American Concrete Institute Annual Awards Ceremony recognizes outstanding projects and individuals. Every year two honors are bestowed: The Award of Excellence and the Award of Achievement.
This year’s Awards Banquet was held on 17 May at the Raddison Blu Hotel. The function was well attended by the Chief Guest, His Excellency, Dr. Bader Hamad Al-Essa, Minister of Education and Higher Education, a number of distinguished personalities, the awardees, ACI-KC members and their spouses, representatives of Kuwait’s building and construction industries, and other guests.
The proceedings of the evening were conducted by Aziz Mamuji, Director of the Chapter, and Chairperson of its Awards and Publication Committees.
He welcomed the Chief Guest and attendees, and called upon Dr. Moetaz El-Hawary, the President of ACI-Kuwait Chapter to address the audience. H.E. The Minister of Education and Minster of Higher Education, Dr. Bader Al-Essa was then invited to address the gathering. He thanked the Chapter for inviting him to the function and praised the efforts being made to promote good construction and concrete related practices in Kuwait.
Thereafter, Aziz Mamuji briefly outlined ACI-Kuwait Chapter’s mission and activities; and explained the significance of Chapter’s Award of Excellence and Award of Achievement.
The Award of Excellence is presented to a project in recognition of its outstanding design using concrete, innovative architectural and structural design landmarks and high standards of construction.
The Award of Achievement is presented to an individual to recognize his or her long standing contribution towards advancing engineering education, construction technology, concrete usage and practice, promoting architectural and general development, or to a related area of expertise.
Aziz Mamuji then gave a brief presentation of the winning project; and introduced this year’s winner of the Award of Achievement.
The winner of ACI-KC Award of Excellence for 2015 was the new Headquarter for Kuwait Investment Authority. KIA were presented with a trophy, plaque and certificate, which were collected on KIA’s behalf by Abdul Kareem Mohammed Al-Saeed, Director of Administrative, Financial and Personnel Affairs Department.
Plaques and Certificates were also presented to Dr. Abdul Aziz Sultan, President of KEO International Consultants, who designed and supervised the building; Talal Andraos who represented First United General Trading and Contracting Company, the Main Contractor; and Haytham Al Rifai, General Manager of Bubiyan Ready-Mix, the main Concrete Supplier.
Award of Achievement for 2015 was given to Mohammed Abdulaziz Alshaya, for pioneering and promoting modern retail development in the State of Kuwait and across the Middle East.
Mr. Alshaya is the Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Company; Chairman Mabanee Company, the developers of The Avenues; and Chairman Al Shomoul Real Estate of Saudi Arabia. The award was collected on behalf of Mr. Alshaya by Shuaa Al-Qati, Communication Director of Mabanee Company.
The presentation ceremonies were followed by group photographs and dinner.