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Construction and Engineering: The Craneburg Process

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We are a construction company but really, what do we do?

Ask anyone of our employee to describe what we do in the most basic term, and the response will be “we build QUALITY civil infrastructure; roads; bridges; buildings; water and wastewater installations etc.” That’s indeed a basic and distilled explanation of what we do. People are mostly interested in finished products and this answer is an appropriate response to that desire.

Out of sight and behind the elementary explanation is work that’s dependent on processes, intense technical details, includes a variety of methods and techniques, and requires an advanced and versatile equipment fleet.

Culture: the first step in construction methodology.

All construction companies make claim to quality and competitive rates. It’s called marketing!  But do they “walk the talk”?  Most issues that take place on projects are caused by human error, lack of responsiveness, not paying attention to detail, lack of pre-planning etc.  What causes this behaviour?

We believe that the way to “walk the talk” begins with teaching employees our core values. Customer satisfaction is at the nucleus of our values because we realise that businesses cannot be successful without this simple value. Honesty is another core value that is right alongside customer satisfaction.  One can usually summarise a company quickly by what its employee’s attitudes portray, and they usually reflect the calibre of leadership in the organisation.

The core values of the organisation are held by the culture we have built here over the years. For a construction company, our culture is distinct with a fine blend of clan, adhocracy and market culture. This mix closely fits the direction and strategy of Craneburg; in approaching upcoming goals; describes our history to date, and is appropriate for the kind of business we do. We built this culture through deliberate efforts; showing genuine interest in employees’ well-being, setting targets and discovering innovative ideas. This has ultimately translated into finished products that are top notch and serves the customer’s best interest.

Attention to data

Our commitment to quality and culture for perfection implies; we don’t start a project without due diligence. Every project begins with a thorough data gathering and analyses exercise, to collect technical information which helps us examine what’s beneath the project’s feet. These technical details such as soil types, groundwater tables and other geotechnical data help us determine the best solutions and proper equipment and tooling selection. Our attention to detail is helped by our high calibre in-house experts across various field; design, MEP; QS etc.

 

The solution

After analysing the data, Craneburg determines the right methods and equipment to get the job done. Choice of equipment can make or break a project thus it’s important to get it right at first go.

For instance, Craneburg is the first contractor in Nigeria to design and construct a concrete highway. The project was a 10-kilometre road with high traffic counts – particularly heavy trucks. We concluded that concrete was a desirable choice because it simply holds up better under heavy loads. What was really unique, though, was the actual construction methodology. Our method involved the basic concrete mix of portland cement, coarse aggregate, sand and water, with unique admixtures added to increase workability, reduce the required amount of water, mitigate harmful chemical reactions and improve its physical properties. This technique minimises concerns for wear or tear compared to traditional asphalt and bitumen technique, which requires high maintenance cost because of wear and tear.

Having the right approach for a construction project is quite critical and requires lots of professional thoughts.

Staying the path

Quality and on-time delivery are quite important to us at Craneburg. We ensure this is achieved through a thorough Project Management (PM) plan which encompasses the project scope, project risk, project calendar and resource requirements. The PM plan projects the basis for monitoring, control and risk mitigation. Speaking of Project Management, our decades of experience have shown us that there’s not one-fit-all methodology. We’ve utilized a number of methodology including the waterfall methodology, agile methodology, lean method and critical chain. The choice of methodology comes to a myriad of reasons but that doesn’t matter much to us because we’re adept at all.

Once a project is underway, we ensure the communication lines are kept open to all stakeholders, by giving updates and feedbacks; our aim for communication is to ensure that every stakeholder has enough information to make decisions on the progress of the project. Usually, we use a status report has all the updates and information, ensuring everyone is kept in the loop. Our Projects are monitored tactfully by the team; we take note of critical projects milestones as a basis to match with the target that was set at project initiation.

Quality is achieved through our dedicated team of quality control experts, who ensure conformity to quality specification through constant monitoring and testing.  Test is carried out on different elements of the projects such as soil compaction, strength of concrete, welding etc. It is very crucial to have a very structured approach towards quality control, to ensure risks are mitigated to the barest minimum. Our practice is to draft a quality management program, devise a quality management process, train supervisors on the process, implement a control system, hold people specifically accountable, and review performance and results.  Also, continuously improve the process where possible. We understand that quality control is not just a routine but are necessary steps taken to ensure quality specifications are met. While it is advisable that quality standard be clearly specified, there are cases where it isn’t.  Hence, we proceed in crafting a mockup or sample of the work should be made and approved so that it may be used as a standard to which subsequent work may be compared.

The product

Most times the quality of our output may not be determined at the facade just as the carats of gold may not be counted merely by its looks. However, when any of our employees say we build quality civil infrastructures, it is because they have been absorbed into the process of quality. The result of our stringent processes is a finished product at the highest standard. Find some of our projects here.

 

 

2018 Round Up: Our Projects

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As the year draws to a close, we look back at some of the construction projects that have made 2018 a spectacular year for us. They are the highlights of our commitment to client satisfaction, teamwork among staff, collaboration with partners, professionalism in keeping to timelines, and creativity &character in tackling challenges.  Some of our focus projects in 2018 include:

The Sangotedo Housing scheme: In 2018, we completed the Sangotedo Housing Scheme. This project was carried out on behalf of the Lagos State Government as part of its plans to achieve an organised living environment for its rising population. We successfully completed engineering, procurement and construction works; which includes 5km internal roads, electrical works; installations of electricity transmission systems and water construction; drainage and wastewater system.

Lagos state housing scheme sangotedo - Craneburg - Construction company in Nigeria

Lagos state housing scheme sangotedo – Craneburg – Construction company in Nigeria

Krispy Kreme, Victoria Island: This project commenced in the first quarter of the year, and completed in less than 5 months well ahead of schedule. We partnered with architects in South Africa to achieve the trademark Krispy Kreme Design. The result is a contemporary structure with lively interiors and soft wooden-finish flooring.

Krispy Kreme Nigeria - Craneburg- Construction Company in Nigeria

Krispy Kreme Nigeria – Craneburg- Construction Company in Nigeria

Number One Building: In the second quarter of the year, rehabilitation work commenced on the Number One building formerly known as IMB Plaza. We partnered with Chapman Taylor to recreate a new façade design and interior design. Before 2018, Our team completed the reinforcement, formwork and post-tensioning on the 6th floor as part of our efforts in making sure the project is completed by the second half of 2019.

Number-One Building under construction in Victoria Island

Number-One building under construction in Victoria Island, Lagos

Access Bank, Apapa: Building an ultra-modern bank was definitely going to involve commercial building expertise, and we brought that to this project. Our work involved the full design and construction of a banking hall, featuring space tight interlock floors on the exteriors and wooden tile flooring on the inside. The building is divided into multiple sections for different use including a cafeteria, waiting area, counter and functional offices. We were glad to have completed and handed over this project to our client in August, this year.

Craneburg Construction. Projects - Access Bank Apapa

Access Bank Apapa- Craneburg Construction Building Project

Owo Road Project: This project, when completed, is one that would transform the lives of Owo commuters. While this project is still underway on behalf of our client, the Ondo State Government; Our team have started pouring asphalt just after laying the aggregate base course. This road is projected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

Craneburg Construction Company - Owo road- Ondo state

Owo road- Ondo state – Craneburg Construction

Epe Phase II: 2018 also saw us take on Epe Phase II inner roads which is a sequel of Epe Phase I. The project is valued $192 million dollars, involves the full design and construction of 42Km tarmac roads including installation of dual and single carriageways, sidewalks, water drainage system, traffic signage, lighting and lighting.

Epe road – under construction

Queens Drive Residence: Our building portfolio also expanded as we were awarded a contract to deliver a contemporary 4 storey building in Ikoyi. And in the fourth quarter of 2018, our team worked so hard to complete the installation of columns and beams on the foundation of the contemporary residential building project in Queens Drive in Ikoyi.

Queens Drive residential building project- by Craneburg

Queens Drive residential building project- by Craneburg

LASEMA Response Unit: As the year closed, we were glad to have reached commendable progress on this project, completing block work on the proposed hostel block and completing the columns and beams on the proposed fire station. This project when completed next year will aid in rapidly responding to emergency situations and salvaging lives and properties.

Lasema Response Unit Epe

Lasema Response Unit, Epe

This year, we are delighted to have worked with clients who trusted us to handle their projects and members of staff who believed in the collective vision and our partners who provided support when needed. We are unrelenting and we will continue to work hard in delivering quality in 2019; setting a benchmark in the industry and building infrastructures that are functional today and relevant tomorrow.

Craneburg Begins Reconstruction Work On Iconic IMB building

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The “Number One” building, a 7-floor complex will see the former IMB plaza being transformed into an architectural Marvel at the corner of Ahmadu Bello Way and Akin Adesola Street. The iconic structure once stood as one of Lagos revered and prominent monument with a unique blue-glazed pyramidal facade and has been a distinct feature of the city’s main business district since 1984 but has deteriorated over the years and diminished in commercial value.

Craneburg began renovation of the building in April 2018, which involved reconfiguration and regularising the stepped arrangement of floors to create a more cubic but still dynamic and textured façade along with a full upgrade of the building‘s fit-out and facilities. The interior façades in the reception area will also be improved. Commercially lettable floor space has been increased from 5,500m2 to 8,900m2 GLA.

The transformation of this building will deliver a contemporary design that can provide for the needs of new and growing businesses in Africa’s largest commercial hub.

 

Craneburg Begins Rehabilitation Of Roads In Epe

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The Lagos State Government has restated its commitment towards improving the standards of living and well-being of the entire residents of the State, just as it began immediate rehabilitation and upgrading of the second segment of the arterial/inner roads in Epe Local Government Area of the State.

Speaking at a Stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday at the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Naforija, Epe, Abiola Anifowoshe, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, said the road construction was part of the infrastructure development vision of the state government.

He said there is no doubt that Epe Town and environs is presently witnessing influx of people and increased traffic volume as a result of industrial and commercial growth arising from various development like Dangote Oil Refinery, Air and sea ports as well as industries within the Lekki Free Trade Zone.

The commissioner added that the road, when completed would improve road connectivity and accommodate the expected increased traffic volume arising from industrial and commercial growth, while adding that it would also eliminate potential traffic gridlock as well as enhancing property value.

Craneburg Begins Construction Of Abule-Egba Bridge

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The Lagos State Government has begun the construction of the Abule-Egba flyover and has been engaging stakeholders to ensure successful construction of the project. The government also expressed its commitment to addressing the perennial problem of traffic jam in Lagos through the provision of good roads.

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson gave the assurance while addressing stakeholders on the construction of the Abule-Egba flyover on Thursday at Abule Egba area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria. Johnson said the bridge was meant to solve the persistent traffic on Abule-Egba axis, as the government would open more inner roads to ease traffic flow and minimize the hardship the people might have to go through during the construction of the flyover. He said the project was a grade separation system consisting of two-lane dual carriageway reinforced concrete Flyover and two-lane roads on both sides at grade with signalized intersection.

Johnson also urged the contractors handling the project, Craneburg Construction Ltd, to patronise the local suppliers for materials that would be needed as well as employing both skilled and unskilled labour for the work, adding that, it was one of the ways to employ the youths and empower the residents.

The contractor has already commenced construction with the surface dressing on alternative routes to be used by motorists.

Gov. Ambode commissions Abule-Egba bridge

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Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has commissioned the newly built flyover bridge and slip roads at Abule-Egba area of the state.
The overhead bridge, which was named ‘Jubilee Bridge,’ is expected to “eliminate the traffic jam usually experienced in the axis,” the governor said on Wednesday. “We have made it a duty to put in place top class infrastructure that will facilitate movement of people, goods and materials,” he added. Residents of the state who trooped to the area to catch a glimpse of the new bridge expressed delights at the new infrastructure provided by the state government and built by Craneburg construction firm. Most of them who spoke with Daily Trust fell in love with its fanciful slip roads and water fountain.

Femi Benson, a resident of Agege area of the state, said: “I was born in Lagos and I know what I’m seeing here now; it surpassed my expectation.
“Right from Tinubu’s period, they started the gradual development of Lagos. There’s nowhere in Lagos metropolis that you won’t see any development going on.
“We thank the government of Ambode for what he has done and posterity will continue to remember him in history. Other state governments should emulate Lagos in terms of development.”

Another resident of Abule-Egba area, Reverend Joel Olukayode Adeoye, was too delighted with the newly built bridge. He said: “We thank God for what Governor Ambode has done for us in this community. I, personally, wrote to Senator Adeola Yayi who’s representing us at the Senate to liaise with the state government that we need a flyover at Abule-Egba. Secondly, people who were crossing this road at that time were dying too much in this area. But today, many people are happy for this development because it’s a glory from God.” They however urged the state government to provide pedestrian bridges close to both ends of the flyover bridge to ease crossing of roads by the residents.