COMPETITIONS: COMMERCIAL, RE and ARCHITECTURAL
Competitions Project Management
by: arch. J. J. Gruzewski, MA
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ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITIONS AND COMMERCIAL BIDS
Organization & Management

Between 1985 and 2014 I participated in many architectural, PM, Construction, Real Estate, Commercial bids and competitions.
In 2007-08, as an Operations Director, I successfully directed all phases of the $760 million USD (55,000 sq.m.) international architectural competition for the Saudi Aramco.
The SA Cultural Center / Museum, called: the King Abdulaziz Centre for Knowledge and Culture - project has been chosen to commemorate the 75th Aramco Anniversary. The SACC, Saudi Aramco's 75th anniversary gift to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been specially designed to create an iconic state-of-the-art cultural facility. Location: Al Khobar, Dhahran.

Competitions I have directed, or took part in:
The SACC International architectural competition for the Saudi Aramco, KSA
Abu Shum Um $9 Billion USD master planing competition in Abu Dhabi, UAE
The MIMARI , $820 MN World Trade Center competition with Minoru Yamasaki, 1st Prize, USA
Studio ABC International, US Consulate competitions, 2nd Prize, EU
Dubai Tennis development, master-planning, Dubai Land, UAE
reviews: The Saadiyat Island, 4 Museums, Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, UAE
assistance: Failaka Island hospitality development competition, Kuwait
Commercial / Construction Bids for the US Govt projects, MA, USA
also:
Brwinow Housing master-planning competition, 1982, Europe
Art Museum competition for Sta Barbara's University of California, USA
MIT academic competition for a new School of Architecture HQs., MA, USA


Final 3 day Jury Review at Saudi Aramco, Dhahran
 
 
 

J. Gruzewski (PM Director) presents site and explains competition rules to 6 semifinalists
 
I have selected 25 architectural teams, and then directed selection of 6 best suited AND world renowned architects:

1.

Atelier Hans Hollein, Austria

2.

Zaha Hadid Architects, UK

3.

Oma&Amo, Holland

4.

Omrania, KSA (with the HL, Denmark)

5.

Snohetta, Norway (Winner)

6.

ZFP, KSA

  • Directed selection of 6 best qualified architectural teams for SACC
  • Led presentations for the SACC Board of Directors
  • Created competition rules
  • Led on site meetings with all participants (image above)
  • Created Design Scope of Work for 6 semifinalists
  • Led a meetings with SA's Chairman and 2 vice-presidents
  • Controlled outgoing and incoming documentation
  • Monitored and assisted Consultants design process
  • Selected Technical Jurors
  • Created Technical Review Criteria
  • Led Technical Review process
  • Created documents for final Competition Phase
  • Selected and invited international competition Jurors
  • Monitored all preparation works, and final competition phases
  • Monitored contracts and honorariums payments
SACC COMPETITION - IMAGES:
 

Zaha Hadid Architects from London placed Second - model above


Winner Announcing Award Meeting in Saudi Aramco HO


above: SACC Competition Winner: Snoheta Architects
backdoor story: Snohetta was almost out, due to its very elevated competition fee request;
understanding Snohetta chances, I personally insisted on a 50% cut in financial expectations,
Later in, my decision has offered Snohetta's I Prize.

Gruzewski

Saudi Aramco would not have an iconic piece of architecture without professional help from my competition management team . It took us a record short time of 4 1/2 months only, from an idea to a Winner announcement.
Similar in scale and importance International Competitions
take from 9 to 12 months of time.
Total organization, management and architects fees expence: 0,5% of construction cost.
SA Cultural Center will opened to a public in 2011.
CONTACT ME, IF I COULD BE OF SERVICE TO YOU


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