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KAFD CMA Tower in Saudi Arabia Presents Unique Facade Challenges

Lerch Bates, as part of the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Capital Market Authority (CMA) tower Design Team, which includes HOK and Omrania, have been commissioned for the design of a new iconic 400 meter tower in Riyadh, Kingdom Saudi Arabia.

The CMA Tower will be taller than any current building within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia once constructed. As such, the building has unique challenges associated with Façade Access. The main body of the tower has laminated metal fins laminated externally fixed to a unitized curtainwall. Triple glazing is paired with a monolithic light to create a cavity system encapsulating operable internal blinds, all of which will make for a complicated Façade Access equipment solution.

Lerch Bates Facade Access Consulting CMA Tower Saudi Arabia

Healthcare Design Conference (HDC) 2010

Lerch Bates attended the Healthcare Design Conference in November in Las Vegas, with our Materials Management/Materials Handling business line.  In these times, it seems as though attendance at trade shows is waning with the tightening of belts and closer monitoring of overhead expenses.  However, you never would have known that at this show held at the MGM Grand in Vegas.

Even with our struggling economy, it is very reassuring to see a turn out like this.  It means several things:

  • There is healthcare design work happening
  • Architects and designers are still keeping up with their continuing education
  • Architects and designers are still excited about what they are doing
  • New work  and optimism are simmering all of the time

The healthcare design industry seems to remain somewhat strong in these times.  Many attendees passed by the booths with optimism that has not yet been reached in other design disciplines. There were several opportunities to chat with our clients and potential clients about their feelings about the future.

This was great to be able to connect with our clients to see what the future may hold.