai Festival City, now acknowledged to be one of UAE’s most exciting retail, dining and leisure attractions. The design included changes to every MEP system, how those systems are controlled & how the landlord bills their tenants.
The reduced external surface area of the mall coupled with the increased efficiency of the new MEP systems & building fabric, pointed towards a reduction in the solar and conductive thermal gains for the building.
Jamie Darragh, associate director, Black & White Engineering, said: “We were involved in the extension of Festival Square, and it was a huge job. It was basically an upgrade of the existing mall, and extensive development. It took four years of hard work from design teams to our site supervision teams, but I think everyone who was involved in the project deserves a pat on the back.”
The Petroleum Institute - SEMCO
Mechanical Project of the Year
SEMCO bagged the 2017 Mechanical Project of the Year award for its Petroleum Institute Research Centre project in Abu Dhabi.
Talking about some of the challenges, SEMCO stated that this was the first time, in a petroleum research centre in Middle East, SEMCO used special design & high liability extract plume fans using energy recovery coils improving the efficiency of cooling system and recover huge energy from laboratories extracted air before discharging diluted air to ambient.
SEMCO used a special design for cooling towers by proposing and using ultra low noise cooling fans to ensure low noise level within the space of cooling towers and maintain the comfort of end users and visitors to the terrace area.
Talking about the win, Subhash J. Pritmani, vice president of SEMCO, said: “This is perhaps the best award we have ever achieved. The petroleum institute is a fantastic engineering marvel.”
Jumeirah Gate - Ramboll
Electrical Project of the Year
Ramboll won the Electrical Project of the Year award staving stiff competition from several other nominees in the category.
Ramboll won the award for the Jumeirah Gate project, which the company described as a “challenging electrical design project due to use of different usage, load and diversities with overall electrical loads”.
Ramboll MEP director Sean Murphy said: “First of all we have an amazing architect Killa Design along with project management firm Mirage. And lastly our internal MEP team because it was a very challenging project and we delivered it to LOD 300 in BIM.
“There was high pressure on deliverables, and it was a very iconic project and will be a stand out development once finished,” Murphy added.
Ramboll managed to achieve a safe and efficient design thanks to adaptation of energy-efficient technology and best industry practice in compliance with local and international codes.
The energy consumption was monitored via BMS monitoring for hotel/residential spaces along with public areas. Lighting control in public areas was controlled via sensors, and timers were designed for energy conservation.
Regent Emirates Pearl Hotel - Voltas Limited
Plumbing Project of the Year
Voltas limited won the Plumbing Project of the Year award for the Regent Emirates Pearl Hotel-Grand Hyatt in Abu Dhabi.
The MEP scope of this project included supply, installation, testing and commissioning of HVAC systems, kitchen ventilation system, smoke management system, staircase, car park, cold water supply system with filtration, hot water system with dedicated boilers, among other things.
The plumbing and drainage work consisted of centralised cold and hot water distribution network.
Judge noted that the “project stood out for re-using and re-cycling site water to minimise overall potable water consumption. Using AC condensate in cooling towers is a unique feature and quite smart”.
Suresh Kumar, general manager for projects and corporate business development, International Operations Business Group at Voltas Limited, said: “Voltas has been carrying out this Grand Hyatt project for the last six years.
“We’re quite proud of this project because it’s unique in nature. It’s got a twist in architecture, which is very rare for any kind of building. And we are quite happy that we have won the Plumbing Project of the Year, for the plumbing is the biggest challenge that we faced in that project.”
Motiongate Dubai Theme Park - Aurecon Group
GCC Project of the Year
Aurecon won the GCC Project of the Year award for the Motiongate Dubai project.
The Motiongate project is a Hollywood-inspired theme park located in Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, showcasing themed areas and attractions based on DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures, and Lionsgate.
Aurecon, in consultation with Dubai Municipality representatives, developed and implemented several best practice MEP features for the park, including solar thermal installations in areas of high hot water usage, shading, misting fans and solar reflective services to improve microclimate conditions, exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) insulation on the building exterior to achieve building envelope thermal properties, needed in the desert climate, among other things.
Talking about the project was Mark Davies, technical director, MEP at Aurecon: “There was a lot of toil and effort. But if you can’t enjoy something like Motiongate with the fun that comes with it, then you will never enjoy engineering.”
Neha Nikhat - Atkins
Young Engineer of the Year
Atkins’ graduate electrical engineer Neha Nikhat won the coveted Young Engineer of the Year award for her involvement in projects such as the Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia.
Nikhat was responsible for developing highly versatile systems for the Riyadh Metro project that can be implemented for other major rail projects across the world.
“The advice to young engineers is not to be afraid to take on challenges, it’s going to take you a long way in your career. It’s important to be very flexible in whatever that’s given to you. At the end of the day, its important to work hard in silence, let sucess be your noise” Nikhat said after winning the award.
She supported the MEP design development in line with customer requirements for reliability, availability, maintainability and safety. With successful implementation of technical assurance from concept design, she supported the organisation to achieve 100% compliance with customer requirements.
She has also been active in helping develop those around her, having led workshops to train design teams.
Aoidin Curran (WME Consultants) and Roy Wicks (Alemco)
Project Manager of the Year
This year, two individuals bagged the Project Manager of the Year award.
One of the winners was Aoidin Curran, associate – projects at WME Consultants.
About her, one of the judges stated: “She stood out as working on the most exciting project currently in the UAE. That warrants significant all round contribution and skillsets.” The project that the judge was referring to was the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020.
Curran said about the award and project: “This award is really important for us, as a company and team. It’s a very iconic project in Dubai. We’re really excited that we are working on it, so obviously, to have this recognition, for myself, and the team, it’s fantastic.”
The other winner was Roy Wicks, project manager at Alemco.
Wicks has over 18 years of experience in the field of mechanical and other engineering fields with specialisation on fire control systems and has been with Alemco since 2008.
Talking about costs versus quality in a project, Wicks said: “The cost versus quality equation is tough one, it’s an ongoing battle – we have to finish the job on time, and to the standard of what the client wants, but we also have to maintain a certain element on the budget. That means you have to look for suppliers who are willing to work with us and find solutions from an engineering point that the suppliers will cooperate with us to find a cost effective solution and also gives the client’s end result.”
Ian Eldridge - Arcadis
Mechanical Engineer of the Year
Ian Eldridge from Arcadis won the Mechanical Engineer of the Year award.
Eldridge is a principal mechanical engineer at Arcadis.
In this role, he leads multi-disciplinary teams to manage complex projects all the way from conception through to completion.
This includes agreeing the design brief with the client, scheme feasibility, conceptual and detailed designs, tender documents, budgets, specifications, and overall project management.
Eldridge was the lead mechanical, electrical, plumbing & fire (MEPF) design engineer and project manager on what is one of the largest healthcare projects in Saudi Arabia and the wider GCC.
He led on the design of all the associated utility buildings including a 150MW central chiller plant, a 28MW central boiler plant, waste-water treatment facilities, irrigation, evaporation ponds, standby power plant, and a diesel fuel farm, amongst many other assets.
Talking about winning the award, Eldridge said: “It’s a bigsurprise. A lot of hard work has gone into this. Our work in the Middle East has been fantastic. Arcadis has been winning some very fantastic work. So I am very lucky enough to be in the company.”
Jamie Darragh - Black & White Engineering
Electrical Engineer of the Year
Jamie Darragh, associate director at Black & White Engineering, won the electrical engineer award.
Darragh is a chartered engineer, with knowledge across all development sectors in the UK and internationally including museum, historic, healthcare, commercial, leisure, transport, residential, retail and educational establishments.
He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, a member of the institute of Engineering and Technology and an affiliate of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.
He is responsible for the development of B&W’s design mindset in adherence to LEED, Estidama and the Dubai GBG.
This year Darragh’s primary focus has been the design management and project delivery of Dubai Festival City Mall.
Darragh said at the awards: “I’m just going to continue to progress in different positions, and I’ve been fortunate to work with great teams and have that support structure around me.”
Roger Vincer - Arcadis
Plumbing Engineer of the Year
Roger Vincer of Arcadis’ took home the prestigious Plumbing Engineer of the Year trophy. Vincer has worked in the Public Health and Fire Services sector for four decades, and his achievements in the last 12 months held him in good stead with the judges.
“The industry has changed dramatically over the last decade or so, it’s all about looking for innovative ideas all the time. And it’s also important to pass that knowledge on to younger members of the industry. Public safety isn’t something you have underground and out of sight but it’s all around us,” he said.
Vincer was heavily involved in the Emaar development – the Dubai Hills Estate Mall – where he collaborated with Arcadis’ Public Heath team in Dubai and Manila to provide a design resolution to the main storm water discharge at the site. He was also closely involved with the Dubai Creek Harbor Retail District project.
“It’s important to identify the niche, and for this region its water. It’s important to know the essence of water usage, and the many steps that we could take to reduce water consumption.” he added.
Chris Barry - BK Gulf
MEP Executive of the Year
Chris Barry, general manager of BK Gulf, was named MEP Executive of the Year.
In January 2017, BK Gulf appointed Chris Barry as the new general manager, who has over 30 years’ experience in the UAE working on major construction projects as a client, consultant and contractor.
In 2016, BK Gulf’s financial performance was stable. The company successfully completed several mega projects such the Dubai OperaHouse, Jumeirah Al Naseem and College of Media and Communications in Qatar.
Also, in 2016, the company saw the signing of the major Design and Build Contact for DP World new Container Terminal 4 project.
Talking about his win, Barry said: “This award means a lot [to me]. I am very appreciative. I am very happy that my peers in the industry have recognised what I have done from the time I have been in Dubai. And its not just me as an individual, it the team that I have around me that has made me the success that I am.”
“The future for me in BK Gulf is good. We have a strategy going forward.”
Faisal Jassim Group
MEP Supplier of the Year
Faisal Jassim Group went on to win the Supplier of the Year award.
In an early interview with MEP Middle East, Azzam Messaykeh, the CEO of Faisal Jassim Group, said: “For almost three decades Faisal Jassim Trading Co., the flagship entity of Faisal Jassim Group has grown by helping customers to be more successful by providing MEP equipment and solutions.
“Our mission has been always to persistently serve the building industry with dedication and commitment. We specialise in engineering manufacturing and trading for state-of-the-art electro-mechanical products and systems.”
Faisal Jassim Group deals with world’s most renowned and innovative manufacturers and specialises in MEP fields related to the construction industry.
On winning the award, Messaykeh said: “Faisal Jassim is a 28 year-old company. We are a leader in electromechanical product supplies. Our strength really is our employees and staff. We always give our customer the best support and services in the industries, and we strive always to bring innovative products and solutions to our clients. I think the staff of Faisal Jassim Group will be very pleased with the award.”
MEP Consultancy of the Year
Arcadis won the MEP Consultancy of the Year 2017 at the 11th edition of the awards.
Among several other successful projects, Arcadis success is best captured with its work on the Dubai Creek Harbor Retail District, where it was appointed as lead consultant.
The firm began work on the Emaar project in November 2016 that spans 2.8 million m2 of retail, residential, hotel and entertainment development.
As a result, the client was able to meet early works on-site and gained confidence in Arcadis’ ability to support future success.
“It’s been a team effort, which I have built over the last three years, and we have worked closely with our clients. Also, for us, sustainable practices are not optional anymore - so in terms of water, for example, all the condensate water gets used. So it’s not a nice-to-have design option, it’s standard,” said Reid Donovan, regional director, MEP solutions, Arcadis.
He added that 30% to 40% of the water used for irrigation on buildings designed by the firm is obtained from the chiller system.
An 89% growth in Arcadis’ MEP department in the Middle East since 2016 has also been registered indicating the growth of the company.
MEP Contractor of the Year
With a market capitalisation of $2.7bn, Voltas Limited is part of the much larger $130bn TATA Group.
Voltas was established in 1954 in India and it offers engineering solutions for a wide spectrum of industries in areas such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, refrigeration, electro-mechanical projects, textile machinery, mining and construction equipment, water management and treatment, cold chain solutions, building management systems and indoor air quality.
Judges noted that Voltas had an “excellent international footprint, debt free books, iconic projects, recognition from client (Aldar) and PMP employees, making is a clear winner”.
After winning the award, Suresh Kumar, general manager-projects & corporate business development, at Voltas Limited said: “It is a great honour for us. Voltas has been there in this region for the last 40 years. We have bagged 2 awards; one for Plumbing Project of the Year and the other for MEP Contractor of the Year and this is a great achievement.”
Speaking about the MEP sector, Kumar said: “When it comes to the MEP sector, there are a lot of opportunities, it’s up to the contractor to select what he wants.”
Several prizes were given away at the awards courtesy of sponsor Gulf-O-Flex. Here are the big winners.
Tomi Anyanwu, regional engineering manager (Middle East, Africa & Turkey) at Equinix EMEA, won the one night stay at Burj Al Arab with a 500AED food voucher for Scape restaurant.
Maxim D’Souza, group general manager at Brayan Group, won the Heli Dubai prize, which is a scenic helicopter tour of Dubai for two people.
A big thank you to our judges!
Eng. Anwaar Al Shimmari, Director of design department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development
Sougata Nandi, Founder,3e Advisory
Hassan Younes, Director, Griffin Consultants
M. Vasanth Kumar, Ex-CEO and co-founder of Arabian MEP/Al Malki Group
Sarfraz H Dairkee, Secretary, Board of Emirates Green Building Council
Tharun Thomas, Energy Efficiency Business Manager, Smart4power