Top 25 MEP Contractors Rankings 2019 #3: Ramy Boufarhat at JLW

JLW’s focus is on projects where complexities require contractor-led technical resolutions to ensure fast-track programmes are met.

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Boufarhat says he recognises the challenges facing JLW, what with developers tightening budgets. However, he sees this as an opportunity to remove inefficiencies inherited during recent growth.
Boufarhat says he recognises the challenges facing JLW, what with developers tightening budgets. However, he sees this as an opportunity to remove inefficiencies inherited during recent growth.

JLW is looking at diversifying its project base to include more infrastructure projects over the next few years.

Following recent successful delivery of large scale infrastructure diversion works in Dubai, COO Ramy Boufarhat believes the company is well placed to grow its experience in this area, particularly as the UAE continues to invest heavily in the sector.

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“There is a great opportunity for us now to consolidate and become more efficient in the way we work,” he told MEP Middle East

“Although our strength remains our design and build/EPC capabilities, we are looking very closely at diversifying our offer in the market.”

Boufarhat says he recognises the challenges facing JLW, what with developers tightening budgets. However, he sees this as an opportunity to remove inefficiencies inherited during recent growth.

“One of the ways we have become more efficient has been our increased focus on prefabrication of MEP services,” he revealed.

“In addition to high productivity, the modules have also added benefits such as increased quality of installation and our ability to mitigate certain delays.

“We have been prefabricating MEP modules since 2015. In the past three years JLW has prefabricated, or has in production, over 20,000 off-site prefabricated MEP modules.

“All our prefabrication drawings are developed in-house by a dedicated prefabrication design team. Each prefab module is generated in Revit MEP and is 100% co-ordinated with our MEP shop drawing models produced in collaboration with our centralised MEP design and engineering team.”

Boufarhat explained that JLW’s focus is on projects where there are complexities requiring contractor-led technical resolutions to ensure fast-track programmes are met.

“If a client has a large fast-track project, a complicated or difficult project, a project that requires highly technical engineering to solve issues, or a combination of the above, they would tend to use a technically apt Tier 1 MEP contractor to ensure prompt completion of the works with a quality product that fits the intended design. We compete for works in this realm.

“Unfortunately, nowadays awards of projects are being focused commercially and driven to a substantially low budget which for us means we wouldn’t be able to secure the project without risking potential losses.”

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