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Hill International to Provide Construction Management Services for the Marina Towers Project in New Alamein City

Hill International | March 23, 2022

Hill International delivering the infrastructure of change, announced today it was selected by City Edge Development on behalf of New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) to provide Construction Management services for its flagship mixed-use project in the New Alamein City, North Coast, Egypt. The project is one of the most prominent developments in New Alamein City and will feature three residential towers, a commercial tower, and a hospitality tower, each ranging from 30-40 floors. The Hill International team will provide construction management services for the construction stages including project controls, contract administration, construction management, and commissioning. The project is expected to be concluded in 2025.

Sited on a premier seafront location, the towers occupy an 80,000 SM plot. Once complete, the Towers will entice visitors from around the world with its pristine shoreline and numerous activities and entertainments. The project is divided into two packages: Package 1 consists of the three residential towers of 30, 35, and 35 floors each, along with a three-level podium housing amenities and services. The total built up area of Package 1 is 275,000 SM. Package 2 consists of a 40-floor hospitality tower and a 40-floor commercial tower, with a three-level podium housing commercial, retail, dining services, and other amenities, with a total built up area of 215,000 SM.

Waleed Abdel-Fatah, Senior Vice President of Hill’s Africa region, explains: “New Alamein City represents a bold vision for Egypt’s tourism industry. The Marina Towers will complement the City’s Mediterranean coastline with luxury lodgings and accommodations and provide easy access to New Alamein’s other cultural and entertainment offerings. Our role as the project’s construction manager is to ensure this critical component of the mega-development is built according to plan and meets all budget, schedule, and quality goals.”

“Hill enjoys a sterling reputation for managing complex, high-rise projects like the Marina Towers around the world, and in North Africa and the Middle East in particular. We understand how these mega-developments connect and interface with their sites and surroundings, and how to manage their construction successfully. I look forward to adding the Marina Towers as another achievement for Hill’s team in Egypt.”

Hill Chief Executive Officer Raouf S. Ghali 

About Hill International
Hill International, with more than 3,000 professionals in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, project management oversight, facilities management, and other consulting services to clients in a variety of market sectors. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as one of the largest construction management firms in the United States.

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Material Bank | June 28, 2022

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Watchmaker Genomics Raises $40M Series A Financing to Accelerate Growth and Expand Clinical Sequencing Product Offerings

Watchmaker Genomics | June 06, 2022

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With this Series A round of financing, Watchmaker plans to accelerate investment in its protein engineering platform to deliver a suite of new products that address the demands of clinical sequencing and support emerging applications in single-cell analysis, epigenetics, and cell-free DNA. In addition, the company will expand commercial channels and manufacturing capacity, making these product solutions more broadly accessible to the life science and genomics communities. "We are thrilled to partner with Watchmaker Genomics as the company enters its next phase of product innovation and commercialization. The experienced team at Watchmaker has already built a strong foundation, and we look forward to supporting their continued growth," said Decheng Capital Partner Victor E. Tong, Jr., who is joining the Watchmaker Board of Directors. "Watchmaker is developing tools and techniques that will unlock the future of genomics, both in the lab and the clinic. 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UL Partners with InSite to Help Advance Building Intelligence, Technology Integration and Performance

UL | May 13, 2022

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