Project Manager, Mohamed Kamal Aly, sent us these pictures of the Jeddah Gate project, which is owned by EMAAR Properties.
The Jeddah Gate development, as planned and envisioned by EMAAR Properties, will be a unique mixed-use development project within the overall greater Jeddah area. Jeddah Gate comprises two sites. It will include 5,000 world class residential housing units, commercial and recreational areas, as well as public/common facilities that will serve the whole development. The development will allow the residents to have a new experience of well-designed lushly landscaped town squares and public areas. In addition, EMAAR believes that the “Jeddah Gate” project will be one of the first steps in EMAAR’s pursuit of expanding and delivering its high quality communities internationally and Saudi Arabia in particular.
The project is the construction supervision of the Jeddah Gate development for lots E08, E09, and E10, which Mr. Mohamed Kamal Aly is in-charge of as project manager. Construction is still on-going and is scheduled to finish by July 2016.
From Denver Business Journal: A University of Colorado Denver program that sends architectural and engineering students to study in Saudi Arabia will expand after receiving a $2 million donation.
Zuhair Fayez - founder of one of the largest architecture, engineering and management firms in Saudi Arabia and co-founder of Dar Al-Hekma University, the first private, nonprofit university for women in Saudi Arabia - said he gave the money to help grow the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning exchange program.That program sends CU Denver students to the desert kingdom for seven days to work with a group of Dar Al-Hekma students on an assigned project. The Dar Al-Hekma students then return to Colorado to work with the CU Denver students for another seven days on the project.
"It's a very collaborative program where our students work with students of [CU] because to design an [international] project you need to know about the culture," Fayez said.
The program is designed to help students from Colorado learn about commonalities between America and Saudi Arabia, often described as a country that limits women's rights.
"It's common now for [Saudi Arabian] women to be architects," Fayez said.
"The young ladies [in Saudi Arabia] want to get married, have a family. The professional women [in the U.S.] put a priority on their careers," Fayez said, adding that he thinks Saudi Arabia is heading in that direction.
Keith Loftin, a professor of architecture at CU Denver and the program director, said the program helps prepare students for real-world projects where they may be asked to work with architects from other countries.
"It is difficult enough for any two people to coordinate a design project with each other, but discovering the cultural assumptions that are normally taken for granted is really eye-opening," Loftin said. "It dramatically widens the students' world view."
Fayez earned a bachelor's in architecture and a bachelor's of science and engineering from CU Boulder in 1970 and a master's in urban design from CU Denver in 1971. He said he hopes the program will dispel stereotypes that exist about women in Saudi Arabia.
"There is a power in teaching that comes outside the classroom, and I hope students on both sides learn much about each other's culture through this experience," Fayez said.
From Saudi Gazette: Monti Hallberg, superintendent of the American International School of Jeddah, talks to Saudi Gazette’s Layan Damanhouri about the current situation of the school and their plans to move to a new campus. The article goes as follows:
The American International School of Jeddah has enriched the heritage of the city since its establishment in 1952. Thousands of students have graduated from the school and are pursuing successful careers all over the world, says superintendent of AISJ Monti Hallberg.
In 1983, he was a math teacher at AISJ, previously named the Parent Cooperative School (PCS), for 8 years. In 1991, he moved to the American International School of Riyadh where he became a director of instruction and curriculum and later on principal. Afterward, Hallberg continued working in education in different countries until he returned to AISJ two years ago to serve as head of the school.
Currently, AISJ has a total of 1,200 students. Speaking to Saudi Gazette, Hallberg says, “AISJ is growing. The highest population we’ve had in the last 20 years is this year.”
AISJ is set to relocate to a new and larger campus by 2017. Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants is the architect and engineering firm executing the planning and overseeing of the project.
Hallberg says the new campus is built on a 50,000 square meter plot, almost 66 percent bigger than the current campus. He further says, “The new school has beautiful spacious classrooms, science laboratories that are modern, and computers that are fully integrated with wireless technology”.
He adds there will be natural lighting to the new buildings. In addition to a theater that can accommodate 750 students, the campus will have a spacious library, a full-size soccer field, running track, swimming pool, three gymnasiums and other recreational facilities.
“It’s built for an increase of enrollment up to 1,750 students,” he adds. “It’ll be a state-of-the-art school that’s very well-designed.”
“One of the main reasons we’re looking for a new campus is that the buildings are somewhat crowded and we need more space. It also has buildings that are older and needed renovation”, says Hallberg. “We’re looking forward to it. It’s going to be one of the nicest schools in the Middle East”.
Last spring, an official from the Saudi Ministry of Education visited AISJ where Hallberg met with him. Hallberg says, “The minister was so amazed to see people so happy and wanting to come to school. As he left, he said, ‘How can I get this in all of our schools in Jeddah? That happiness and that desire to come to school.’”
Hallberg adds, “I think the memories that our alumni hold are some of those dear memories that wanting to come to school and being with friends and learning at the same time”.
“We’re very proud of our alumni. We have people that are very successful throughout the world, including a director at the medical school at Harvard University, a doctorate from the Harvard law school, and some who own their own businesses. Some are working back here in Saudi Arabia as well”.
A contract signing ceremony was held in Riyadh last Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Institute of Public Administration's Main Learning Center Building. Dr. Zuhair Fayez signed the contract with the client representative, Dr. Raed Othman. The contract was for the English Language Center and Library project for the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh as well as the Housing Staff Trainee project for the Institute of Public Administration in Dammam. The contract was signed in the presence of His Excellency, the General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque, Sheikh Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais and his deputy, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Khozim.
Last April 5 to 7, 2015, ZFP participated in one of the most prestigious exhibitions in the building industry, Cityscape, which took place in Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events. The Cityscape Jeddah exhibition brings together regional and international investors, developers, architects and designers, governmental authorities, key decision makers and senior executives involved in the design and construction of both public and private real estate developments.
ZFP was assigned booth C50 for the exhibit and the teams from CGD and Design, Omar Al-Radi, and Said Hassan, prepared the materials used for designing the booth as well as set it up on the actual location. Many ZFP Staff paid a visit not only to show their support but also to help manage the exhibit.
To celebrate Zuhair Fayez Partnership's 40th Year, the folks at Saudi Projects Magazine coordinated with Mr. Omar Al-Radi, Said Hassan, and Reginald Noble Legaspi, regarding a case study that appeared alongside the company's GACA advertisement. The agreement was only for a 1-page editorial with approximately 800 words and one high resolution image but if you look at Saudi Projects Magazine's Issue 29 the initial agreement expanded to 10 pages of content and 10 images! What a great way to promote our 40th year! You can read about it if you have a physical copy of the magazine or from the link above.
This project is the design of a new building for Jeddah municipality. The new building will consist of 9 floors, including the ground floor where the main entrance is located. The new office building will accommodate 522 staff and personnel from the Amana and its in-house appointed consultants. The existing multi-storey car park with 3 levels will be extended with 2 additional levels (subject to structural constraints) and the top level will have covered car parking similar to the present facilities. The new car park will be linked to the new building at all levels. The built-up area is around 46,000 m² and the site area is around 5,110 m².
This project is the completion of the design of the Prince Abdul Mohsen Airport in Yanbu for the General Authority of Civil Aviation. The scope of the project involves the review of the results of the master plan study whose main scope includes an initial programming of the conceptual design for the expansion of the existing, and relatively new, Passenger Terminal Building (PTB). Three conceptual design alternatives for the main terminal will be created and the chosen alternative will be developed to the final stage of Construction Tender Documents. The site area is around 8,600,000 m² and with a built-up area of 45,000 m².
The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) Housing Complex project was assigned to us back in 2014 for architectural engineering services. The site is located to the north of Jeddah to the south of King Abdullah Sports City with its eastern boundary line bordering Al-Harameen express way. It aims to serve the hospital with housing units on an area that measures around 500,000 m² which is 25% of the overall mega project master plan area of 2 million m², which also contains the Medical Housing Zones. Our talented Landscape Design team has provided the design with a gorgeous landscape that is filled with elements to complement and accentuate the whole site.
This project is the interior design of the English Language Center facility for the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh, located at the southwestern side in Malaz district. The project comprises two buildings – the English Language Center and the Central Library – which are linked together by a bridge on the third floor. The total site area is around 3,500 m² with a built-up area of 8,650 m².
When asked about the design, Mr. Salman M. Adib, lead interior designer of the project, mentions that the style is modern and casual but there is a difference between the two buildings. The English Language Center itself has a modern, casual, and durable or long-lasting design. The facility makes use of natural light to create a lavish environment that should enhance the educational environment. The Public Library has a similar modern style that provides private reading areas, open reading areas, lounges, and group sitting areas. The library has very high quality furniture that are made by famous designers. The facility can hold up to around 200,000 books and are stored via vertical shelving. It makes use of the latest technologies where a person can access a book, simply by pressing a button associated with its number on the catalog. Like the English Language Center, the library also makes use of natural light to provide a healthy environment for learning. The architectural lighting has warm lighting that is similar to sunlight so it has the same effect as natural light. The library makes use of open spaces for easy circulation so a person can move between different areas easily and comfortably.
This project is the study, design, and adoption of the design at a new site for the Qurrayat Airport for the General Authority of Civil Aviation. The scope of the project involves the review of the results of the master plan study whose main scope includes an initial programming of the conceptual design for the expansion of the existing, and relatively new, Passenger Terminal Building (PTB). The site area is around 1,600,000 m² and with a built-up area of around 42,000 m².
With busy schedules and lifestyles, keeping the mind, body and soul healthy can be a major challenge. Here are some tips for employees to keep themselves healthy.
Exercise – Fairly obvious but necessary, exercise not only helps you build muscle and lose weight but also keeps your heart healthy. You don't really have to hit the gym everyday. You can do simple changes in your lifestyle such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking to the store instead of taking your car.
Reduce Stress – Antioxidants, found in food such as fruit, fight stress hormones. You may also perform breathing exercises by inhaling a deep breath for 5 seconds then exhaling for another 5 seconds. This helps clear your mind and enhances blood circulation.
Eat Healthy – This is a no-brainer. Eat well-balanced meals three times a day and it will keep your body running especially when you're doing heavy workloads.
Get Plenty of Sleep – With all the things that you do at work and at home, it's often difficult to maintain the amount of sleep that your body needs daily, which is around 6 to 8 hours. Avoid exercise and drinking coffee or anything with caffeine before bedtime. Instead, do something relaxing like reading or meditating.
Regular Checkups – Most people only go to the doctor when they're sick. That's not a good practice. If you have a history of health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, getting regular check-ups can help prevent or detect serious health issues.
Take Breaks – A little time for recreation is not a bad thing so be sure to set time each week for things that you enjoy. Taking a break will rejuvenate your mind and body and keep you working longer and help prevent burnouts from happening.
Here's a simple way to remember the basics of first aid. When you see an unconscious person, remember your ABC: Airway, Breathing, and Circulation. Open the airway with the head tilt-lift chin maneuver, then look, listen, and feel if the person is breathing. If not, then perform chest compressions on the person to support circulation.
When in an emergency situation, there is also the DRSABCD Action Plan, a seven-step action plan which stands for:
Danger – before assisting others, always check around if there is any immediate danger to you and ensure that you do not put yourself in danger when going to the assistance of another person.
Response – Check the person and determine if they will illicit any response. You can do this by talking to them, touching their hands, or squeezing their shoulder.
Send for help – Call 999. This is emergency number for the Saudi fire, police, and rescue department.
Airway – As mentioned above, open the airway by tilting the head making it so the chin is pointing upwards.
Breathing – Check the person for breathing by watching if their chest is moving and place your ear near their nose and mouth to listen for any breathing sound. If the person is unconscious but breathing, turn them onto their side carefully, ensuring that you keep their head, neck and spine in alignment. Monitor their breathing until you hand over to medical officers.
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) – if the person is unconscious and not breathing, perform chest compressions by making sure they are flat on their back and then place the heel of one hand in the centre of their chest and your other hand on top. Press down firmly and smoothly 30 times. Tilt their head back gently by lifting their chin. Pinch their nostrils closed, place your open mouth firmly over their open mouth and blow firmly into their mouth twice. Keep going with the 30 compressions and two breaths at the speed of approximately five repeats in two minutes until you hand over to the ambulance officers or another trained person, or until the person you are resuscitating responds.
Defibrillator – for people who are not breathing you may also use an automated external defibrillator (AED) if available. An AED is a machine that delivers an electrical shock to cancel any irregular heart beat (arrhythmia), in an effort get the normal heart beating to re-establish itself. The devices are very simple to operate. Just follow the instructions and pictures on the machine, and on the package of the pads, as well as the voice prompts. If the person responds to defibrillation, turn them onto their side and tilt their head to maintain their airway. Some AEDs may not be suitable for children.
String Cheese - String cheese not only tastes good but it is also high in protein. It has a little bit of fat and around 80 calories. Of course, if you have lactose intolerance, go with the lactose free version.
Hard-Boiled Egg - My gym trainer used to remind me to eat three hard-boiled eggs every morning to build muscle. If you're not regularly hitting the gym, eat eggs in moderation. One egg has around 70 calories and is packed with five to six grams of protein so it's quite healthy.
Peanut Butter and Apple - It might be weird for some (I mean, come on, who eats peanut butter with fruits?), but this particular snack has a good amount of fiber and protein.
Almonds - An ounce of almonds has around 184 calories. Almonds contain omega-9 fatty acid, the fat that is also found in olive oil which is known to be good for the heart.
Celery and Hummus - Hummus, made with sesame seeds, contains lots of nutrients and beneficial fibers called lignans that improve blood profiles, normalize blood pressure and enhance vitamin E absorption. Now add celery and you have a lot of nutrients in one snack.
Avocado - Avocado has a surprisingly high fiber content and is also quite tasty.
Tomato Slices with Buffalo Cheese and Olive Oil - This combination contains fat and protein, and tomatoes are packed with antioxidants, which help reduce stress. A filling snack and low in calories.
If you are unaware of what the Oculus Rift is, it is a head-mounted display that was originally designed for virtual reality gaming and is scheduled for release during Q1 2016. It was originally proposed in a Kickstarter campaign where Oculus VR, the developers of the Rift, made around $2.5 million for development of the product. The company was initially independent, but after being bought by Facebook, there was extreme backlash from supporters who felt betrayed after thinking that the company will remain independent so as to not deviate from the original goal of being developed for gaming. Although the Rift was designed for gaming, there are people who saw its potential as a tool for other applications that go beyond its original purpose.
Some people saw the Rift's potential in the fields of education and medicine. Learning in a virtual classroom while outside school and training with simulations would definitely improve the way students learn. It can also be used for virtual tours. Imagine Google's street view but instead of looking at a screen, you can explore the area yourself. That would simply be amazing! Now imagine walking around in a building that is yet to be built, all the landscaping outside and the furniture in the interior are in place. To experience the feel of the space during the design phase is something that only virtual reality can offer.
Designers make use of many different tools to present their ideas. These come in the form of 3D presentations, animation, 2D presentation boards, and scale models. However, they are still confined to media that do not communicate how the space actually feels. Virtual reality will change that and many architectural companies are now developing software to make it happen. 2016 will certainly be a great year for the field of architecture.
In 2013, US President Barack Obama mentioned that 3D printing "has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything." Well, he is correct. If you've been reading about technology on the Internet, chances are you've already read something about 3D printing.
According to Joe Allison, CEO of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, which offers prototyping services to manufacturing companies that need 3D-printed parts, "“Today 3D printing is still perceived as a technology solution, but the future of 3D printing is as a business solution.” He also mentions that the growth in 3D printing over the next three years will come in "end use production."
While many people are only hearing about the technology now, engineers and designers have been using large and expensive 3-D printers for a very long time, making rapid prototypes of parts for aerospace, defense and automotive companies. Over the years, the growth in technology have provided people with advanced digital design software, scanners, and desktop printers. Technologists believe that 3-D printing will become available to everyone in the near future and allow people to mass produce their own designs. Designs and schematics may also be shared over the Internet and 3D-printed elsewhere.
You will also be pleasantly surprised that 3D printing is being used even in the field of medicine. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine has successfully printed ear, nose, and bone scaffolds that can be coated with cells for growing body parts. According to them, it will only be a matter of years before hospitals will have machines that can print skin directly on a patient's body.
Those who watched the Class A match last April 30 surely knows what it means for the opponent when Dr. Zuhair is at the top of his game - he's in for a really tough time. Dr. Zuhair Fayez beat Leo Perez, one of our best players, in just 2 sets - 6 to 4 then 6 to 3! It was a really great match and you can tell from how they played that they were both trying their hardest to win. Dr. Zuhair's smile at the end and during the awarding showed how happy he was after earning the champion's trophy.
The awardees this year include Salman and Samer from the Interior Design Department as finalist and champion for Class C, respectively. Abdullah Miswak of Support Services and Al-Sharif Caorong of Construction as semi-finalists, Mohammed Fawzy of CGD as finalist, and Dande of Design Department as champion for Class B. For Class A, Tamer Saeed of CGD and Ed Umlas were awarded as semifinalists, Leo Perez as runner up, and Dr. Zuhair Fayez as champion.
In his speech, Dr. Zuhair mentioned that he was happy to see the amount of people who turned up during the finals and also promised that as long as he can walk, he will continue to participate in the tournament. Here's to hoping for another good year of tennis next year!
Arab News begins the news article with "In an all too familiar scene...," and I have to agree. I'm sure that those who regularly attend would think of the same thing. There's even a joke from within the team that if they keep it up, there may come a time when they will no longer be invited to give way for other teams to win! Anyway, for the fifth consecutive time, our ZFP Bowling Team won first place in the 11th KAMC Friendship Bowling Tournament for the Guest Category held in Iceland Bowling Lanes last July 31, 2015.
The members who participated are as follows:
Congratulations to our ZFP Bowling Team for winning first place!