Project Location—    Doha, Qatar
Project Client—    Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
Project Architect—    OMA
Project Contractor—    Brookfield Multiplex
Project Owner—    Qatar Foundation


The Qatar National Library in Doha is an iconic building, designed by OMA. Brookfield Multiplex was the constructor on the project. The library’s structure consists of two square plates (138m wide), pulled apart and folded diagonally at the corners to create a shell-like container. The sloped interior surfaces of the plates create three large terraces that are stacked with 300 bookshelves, visible from a central communal space called the urban plaza.

The library employs advanced technologies such as automated book sorting systems, people movers, and electronic tagging to facilitate the easy retrieval of any of the million books in the collection. BG&E were commissioned by Brookfield Multiplex to provide construction support on the project.

Our scope of work included the following:

  • Design the structural steel framing for the heritage collection area. The existing architectural drawings contained the design intent for the steelwork. BG&E value engineered, where possible, and subsequently designed and documented the steelwork to support the vitrines.
  • Design of temporary works which included checking reinforced concrete slab’s ability to support temporary construction loads.
  • Design of internal secondary steelwork to support racking shelves.
  • Review and design justification of additional MEP penetrations through slabs.
  • Producing Tekla Models of the roof steelwork.