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Written by Rebecca D’Souza & Produced by Daniel McDonald

Mohamed Salahuddin Consulting Engineering Bureau (MSCEB) was founded in 1970. MSCEB started as an architectural consultancy practice and over the past four decades has evolved into a multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering design firm.
Engineering quality
Mohamed Salahuddin Consulting Engineering Bureau (MSCEB) was founded in 1970. MSCEB started as an architectural consultancy practice and over the past four decades has evolved into a multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering design firm. Areas of expertise include architecture, structural and civil engineering, planning, interiors, space planning, landscape architecture, mechanical/electrical and plumbing, project management and construction administration.

“MSCEB is known for quality and we have worked very hard over the past four decades to build up our formidable reputation for quality,” says K.U Bangera, senior executive director of MSCEB. “We are seen as different in the market by our clients because of the quality of work that we produce.”

Quality service
MSCEB has been involved in a number of notable projects over the years. These include: the Banader Rotana Hotel at Manama, Batelco Commercial Centre at Manama, the Bahrain National Holding Company Headquarters at Seef, Citibank Regional Headquarters at Seef, the Bahrain Islamic Bank Headquarters at Diplomatic Area, the Arab Bank HQ in both Bahrain and Doha, Bahrain City Centre, Marriot Executive Apartments in Juffair, the Alba Health Care Centre, etc.

Projects such as the Batelco headquarters have been singled out for their innovative design and structure. One writer commented on the company website that Batelco was among his favourite buildings in Bahrain. He said: “What I see in this building is a great step of what Bahrain’s architecture should move towards. A pure Islamic architecture that reflects the society’s values and the vernacular traits of the island. Look at the carefully studied poetic reflection of the minaret in the glazing sun. It is as if the building was deliberately designed to embrace the mosque next door.” This serves as a tribute to MSCEB’s tireless pursuit of quality and reinforces the company’s Mission Statement, which states that: “Good design is defined not by a specific trend or period, but rather by evoking a sense of permanence and an aesthetic foundation consistent with a project’s ultimate use and the lifestyle and aspirations of its users.”

The growth of MSCEB has been a natural process for a company that has collaborated with some of the world’s leading design and architectural firms. These include HOK, Callison Architecture, SOM, RTKL, Jacobs, AEDAS, Woods Bagott, and Rafael Vinoly Architects PC , among others. The name that MSCEB has built in the market has been one based on quality. Cyrus Vesuvala, Director-Project Management of MSCEB, explains that quality in the consultancy is separated into two key areas. “The quality of the work that we produce is apparent in the quality of the drawings and documentation that we put out to the contractors,” he says. “We feel a sense of pride when we hear from them that the quality of our documentation is very different from what is produced by most other consultancies in Bahrain.”

The other aspect of quality that the company exhibits is in the work it supervises and gets executed on-site. “We are very particular about the quality of work that we expect from our contractors on site,” says Vesuvala.

The company has, over the years, continuously invested in technology. At MSCEB, IT plays a significant role in providing the most advanced digital infrastructure for internal office functions and networking, as well as the latest technologies in CAD, Engineering Design, 3D Modelling and Timesheet Management. According to the company’s website: “IT professionals remain dedicated to keeping the firm at the forefront of the best practice IT capabilities for both hardware and software solutions.” The company has recently adopted the Building Information Modelling process through AutoDesk Revit technology. “The entire office is moving from CAD software to the Revit platform,” says Bangera. “Revit designs in three dimension, using real objects rather than lines. It is very intelligent. We do not just draw two lines and say these represent a wall. We actually create a wall with specific properties on the drawing, using Revit.”

MSCEB is committed to providing energy efficient buildings. “An MSCEB building has environmental, economic and social elements that benefit the building owner, users and general public,” according to the company’s website. The company is constantly looking to minimise the impact on the environment by implementing green building practices on site sustainability, water efficiency, energy performance, material selection and indoor air quality. “All of the design work that we do is with an environmental impact consideration,” says Thamer Salahuddin, vice president. “We have a problem of heat in this part of the world and so all of our buildings are designed to make sure that the ingress of heat is minimised. Our roofing, glazing and external insulation specifications are all designed to ensure that we are not only meeting, but exceeding the minimum required standards in the market today.”

Weathering the economic storm
The construction industry has been hit hard in the global economic crisis. Like so many other companies all over the world, MSCEB has seen a drop in demand on large mixed-use speculative projects and a shift towards non-speculative residential, industrial, healthcare and infrastructure projects. However, the market is slowly starting to turn around once again and the company has emerged from the economic storm as more efficient than ever. “Despite the economic downturn we have still retained our position as the leading consultancy of choice for clients in Bahrain,” maintains Vesuvala. “I do not think that has slipped in any way.” He believes that the company has weathered the worst of the economic downturn and where the company has been consolidating for the past several months, it is now once again looking to recruit people for its ever growing and exceptionally talented team.

The company clearly values its 250-strong workforce. “The people that work here feel that they are part of a family,” says Vesuvala. “There is a great sense of community.”

Salahuddin explains the importance the company places on supporting its employees and providing a suitable environment where they can excel. “We try to benchmark MSCEB against international companies around the world and not just Bahrain,” he says.

The company offers extensive training programmes to its employees and encourages them to reach their full potential. “MSCEB is currently selecting a handful of architects and engineers from each department and offering them the chance of studying for a LEED Certification where the cost is covered by the company,” explains Salahuddin.

The future is looking bright for MSCEB, which is looking to expand into neighbouring countries over the coming years. “We are geographically located in an area of great potential and we are looking at the neighbouring markets for business expansion opportunities,” says Salahuddin. Saudi Arabia is a huge market and the company is currently in the process of looking into opening an office there. MSCEB is also looking forward to the 2022 World Cup, which is to be hosted in the State of Qatar. “This will have a positive impact in the region and we are looking forward to winning more jobs in the coming years,” says Bangera.
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