June 14, 2010
Energy International Corporation has won a $2.6 million (USD) contract to supply more than 6,000 Variable Air Volume (VAV) systems for the new King Saud University for Health Sciences (KSU) currently under construction in Riyadh, KSA.
The construction of the Riyadh campus, scheduled for completion in 2011, is the first phase of a three-phase project that will result in the addition of two satellite campuses, one in Jeddah and another in Al Ahsa, along with a hospital in Madinah.
“Like EIC, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is growing to meet the ever-evolving demands of an ever-changing world,” said Allie Bazzy, President, Energy International Corporation. “These types of projects further demonstrate EIC’s standing as a leader in the supply of HVAC and electromechanical products in the region.”
KSU will be the first exclusive medical university in the Middle East and only the third in the world. With the addition of campuses in Al Ahsa and Jeddah and the development of a curriculum designed to meet the highest international academic standards for quality medical education, KSU is expected to quickly establish itself as a world-class medical university.
The VAV units will be installed in over 30 buildings making up a main campus that will span an area of 5,000,000 square meters. The main campus will house the administration complex, health colleges including the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, Women’s College of Medicine, Dentistry College, College of Medical Applied Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Public Health College, Basic Health Sciences College and Deanship of Graduate Studies.
In addition, the main campus will feature a conference hall with capacity for 2,000 people, a training center where students can focus on the development of clinical skills in a hospital-like environment and The King Abdullah International Research Center which will support faculty research through a wide range of facilities.
The VAV units allow for precise control of airflow in large structures, allowing air-conditioning and heating systems, fans and other components to work at optimum efficiency, reducing the number of running hours and saving electricity which reduces operating costs.
“Variable Air Volume boxes are a key component in a building’s HVAC system and play an even more prominent role in a complex the size of KSU,” said Ahmed Chughtai of EIC’s U.S. Engineering Sales Department and an expert in HVAC technology. “VAV technology affords the ability to build independent zone control into the building’s HVAC system. The more control you have the less you spend energy.”
The VAV units will be supplied by Metal Industries of Clearwater, Fla., through their MetalAire brand.