Arab Engineering Bureau
Port Authority, State of Qatar
Mixed-Use, Office, Port Navigation
approx. 26.000 m²
approx. 110 m
At Priedemann any project starts with the determination of the planning basis, with the facts, requirements and possibilities – no matter when we start and always together with everyone involved in the project
We design different variants based on the strategic objectives, we identify their advantages and disadvantages and keep on developing the preferred solution.
Priedemann develops the facade concept for planning ready for approval – taking into account all planning principles and requirements determined up to that point, e.g. the climate plan, building technology and building statics.
Priedemann sees the implementation planning as a precise simulation of the construction process and the building – in detail, digitally and, depending on the complexity, as a 3-dimensional model.
For tendering and awarding contracts Priedemann defines and specifies the planned facades and details as well as the connections to adjacent components.
As an independent expert, Priedemann examines the implementation of a facade concept or project with regard to how easy it is to build and its feasibility as well as the associated costs and risks.
With the award of the contract, we check the contractual framework conditions as the basis for the implementation. If necessary, we adapt the technical solutions to any requirements that have changed – always with the goals of our client in mind.
Priedemann stands for system and facade concepts that think ahead with detailed solutions and technical feasibility even before the contract is awarded, always keeping an eye on the project as a whole and maintaining the project’s design standards even after the contract has been awarded.
Depending on requirements, Priedemann analyzes and calculates the static requirements of e.g. profiles, glazing and fixings in 2 or 3 dimensions or as finite elements. Evidence is provided on the basis of the applicable international or national standards.
Climate, wind and weather – the reality for a design is always tougher than the theory. Especially with innovations and customer-specific solutions, material and performance tests under real conditions are indispensable. The development of mock-ups and the coordination and monitoring of numerous load tests are central components of our services.
Architectural, visual mock-up (VMU):
Consultation with the developer for the design of a sample facade, on site or on Priedemann’s own premises, preparation of technical drawings and specifications, product and material research, preparation and compilation of factory and assembly drawings (assembly drawings, installation drawings), advice when selecting the most suitable manufacturer, coordination where adaptations are required
Test facade, performance mock-up (PMU):
Consultation with the developer for the design of a sample facade and the necessary test requirements, preparation of technical drawings and specifications, product and material research, preparation and compilation of factory and assembly drawings (assembly drawings, installation drawings), advice when selecting the most suitable manufacturer
On site facade test:
Consultation with the developer on on-site tests on the final elements or those actually installed, blower door test (test for airtightness), site camber test (on-site load test of a defined section of the realized facade or facade mock-up for air and water permeability and structural loads)
If Priedemann takes over the shop drawings or the workshop planning for the contractor of a facade project, we first check the existing planning approval for completeness and feasibility. In discussion with the developer and his planning team, we coordinate all planning-relevant parameters and adapt them, if necessary, to the equipment of the contractor – our client.
In addition to careful planning, the quality of the products and materials used is decisive for how well a facade performs and how long it lasts. Our knowledge is guaranteed and supported by our experience and application-oriented research in the Facade Lab. The exact definition of the materials to be used, their quality criteria and how they should be processed is part of our range of services.
Priedemann supplies all planning documents for the construction of the planned facades. We familiarize ourselves with the potential of the respective production site and capacities and monitor the entire manufacturing process right through to the supply of materials on the construction site. The CAD and CAM data generated by us makes our clients ready for industry 4.0: This is how we bring the design directly to the machine!
The quality assured during manufacture and production is to be maintained continuously on the construction site. To do this, we coordinate the correct sequence for an efficient assembly process. Priedemann thinks through all steps and interfaces, creates clear installation and assembly instructions and pays attention to interfaces with other trades.
With the final phase of the project, Priedemann coordinates the handover of the completed facade to the client. For us, this includes a joint inspection tour on site as well as clear documentation of the finished facade, a comprehensive operating manual with corresponding explanations and drawings and a final meeting with the client.
Facades have to cleaned and maintained. What sounds trivial is a component of facade planning and maintenance, which ensures the long-term value of a project, so it should not be underestimated. Priedemann keeps operating costs low by making the logistics of maintenance and cleaning an integral part of the planning right from the start. This is not only about equipment for maintenance and cleaning, the type and design of the facade itself can make a decisive contribution. Facade solutions that do not take this into account during planning and construction make maintenance more expensive over the entire service life.