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Masdar (Abu Dhabi, UAE) is a 6km² sustainable city, one of the world’s first to be designed to use low-carbon technologies to achieve a low waste, low carbon community.



WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff was commissioned by the project architect to develop sustainable infrastructure strategies for the project, including waste management, drainage and water treatment and sewage, as well as the distribution of energy and power throughout the city. 

We are also responsible for developing IT and telecommunications systems, including all the necessary infrastructure for the security systems, fire sprinklers systems, cooling systems and wireless networks.

Its engineers are now working in a joint venture with the architect to deliver the first phases: the essential infrastructure to support the now-complete Masdar Institute and future developments on the site.

The carbon footprint is constantly monitored and there are various key performance indicators that the team has to achieve.

As the specifications have developed, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been working to overcome a number of design challenges. All the steelwork must have a minimum recycled content of 60%, which has proved difficult because there aren’t many steel buildings in this region, so the range of steel isn’t readily available.