President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan selected the winning design among three models presented for the new ADNOC Corporate Headquarters during a meeting of the Supreme Petroleum Council, SPC, on 10th December 2007. The meeting was attended by H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa listened to a briefing on the design and features of the building given by Mr. Awaidha Murshed Al Murar, ADNOC’s Civil Projects Division Manager, in the presence of H.E. Yousef Omair bin Yousef, SPC Secretary General and CEO of ADNOC.
The President expressed his satisfaction at the design and progress of the project and gave his valuable and insightful recommendations.
“While going for a Golden or Platinum LEED Certificate (Green Building Rating System) is an onerous task in itself, ADNOC has set a vision to develop a Master plan and detailed design of the new ADNOC Corporate Headquarters as an icon and landmark building for ADNOC and the people of United Arab Emirates,” said Mr. Awaidha Al Murar, noting that the building symbolizes ADNOC’s importance in the industry and will be recognized among the premises of peer industry companies worldwide.
”Approval of the Design of ADNOC New Head Quarter was a major milestone for us. This is due to the fact that it has been designed four times in the past, but without going ahead further. But now we have an approved Head Quarter Design Building of more than 65 floors comprising of Office Tower, Corniche Club, SPC and Crisis Management Centre, Heritage Museum and other supporting facilities“
Mr. Awaidha highlighted that ADNOC`S CEO and the ADNOC H.Q’s Steering Committee led by H.E. Abdulla NaserAl Suwaidi, ADNOC Deputy CEO, had closely monitored the project during design development, leading it to find its way toward reality and execution.
“The Civil Projects Division has meticulously studied and reviewed a number of concept designs presented by the consultant HOK before reaching to the final three options that were presented to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed for final selection” Mr. Awaidha said.
“A landmark building does not necessarily mean a skyscraper or a tall building, but it does confer a special importance, especially in the context of a place or a specific site. ADNOC’s Headquarters will achieve landmark status due to its placement on a unique site, use of quality architectural materials, and the building’s physical character and response to the space program that it serves,” according to HOK Senior Principal and Director of Deisgn, Mr. William Hellmuth.
ADNOC’s new Headquarters will be a landmark building and a symbol of ADNOC’s corporate role and position as one of the most prominent and dynamic oil and gas companies in the world.
ADNOC site is one of the most prominent sites in the urbanized area of Abu Dhabi. The location on the Corniche at the intersection of Bainunah Street provides maximum visibility for the Headquarters Complex. The proximity to the Emirates Palace Hotel complex adds to the exclusivity of the project site, and provides viewing opportunities for VIP patrons of the hotel. The site itself is large enough to allow the Headquarters to be set back and placed on the site rather than fill the site with structure, adding to the unique visual appeal of the Headquarters. The ADNOC Headquarters will have its own setting and not compete for attention with neighboring adjacent buildings.
The main tower of the selected Scheme is comprised of a solid frame where mechanical cores are located and a monolithic glass tower inside. The solid frame’s mechanical cores are meant to aid in blocking the harsh Western and Eastern sun exposure enabling office layout flexibility. The south double skin façade utilizes photo voltaic glazing while the north skin façade is formed by special elements that help to characterize the building as a high-tech architectural structure. The office space is to be primarily located along the Northern perimeter. This accommodates waterfront views for the larger portion of the office space while creating an overall openness. The locations of the workstations are oriented from north to south.
Mr. Awaidha said that the actual construction of the project was already underway, with the preparation to demolish the current A1 building and the project is set on track again with a plan to complete Phase-I by 2012 and Phase-II by 2014.
Present at the SPC meeting were Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Chairman of Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZoneCorp), Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President's Aide De Camp, Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Finance Department, Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Airways, H.E. Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, members of the Supreme Petroleum Council and senior officials.