Even small to medium sized construction businesses can have a global footprint as evidenced by the announcement by Rotondo Weirich’s (RW) UAE partner company, RW Middle East, that it has started work on the design/build of a residential development in Simawah, Iraq, representing approximately $98 million of work. The contract was awarded to the Iraqi Developer Sama Al Douh Contracting and Real Estate Investments by the Iraqi Ministry of Housing.
The project will be built over an area of 2.4 million square feet with built up area of 1.9 million square feet. It comprises 72, 4-story buildings and 156, 2-story villas, making the total number of dwellings 1,308. The contract also calls for all the necessary infrastructure including roads and landscaping. Construction is slated to begin late in 2012, and to take two years. Ahmed Halet, Managing Director of RW Middle East said:
“This project will be housing nearly 7,000 individuals. It is a design and build project where the development was designed around the traditional Iraqi family values. By choosing a modular building solution, residents can look forward to durable and attractive housing which will be built fast. The development will include amenities such as a Mosque, restaurants, schools, market, cultural center and health center. We see this as the first of many new opportunities for modular residential construction in the region.”
Steve Weirich, owner and CEO of RW attributed the company’s long term presence in the area as one reason for the award, and also explained the modular aspects of the project, saying:
“This project is a direct result of RW’s consistent presence in the region, in particular Simawah, where we built our first 4 bedroom model villa earlier this year. These durable structures will allow the growing culture to thrive in comfortable, secure residences which are convenient to various community amenities. Each housing unit will be set in place, complete with interior finishes, electrical, and plumbing. The signing of this contract further establishes our presence in the Middle East and strengthens our international relationships. We are excited to get started.”