Manger Square Beautification
The late Mr Said Khoury, Co-founder of CCC and founder of BDF has pledged to rehabilitate and beautify Manger Square. Objectives and Rationale Manger Square is the iconic centre of Bethlehem and the hub of various religious activities and festivals celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. As well as national and social celebrations. Planning and \beautification of Manger Square aims at reclaiming the functionality of the square as an open space and its status as an urban landmark free of vehicular traffic. It will help in prolonging tourist stay in Bethlehem, job creation and the overall quality of life. Project Phase-1 KNT Construction Company executed works at the three municipal buildings surrounding Manger Square. At the old municipality building, the roof water distribution system was rearranged for optimal use and minimal load. The sixty-year-old waterproofing was replaced, the front facade windows were enlarged while all other windows were replaced and all the outside stone facades were cleaned and repointed. At the new municipality building, all facades were cleaned by water jetting and sandblasting and the roof was cleaned up. Similarly, the Peace Center facades were cleaned by water jetting and sand plastering. The roof was cleaned and the main façade doors and windows repaired and repainted. Project Phase-2 Works were executed by Al-Maher General Contracting Company and included: The Square Improvements: The Square improvements included various landscaping interventions including patching of damaged tiles, cleaning of stone elements, adding new signage to shops and installing two digital screens. The main entrance to the Municipality was changed by replacing the existing short wall with a planter, adding flag poles, fixing street tiling and drainage and streamlining traffic with fixed bollards and moveable planters and creating new parking for the Mayor away from the entrance Afteem’s Road is an essential exit of the square, the surface was tiled and the road had no drainage system, our intervention included asphalt with a rough texture to avoid a slippery surface, adding a drainage system to the road, and adding a new staircase for pedestrians.
Muallem Said Khoury Sports Complex
On May 2016, Bethlehem Development Foundation, Beit Sahour Municipality, and the Arab Orthodox Society celebrated the opening of Muallem Said Khoury Sports Complex in Beit Sahour. The project was funded by the Khoury family in memory of the late Muallem Said Khoury. Beit Sahour Municipality and Bethlehem Foundation wanted to provide the residents of Bethlehem area with sports facilities according to international standards. The project involved the completion of unfinished works including parquet flooring and sound attenuation to the indoor basketball court and the external landscaping and parking areas. A delegation representing BDF and CCC attended the Inauguration of Muallem Said Khoury Sports Complex. Namely, Mr Samer Said Khoury, Board of Trustees Chairman/President of Engineering and Construction at Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), and Mr Suheil Hassib Sabbagh, President of Human Resources at CCC, Mr Ziad Al-Bandak, Chairman of Board of Directors, Mr Nafez Husseini, Secretary of the BDF Board of Directors and VP at CCC, Mr Mazen Karam, Managing Director/CEO, BDF and CCC Palestine staff.
Al Doha 5×5 Mini Soccer Field
The playground in Doha was completed in cooperation with Al-Doha Municipality and executed by Al-Mada’en Contracting Company. The event attendees included Chairman of Board of Directors of BDF Mr Ziad Al-Bandak, Managing Director/CEO Mr Mazen Karam, Mayor of Al-Doha Mr Khaled Mahboob, Al-Doha Sports Club and a number of representatives from the Palestinian Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Community Sport and Children’s Playground Beit Jala
Salam (Peace) Park, was established on 4 dunums of land that were obtained by the Beit Jala Municipality. There are several recreational areas in the Garden, including a children’s playground, a bird sanctuary, and a park. It accommodates hundreds of visitors who come regularly from many regions of the West Bank. The Garden welcomes organized groups, families, and individuals and has become a preferred location for school trips, scout camps, and family gatherings. Its unique landscape is home to dozens of species of birds that favour the rich location of Al-Sahel Valley. BDF Intervention A generous donation of $50,000 was made by the Late Mr Said T. Khoury RIP, for the rehabilitation of the playground. A concept design that was submitted to Beit Jala Municipality included replacing the children’s playground equipment and amusements, adding benches, plants, pergolas, lighting features and many other improvements. Beit Jala Municipality hired a local engineering company for detailed design and supervision. The contract was awarded to Brothers Engineering for Contracting Co. Works expected to be completed in February 2017.