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Acciona unit wins Expo 2020 Dubai Sustainability Pavilion contract

Emaar Properties and ASGC Construction are involved as clients, Acciona's APD said

Spanish contractor Acciona has been selected by Emaar Properties and ASGC to work on the Sustainability Pavilion [image: Expo 2020 Dubai].
Spanish contractor Acciona has been selected by Emaar Properties and ASGC to work on the Sustainability Pavilion [image: Expo 2020 Dubai].

A business unit of Spanish civil contractor Acciona has been selected by Emaar Properties and ASGC Construction to deliver technical development and exhibition implementation works for Expo 2020 Dubai’s Sustainability Pavilion. Acciona Producciones y Diseño (APD), part of the contractor’s global services business group, will work on the Sustainability Pavilion’s exhibition zones, spanning 9,625m2 distributed across two floors.

APD will also manage the technical operation of the pavilion during the six-month expo, which will start on 20 October, 2020 and close on 10 April, 2021.

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The win is the Acciona group's second major Expo 2020 Dubai-related project, with the business also part of the consortium working on the Route 2020 Dubai Metro Red Line extension. APD confirmed the Sustainability Pavilion contract win in an update on its website.

In the project description posted on its website, APD said it would provide production and technical operation services for the Sustainability Pavilion. The construction company said pavilion’s exhibition space will have “a wide variety of highly interactive multimedia and immersive experiences”. Mechanical and staged elements, scale models, soundscapes, and aromas will also be among the traditional resources used to create an immersive visitor experience.

Alongside sustainability, opportunity and mobility are the other two sub-themes represented at Expo 2020 Dubai. Each of the three sub-themes will be represented by an individual, eponymous pavilion.

ASGC published details of its Sustainability Pavilion contract win on its website in March 2018. Emaar Properties is managing the delivery of the building.

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The structure will demonstrate sustainability with its design, and will be a net-zero energy structure. Its solar panels will produce 4GWh of clean electricity per year, and surplus energy will be fed into Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s energy grid.

Additionally, the pavilion will feature a humidity harvesting system that absorbs moisture from the air and turns it into water. Using this technology and recycled grey water, the Sustainability Pavilion, designed by Grimshaw Architects, will produce up to 22,000 litres of water per day.

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