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Qualifications: Grade A Qualification in Building Industry     No. of Qualifications Certificate: A144007371

      Established in 1952, Guangzhou Design Institute (GZDI) is one of the first Grade A survey and design institutes in China and one of the four leading design institutes in the country designated by the former State Planning Commission for hospitality design. GZDI holds Grade A qualification in engineering design (building industry), municipal utilities (road and drainage), engineering survey and engineering consultation, as well as other qualification certificates for urban planning, construction drawing review, housing safety appraisal, and special equipment (pressure piping) design. GZDI has nearly 1,000 employees, including 1 National Engineering Design Master, nearly 200 national registered professionals of various disciplines and more than 800 intermediate and senior technical personnel.
       Since its establishment over 60 years ago, GZDIhas been pioneering in creating a great number of landmark buildings, includingGuangzhou Friendship Theatre, White Swan Hotel, Tianhe Sports Center, Teem Mall,Guangzhou New Library, Mao Zedong’s Legacy Museum, Canton Tower (600m), PearlRiver Tower, Chow Tai Fook Center, Nanyue Palace Museum, Zhuhai Chimelong OceanKingdom, etc. Those high-end projects are highly recognized in the industry fortheir superior quality, unique concepts and up-to-date technologies. So far,the projects designed by GZDI can be widely found in 24 provinces, autonomousregions and municipalities in China and 11 countries in Asia, Europe andAfrica. GZDI has won approximately 1000 prizes (times) of various levels withits brand influence ranking among the top design institutes in China.  
       Technological innovation has been the key strategy of GZDI to enhanceits core competence. By the end of 2018, GZDI has won more than 30technological progress and other S&T awards, registered almost more than 200patents (including over 40 patents for inventions), and directed orparticipated in the compilation of over 50 relevant technical standards andcodes. It has received honorable titles as Hi-Tech Enterprise of GuangdongProvince, Innovation Enterprise of Guangdong Province and IndependentInnovation Benchmark Enterprise of Guangdong Province. GZDI has made notableachievements in promoting energy-efficient renovation in existing buildings, greenbuilding and Lingnan architecture. Among GZDI’s projects, the energy efficiencyimprovement of the Design Building has been included as a typical case intoAnnual Development Research Report of Building Energy Efficiency in China(2014); Tai Koo Hui is one of the very few projects in Guangzhou that passLEED-CS gold certification for operation; the Pearl River Tower, as one of theworld’s few super high-rises integrating various energy efficient technologiesand labeled as National Exemplary Project for Super Low Energy Consumption, haspassed LEED-CS Platinum pre-certification and received global attention.
     Over the past over60 years, GZDI has established itself into a prestigious and highly influentialbrand through keen pursuit for quality and technology, as evidenced by suchhonorable titles it received as Trustworthy Enterprises of Guangdong Province for19 successive years from Guangdong Province Administration for Industry &Commerce, as well as Top 100 Contemporary Chinese Architectural Design Institutes,National Advanced Geotechnical Survey and Design Enterprise, and NationalExcellent Innovation Enterprise. In the future, GZDI will carry on its legacyand contribute more to the new urbanization development as a pioneer ofinnovation.

Evolution

In 1950s, Mr. Lin Kemin, the modern architecture pioneer of China, was instructed to found the Design Division of Construction Engineering Bureau of Guangzhou People’s Government, the predecessor of Guangzhou Design Institute. Afterwards, the organization was renamed three times, respectively i.e. Design Institute of Construction Bureau of Guangzhou People’s Government, Guangzhou Architectural Design Company, and Guangzhou Urban Architecture Design Institute. During this period, it participated in the renovation of a series of old buildings and the design of factory, residential and cultural buildings, such as the renovation of Nanfang Building, Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall and Guangxiao Temple, and the design of Guangzhou Cement Plant, Overseas Chinese Residential Compound, Binjiang Residential Compound, Guangzhou Gymnasium (old), Guangdong Science Museum, and Guangdong Museum of Geology. The most representative project was Sino-Soviet Friendship Building. The design diverted from the conventional form of the Soviet Union Exhibition Hall in Beijing and Shanghai and instead followed an extremely forward-looking design principles that focused on aesthetics, simplicity, cost-effectiveness and adaption to future demands.

In 1960s,In 1960s, Guangzhou Urban Architecture Design Institute was renamed Guangzhou Design Institute after the merger with Guangzhou Industrial Design Institute and Survey Division of Guangzhou Urban Planning Commission. Since then the new name has been used until now. The first President was Mr. Lin Keming and the Chief Engineer She Junnan. During this period, GZDI designed Yangcheng Hotel (renamed Dongfang Hotel now), Guangdong Guesthouse, Yuexiu Hotel, and Exhibition Hall of National Peasant Movement Training Institute (Guangzhou). Yet the most representative ones are Guangzhou Hotel, the highest building in China then when the corresponding technical specifications and practical experiences for reference were still not available, and Guangzhou Friendship Theater, China’s first theater that combined the modern building with the Chinese courtyard and an example for the architecture education and movie theater design then.

In 1970s, GZDI became the first pilot for market-oriented operation in the survey and design industry of Guangdong Province. During the period, GZDI undertook the design tasks for a number of foreign trade projects to promote the foreign trade development in China, such as Liuhua Hotel, New Building of Dongfang Hotel, Chinese Export Commodities Fair, and Guangzhuo Railway Station, exemplarily practicing the basic principles of pragmatism, cost-effectiveness and aesthetics advocated in the modern Lingnan building design. In addition, GZDI took the lead to expand business abroad and participated in the design of a number of foreign projects, such as China’s embassy in West Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Greece, Cyprus, Kuwait, Thailand, Japan and Australia, and Gabon Health Center. These projects were highly acclaimed by the Chinese and international building industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The most representative project is Chinese Export Commodities Fair for which GZDI applied extensive glass walls the first time in China over the opposition of others, demonstrating its courage and determination of innovation at an era of closed society.

In 1980s, GZDI was one of the design institutes that firstly received Grade A survey and design qualification certificate in China. It was also one of the country’s four leading design institutes designated by the State Development Planning Commission (SDPC) for tourist hotels thanks to its leading tourist hotel design expertise in China. The representative projects include Zhongshan Hot Spring Hotel, White Swan Hotel and China Hotel. White Swan Hotel is of epoch-making significance in the history of GZDI and even the modern Lingnan architecture. It boasts the first modern five-star hotel of international standard in the Chinese mainland, while its central gardening piece “water of hometown” of distinctive Lingnan style enjoys great reputation among overseas Chinese. The design of the Hotel was fully recognized by an editorial on the People’s Daily on May 21, 1980. Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Center was another representative project during that period. It is the first once-completed large sports center in China and the first Chinese sports building that won the silver prize of IAKS Award by International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).

In 1990s, GZDI seized the opportunities brought by the opening-up and reform policies and independently designed a great number of public buildings, including Guangzhou Book Center acclaimed as the First Book City in China; Teemall, the first large commercial complex in Chinese mainland, as well as Guangzhou Municipal People’s Congress Office Building, Guangdong TV Center, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou Ocean Park, Hotel Canton, Jianlibao Building, Guangzhou Department Store Building, and Hotel Landmark Canton. These projects are milestones that record the urban development and progress and contribute to the inheritance of the modern Lingnan architecture philosophy.

Since the twenty-first century, the concepts of green, emission reduction, energy efficiency and environmental protection have become the mainstream in the engineering field of the world. GZDI proactively respond to the trend by pursuing the technological innovation and working with international design firms on landmark projects. The Pearl River Tower, the world’s first super high-rise integrating 13 cutting-edge green technologies, stands at the forefront of the green, high-end and low-carbon design. The Canton Tower, the world’s highest TV tower when completed, is an exemplary green project listed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD). Taikoo Hui, the highest-standard international shopping mall and office building in Guangzhou, won LEED gold certification. Guangzhou International Sports Arena, China’s first sports venue that meets NBA standard venue requirements, won the Second Prize of the National Green Building Innovation Award. Guangzhou Development Center Building represents the world’s first application of movable sun shades on super high rise. Guangzhou Pazhou Poly International Plaza is the first building in South China that adopts the under-floor air distribution system. Zhuhai Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, the largest ocean-themed resort around the globe, with the cutting-edge technological equipment and avant-garde design concepts, sets up five Guinness World Records.

In future, we will continue providing the construction engineering services. While focusing on the architecture, we will pursue the synergetic development of diverse businesses such as municipal projects and EPC(Engineer, Procure, Construct), and provide full-life-cycle and all-around intellectual services in the construction engineering field. Our goal is to make GZDI a world-class design group by implementing the people- and synergy-oriented management philosophy, the green, innovative, energy-efficient and intelligent technological approach, and the services that excel in concept and quality.


Business Scope
I. Architectureschematic design (SD), design development (DD), construction document design (CD), curtain wall, steel structure, intelligent building, lighting, civil air defense, and green building.
II. Planningurban design, regulatory detailed plan, specialized planning and design (residential compound, industrial park, transportation hub, tourism, and historical conservation district), rural planning, urban renewal, development strategy, and planning research.
III. Municipal projectsroad and bridge (tunnel), water supply and drainage, and electrical
IV. Landscapingurban landscaping, landscaping of residential area, tourist attraction and parks, landscape planning and design
V. Geotechnical designgeotechnical investigation, drilling, survey, foundation pit support.
VI. Interior designinterior functional layout, decoration, accessory, lighting, acoustic, signage and display, etc.
VII. BIM design3D modeling, parametric design, performance-based analysis, structural safety analysis, 3D integrated pipelines, fabrication and industrialization.
VIII. Engineering consultationregional development strategy, themed estate development, preparation of project proposal, feasibility study and project permit application, investment evaluation, etc.
IX. Housing safety appraisalconcrete structure, steel structure and masonry structure etc.
X. CD reviewCD drawing review of Category I building (including super high-rises)
XI. EPCbuilding decoration, fire engineering, MEP installation, intelligent and electromechanical projects, curtain wall, waterproofing/anti-corrosion/thermal insulation, BIM, central AC energy efficiency engineering.
XII. Full process management serviceorganize, manage and plan the project to assist the client in handling issues relating to project schedule, quality, investment, resource, contract and communication, advance the project and achieve the full process management service.
Organization Structure
GZDI Organization Chart
Guangzhou Design Institute (GZDI)
President Secretary of Party Committee
Deputy Secretary of Party Committee Secretary of Discipline Inspection Commission Vice President Chief Architect
Functional Departments
General Administration Department Business Development Department HR Department
Technology and Quality Department Financial Department Department of Party-Masses Relationship
Labor Union Discipline Inspection Office
Design departments
Design divisions Municipal Facility Design Office Branches
The First Studio Geotechnical and Underground Engineering Office Shenzhen Branch
The Second Studio Garden and Landscape Design Office Hainan Branch
The Third Studio Information and Intelligent Building Design Office Foshan Branch
The Fourth Studio Steel Structure and Facade Design Office Nansha Branch
The Fifth Studio Green Building and MEP Center Guangxi Branch
The Sixth Studio Engineering Consultancy Office Zhongshan Branch
Specialized Divisions Engineering Cost Office Studios
Urban Planning and Design Office Investigation and Survey Office Master Guo Mingzhuo's Studio
Urban Design and Landscape Office Housing Safety Appraisal Office Huang Jin's Studio
Interior Design Office Zheng Qihao's Studio
R &D Center
Green Building and Energy Efficiency Engineering Center Building Typology Research Center Building Structure Research Center
☆Guangdong Building Energy Efficiency Engineering Technology Research Center ☆Super High-rise Research Center ☆Guangdong New Building Structure Engineering Technology R&D Center
Lingnan Architecture Research Center ☆Sports Building Research Center ☆Guangzhou New Building Structure Technology Engineering Research and Development Center
BIM Engineering Center ☆Cultural and Tourism Building Research Center
Fabricated Building Engineering Center ☆Healthcare and Retirement Building Research Center
☆Rail Transit Building Research Center
Subordinates
GZDI Engineering Construction General Contracting Company Guangzhou Di'an Engineering Technology Consulting Co., Ltd.
Guangzhou Xinyu Property Management Co., Ltd. Guangzhou Huitong Air Conditioning Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.
Qualifications and Honors

       GZDI holds Grade A qualification in construction engineering design (building industry), municipal road, municipal drainage, engineering survey (geotechnical engineering),and engineering consultation, as well as other qualification certificates for urban planning, construction drawing review, housing safety appraisal, and special equipment (pressure piping) design. The Grade A qualification certificate for construction engineering design (building industry) is the highest one in the trade. In addition to construction engineering, GZDI also provides Grade A specialized design for building decoration, building façade, light steel structure, building intelligent system, lighting and fire protection.

Partners
    1. Foreign partners:
    2. ★Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, USA
    3. ★ Arquitectonica, USA
    4. ★ The Jerde Partnership, USA
    5. ★ Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
    6. ★ GLC Enterprise LLC, USA
    7. ★ Manica Architecture, USA
    8. ★ Paul Andreu Architecte Paris, France
    9. ★ Wang Fusheng Urban Planning Architects, France
    10. ★ SCAU, France
    11. ★ GMP International GmbH, Germany
    12. ★ Information Based Architecture B.V., Netherlands
    13. ★DHA AIB Building Design, Netherlands
    14. ★Henning Larsen Architects, Denmark
    15. ★Sasaki Associates Inc., USA
    16. ★DP Architects Pte Ltd., Singapore
    17. ★MSA & Associates Pty Ltd., Australia
    18. ★Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Japan.
    19. ★ RMJM, UK
    20. ★Peddle Thorp Consultants (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    21. ★ Ove Arup & Partners Ltd.
    22. ★Thornton-Tomasetti Group Inc., USA
    23. ★ Meinhardt(M&E)Ltd.
    24. ★ Belt Collins International Ltd., USA
    25. ★ Aedas
    1. Partners from Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR:
    2. ★KCA Partnership (HK) Limited
    3. ★Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engrs (HK) Ltd.
    4. ★Simon Kwan & Associates
    5. ★SRT Architects Limited
    6. ★P&T Group Limited
    7. ★Wong & Tung International Limited
    8. ★Wong & Ouyang (HK)
    9. ★Ho & Partners Architects Engineers & Development Co., Ltd.
    10. ★Meinhardt (M&E) Ltd. (Hong Kong)
    11. ★Parsons Brinckerhoff China (Parsons Brinckerhoff)
    12. ★ Davis Langdon & Seah (HK) Limited
    13. (The above are in random order)
Contacts
  • Legal person/President: Zhou Helong
    Tel: 020-87544608
    Fax: 020-87544798
    Email: bgs@gzdi.com
  • Business Development Department:
    Department Head: 020-87542908, 87513211
    Tel: 020-87513027, 87513028, 87513030, 87513031
    Fax: 020-87542638
    Email: jihua@gzdi.com
  • General Administration Dept.
    Tel.: 020-87544608
    Fax: 020-87544798
    Email: bgs@gzdi.com
  •   Postcode:510620
    Add: Design Building, 3 Ti Yu Dong Heng Jie, Ti Yu Dong Lu, Guangzhou

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