MEP Middle East Awards: Retrofit Project of the Year - Al Karamah School, Black & White Engineering

Due to the fast track nature of the project – just 17 weeks – and constraints on budget, Al Karamah became a hybrid of new and existing systems.

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Retrofit Project of the Year went to Black & White Engineering for Al Karamah School.
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Retrofit Project of the Year went to Black & White Engineering for Al Karamah School.

Al Karamah School in Abu Dhabi is the first school in the UAE dedicated to pupils with special educational needs.

Due to the fast track nature of the project – just 17 weeks – and constraints on budget, Al Karamah became a hybrid of new and existing systems.

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Factor in that Black & White Engineering was dealing with an existing structure that had been out of commission for a number of years and certain elements had to be re-thought.

For instances, fresh air systems were not suitable for the project. However, new energy efficient and code compliant ventilation systems were installed, paying close consideration to the existing building, not to compromise its integrity or project delivery.

A BMS system was integrated to the school, allowing both new and existing systems to be monitored and/or controlled from a centralised point.

In its application, Black & White Engineering said the school is now a place of true balance between all aspects true to sustainability and will transform the education sector in the region.

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