SMEC, KEO win mega PM

16 December 2005
An Australian/local group of Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC)and KEO International Consultantshas been selected for the project management (PM) contract covering the development of Kuwait University's new campus at Shadidiyah. Under the terms of the three-year contract, the group will provide project management services to the estimated $3,000 million development of the new campus, which has been designed to accommodate up to 40,000 students.

The SMEC/KEO joint venture will take over in early January from the US/local Turner-Projacs,which carried out the initial PM role. Canada's Webb Zerafa Menkes Housdenis the overall masterplanner for the project (MEED 9:9:05).

The new campus will be co-educational, although male and female students will be segregated. It will include several faculties, dormitories, sports facilities, auditoriums as well as car parks with space for thousands of vehicles.

Design work by local consultants is still ongoing for the various facilities, and tenders for the construction work are expected to be issued over the course of the next 12 months. The client on the campus development is Kuwait University (MEED 19:8:05).

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