Company Intelligence Report: KEO International Consultants

Company Facts

Official Name                        

KEO International Consultants WLL

Previously known as

Kuwait Engineering Office (KEO)

Home base                             

Kuwait

Company Type

Privately Owned

Establishment

1964

Registered Capital

KWD 100,000

Website

http://keoic.com

Summary

KEO International Consultants, also known as Kuwait Engineering Office was established in Kuwait in 1964. KEO is a limited liability company owned mainly by Al Sultan family. The company is highly respected in different design and management practices worldwide while taking advance ranking on annual bases by respected specialty publications.

The company operates five different operations based on function:

  • KEO Strategy, Planning and Urban Development
  • KEO Design
  • KEO Infrastructure
  • KEO Project & Construction Management
  • KEO Contract and Quantity Surveying

The company also operates a total of 14 offices across Middle East while concentrating its focus on the United Arab Emirates with 4 offices compared to an average of one office in other countries.

Offices

Country

Cities

Kuwait

Kuwait City

UAE

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman

Jordan

Amman

Bahrain

Manama

Qatar

Doha

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Libya

Tripoli

Oman

Muscat

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh

Rankings

Design Services

BD World Architecture 100 is an annual evaluation of the largest design and architectural firms in the total value of their income generated throughout the year. KEO International was at its prime when it was ranked 33rd worldwide but it slowly last the position and was downgraded to the 40th position in 2012. Engineering News-Record (ENR) however ranked KEO in the 86th slot due to different income fee evaluation from BD World.

Year

BD Rank

ENR Rank

2012

NA

86

2011

38

90

2010

33

87

2009

35

73

Income

According to BD World Architecture, KEO International generated total fee income of USD 100 to 109 million in 2012 compared to USD 100.4 in 2011. On the other hand, Engineering News-Record (ENR) estimated KEO’s fee income at USD 103.8 million in 2012 compared to USD 91 million in 2011 which made it the highest firm in the fee income in the Middle East. In 2012, according to BD World Architecture the firm generated a total fee income in the following sectors:

Sector

Fee Income

(USD million)

Rank

Infrastructure

10.6

2

Master planning

32.3

3

Residential

21.5

8

Construction Management

96.7

1

Urban Design

8

6

Planning

32.3

4

Project Management

32

3

Staff

According to Middle East Architect, KEO managed 2,190 staff and 240 architects in the GCC only in 2011. BD World estimate the total number of KEO architect staff to be 264 in 2012 compared to 288 in 2011.

Year

Architect Staff

2012

264

2011

288

2010

252

Services

Each subdivision of KEO operates as an independent entity specializing in different services.

KEO Planning and Landscape Architecture Division (PLAD)

  • Master and Urban Planning
  • Design Guidelines
  • Development Management
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Landscape Architecture

KEO Design

  • Architectural Design
  • Structural Engineering Design
  • Building Services Design (MEP)
  • Interior Design

KEO PM-CM

  • Program Management
  • Pre-Construction Services
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Supervision
  • Contracts and Claims Services
  • Commissioning Services

KEO infrastructure

  • Water & Environment
  • Transportation
  • Power and Communications
  • Special Projects

KEO CQS

  • Contracts Services
  • Quantity Surveying Services

Sample Projects

Project

Location

Scope

Al Othman Complex

Kuwait

  • Design Consultant
  • Design Supervision
  • Project Management

United Towers

Kuwait

  • Construction Management

Coral Beach Resort

UAE

  • Design Consultant
  • Interior Design

Nation Tower

UAE

  • Design Consultant
  • Interior Design

Emerald Gateway

UAE

  • Master Planning
  • Landscape Design
  • Infrastructure Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Traffic Studies
  • Design Consultant
  • Program Management

PAAET Special Training Center

Kuwait

  • Infrastructure Design
  • Design Consultant
  •  Interior Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Structural Engineering Design
  • MEP Design
  • Signage & Graphic Design

Kuala Lumpur International Financial District (KLIFD)

Malaysia

  • Program Management

Radisson Blue Hotel Apartments

UAE

  • Design Consultant
  • Project Management

Injazzat Tower

Kuwait

  • Design Consultant

 

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