For the World’s greatest event, RIMOND – as a key delivery partner of the National Media Council of UAE – was tasked with delivering one of the most complex architectural feat of Expo Milan 2015: the United Arab Emirates pavilion designed by the world-renowned global sustainable architecture firm, Foster + Partners.
The design of the pavilion, with a LEED Platinum target, considered its use beyond its immediate purpose, a crucial aspect of its sustainability.
The building was designed to be dismantled following the Expo Milan 2015 event and relocated to Masdar City to be reconstructed.
To ensure the success of the project, we brought our Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) experience to maximize the reusability of the building systems including GFRC cladding, bolted steel frame, demountable floor slabs, glazed façades and metal cladding.
The traditional procedures would have needed three times as many people on-site, compared to our DfMA solution, which enabled us to complete the construction project faster and with less workers on site.
As part of our fast-track approach enabled by digital tools and DfMA, we fostered a collaborative culture to make sure the pavilion was delivered on time and successfully within 9 months despite the logistic challenges.
Following the end of the Expo Milan 2015 event, RIMOND was involved as the principal contractor for the dismantling and relocation of the pavilion to Masdar City in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The dismantling and packing strategy were managed with a comprehensive digital BIM model that enabled QR code live-tracking of the building components being shipped from Italy to UAE via containerized sea freight.
The QR code mapping allowed our reconstruction team in Abu Dhabi to trace the components on a digital model and to have complete access to the original construction and shipping data.
In addition, we developed a digital tool that enabled a cloud based platform to confirm deliveries and visually inspect each delivered material at destination, allowing the project team to save time, increase accuracy and automate validations.
The invaluable dismantling-for-reuse experience we gained on such a complex project sets us apart from our competitors and allows us to bring numerous benefits to our clients.