King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia and LJA Engineering Inc., Houston, Texas, USA

Getting stakeholders aligned on any project is difficult, particularly when there is a difference of opinion on the right way to proceed. This article explores a US$10 billion project whose key stakeholder that is a government. An engineering firm was charged with designing a key aspect of a campus in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This project team was adhering to a strict schedule to build the project in a short time frame. As a result, the rushed schedule meant that some of the structures had to be designed to fit the landscaping instead of the other way around. Despite all of the constraints, the project progressed quickly until a problem with water-retention ponds required stakeholder management. This article also discusses how the project team dealt with the stakeholders and addressed flooding issues to become the first LEED-certified project in Saudi history.
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