The local/Lebanese Arabian Construction Company (ACC) has been awarded a AED750m ($204m) contract to carry out expansion works on the Masdar Institute of Science & Technology (Mist) campus in Abu Dhabi.

The work will involve adding 82,000 square metres to the Mist campus. This will involve the construction of student accommodation buildings, seven open laboratories, a conference facility, swimming pool and a gym. The work will take 18 months to complete.

The new buildings will be located adjacent to the existing campus and will incorporate energy-efficient design features.

“We are honoured to have been awarded this contract and look forward to building one of the world’s leading scientific and technological institutes. As an experienced sustainability contractor, we are taking sustainable building practises and the reduction of embodied carbon into account and look forward to being a part of the future of green construction,” said Hamed Mikati, director, ACC, in a press release on 9 January.

The expansion project is part of the second phase of construction on the campus and is being managed by local developer Aldar Properties.