Engineer Naser Al-Bader, head of the Facilities Management Department at KREC, has been with the company since 2009. With a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management, both from Northeastern University, he has over 10 years of experience in the fields of electromechanical engineering and facilities management throughout the GCC.
Beginning his career in 2003, Eng. Naser joined Drake & Scull International (DSI), a regional market leader in providing integrated design, engineering and construction services. Upon his appointment to the position of Procurement Engineer in Dubai, UAE, Eng. Naser was tasked with reviewing and commenting on a range of documents including MEP drawings, BOQs and specifications within the contracts, as well as Bid Tender Documents.
In 2004, while seconded to DSI Kuwait, Eng. Naser was involved in securing a KWD 6 million electromechanical contract for the development of the Kuwait State Audit Bureau headquarters. Initially appointed to the position of Junior Site Mechanical Engineer, his responsibilities included full composite diagram reviews, producing as-built drawing s, value engineering of contracts, government relations and all site inspections. Within 14 months, Eng. Naser was appointed as Acting Project Manager for the site.
Upon his return to Dubai in 2006, he was assigned to work on Fairmont- The Palm, a 381-key luxury resort located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah. In his capacity as Associate Business Development Manager, Eng. Naser’s responsibilities included full electromechanical review and implementation as well as financial reporting responsibilities.
In 2006, Eng. Naser joined EMCOR Facilities Management Group in Dubai, a subsidiary of EMCOR Group, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and facilities services. Eng. Naser’s responsibilities as Deputy Operations Manager included contract overview, value engineering, delivering key performance indicators (KPIs) through service level agreements (SLAs) and advanced monitoring methods.
While at EMCOR, he was involved in the development of a multitude of facilities management projects in the UAE, including Dubai Festival City, First Resorts Facilities Management (covering the Palm Jumeirah) and Concordia Facilities Management (covering Jumeirah Lakes Towers). He was also instrumental in signing the facilities management agreement for Abu Dhabi Mall, a project he would end up heading.
Following his assignment in Dubai, Eng. Naser spearheaded the establishment of EMCOR Kuwait, the first comprehensive facilities management provider in the country. Serving as Acting General Manager and Business Development Manager, he was able to secure the first official facilities management contract in Kuwait in both the government and private sector. His portfolio included an 8-month transition contract for Avenues Mall, the largest retail complex in Kuwait. Eng. Naser was also active in securing a five-year, multi-million KD contract for EMCOR to manage the facilities of the Kuwait State Audit Bureau, a 200,000 square meter state-of-the art facility that was a pioneer in integrated cooling solutions in the region.
Appointed to head the Facilities Management Department at KREC in 2009, Eng. Naser has been responsible for managing all of KRECs income producing property portfolio within Kuwait. Initially tasked with reviewing the FM budget for the company, Eng. Naser was able to reduce the overall annual facilities management budget by more than 50% in his first year. He was able to do this by recognizing staffing redundancies and reducing every existing maintenance contract the company had entered into, specifically with regards to soft services, which saw a KWD 250,000 in annual savings.
In transitioning from restructuring the FM department to improving day-to-day operations, Eng. Naser has turned his focus to technological improvements within the facilities management process. Among the improvements he has made has been the implementation of the Computer Aided Facilities Management System (CAFM), the transitioning of all reactive maintenance processes to planned preventative maintenance, launching the company’s centralized call center and establishing both an energy and waste management strategies which commenced in 2013 and will begin to pay significant saving dividends beginning in 2015.