Principal names in stadiums go beyond games at Doha conference

May 20, 2014 3:11 pm

The first round of exchanges on sustainable stadium design and delivery was held in Doha at the 3rd Annual World Stadium Congress. Organised by IQPC, the two-day conference catapulted discussions on sports venues that endure with keynotes from Qatar-based ASTAD and Turkey’s branch of SPOR SANAYI.

Following the opening keynote of Mr. Ali Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, CEO of ASTAD Project Management, Yaser Meral, Civil Engineer and Chairman of the Board at SPOR SANAYI, Turkey, gave his take on the future of stadium design.

Referring to SPOR SANAYI’s proposed training facility for World Cup 2022, Meral stressed that flexible designs are they key to long-lasting stadiums.

“Because this building is so modular and portable, it can be used for a great variety of purposes after the event, from school sports to ecological farming houses. The design of our FIFIA World Cup structure reflect SPOR SANAYI’s mentality of ensuring the highest functionality,” Meral said.

Tariq Al Abdulla, General Manager of the Qatar Olympic Academy and Head of Technical Affairs at the Qatar Olympic Committee, will deliver tomorrow’s keynote speech on the Qatar Olympic Academy’s Sport Venue Management Program, but appeared throughout the first day.

Commenting on the talent that a sustainable stadium requires, Mr. Abdulla said, “Qatar is home to 62 different venues and organizes about 80 local, regional and international competitions every year. It is important that we prepare vendor managers for the future, and engage with the latest technologies.” “We must be part magician, part artist and part project manager to run sustainable venues, and this conference is a forum for us to address these issues,” he added.

Mr. Sander van Stiphout, Director of Amsterdam ArenA, kept his finger on proper planning and collaboration throughout a presentation entitled, ‘Preparing for legacy and for a major tournament’. “Not only should architects meet the expectations of governing bodies,” he said, but the resulting venue must persist through repurposing and redesign for future generations of sports fans.

Offering a budgetary and market perspective, AlKhaliji Commercial Bank’s Nermine Nassif Girgis Ishak delivered an overview of the projects market in Qatar, and sketched out the investment opportunities available to foreign and local players in Qatar.

Jon Sellins, Head of Business Development at Wembley Stadium, got at sustainability with a case study from his work on Wembley Stadium. Using the Champions League Final 2013 as a prime example, Sellins illustrated best practices in stadium design, development and operation.

Mark Rosetti, FAIA, LEED AP, president of Rosetti, and Mark Fenwick of RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects opened the afternoon sessions with examples of stadiums that are woven into the communities in which they stand. Through attention to local values and culture, stadiums can mature into treasured landmarks well after the mega-event has taken place, they said.

Event sponsors Honeywell, Tiger Steel Engineering and Grundfos used lectures and case studies to illustrate the role that solutions providers can play in supporting stadiums, as well.

In her presentation, Honeywell’s Sales Director of Asia Pacific Major Projects, Val Jovevski, led the audience through the many ways that Honeywell is integrating technology to create the “ultimate experience.” According to Jovevski, technology not only facilitates a convenient experience for customers and fans, but also helps them celebrate wins, and enhances their safety and security on the ground.

Tiger Steel Engineering’s Hesham Hamed and Tolga Turut explored structural systems and fabrication challenges, as well as best practices to become a value-added partner. Grundfos followed with a presentation from Henning Sandager, Managing Director-Middle East.

The first day closed out with a panel discussion of world-class architects. Moderated by Henk Markerink, CEO of Amsterdam ArenA, the panel explored the latest trends in stadium design and what can be expected of the next generation of sporting infrastructure with perspective from AECOM’s Diogo Taddei, GMP Architect’s Markus Pfisterer, Ruben Reddy of Ruben Reddy Architects, Mark Fenwick of RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects, Cesar Azcarate of IDOM/ACXT, Homoda Youssef of the Green Building Council, Michael Jameson of Hill International, and Nigel Eckersall of Shapoorji Pallonji Middle East.

Ooredoo, the Official Telecom Sponsor of the World Stadium Congress will deliver the first presentation of the day tomorrow after Tariq Al Abdulla’s keynote address. Wael Doukmak, Director of ICTE Business Development, will share Ooredoo’s insight as a master of systems integration, touching on issues of revenue, customer experience and stakeholders.

With three years of resounding success to date, the next series of the World Stadium Congress, will take place from 18 – 21 May 2015 at the St. Regis Hotel Doha, Qatar.

For more info please contact:
Radhika Sasidharan
Marketing Manager
IQPC Middle East
Tel: +97143602822

Tina Carter
Account Executive
Tel: +97144502608