Zayed University

  • Year: 2011
  • Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE


The new Zayed University campus provides educational facilities for 6,000 students and related faculty and support staff. Constructed on a plot of approximately 75 hectares, it features a built-up area of 200,000 square metres. The new campus is located in New Khalifa City, near Abu Dhabi International Airport. It contains academic buildings, recreation facilities, and residential accommodation, with separate facilities for men and women.

Cleveland Bridge & Engineering scope of work was the connection design, detail drawing, supply, fabrication, painting, delivery and erection of structural steel.

The steel work on this project has an extremely complex geometry which was testing the limits of the structural analysis and 3D modeling. During the erection stage of the works the stability of the building had to be examined at every stage requiring substantial props as the structure is essentially “floating” on bearings which was only finally restrained when the structure was completed and tied to the buttresses. After finally being restrained, staged depropping of the permanent structure from the temporary structure took place in the required sequence.

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