WAAGNER BIRO GULF L.L.C., registered in the Emirate Dubai, is part of the Waagner-Biro Holding Group, an Austrian group based in Vienna with national and international investments in medium-sized companies involved in Electro-mechanical Engineering, Structural Steelwork and Water, Energy & Environment Technologies.
WAAGNER BIRO’s history can be traced back to 1854 and its name is linked to all great infrastructural projects in Austria and to many prestigious projects overseas.
Waagner-Biro entered the Gulf region in 1967 with the construction of the Al Maqta Bridge in Abu Dhabi and registered its UAE branch in Dubai in 1982.
WAAGNER BIRO GULF L.L.C is a turnkey contractor and facility manager of all kind of bridge structures, steel structures, cranes, hydro-mechanical steel structures, waste water treatment plants, wetland systems and marine works. WAAGNER BIRO GULF LLC has grown into a well known mechanical and plant engineering enterprise with “in-house” design, manufacturing and installation capabilities.
WAAGNER BIRO GULF L.L.C has also developed into a valuable partner for the public authorities in a variety of maintenance and upgrading contracts.
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WAAGNER BIRO GULF LLC, an Austrian group based in Vienna with national and international investments in medium-sized companies specializes in bridge building and the planning and realisation of steel and glass structures. In 2007, both the company’s Steel and Glass Engineering and Bridge Engineering segments caught the international attention by capturing prestigious orders in the UAE. Some of their important projects include the Dubai festival city, Burj Khalifa -the world’s tallest building standing, ADNEC –one of the largest steel and glass engineering contracts in Abu dhabi. However, the current feather in Waagner Biro’s hat is the installation of double glazed glass facade of the iconic 160-metre, 35-storey Capital Gate tower been built to lean 18 degrees westwards. The $35 million glass is vital to Capital Gate's design, structure and sustainability.
Besides the aesthetic appeal, the double-glazed façade is also used to achieve greater energy efficiency. Waste air is pre-cooled in between the inner and outer façade thereby reducing the energy consumption of the building by recycling the used air.
The glass used on the tower’s façade is a low emissivity glass never before used in the UAE. It’s designed to keep the inside of the building cool and eliminate glare, while maintaining the transparency of the façade - an important design consideration.
The stainless steel ‘splash’ is a shading device that eliminates over 30 percent of the sun’s heat before it ever reaches the building, thereby saving on the need for cooling within the building. The splash twists around the building towards the south to shield Capital Gate as much as possible from direct sunlight.
The tower, designed by the star British architectural office RMJM, has a characteristic helical twist and an imposing 23,000m2 glass facade, and due to its striking shape, will have a major impact on the city skyline. Due to the daring asymmetry of the tower, each of the 12,000 glass panes in the facade is unique. Roland Jones, Project Director for Capital Gate said "ADNEC is delighted to have the involvement of Waagner-Biro in our signature project Capital Gate. Waagner-Biro has a long history of successful project delivery in Europe and recently in UAE, and we are very pleased to welcome them into our team. ADNEC has a policy of engaging the best resources to complete its projects.”
However for Waagner Biro, it has been a challenging but exciting project. In order to deliver the first of the glazing panels to the site of Abu Dhabi's iconic Capital Gate tower, the world's largest flat bed truck--at 82 feet, half the length of an Olympic swimming pool--has been used.
The glass is shipped directly from the US to Abu Dhabi, while the rolled steel tubes for the frames are laser cut in Austria to exactly the right size before they are shipped to Mussafah to be welded together and glazed.
RMJM's Associate Director, Tony Archibold, said: "It is very exciting to see the first two glass panels safely delivered and installed to form the first pieces of this highly complex glass jigsaw-facade. There was a united intake of breath as they were gently unloaded off the truck into place."
As for Waagner Biro Gulf LLC, this project is the perfect platform for more of such prestigious ventures. Says Walter Unger, one of the site managers for Capital gate project, Waagner Biro Gulf LLC , “It has been a challenging but exciting venture. We are giving over 100% to this project and it is top on our priority list at the moment.” As for future projects, he said that talks are on for some projects but none has been finalized. Hence he cannot disclose any details.