ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Galleria at Sowwah Square, the centerpiece of the Sowwah Square development on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, recently hosted its grand opening.
The 33,000 square meter (355,000 square foot) luxury shopping and dining mall was developed by Sowwah Square Investments (a joint venture between Gulf Related and Mubadala), and designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects and Benoy Architects. ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.) provided full MEP design and field services for the enabling works package and common area interior works package for the retail component.
The 450,000 square meter (4.8 million square foot) office, retail, and hotel Sowwah Square development received the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 2013 Best Tall Buildings Award for Middle East and Africa earlier this year. The award will be celebrated at the CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner in November 2013, where an overall winner from the four regional winners will be chosen.
As MEP/ICT designer for The Galleria and design build engineer for the Sowwah Square towers throughout concept and schematic design, ESD assisted in developing the innovative designs required for the high temperature and humidity challenges of Al Maryah Island. The fire and life safety system in The Galleria’s four-story atria includes a high speed/high volume exhaust fan to push the rising, cooled smoke outside during an emergency. The design included HVAC modifications required for the increased area and new atria; a power upgrade; and modifications to plumbing, fire and life safety systems, and technology systems such as audiovisual, structured cabling, and specialty ICT systems.
ESD is a global consulting-engineering firm that focuses on the delivery of high-performance buildings. The company delivers value by creating healthy and productive environments and designing facilities that are more cost effective, flexible, reliable, and sustainable. Utilizing an integrative design process, ESD’s engineering and design professionals (250+) apply innovative technologies such as energy modeling and BIM (Building Information Modeling) to address owners’ needs. Founded in 1967, the firm is a valued partner for many public and private clients seeking to enrich collaboration through diversity. ESD’s services include: mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering; LEED certification consulting; sustainable design; energy modeling; commissioning; technology systems design; and BIM. For more information, please visit: www.esdglobal.com.