Information Technology & Communication Complex, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Public Pensions Agency (PPA) plans to construct aInformation Technology and Communication Complex (ITCC) in Riyadh. The US $685 million complex included residential and commercial buildings, library, mosque, hotel and the related facilities.

Within the scope of this first phase of development is a central office complex comprised of four towers, each with five basement levels, a ground floor entry level and 19 upper floors. The ancillary buildings include a central services building, an e-library, health club, mosque, an R&D building, an incubator building and a central main plaza spine and facade. It covers a development area of about 800,000 square metres. The buildings were steel framed with floor spans of 30M supported off steel trusses at 1.0Mc/c. The concrete floors acted compositely with the steel floor beams. Some of the floors were found to suffer from excessive deflections.

Clarkebond were employed as the main Client’s technical advisor looking at design and installation defects impacting the primary structure of four identical buildings situated around a square.

Clarkebond were embedded in the main contractor’s team working with their designers whereby we identified the main (and serious) construction/design issues.