Construction on the Lailak Street Park is progressing well. Paving is currently being installed and it is exciting to see the patterns coming to life. This is the first project we designed a bespoke paving pattern for 100% of the project site. The intent is to stimulate delight, interest, and imagination. Each area is designed with a specific pattern. In some areas the pattern is intentionally random and complex. Other areas reveal recognisable shapes, intended to stimulate spontaneous invention of new games. In these cases, the regular patterns and shapes could be used to measure distance or boundaries. Other examples are areas of purely dark or light paving that could be drawn on by the kids. While it is exciting to watch the park coming to life, we can't wait for the day the kids will arrive!
Landscape Middle East Magazine recently covered a Verdaus project with a focus on integrated water resource management. The article, "SoharUniversity– Landscape Irrigation and Waste Water Treatment" is an interesting cover of how foresight, collaboration and innovation can offer environmental benefits and cost savings.
IntroductionIn 2007, Sohar University appointed a consultant team to prepare a new master plan. Verdaus Landscape Architects LLC was part of the consultant team. Later, during the detailed design stage, Sohar University commissioned Mizan Consult to prepare a Feasibility Study and then a design for a “Reed Bed” system for waste water treatment. This design offers considerable advantages over the present system of removing waste water by tanker. Intensive collaboration between Verdaus and Mizan identified ways to integrate the landscape irrigation and waste water treatment systems to provide further advantages. Continue Reading
We visited the site for the Royal Opera House in Muscat last week and were impressed with progress. Almost all the concrete works were complete. The scale and proportion is now clear it looks right. We're looking forward to seeing progress accelerate now. [sthumbs=398|399|400,max,3,c,center,]
The ceremony for laying the foundation stone happened at Sohar University on 13 November 2010. This event was attended by Her Excellency Dr. Rawya Al Busaidiyah, The Minister of Higher Education; His Excellency Mahmood Al Jarwani, The Chairman of the Sohar University Board of Directors, Dr Abood Al Sawafi, The Vice Chancellor and other distiguished guests. This day marked an important stage in the development of the Sohar University campus. In 2007 Verdaus were appointed by Sohar University to design the external areas of the campus. The master plan was a team effort with Verdaus, COWI (infrastructure engineers) and Earc (architects). Construction is well underway on site with the structure for may of the buildings now rising up to level 2.The perspective illustration belows shows an overview of what the campus will look like once the landscape is established. Trees are an important feature of the campus. They shade the the main walking routes. Greens spaces have been shown to improve learning. Dense vegetation also links the character of the university campus with the agricultural character of the fertile Batinah Coast. Verdaus are very pleased to be a part of the rewarding project and the mission to provide world class higher education in the Sultanate of Oman.
This post is based on the latest newsletter from Land F/X, a provider of Land Information Modelling software. Every month, Land F/X highlights a success story from one of their valued clients. This month they feature Verdaus Landscape Architects with special thanks to Tarek Al Sheeti, our irrigation engineer, for input on using LFX.
Tarek has been using Land F/X for two years and describes the program as "a powerful tool to me as an irrigation designer. It helps me to focus on design principle issues rather than just sizing pipes, calculating flow rate, and other traditional tedious irrigation work." His success story deals with a 103 villas project at Emirates Golf Course in Dubai. Tarek describes it as a "fast track project. I was requested to submit the detailed design package within a week for area of 21000 square meters of net planted area. I had a challenge with how to assign irrigation equipment for each villa, to reflect the required flow and pressure. However, with Land F/X I could do everything needed, such as represent the drip irrigation system requirements inside each villa, and also having drip considered when I size the pipes. I was happy when I found out that I can assign an end cap from auxiliary equipment. I ended up assigning four types of end caps for each different villa type and distributed them over the plan."
Verdaus also worked with a contractor who was incredibly impressed with the level of work done within the Land F/X program. The contractor was surprised to see such "accurate hydraulic calculations" as well as other detailed documentation. The contractor returned a project with virtually zero changes. Tarek describes that as "a declaration from the contractor - indirectly - that he could not do better." This is a complement in a region where contractors are expected to complete the irrigation design. Later on, LFX were approached by the same contractor to enquire about their software.Verdaus are very pleased with LFX. The software has allowed us to differentiate our services from others in the market by providing highly detailed and accurate irrigation design in the shortest time.