Dubai, UAE - The construction of ENOC’s Ghaf tree-inspired service station at the Expo 2020 Dubai site reached 40% completion last month. Early works on the GCC’s first LEED Gold-certified service station started in August 2019, and the entire project is expected to be completed by June 2020.
The Ghaf tree-inspired design goes beyond aesthetics. The service station is built on the exoskeleton of the tree structure which supports a cutting-edge, solar-powered carbon fiber canopy that is three times lighter than steel. The canopy can generate 30% more energy than is typically required to run a service station.
From its green design, construction and operation, the service station is on target to become LEED Platinum certified, which would be a first for a petrol station. In particular, the project can achieve 48% overall power savings or about 228MWh per year by using smart, energy-efficient and renewable solutions like wind power and photovoltaic solar panels. This feature can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 100,000 kg, equivalent to the benefit of planting 114 trees annually. The station will also utilize artificial intelligence, data analytics and sensors to reduce queueing times and create a refueling experience that is cleaner, quicker and a model for smart and sustainable cities of the future.
In 2018, ENOC awarded Arcadis with a contract to provide multidisciplinary services including architecture, interior design, structure, MEP, landscape, roads and infrastructure, architect of record, NOCs, and supervision. Arcadis also organized a design competition for international architects and appointed Aedas as concept design architect.
From its technical design and construction requirements to strict program schedules and coordination of multiple stakeholders, Arcadis applied best practices from the onset when we carried out schematic and detailed design through to the design completion stage. We also tapped our pool of global talents by leveraging our integrated design capabilities. In addition, our strong collaboration with key partners and stakeholders, which include Dubai Municipality, Expo 2020 organizers, RTA, Civil Defense, DEWA and more, led to the successful achievement thus far.
ENOC’s futuristic service station is setting the new standards for designing petrol stations, and we are excited to be a part of the developments. We know that there’s more work to be done, so we will continue to deliver the same level of passion and commitment to help ENOC realize its goal of reimagining energy.
For more information on the ENOC service station project, please contact Benoît Bouvet
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