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    • CONTENTS: 1. OWNERS-------------------------------------------------p.2 2. MISSION--------------------------------------------------P.2 3. SCOPE OF SERVICES---------------------------------P.3 4. DESIGNERS ORGANIZATION CHART---------P.4 5. PROJECTS PERFORMED-----------------------------P.5  TOURISTIC PROJECTS----------------------------------p.6: p.14  RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS-------------------------------p.15: p.17  ADMINISTRATIVE PROJECTS------------------------p.18: p.19  HEALTH& INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS-----------------p.20: p.21  RETAIL PROJECTS----------------------------------------p.22: p.23 6. CURRICULUM VITA----------------------------------P.24 7. DESIGNERS AWARD 2010------------------------P.25 8. APPRAISAL CERTIFICATIONS-------------------P.26 ١
    • "DESIGNERS Consultants & Associates"Is a Consultancy Firm for Architecture and Interior Design since 1995"DESIGNERS" is owned by: Consultant Arch. Raef Azouz & Consultant Arch. Emad KhouzamThey both have an engineering experience in Architectural and Interior Design as consultants and overseers the implementation ofconstruction in a wide variety of projects OUR MISSION IS: TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL LASTING RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR CLIENTS WHICH IS BASED ON TRUST IN OUR PROFESSIONALISM, OUR QUALITY OF WORK,AND OUR INTEGRITY ٢
    • SCOPE OF SERVICESDESIGNERS Office is a well-equipped establishment capable of rendering a wide scope of quality engineering services, thanks toits highly qualified and experienced staff, in addition to state - of – the - art computer software used in designing, drafting as well aspresentations. SCOPE OF SERVICESServices performed by DESIGNERS included, but are not limited to:  Architectural Design  Interior Design  Furniture, Fixtures, Fabrics and Equipment Packages  Project Studies  Cost studies  Specifications, General and Special Conditions  Bills of Quantities and Schedules  Working Drawings  Complete Site Supervision including approval of Materials and Shop Drawings  Project management  Technical Reports and Projects Follow-Up  Information Architecture Services ٣
    • PROJECTS PERFORMED1- TOURISTIC PROJECTS: HOTELS AND RESORTS FLOATING HOTELS & DAHABBEYA CRUISES RESTAURANTS AND FLOATING RESTAURANTS2- RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS: IN EGYPT ABROAD3- ADMINISTRATIVE PROJECTS: COMPANIES HEADQUARTERS4- HEALTH& INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS5- RETAIL PROJECTS ٥
    • ORGANIZATION CHART ٤
    • DESIGNERSORGANIZATION CHART -
    • 1. TOURISTIC PROJECTSHOTELS & RESORTS:PROJECTS IN EGYPT: Club Med Hotel  In the construction phase  Location: Taba Heights, Egypt  Client: ORASCOM Hotels & Development  Services provided: 1- Interior Working drawings for Main Building, Health Club (SPA) and Kids Club. 2- Interior working drawings for the 5 Trident Zone, Club House of Club Med Hotel  Completion: year: 2010 Cairo Sheraton Hotel  Location: Cairo, Egypt  Client: The Arab Company for Touristic Projects  Value: 50ML.E.  Services provided: Architectural Design of Facades. Site supervision of the refurbishing works. Project coordination (between the Interior consultant and other consultants). Leading consultancy services for all Back of House Areas (Kitchens – offices - ….. etc.). Renovation works of Guest suites, rooms, and guest corridors Architectural and Interior Design of Meeting Room on the 19th floor (Nefertiti Tower) ٦
    • Architectural and Interior Design for the GM Apartment on the 21st floor (Nefertiti Tower) Architectural and Interior Design for the Main Lobby, Pastry and Bakery.  Completion: First Project: all completed 2003 Second Project: year of completion 2011  Location: Hurghada, EgyptNour Hilton  Client: The Arab Company for Touristic ProjectsHilton Hurghada Resort  Value: 32ML.E.  Services provided: Rehabilitation of the whole Resort Buildings, the 280 guestrooms & suites, Public spaces and landscape. Architectural and Interior Design for 5 villas and back area restaurant.  Completion: all completed year 2003   Location: Nasr City, Cairo, EgyptSONESTA Hotel  Client: Sakkara Group Company  Value: 11ML.E.  Services provided: Interior Design for the Hotel Extension: reception-ground floor lobbies - 150 guestrooms-VIP lounge and Patio Restaurant  Completion: all Completed year 2009 Swiss Inn Hotel  Location: Dahab, Sinai, Egypt  Client: Golden Beach Company ٧
    •  Services provided:  Project1: Renovation & Interior Design for level2 buildings  Completion: year 2000  Project2: renovation & Interior Design for health club & Interior Design for the restaurant  Completion: year 2002  Project3: new floor extension in building B in front area-sea view-Beau Site Hotel  Completion: under construction   Location: Marsa Matrouh, Egypt  Client: Beau Site Company for Hotels  Value: 12M LE  Services Provided: Architectural and Interior5-star Hotel- current- Design for the whole building-Project Study.   Location: Marsa Alam, Egypt  Client: Blue Star for Touristic Investment  Services provided: Architecture Design &  Design for general layout.  Area: 180,000 m2  Description: 344 rooms & 12 suites- 180 timeshare  Units-144 touristic residential units-8 villas  Public areas: Main Building-pool & bar areas- health club  Diving center- multi-purpose hall-restaurants and back  of house area. ٨
    • PROJECTS ABROAD:LAICO Hotel  In the construction phase  Location: Tunisia  Client: LAICO(Libyan African Investment Company)  Value: 28.5M US  Description: 5 star Hotel at downtown – height 12 floors.  Services provided: Interior design and working drawings, FF&E Selections, and Tenders Documents for: Residential Tower- Restaurants- all meeting rooms and Lounges.  Completion: year 2011LAICO OKOUMÉ  In the construction phasePALACE LIBREVILLE  Location: Gabon, AfricaHOTEL  Client: DAMA For Engineering and Technology  Value: 60M USD  Services provided: Architecture & Interior Design.  Renovation Works of: public areas, suites, rooms, pool area, and all Hotel outlets.  Completion: year 2012 ٩
    •  In the construction phaseLibya Hotel  Location: Bangui - Central Africa  Client: DAMA For Engineering and Technology  Value: 25M US  Services provided: Architectural and Interior Design for the130 Rooms & Suites  Completion: year 2010Libya Hotel  In the construction phase  Location: Bissau, Africa  Client: LAICO (Libyan African Investment Company)  Value: 20M USD  Services Provided: rehabilitations for the Architecture Design, Interior Design and working drawings for the whole building, and all outlets- Landscape design  Completion: year 2010  Location: Rwanda, AfricaNOVOTEL Kigali  Client: SOPROTEL S.A.R.L. (Hotels and TourismHotel Promotion Investment Company)  Value: 10M USD  Services provided: Architectural & Interior Design Renovation works of public areas, suites, rooms, pool area, and all hotel outlets. ١٠
    • Bahari Beach Hotel  Location: Tanzania, Africa  Client: DAMA For Engineering and Technology  Value: 18M USD  Services provided: Architecture & Interior Design for public areas, suites, rooms, pool area, and all hotel outlets.  Completion: all completed May 2010Eretria Resort  Location: Eretria, Africa  Client: DAMA For Engineering and Technology  Value: 25M USD  Services provided: Architecture & Interior Design For public areas, suites, rooms, pool area, and all hotel Outlets.  Area: 120,000 m2HEMS BEACH RESORT  Location: Libya  Value: 40M USD  Services provided: Preliminary DesignLIBYA HOTEL  In the construction phase(2-FEBRUARY HOTEL)  Location: Togo, Africa  Client: LAICO (Libyan African Investment Company)  Value: 5M USD  Services provided: Renovation Works of public areas, suites, rooms, pool area, and all Hotel Outlets.  Completion: year 2010 ١١
    • FLOATING HOTELS & DAHABBEYA CRUISES: SONESTA Star Goddess  Location: Egypt Floating Hotel  Client: SAKARA Group Company  Value:22M LE  Services provided: Renovation works, Interior Design & Project Management  Floor area: 1008 m2  Completion: year 2006  Description: 4 floors & sundeck: 33 guest cabins& suites- restaurants- bar and lounges- sundeck bar and barbecue- spa and fitness center SONESTA Nile Goddess  Location: Egypt Floating Hotel  Client: Sakkara Group Company  Value:16M LE  Services provided: renovations, Interior Design, Project Management, and site supervision.  Floor area: 1008 m2 on 4 levels  Completion: year 2008  Description: 4 floors & sundeck: 47 Deluxe cabins, 2 Senator Suites and 4 Presidential Suites- Main Dining Room- Lounge- Sun Deck Bar- Conference Room- dining-sundeck pool and bar- Spa (Gym room, Massage, Sauna & Jacuzzi) ١٢
    •  Location: EgyptMonte Carlo Floating  Client: Sakkara Group CompanyHotel  Value: 15ML.E.  Services provided: Interior Design & Project Management  Floor area: 1008 m2  Completion: year 2002  Description: 5 Decks: 71 Junior suites (21 m2 each)- 2 Superior suites- Restaurant-Lounge & Discotheque- Bar-Sundeck & Pool areaJasmine Dahabeya  Location: Egypt  Client: Wannas for Nile Cruises  Value: 9ML.E.  Services provided: Interior Design & Project Management  Completion: year 2008  Description: 2 floors: 8 guest cabins- Lounge-reception- restaurant-sundeck and JacuzziMonaco Floating Hotel  Location: Egypt  Client: Sakkara Group Company  Value: 16ML.E.  Services provided: Interior Design and Project Management  Floor area: 1008 m2 ١٣
    •  Completion: year 2003  Description: 66 Junior suites: 22 m2 each- 3 Presidential suites- Large swimming pool, spa & Jacuzzi, sun deck, bars and lounges- restaurantsMojito Floating Hotel  Location: Egypt  Client: Sakkara Group Company  Value: 18ML.E.  Services provided: Interior Design and Project Management  Floor area: 1008 m2 on 4 levels  Completion: year 2005  Description: 4 decks – 70 suites: 21 m2 each 69 junior suites- 1 presidential suite- Lounge & Discotheque- Restaurant- Piano bar- Swimming pool with built in Jacuzzi- Sundeck- Spa & fitness CenterRoyal Lotus Floating  Location: EgyptHotel  Client: MOVENPICK Nile Cruises  Services provided: Interior Design and Project Management  Floor area: 1008 m2 on 4 levels  Completion: year 2005 Description: 62 Guest cabins & 2 Royal suites- Restaurant-Lounge & Discotheque-Bar-Sundeck & Pool area ١٤
    • Concerto Floating Hotel  Location: Egypt  Client: Extension Group  Services provided: Architectural and Interior Design  Floor area: 1008 m2 on 4 levels  Completion: year 2008  Description: 63 Guest cabins (20m2 each)- 4 Suites-Bar- Restaurant-Sundeck-Swimming pool- Jacuzzi & Fitness CenterACE Dahabeya  Location: Egypt  Client: Mery Ra Travel  Value: 8ML.E.  Services provided: Interior Design, Project Management, and site Supervision.  Completion: 2010  Description: guest cabins-Lounge- Restaurant & SundeckSerenade – 5* Deluxe  Location: Egypt  Client: Inter Egypt Company  Value: 20M LE  Services provided: Project Management & Site Supervision  Area: 1008 m2 on 4 levels  Description: four (34 m2) Royal Suite- two(24m2 standard suite)- 22 double cabins (17m2 each) -Lounge-Sundeck- Restaurant- Bar- Sundeck & Pool area ١٥
    • Caprice Floating Hotel–  Location: Egypt5* Deluxe  Client: Inter Egypt Company  Value: 20M LE  Floor area: 1008 m2 on 4 levels  Services provided: Performing a Portion of the Design, Site Supervision, and Project Management  Completion: 2001  Description: 72m length-4 Decks- 63 Guest cabins 19 m2 each- Restaurant-Bar- Sundeck- Jacuzzi-split-level swimming poolSolitaire Floating Hotel  Location: Egypt  Client: Trezor Tours Company  Value: 15M LE  Floor area: 1044 m2 on 4 levels  Services provided: Architectural and Interior Design, and Site Supervision  Completion: year 2001  Description: 68 Guest cabins- Lounge- Bar- Restaurant- SundeckGiselle Floating Hotel  Location: Egypt  Client: Spring Tours Company  Value: 15M LE  Floor area: 1044 m2 on 4 levels  Services provided: Architectural and Interior Design, and Site Supervision ١٦
    •  Completion: Built 1996- Refurbished 2005  Description: 56 Guest cabins-4 suites- Restaurant- Bar- Lounge-Fitness center- swimming poolRenaissance Floating  Location: EgyptHotel  Client: Trezor Tourism Company  Floor area: 1044 m2 on 4 levels  Services provided: Renovation of Interiors  Description: 70 Guest cabins- Lounge- Restaurant- Bar-Discotheque- Swimming pool- SundeckMemnon Co. Marina  Location: Aswan, Egypt  Client: Imperial Cruising Company  Services provided: Design and Shop DrawingsNile Treasure Floating  Location: EgyptHotel  Client: Trezor Tours Company  Value: 1M LE  Floor area: 1044 m2 on 4 levels  Services provided: Renovation Works for sundeck ١٧
    • RESTAURANTS AND FLOATING RESTAURANTS: Omar El Khayyam  Location: Egypt Floating Restaurant  Services provided: Preliminary Design, Architectural, Design and Interior Decoration Blue Nile - O Nile cafe  Location: Egypt Floating Restaurant  Client: Noweer Company  Services provided: Architecture & Interior Design Renovation Works of: public areas, suites, rooms, pool area, and all Hotel outlets.  Completion: 2012 Blue Nile – Dar El Amar  Location: Egypt Floating Restaurant  Services provided: Architecture & Interior Design Sea Gull  Location: Egypt Floating Restaurant  Services provided: Architecture & Interior Design ١٨
    • FUSION  Location: EgyptRESTAURANT  Client: Americana Group (Egyptian Company for International Touristic Projects)  Services provided: Architecture & Interior Design  Completion: 2006Japanese Restaurant  Location: EgyptCairo Sheraton Hotel  Client: The Arab Company for Touristic Projects  Scope of work: Architectural and Interior DesignItalian Restaurant  Location: Dahab, EgyptSwiss Inn Hotel  Client: Golden Beach Company  Scope of work: Interior DesignHarris Café  Location: City Center (Phase2), Cairo, Egypt  Client: The Best for Restaurants  Area : 160 m2  Scope of work: Interior Design & Site Supervision  Completion: 2008 ١٩
    • ILMaestro Bakery  Location: City Center (Phase2), Cairo, Egypt  Client: Americana Group (Egyptian Company for International Touristic Projects)  Area : 115m2  Scope of work: Architecture Design, Interior Design-Site SupervisionGouThe Restaurant &  Location: Shooting Club, Dokki,Cairo,Bakery Egypt  Client:  Area : 250m2  Scope of work: Architectural and Interior Design-Site Supervision ٢٠
    • 2. RESIDENTIAL PROJECTSPROJECTS IN EGYPT: Sunny Days Retirement  Location: New Heliopolis Community  Client: Sunny Days for Touristic Villages  Value: 40ML.E.  Services provided: Architectural& Interior design for the whole building(basement- ground floor and 3 floors)- Landscape area  Completion: 2013 Compound Villas  Location: ElMontazah, Sharm Elsheikh Six attached Villas  Location: Om Elsid Hill, Sharm Elsheikh Private Villas & Apartments Samples of private Villas: Private villa(A)-New  Location: New Cairo - Banafseg city Cairo  Area: all Floor areas:1000 m2  Services provided: Architectural design for the whole building  Description: basement- ground, 1st and 2nd floor: 2 apartments and 1 duplex-roof) ٢١
    • Private villa(B)-New  Location: New Cairo - Swan Lake compoundCairo  Area: all Floor areas:  Services provided: Interior design for the whole building & Landscape area.  Description: The project consist open green areas, kids playground, pool area, guests living and accommodation, apart from other sleeping and living areas.Private villa(C) -New  Location: New Cairo City, EgyptCairo  Area: all Floor areas: 2240m2  Services provided: Architectural and Interior Design for the whole building Description: (basement- ground floor, first floor, second floor and roof)Private villa-Mirage City  Location: Mirage City, Cairo  Area: all Floor areas: 660m2  Services provided: Architectural and Interior Design for the whole building  Description: (basement- ground floor, first floor, and roof) - Landscape area ٢٢
    •  Location: Gardenia Compound, 6th of October CityPrivate villa-6 Oct. th  Area: Area: All floor areas: 3000m2 Landscape area: 2600 m2  Services provided: Architectural and Interior Design for the whole building and the Landscape area  Description: Basement: Gym-Billiard- Home theatre Ground floor: reception-dining-office First floor: Living room- private suite with dressing room-kids roomsPrivate villa-ElObour  Location: ElObour City, EgyptCity  Area: all Floor areas: 960m2 Landscape area: 250 m2  Services provided: Architectural and Interior Design for the whole building- Landscape Design  Description: (basement- ground floor, first floor, and roof) - Landscape area ٢٣
    • PROJECTS ABROAD: Residential  Location: Chad – Africa Administrative  Client: DAMA For Engineering and Technology Commercial Compound  Services provided: Architectural& Interior design for the whole Compound Niger Complex  Location: Niger, Africa  Client: DAMA For Engineering and Technology  Services provided: Architectural& Interior design for the whole Complex Urban Planning &  Location: Guinea Bissau, Africa Architecture Design of  Client: DAMA For Engineering and Technology Residential District  Services provided: Architectural& Interior design for the whole Residential District Urban Planning &  Location: Uganda, Africa Architecture Design of  Client: FBW ( Uganda) LTD Residential Compound,  Services provided: Architectural& Interior design for Uganda the whole Residential District Samples of private Villas: Private villa in Libya  Area: All floor areas: 570m2  Location: New Cairo-Banafseg city  Services provided: Architectural & Interior Design ٢٤
    • 3. ADMINISTRATIVE PROJECTSCOMPANIES HEADQUARTERS: National company for  Location: Cairo, Egypt Tourism and Hotels  Client: The Arab Company for Touristic Projects  Value: 2ML.E.  Services provided: Architectural& Interior design for area:900m2 Nour Hilton Hotel  Location: Hurghada, Egypt  Client: The Arab Company for Touristic Projects  Services provided: Interior Design& renovation works for area:300m2 EEC(Engineering  Location: Cairo, Egypt Enterprises for Civil&  Client: EEC(Engineering Enterprises for Civil& Steel construction Steel construction Company)  Services provided: Interior Design American express  Location: Alexandria-ElMaadi & Downtown, Egypt  Client: Kano& Shabrawy  Services provided: Architectural& Interior design ٢٥
    • ServoMed Company for  Location: Cairo, Egyptmedical Equipments  Client: ServoMed Company  Services provided: Architectural& Interior Design- Site Supervision  Completion: 2011Mina Medical Equipment  Location: Badr City, EgyptCompany  Client: Mina Medical Equipment Company  Services provided: Architectural Design& Working Drawings for the headquarter & all StoresSafir Zamalek Hotel  Location: Cairo, Egypt  Client: Owning Company  Services provided: Interior design for the area of 450m2Ghabour Bros. Company  Location: Kalyoub, Egypt  Services provided: Interior Design& renovation worksTax Consult company  Location: Cairo, Egypt  Services provided: Interior design for the area of 250m2Pechinee Company  Location: Cairo, Egypt  Services provided: Interior design ٢٦
    • Beau Site Hotel  Location: Heliopolis, Egypt  Client: Osman A. Osman  Services provided: Interior designFarah Tours Company  Location: Nasr City, Egypt  Services provided: Interior designMemnon Company for  Location: Aswan, EgyptTourism  Services provided: Interior designIbis Pharma Company  Location: Cairo, Egypt  Services provided: Interior design ٢٧
    • 4. HEALTH& INDUSTRIAL PROJECTSHOSPITALS: Shiam Medical Center  Location: Libya  Services provided: Architectural Design& Working drawings Om ElMasryeen Hospital  Location: Cairo, Egypt  Services provided: Site management& upgrading of burns section ElZawya ElHamraa  Location: Cairo, Egypt Hospital  Services provided: Site management& upgrading of burns section: 1. Review and co-ordination between different design disciplines: - Architectural and furnishing - Electro-mechanical - Industrial gases 2. Specifying finishing materials for each item. 3. Advising of the best dealers and sellers for each specific item 4. Site supervision and preparation of periodic payments for contractors ٢٨
    • Factories: Konfecta Egypt Factory  Location: 6th Oct., Egypt  Services provided: Architectural Design & Working drawings Hollywood Clothes  Location: Cairo, Egypt Factory  Services provided: Architectural Design, Renovations& site supervision Hollywood Clothes  Location: Cairo, Egypt Factory  Services provided: Architectural Design, Renovations& site supervision Rega clothes Factory  Location: Cairo, Egypt  Services provided: Architectural Design & site supervision ٢٩
    • 5. RETAIL PROJECTSPROJECTS IN EGYPT: Pachin Paints Co.  Location: New Heliopolis  Services provided: Interior design and site supervision  20-outlets Sharm Trade Center  Location: Neama Bay, Sharm Elsheikh  Services provided: mass plan, interior design, and site supervision Datco, Industrial  Location: Egypt Services Center  Services provided: Interior design and site supervision International Company  Location: Egypt for roller Bearings  Services provided: Interior design and site supervision Nectar outlet for  Location: Egypt cosmetics  Services provided: Interior design and site supervision ٣٠
    • Rodan outlets  Location: Alexandria, 10th of Ramadan City, Egypt  Services provided: Architectural& Interior designTouristic Center  Location: Hurghada, EgyptHurghada  Client: Arab Company for Touristic Projects  Services provided: Architectural& Interior design  Location: Northern coast, EgyptRecreational Mall-SunnyCoast  Clients: Promotion& Touristic Investment Company  Services provided: Architectural & Interior design ٣١
    • Curriculum Vita For DESIGNERSManaging partners ٣٢
    • Raef A. Azouz TITLE: Architectural Engineer BORN: 30/7/1964 EDUCATION: B.SC. In Architectural Engineering, AIN SHAMS University, CAIRO 1987One of a few Egyptian Engineers Specialized In Floating Boats:Hotels and RestaurantsCONSULTANT ENGINEER
    • Emad R. Khouzam TITLE: Architectural Engineer BORN: 18/11/1965 EDUCATION: B.SC. In Architectural Engineering, AIN SHAMS University, CAIRO 1989Interior Decoration Diploma in a-course of instruction entitled -Interior Decoration and Design from International School -PennsylvaniaCONSULTANT ENGINEER
    • DESIGNERS AWARD 2010 ٣٣
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    • Designers Consultants & Associates Competing in a World Market P rofessional development? Check 5 editors that Designers Consultants & Associates offers many of Generous benefits? Check 5 the same benefits, education opportunities, and employee perks Team building? Check 5 as other leading firms that have won our “Best AEC Firms to Sustained growth? Check 5 Work For” honor since the inception of the program in 2006. Founded in 1994, Designers Consultants & With one big difference: Designers Consultants & Associates Associates is a 53-person design firm that spe- is based in the ancient city of Cairo, Egypt, making the firm’s cializes in hospitality (including luxurious float- forward-thinking, Western-style benefits and programs all the ing hotels), restaurants, and retail—not to mention the oc- more impressive, and earning Designers a spot on this year’s list casional private villa. of top design and construction firms to work for. During the judging process, it quickly became clear to the Let’s take a look at how this progressive firm has brought fresh 48 MARCH 2010 BUILDING DESIGN+CONSTRUCTION www.BDCnetwork.com
    • ideas in professional development, employee benefits, team spir- it, and strong business growth to the land of the Pharaohs. ENCOURAGING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The firm’s in-house educational programs—the equivalent of American-style lunch-and-learns—include a monthly event hosted by the firm’s information architect that touches on new materials and products, sustainable design and construction, and new design and policy issues influencing the firm’s work. A second series of monthly programs (as many as four per month) are hosted by outside experts within the local AEC industry, to discuss issues of importance to the design and en- gineering fields. In addition to in-house education, employees are encour- aged to take continuing education courses or pursue ad- vanced degrees. The firm works with these staff members to reconfigure work hours and project loads to accommodate their class schedules. Managing partners Raef Azouz and Emad Khouzam serve as mentors to the firm’s senior design and engineering staff, who in turn serve as mentors to the junior staff members. The firm’s close relationships with some of the country’s other AEC firms allows Designers Consultants & Associates staff to form out- side mentoring relationships—a nontraditional approach, but one that has worked well for Designers. UNUSUAL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS Under Egyptian law, employers contribute 26% of an employees’ salary to social insurance, while employees contribute 14%. At Designers Consultants & Associates, the firm pays 100% of employees’ social and medical insurance. The firm also provides assistance in overcoming one of the more arduous and expensive tasks of everyday life in Egypt— opening up a bank account.The firm helps employees open such accounts, affording them the opportunity to get personal ATM cards as well as corporate credit cards. As a result of having this relationship with a bank, employees have been able to obtain personal loans to purchase housing, furniture, and vehicles. The firm’s offices are a shade of green, offering natural day- lighting and two large outdoor spaces. Air conditioning— something American white-collar workers take for granted, but by no means a guaranteed amenity to those working in offices in sweltering Cairo—cools the Designers office, thus enhanc- ing employee productivity. Other Western-style benefits are also offered. Monetary bonuses are given in recognition of outstanding project work. And flex time—hardly a common practice in Egypt—is alsowww.BDCnetwork.com BUILDING DESIGN+CONSTRUCTION MARCH 2010 49
    • Designers Consultants & Associates SUSTAINING GROWTH IN THE BUSINESS Finally, managing partners Azouz and Khouzam have worked hard to make Designers Consultants & Associates a firm of growth and opportunity. In just the past few years—some of the roughest for the design and construction industry worldwide—the firm grew in size by more than 50%, from 34 employees in 2007 to 53 employees currently, and they anticipate additional hires during 2010. The firm has also expanded beyond its original markets, Egypt and Libya, to pursue work in places as diverse as Togo, Gabon, Tanzania, Eritrea, Tunisia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Guinea. BD+C — Jay W. Schneider, Senior Editor available to support work/life balance, allowing employees who qualify to tend to family matters or other personal concerns. Team building is also a major consideration. Firm-wide events Floating hotels are a niche market within the hospitality and outings occur several times each year, giving employees a sector, and the firm’s luxurious vessels are decked out chance to bond while celebrating New Year’s Eve together at in rich wood and modern appointments, and offer—no the big bash the office hosts, or a day of bowling, or playing surprise here—amazing water views. ping-pong and basketball during a visit to a sports club. A road Check out some of the firm’s newest floating trip to the historic city of Alexandria offered another chance for properties: Designers Consultants & Associates to build on the spirit of http://bit.ly/aA19tn family that makes the firm such a desirable place to work. http://bit.ly/agQzHZ 50 MARCH 2010 BUILDING DESIGN+CONSTRUCTION www.BDCnetwork.com
    • APPRAISAL CERTIFICATIONS ٣٤
    • Cairo in 27/9/2004Ref no# 650/04Dear Eng. Emad Khouzam, "DESIGNERS" Office Greetings, After great effort and hard work all DESIGNERS staff shared in andyou were the most important member among them, thanks be to God, theopening of "Hilton Hurghada Resort" has been achieved, of which had the worksof refurbishment and developing all guest rooms and suites of front area. In this occasion, I thank you and all your assistants and express mygreat appreciation to all the effort you have done and all fruitful co-operationwhich made the Resort in its new look, surrounded by admiration and appraisal ofeveryone.I wish that we continue co-operating in future projects.Thanks & best regards,Mohamed Abdullah El-OgailyGeneral Manager & Delegated Member