Ameena Ahmadi, Architecture Manager, Capital Projects and Facilities Management at Qatar Foundation receiving the award.
DOHA: Qatar Foundation’s (QF) student housing project and its workers’ welfare initiative have won two of this year’s prestigious Construction Week Awards in Dubai.
The awards for Sustainable Project of the Year and Health and Safety Initiative of the Year were presented to Ameena Ahmadi, Architecture Manager at QF Capital Projects and Facilities Management, at a ceremony at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai last week.
This is the ninth year for the Construction Week Awards, which have attracted extensive interest from companies and individuals across the GCC construction industry.
The awards seek to recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess and project success in 16 categories.
The Male and Female Student Housing project within the Education City campus in Doha, was chosen as the Sustainable Project of the Year for having demonstrated the most significant contribution to sustainable development over the last year.
QF was also recognised in the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year category for its holistic initiative for workers’ welfare, which mandates minimum standards of quality of life across the migration cycle.
Over the last year, QF has succeeded in setting forth minimum mandatory requirements for quality of life with respect to recruitment and employment, living conditions, transportation, working conditions and general treatment of workers engaged in construction and other projects in the organisation.
In October 2012, QF signed the Migrant Workers’ Welfare Charter, confirming its strong belief that dignified living and working conditions are integral to improving the quality of life for all workers in Qatar.
By putting in place a stringent monitoring system, QF has also committed to ensuring that regulations outlined in QF Mandatory Standards of Migrant Workers’ Welfare are adhered to by every contractor across its diverse portfolio of projects.
This is the fourth accolade QF has received for its student housing project.
It was most recently presented with the Big Project Middle East Construction and Sustainability Award of Excellence in the Sustainable Solution of the Year category. It has also won the Cityscape Award for Emerging Markets in the Residential (Built) project category and honoured by the US Green Building Council.
The project comprises two individual male and female complexes. State-of-the-art sustainable technology and energy-efficient systems are used throughout the complex.
To assist students in tracking their green footprint, each housing unit contains a monitoring system that tracks an individual’s water and energy consumption.
The complex is also equipped with clean power sources; a solar-panelled roof and wind turbines that generate energy at gusts of 10km or more.