November 11, 2018

Thinking of Work as Tours of Duty

Early, On I was very much confused what I was professionally. And it took me a while to realize I didn’t have to be called anything. I had studied Business IT at Strathmore University and a Masters in Commerce/Operations after winning EABL Scholarship. Then I took up CIPS to try and bolster my supply chain/international procurement work. And dabbled writing 2 books for high school kids Unstoppable and Different Millionaires. And speaking to high school students all of it now become Mentorthon. But then the project changed. So I picked up readings on tax, balance sheet, statement of cashflows and […]
October 20, 2018
Avana, designed and built by Questworks

DesignBuild as Method to Delivery Projects

This is Avana, one of our largest turnkey project. Our team is doing all engineering procurement and construction (EPC) /designbuild work for the 104 apartments, 12 floors on Ngong Road. It’s well over 100,000 square feet of space with swimming pool, club house and decent finishes. We are now on the last floor, just completed sample apartment and underway with international and local procurement to begin finishes. Traditionally, such a project would require around 6 consulting firms (architect, project manager, structural, electrical and mechanical engineers, quantity Surveyors) And possibly 3-6 contractor firms (main contractor, several subcontractors). We are now able to execute the […]
August 24, 2018

Innovation in Construction: Post-Tension Technology

      We are very pleased  Vivo Energy Kenya awarded Questworks Health Safety Security and Environment Award as well as Most Innovative Project Delivery Award for utilizing Slab- On Grid Post-Tension Technology.  We are  pioneers in Kenya in  to use this technology  buildings and now recently on Slab- On Grid. Construction has lost significant value in the last 50 years, in part because of incentives that are not aligned but also because of slow adoption of innovation and technology.  Post-Tensioned (PT) steel is widely used in bridges and buildings in Europe, USA, Japan and Dubai. So its a well-tested technology. We are […]
August 24, 2018
Book leaflet

Questworks Earn & Lean Program -Using Apprenticeship to Create Jobs – Skills

                         The greatest challenge of the next decade will be connecting so many young people with Opportunities- President Barack Obama The 1st time I had a chance to go to the US, it was through Mandela Washington Felliowship. I got a chance to listen to President Barack Obama on our last day at Washington and he aptly summarized what he considered to be the greatest challenge of the next decade. At Questworks, we begun the company with the idea that we should be on a Quest to give our clients […]
August 24, 2018

SunFunder has set up a $1.2 million facility for Questworks, a Kenyan firm focused on delivering its strong pipeline of commercial and industrial (C&I) solar projects.

Questworks is among Nairobi’s earliest renewable energy C&I engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and has built a significant track record over the past five years, building more than 2MW of solar projects. The company completed Nairobi’s first C&I solar installation in 2014, the 600kW hybrid system at Strathmore University, which was also Kenya’s first solar project to sign a power purchase agreement.  Read More
August 24, 2018

Kenya’s Biggest Public Sector PV Solar Plant, Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi Kenya

Our Renewable Energy Solutions /Resol team at  Questworks led by  Philip Mwangi racing around the clock to deliver the 1st Phase of what will be the country’s largest rooftop PV Solar System at 2MW What’s significant about this deployment is that a government entity – Kenya School of Monetary Studies will be taking a leadership role to generate it’s power from renewable energy. And on top of this, it’s designed and installed by a local firm. Tackling climate action, saving environment, encouraging sustainability through generation of clean energy begins with decisions of individuals, leaders CEO’s and Boards of our private and public sector entities. Decision […]
November 9, 2016

Press release on Questworks, Kenyan engineering procurement and construction company offers to design the great Trump wall

We just concluded a business/strategy development meeting at Questworks and we offer to design Great Trump Wall. Understanding that the wall will need more technologies than we have with the Somali/Kenya Wall, our CEO will be traveling first to China at the end of the month to look at the Great China Wall. The design will mimic the Great Wall of China but it shall incorporate newer and modern building and engineering technologies. If the Government of United States accept this offer, we will be ready to travel after inauguration of President Donald J. Trump to begin immediately. We envisage […]
October 28, 2016

A place in the sun

Nestled in a corner of Nairobi is a privately owned Kenyan university, which has become the first educational institution in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve a zero-carbon footprint. In June 2016, Kenya’s Strathmore University switched on a 600kW photovoltaic solar-energy system that generates enough electricity to satisfy the consumption needs of its 1,000-strong campus for 30 years, and translates to an operational savings cost of $300,000 a year. The project is a first on many counts. With 2,400 panels located on the roofs of six buildings, it is the largest rooftop solar installation in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more on Business […]
July 9, 2016

Inclusion and Diversity in Startups

Can StartUps Afford to be inclusive? Inspired by a class during Mandela Washington Fellowship academic session on sustainable organizations at Rutgers University led by Prof. Kevin Lyons, I started thinking and reflecting more about how diverse and inclusive we are as a company at Questworks. Are we inclusive? Are we diverse enough? We begun Questworks begun accidentally over 4 and half years ago. We are a spin-off of Strathmore University. We had just delivered award building for Strathmore and I was going to try my luck at one of the consulting firms. But we didn’t want to lose the great […]
July 7, 2015

Speaking Chinglish: A Developer’s love affair with the Chinese, by Aamera Jiwaji

Collaborating with China- sourcing well, faces much more stereotype than sourcing from Europe or USA. In the last 5 years, we have sourced machinery, technology and building materials from 50 cities in China, USA and Europe. I discuss unique insight for doing business with China.You can see more on:
February 22, 2015

The Poor Quality Of Construction in Nairobi, Possible Consequences & Solutions

In developing countries, poor quality construction has led to spontaneous building collapse and, during earthquakes, to major disasters. While reliable building codes are widely used in design, builders in developing countries often fail to meet acceptable standards. Structural defects are frequently identified too late, often after catastrophic collapse. In Kenya, more than eighty people have been killed, and over 290 injured, by collapsed buildings, since 2006. Researchers attribute most of the 230 thousand deaths in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake to the low quality of Haitian construction. But, sadly, Haiti is not an exception. In 2009 Kenyan officials estimated that […]
February 22, 2015

Some Ideas Beyond Buildings Auidits to Make Buildings Safe in Kenya

President Uhuru ordered for building audits early in 2015. This came just after 2 successive collapses in Nairobi. The recent one of the collapse killed two women and an infant. These incidences came after a Questworks study that proved that 75% of  buildings in Nairobi are not safe  in the event of an Earthquake. President’s directive should  be followed through and hopefully before end of 1st Quarter, a report with findings will be tabled. Building audits are a first step. They will reveal the status quo and hopefully a good beginning to solutions to the problem of collapses in Kenya.  […]
February 22, 2015

Quality Construction and Building Safety in Kenya/ East Africa

A study by  Questworks CEO Dr. Raul Figueroa  (PhD thesis at Carnegie Mellon School of Engineering and Public Policy) got  discussed in parliament. This was after a feature done, ably by John Gachiri of Business Daily.  The center point of the study  is is really about safety of buildings generally and specifically in the event of an earthquake. Three years ago, as part of  our larger commitment to helping built quality infrastructure, Questworks  offered free building structural audits to developers. We also in 2015 committed more equipment that can allow for more will continue to offer free advisory services on […]