King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Project Location: Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Client Rep: Saudi Aramco

Contractor: Saudi Oger

Architect: HOK

Project Value: $10+ Billion USA

Trans Seas Project Duration: 2008 - 2010


The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) was established by King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud; The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. KAUST is built in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (80 km north of Jeddah) as an international, graduate-level Research University and the first co-ed university in Saudi Arabia.  The KAUST campus architecture is designed to be sustainable and an efficient response to the given site and climate. Buildings are specifically located and grouped to maximize the benefits of the unique site microclimate and ecosystem, and mitigate the detriments of the sun’s movement and the harsh Saudi Arabian climate.


Trans Seas represented North American Manufacturers and participated in an international competition for the complete Turn-Key Supply, Delivery and Installation, as well as after-market Service for the specified furniture required throughout the entire KAUST Campus.   With our successful award on KAUST Trans Seas also provided North American factory-trained and certified supervisors to oversee the production of the KAUST furniture, logistics and on-site installation supervision.


Trans Seas was ranked the best among all suppliers/sub-consultants (over 200+) under the appointment and supervision of ARAMCO and SAUDI OGER.  Trans Seas supplied and installed 5000+ lecture hall and classroom chairs, as well as the boardroom and meeting room chairs, upholstered in leather and fabric.  Our scope also included the supply and installation of 2000+ technically advanced tables finished in walnut veneer and white laminate finishes, along with seating for the project.   At present, Trans Seas maintains all furniture installed throughout the 26 building campus. 


KAUST has achieved LEED gold certification and all furniture Trans Seas provided for the KAUST project has met the necessary high level of sustainability. All furniture supplied from Trans Seas on the KAUST project meets the LEED requirements.


Trans Seas’ furniture supplied on KAUST contains no volatile organic compounds (VOC), is Greenguard Certified, and has high levels of recycled content.  All the wood for the KAUST campus was purchased from sustainability managed forests and is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.


KAUST has recognized the achievement and importance of Trans Seas’ involvement on the project and continuously engages Trans Seas to supply and install additional furniture to their future expansion phases.


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