Muhammad Sultan Al Salmy
Designing something that will stand out as an architectural marvel is something architect Hoehler+AlSalmy has always tried to achieve in its designs.
Some of the notable projects from the German-Omani architects’ portfolio in Oman include the University of Buraimi, the Conference and Exhibition Hall at the German University of Technology (GUtech), and Almuzn Hall. The firm recorded revenues of $4.1m (OMR1.6m) in 2015.
Muhammad Sultan Al Salmy, managing director for Hoehler+AlSalmy, said he identifies Oman and the UAE as the important markets to concentrate on in 2016. Despite current economic conditions, the architect has managed to bag some large-scale projects in the sultanate, including the German Embassy in Muscat, the Porsche Centre, the Audi Centre, and Al Baleed Resort Salalah – a mixed-use complex in Al Athaibah.
Al Salmy said: “The company always sees challenges as opportunities to exceed our own set standards and go beyond the norm. We use competition to our advantage by breaking through design and construction barriers in the industry, and setting new construction standards in Oman.”
In order to achieve high standards of productivity, employee development plays an important role, according to Al Salmy. He explains: “Employee development is a major factor at Hoehler+AlSalmy. Employees are encouraged to constantly undergo various training programmes that will help them learn specific skills to improve the performance of their current roles, as well as develop and grow into their chosen career paths.
“We support our staff to undergo further [education] within their chosen fields of job-related studies. It is important to offer development opportunities as they create a more versatile and prepared workforce to help move the company forward.”
Hoehler+AlSalmy plans to increase off-site training opportunities in 2016, which will focus on team-building exercises to develop the culture within the office. The company has a budget of $39,000 (OMR15,000) to train its staff in 2016.
It is important to offer developmental opportunities as it creates a more versatile workforce to help move the company forward,” Al Salmy concluded.