DEWA awards $267m construction contract for Al-Shera’a headquarters

WCN Editorial Team 14 Oct 2019 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a contract worth AED982m ($267m) to a consortium of Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting and Ghantoot Gulf Contracting for the construction of its new headquarters, called Al-Shera’a (Arabic for sail).

Earlier, DEWA awarded the first phase of construction, valued at AED46m ($12.5m), to Dutco Balfour Beatty. The overall construction cost of the project will now be more than AED1bn ($272m).

The headquarters, which will be built in Jadaf of Dubai, is expected to complete in 30 months. Upon completion, the facility will become the tallest, largest, and smartest government Zero Energy Building in the world.

With a built-up area of more than two million ft², Al-Shera’a will feature 15 floors, a basement and four levels of car parking.

The facility can house more than 5,000 people. It will comprise a 500-people auditorium, training halls, a creativity centre, an exhibition hall, a nursery for female employees children, and a gym.

The building will also have 20,000m2 of photovoltaic solar panels rated to 4,000kW and a 1,000m2 of Building Integrated Photovoltaics, which can generate 6,500MWh of renewable energy every year.

DEWA managing director and CEO HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “By building Al-Shera’a, we establish a global benchmark for buildings that achieve a balance between development and the environment, to protect the right of future generations to live in a clean, healthy and safe environment.”

The new headquarters is being designed to receive a platinum rating by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and a silver rating by WELL Building Standard.

DEWA said that the total energy used in the building in a year will be equal to or less than the energy produced on-site during that year and it is expected to use 50% less water than regular buildings.

It also stated that two more phases to work on the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), and the photovoltaic solar systems for the building will be announced later.

The new headquarters will be directly connected to Jadaf metro station by a bridge, which will increase the use of public transport, to reduce traffic and the carbon footprint.

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Image: DEWA awards $267m construction contract for Al-Shera’a headquarters. Photo: courtesy of The Government of Dubai Media Office.

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