Expo 2020 Dubai's US Pavilion eyes mid-2019 groundbreaking
Concept phase work is now under way for the project, an official told Construction Week
Construction on the US Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is scheduled to begin in mid-2019, with the tender likely to open for bid invitations in June of next year, an official from the firm tasked with design management services for the newly announced country pavilion has told Construction Week.
“It’s a three step process – the theme statement, the design concept stage, and then the final design concept,” said Mark Giuliani, president of Virginia-based Giuliani Associates, speaking to Construction Week on the sidelines of the Expo 2020 Dubai US Pavillion's launch event in Dubai on 28 November, 2018.
“We’re [now] preparing Step 2, which is the concept phase. There’s a checklist that’s three of four pages long that we have to go through. They run that through with Dubai South which is the authority that has jurisdiction [of the site] – there’s a 20-day process for that. We’ll then get feedback [and] prepare the final design documents with an architect of record. That will probably be sometime around May .
“Then we’ll go to permits, and tender probably around June . We’ll have a bid process and that will take its due course.”
Following this, he added, Giuliani Associates will “bring everybody together, get the actual building permits, and start construction”.
He continued: “In terms of completion of the pavilion, we’re trying to allow a year [with a construction deadline of] June 2020. That gives us time to finish up the interiors, finish the landscaping and the plaza, and also work on all the exhibits that really bring the building to life.”
His comments came after Pavilion USA 2020 signed a memorandum of understanding with AmCham Dubai, AmCham Abu Dhabi, and US-UAE Business Council to promote “the shared goal of engaging the private sector in a history-making US pavilion”.
California-based Virgin Hyperloop One, whose biggest shareholder is Dubai’s DP World, will also be a feature at the pavilion, with a simulation ride that “goes further than virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)”, as the group’s chief marketing officer Ryan Kelly told the event audience on 28 November, 2018.