Farnek, a UAE-based facilities management company, has broken ground on its new AED150 million ($40.8 million) staff accommodation in Dubai Investments Park.
The 100,000 square feet facility, which will become home to 5,000 Farnek employees, will be completed by the summer of 2020, the company said.
The low-rise building will raise the bar for intelligent buildings, employing the latest smart technology and the most energy, water and waste-efficient accommodation centre of its kind in the region, it added.
Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek, said: â€śThrough smart and sustainable design, we hope to save at least 20 percent more than a conventional staff accommodation centre, in energy and water savings. That could be worth up to AED3 million every year.â€ť
â€śDesigning a sustainable home for 5,000 people, will come with certain operational challenges, such as waste and sewage management. We have designed a unique solution that will reduce the volume of waste generated that would ordinarily go to landfill,â€ť added Oberlin.
Some of the other design highlights include solar panels on the roof of the building covering 150 square metres, which will meet all hot water requirements. Over 4,000 LED-lights are to be installed throughout, supplying 90 percent of the total amount of lighting required.
The facilityâ€™s 800 rooms will be managed by a bespoke software solution, so that new employees can be welcomed 24/7 at a dedicated reception lobby, sign in and be shown to their rooms in minutes. Other features include, a prayer room, medical clinic, restaurant, library, gym, and a barber shop.
â€śConnectivity is essential for staff welfare today, so free Wi-Fi will be made available to all staff throughout the entire complex,â€ť said Oberlin.
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