The new Zayed University Campus in Abu Dhabi is a successful example of international cooperation between designers and builders from multiple continents, demonstrates the potential of the main contractor philosophy and showcases the benefits from BIM-equivalent design approaches. Apart from the extreme time constraints, the project required mastery of numerous engineering challenges. It required an understanding of different design and construction philosophies, management of difficult interfaces between design and construction works and consideration of the demand of a construction site with up to 8,000 workers running in parallel to the design works. Together with the employees and students of Zayed University, the main contractor and the architects, we are happy that our shared goal could be achieved in such a short time.
Christian Böttcher, Matthias Frenz, Henning Kaufmann