UAE FM firm Farnek's 9,300m2 staff accommodation hits 65% milestone
EXCLUSIVE: Shell construction on the $40.8m (AED150m) low-rise facility – designed for 5,000 people – is close to completion
UAE-based technology and sustainability-driven facilities management (FM) firm Farnek revealed to Construction Week that it has complete 65% of the construction work on its $40.8m (AED150m) staff accommodation project in Dubai Investment Parks.
With the shell construction of the accommodation nearly completed by Dubai-based OST Constructional Projects, soon work will also be complete on the framing stage - roof, stairs, and windows - before moving on to the 9,300m2 facility’s interior. Arif & Bintoak Consulting Engineers and Architects are the consultants on the project.
In conversation with Construction Week, the firm also stated that the low-rise facility is on track for its scheduled completion in September 2020.
The building aims to be the most energy-, water-, and waste-efficient accommodation centre of its kind in the UAE and the Middle East region.
The centre, which touts a smart and sustainable design capable of accommodating up to 5,000 people, will save 20% more energy and water than conventional staff accommodation centres, which is worth approximately $820,000 (AED3m) in savings each year.
Some of the other design highlights include solar panels on the roof of the building covering 150m2, which will meet hot water requirements. In addition, more than 4,000 LED-lights are to be installed throughout the facility, supplying 90% of the total amount of light required.
The facility’s 800 rooms will be managed by a bespoke software solution, so that new employees can be welcomed 24/7 at a reception lobby, sign in, and be shown to their rooms in minutes.
Other features include a prayer room, medical clinic, restaurant, library, gym, a barber shop, and free WiFi throughout the building.