Commerical Buildings

Project:
Maritime Transit Services Enterprise HQ
Client:
Maritime & Transit Services Enterprise
Cost:
ETB 91million
Project Description:
The MTSE organized a design competition for a 15-story building which it intends to build on a 5,000sqm plot of land it owns in down town Addis Ababa. The building was to accommodate MTSE Head office, an apartment complex, a high class restaurant, a multi-purpose hall and an assembly hall. National Consultants design was ranked 1st by the competition jury.
National’s Scope:
Design of all disciplines, construction supervision and contract administration.
Award
Winner of a Design Competition
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Project:
Federal Police Commission HQ
Client:
Federal Police Commission
Cost:
ETB 47million
Project Description:
In an effort to consolidate all administrative operations in one facility, the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission is building an office complex in down town Addis Ababa. The complex includes a 10-story tower, a 200 person assembly hall, a 400 person multipurpose hall and other ancillary buildings. National’s design solution included a tri-arc tower the shape of which was purposely selected to complement the important rotary at Mexico Square. The three elevations of the tower are clad with glazed curtain walls and protected against the east, west and south west sun glares by ‘Bris Solei’ sun breakers. The tower’s design includes a helipad on the tower’s upper roof.National’s design solution for the 200 person assembly hall is a building separate from the tower block but connected by a pedestrian bridge. The functional arrangement of the assembly hall and the volumetric composition of the office complex were among the important factors that led to the selection of a hexagonal shaped of assembly hall. The column free requirement led the Architects at National to select a 24m span concrete dome roof with semi-circular vault protrusions for natural light and entrances.
National’s Scope:
Design of all disciplines including IT infrastructure and security: construction supervision and contract administration.
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Project:
Agip Ethiopia HQ
Client:
Agip Ethiopia
Cost:
ETB 4million
Project Description:
The complex included offices and a cafeteria on the first and second floors respectively, with a rear access to the tank farm. A fuel station with a washing and lubrication bay was located on the front side.
National’s Scope:
In addition to the design and project management of the building, National Consultants also designed the two main storage tanks.
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Project:
Ethiopian Insurance Corporation HQ
Client:
Ethiopian Insurance Corporation
Cost:
ETB 18million (1985)
Project Description:
The Ethiopian Insurance Corporation organized a design competition for the Head Office Building in Addis Ababa. Five consultants, including one from abroad, participated. National Consultant’s submission was placed first and the firm was hired to implement the project, including the construction management.

The marble clad edifice is one of the most prominent buildings in Addis Ababa. It consists of a low rise building structure which forms a platform from which a 12-story tower block leaps. The building is characterized by its horizontal ‘Bris Solei’ which effectively shields its curtain wall from the west, south west and east sun.

The structure consists of a tower block of thirteen stories, two lower blocks housing the Life Branch and Finance Division. The Structural system is made up of reinforced concrete elements, beams and columns formed into frames, hollow block slabs, domes and folded plates. Due to the adverse subsurface soil conditions of pile foundations were used. The complex included shops and a two-level parking facility in a total built-up area of 13,000m2.

National’s Scope:
Design of all disciplines, construction supervision and contract administration.
Award
Winner of a Design Competition
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Project:
Ethiopian Institute of Geological Survey (EIGS) HQ
Client:
Ethiopian Institute of Geological Survey
Cost:
ETB 12million
Project Description:
National Consultants was awarded the contract to design a new head office building for the EIGS, which needed to house administration offices, geologist’s offices, a chemical lab, an auditorium and an Earth’s science museum. The diverse functional requirements of the future tenants coupled with an odd shaped site, presented the Architects in our office with exciting challenges. National’s design solution fulfilled all the project objectives and produced a striking structure along Asmara Road.
National’s Scope:
Design of all disciplines, construction supervision and contract administration.
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Project:
Ethiopian Water Resources Authority HQ
Client:
Ethiopian Water Resources Authority
Cost:
ETB 15million (1983)
Project Description:
National Consultant’s design for the new Water Resources Authority head office Complex was the winner of a national design competition. National provided a design solution within which the Rural Water Resources Agency, The Urban Water and Sewage Agency and Land and Water Studies Agency (three semi-autonomous agencies under The Ethiopian Water Resources) are arranged in three separate blocks to maintain their autonomous character while sharing a common hall way. The complex comprises 10,575 m2 of office space, 1050m2 of Laboratory space and a 750m2 multi-purpose hall.
National’s Scope:
Design of all disciplines, construction supervision and contract administration.
Award
Winner of a Design Competition
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Project:
Arada Tower and Shops
Client:
Addis Ababa City Government
Cost:
ETB 28million
Project Description:
The Arada Development project is a combination of National Consultant’s winning Architectural Design and town planning input provided by the town planning department of the city hall. It is comprised of ninety-five shops, terraced to account for the level difference between Patriot and Cunningham Streets, one supermarket and 5000m2 of office space. Shops are arranged in a low ribbon structure, bridging over the Churchill Road just off Cunningham Street. This is offset by the soaring tower of the office block at the other end. Other civil work involved the continuation of Churchill Road north to Menlik Square with a grade separation at the intersection with Patriot Street. The first and second phases, which included the shops and the office block respectively have been realized and are now operational.
National’s Scope:
National Consultants rendered services in the design of the buildings, roads and the interchange at the intersection of Churchill and Patriot Streets and managed the project during construction.
Award
Winner of a Design Competition
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