“That is what typically happens when competent FM companies are not consulted about design,” commented Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.
“Through smart and sustainable design, we hope to save at least 20% more than a conventional staff accommodation centre, in energy and water savings. That could be worth up to AED 3 million every year,” added Oberlin.
Three areas of design that Farnek paid particular attention to, were energy, water efficiency and waste management.
“Designing a sustainable home for 5,000 people, will come with certain operational challenges, such as waste and sewage management. We have designed a unique solution that will reduce the volume of waste generated that would ordinarily go to landfill,” said Oberlin.
Some of the other design highlights include solar panels on the roof of the building covering 150 square metres, which will meet all hot water requirements. Over 4,000 LED-lights are to be installed throughout, supplying 90% of the total amount of lighting required.
The low energy lighting system also works in tandem with occupancy sensors and photocells installed in the common areas such as the corridors and externally in the parking areas, to optimise the building’s energy-efficiency.
Further energy-efficient features include reflective glazing which reflects and absorbs the sun's rays, reflective exterior paint, wall and roof insulation, energy recovery ventilation and energy-efficient air-conditioning.
The facility’s 800 rooms will be managed by a bespoke software solution, so that new employees can be welcomed 24/7 at a dedicated reception lobby, sign in and be shown to their rooms in minutes. Other features include, a prayer room, medical clinic, restaurant, library, gym, and a barber shop.
“Connectivity is essential for staff welfare today, so free Wi-Fi will be made available to all staff throughout the entire complex,” said Oberlin.
Dubai South will invest AED1 billion in the development of facilities and infrastructure with key focus on logistics in the next few years, with the sector in Dubai South recording double-digit growth year-on-year. And Dubai World Central (DWC) has quickly ascended the global rankings for international freight volumes and is now ranked in the top 20.
“Having up to 5,000 technicians just minutes away from the Expo 2020 site and DWC, will certainly afford us a competitive edge, in the short and longer term,” said Oberlin.
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Farnek is the leading provider of sustainable and technology driven Facilities Management in the United Arab Emirates. Established in the UAE since 1980, Farnek Services LLC is a Swiss owned independent total facilities management company.
With a skilled workforce of more than 5,500 employees, Farnek delivers professional Facilities Management services to across several sectors; Aviation, Hospitality, Banking, Retail, Shopping Malls, Telecom, Residential, Commercial, Infrastructure, Government, Education, Leisure and Entertainment.
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