China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has completed the structural frame of the C03 office building, making it the first high-rise to reach this milestone among 18 contracted by the company in the P5 package of the Central Business District (CBD) project in Egypt’s new administrative capital.
Chang Weicai, general manager of CSCEC Egypt, said in a ceremonial statement that C03 is the first building in the CBD project to have completed the structural frame construction, and the steady progress of the project amid the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the morale among the Chinese and Egyptian employees, who have been working together to fight against the outbreak and tackle its obstacles。 With the unwavering support and unremitting efforts of the construction workers and all participating parties from the two countries, the project will surely be delivered on time and create win-win outcomes。
Chang was joined by representatives from the project owner New Urban Communities Authority and the construction supervising agency Dar. The representatives celebrated the milestone, and spoke highly of the overall progress of the project. They added that they hope CSCEC Egypt and its project teams can keep the momentum to finish the structural frames of the rest of the buildings as soon as possible.
Construction of the C03 office building project began on Jan. 23, 2019. The basement was finished on July 17, 2019, marking the end of the 175-day foundation construction phase, while construction of the structural frame began on Jul. 2, 2019, which lasted 417 days before it was completed on Mar. 15.
During the construction process, the project management department took full advantage of the local recruiting strategy and conducted professional training sessions through a “1+N” scheme, which not only strengthened the local workers’ skill-sets, but also improved their work efficiency。 In addition, the department made full use of the building information modeling technology to optimize construction management, develop construction techniques, and improve the equipment utilization rate。
Also on Mar. 15, the first curtain wall unit was installed on another building—the C04 office building of the P1 package of the project—marking the beginning of the external curtain wall installation stage in the CBD project.
According to Wang Tao, manager of the exterior installation department of CSCEC Egypt, all the construction teams of CSCEC Egypt have overcome the challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, and made every effort to complete the processing and assembly of raw materials in China, coordinate international shipping, and deliver the first batch of the curtain wall units to the construction site in early March. As production resumes in China, CSCEC Egypt said it feels confident to guarantee the on-time delivery of the project and show results in response to the support from the Egyptian government and people in these difficult times.