The Haikstep Military City contract – a turnkey design and construction project, was awarded to Ayoubco in February 1984. The project site was laid out in an L-shape design, covering an area in excess of 44 millions m2 and divided into 29 self-sufficient sectors.
Over one million m2 of buildings were built to occupy this land, and access to all the sectors was provided by more than two million m2 of roads and parking areas.
The city is completely self-sufficient with regards to water supply, thanks to a treatment plant situated 26 km to the west of the site on the east bank of the Ismaelia Canal. Over 60,000 m3 of water is fed to the site each day, passing through D.C.I pipelines (over 385 km of pipelines with more than 400 valve chambers situated along the route) and seven pump stations terminating in elevated water storage towers. The water is delivered to the sectors through gravity fed lines.
Sewage is carried along 237 km of gravity fed lines, which discharge into 12 pumping stations and from there, 88 km of forced mains traverse the sectors. All lines end at the sewage treatment plant, which is capable of processing the waste from over 150,000 residents (roughly 42,000 m3 of effluent per day). This effluent is recycled and reprocessed and then used to provide water for irrigation.
Electrical power for the project comes from the national grid via 66 km of 66 kV overhead transmission lines that feed directly into the power station at the site. The 11kV power from the station passes through 67 transformer substations and is finally converted into 380 V three-phase power supplied to the buildings. The 1,000 km of feed cables, 5 switching stations, and 10,000 light columns are all integral parts of the network. Haikstep involved the construction of 890 floors of barrack buildings, 1,098 tank and training sheds, 32 divisional headquarters, 51 sub-divisional headquarters, 125 classrooms, 119 guardhouses, 142 storerooms, 109 canteens, 445 magazine stores, 16 officers' messes, 5 kitchens and messes to seat 2,000 personnel, 41 kitchens, 12 various sized mosques, 58 soldiers' messes, 15 workshops, 17 large storerooms, 2 gymnasiums, 6 post offices, 84 residential buildings with 2,016 apartments, three cinemas, three schools, four kindergartens, three Olympic-size swimming pools, four fuel stations, bakeries, laundry facilities, two shopping complexes, a department store, a clinic, telephone exchange stores, a prison, an officers’ club, a sports stadium and a club for non-commissioned officers. In all, with over 3,000 individual buildings, Haikstep was an epic contract with scope and breadth worthy of its own brochure in order to fully appreciate the achievement it represented.
Whenever projects of such size are accomplished, they immediately become a part of any company's history. In our case, we consider these contracts as important in our history not only because of their impressiveness but because they created a solid foundation, from which we have expanded our reputation as a first-rate company. In the past, our company has done many specialized contracts. Included here are some of the foremost of these projects.
The construction of the Akhbar el Youm was one of these special projects. This seven-storey building houses the printing presses and ancillary machinery on the ground floor, with six stories of air-conditioned administrative offices above it.
Another of these projects was the Galaa Theater project. This air-conditioned building contains seats for over 1,000 people and is also fully equipped with a stage, lighting, audio-visual equipment, as well as cinematography capacities. It also included simultaneous translation facilities. Our contract on this job included the external landscaping and parking facilities as well.
Ayoubco also constructed a 6,000 m2 steel framed timber factory, the BICC cables factory, as well as over 1,000 pre-engineered steel buildings during the construction of the Haikstep township. In addition to the projects already mentioned, Ayoubco has built various structures including mosques, prisons, department stores, laundries, kitchens, schools, and hospitals.