Our Approach

Our Approach

We ensure that each project's strategic goals are delivered on time, within budget and to a high standard. Our commitment to delivering quality with a personal touch allows our teams to combine their knowledge and experience, bringing innovation to each project.

Methodology | EKCON has a pro-active approach to project execution.
Methodology | EKCON has a pro-active approach to project execution.
Methodology | EKCON has a pro-active approach to project execution.

Methodology

EKCON has a pro-active approach to project execution. The continued involvement of a partner is maintained throughout all phases of a project, from the first briefing to the final handover, providing a most efficient, direct and prompt service. Technical staff is brought into a project from inception and remains on the project throughout the project duration.

Philosophy

The partners do not stereotype a project, but investigate all possible alternatives, innovatively applying theoretical knowledge and expertise in an innovative manner. All design considerations are taken into account from the outset to ensure accurate cost control and estimates. For all projects, large or small, the firm’s policy is to communicate on a personal level and provide an advisory service relating to every project even after completion.

Philosophy | For all projects, large or small, the firm's policy is to communicate on a personal level and provide an advisory service relating to every project even after completion.

Philosophy

The partners do not stereotype a project, but investigate all possible alternatives, innovatively applying theoretical knowledge and expertise in an innovative manner. All design considerations are taken into account from the outset to ensure accurate cost control and estimates. For all projects, large or small, the firm’s policy is to communicate on a personal level and provide an advisory service relating to every project even after completion.

Philosophy | For all projects, large or small, the firm's policy is to communicate on a personal level and provide an advisory service relating to every project even after completion.

Our Directors

Our Directors

The directors play an active role in the day to day activities and the firsthand production of designs and documentation of projects. They are personally committed to delivering projects on time, within budget and to a high standard.

André Ekermans | Ekcon Director

André Ekermans

André Ekermans co-founded EKCON Engineers and Project Managers in January 1996 after heading the Western Cape Building Division of a well-known multi-disciplinary company for 12 years. He specializes in structural engineering and has extensive experience in the conceptual and detail design of reinforced and tensioned concrete structures as well as structural steel design in the building, industrial and sport industries.

His experience in heading a multi-disciplinary design team for many years has equipped him well to offer the client cost-effective and integrated solutions in the commercial sector. He obtained a Hons B Eng degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch in 1978 and, after three years in marine engineering, joined the consulting engineering industry.

André Ekermans | Ekcon Director

André Ekermans

Prominent previous projects include: extensions to the Houses of Parliament for the Tricameral System; Strand Pavilion; Bellville Stadium; the Vodacom Techno Centre; Vodacom Regional Head Office [Century City]; 24-storied Topaz Apartment Block; Westra Wheat Mills and Pasta Factory [Kimberley]; and King Edward Hospital [Durban].

Current projects include: Bantry Hills and Warwick Apartment Blocks [Western Seaboard]; a 100-bed Hospital for Sipetu [Transkei]; as well as various Distribution Centres and Warehouses.

André Ekermans | Ekcon Director

André Ekermans

Profession: Civil Engineer
Position in Firm: Director & Shareholder
Specialisation: Structures

Academic Qualifications: Hons B Eng (Civil) University of Stellenbosch 1978
Professional Membership: Member of the Engineering Council for South Africa (No. 850541), Member of the South African Institute for Civil Engineers (No 12174) and Member of the South African Association for Consulting Engineers

Hennie Karsten | Ekcon Director

Hennie Karsten

Hennie Karsten co-founded EKCON Engineers and Project Managers in January 1996 after heading the Western Cape Mechanical Department of a well-known multi-disciplinary company. He has extensive experience in mechanical building services design and provides rational fire design and provides rational fire design expertise country wide.

His experience in commercial-, retail-, residential and industrial developments allows him to provide fully integrated mechanical and fire related cost effective solutions to his clients. He completed his engineering degree in 1989, and started his consulting engineering career immediately thereafter.

Hennie Karsten | Ekcon Director

Hennie Karsten

He gained extensive experience in a wide variety of building services including: air conditioning and ventilation to various building applications; water reticulation and internal sewer systems design; fire protection services and rational fire designs for building; all Mechanical Engineering services to hospitals; and transportation systems including lifts and escalators.

His industrial related projects experience covers the following: industrial ventilation, air conditioning, evaporative cooling and process cooling; steam installations; process water installations; compressed air installations; pump installations; refrigeration; pressure vessels and certified high-pressure installations. Project Management also forms an integral part of his experience including the planning, design and installation phases of projects.

Hennie Karsten | Ekcon Director

Hennie Karsten

Profession: Mechanical Engineer
Position in Firm: Director
Specialisation: Mechanical Building Services, Rational Fire

Academic Qualification: B.Eng (Mechanical), University of Stellenbosch – 1989 and Hon. B (B & A) University of Stellenbosch – 1993
Professional Membership: Member of South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC), Member of the South African Association for Consulting Engineers (SAACE) and Member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (No 940184)

Erik Raimond | Ekcon Director

Erik Raimond

Erik obtained his National Diploma (Civil) at the Cape Technikon in 1995. He joined a Consulting Engineering firm in Cape Town in December 1995 and graduated with a B Tech degree at the Cape Technikon in 1999. In September 1998 he joined EKCON and became a shareholder and director of EKCON in April 2005.

He assumes responsibility for the design and documentation of civil engineering services and road projects related to infrastructural and multi-disciplinary projects. These responsibilities include conceptual design inputs, cost estimates, local authority approvals, final design and construction drawings, tender documentation, construction supervision, project management and administration, financial administration and reporting, quality control and project cost control.

Erik Raimond | Ekcon Director

Erik Raimond

Recently he has also been responsible for the design of civil infrastructure for various renewable energy projects especially in the wind industry. Projects include: Amakhala Wind Farm, Gibson Bay Wind Farm, Nxuba Wind Farm and Oyster Bay Wind Farm amongst others.

Project experience includes: various township developments, road design projects (geometric improvements as well as new design), residential high density (apartment) projects, offices, retail and motor retail projects, medical and industrial projects.

Erik Raimond | Ekcon Director

Erik Raimond

Profession: Civil Engineer
Position in Firm: Director

Academic Qualifications: National Diploma (Civil) – Cape Technikon 1995 and B Tech (Civil) – Cape Technikon 1999
Professional Membership: Member of the Engineering Council for South Africa (No 200670132) and Member of the South African Institute for Civil Engineers (No 202556).

Anton Engelbrecht | Ekcon Director

Anton Engelbrecht

Anton Engelbrecht obtained his National Higher Diploma at the Cape Technicon in 1988, and joined a multi-disciplinary Consulting Engineering Company in Cape Town. After working in the structural division for 10 years, he joined EKCON Engineers and Project Managers in May 1996 and became a director in April 2005.

He specialises in structural engineering and has extensive experience in the conceptual and detail design of reinforced and post-tensioned concrete structures in the building industry, with emphasis on residential apartment blocks, office blocks, motor dealerships and retail shopping centres.

Anton Engelbrecht | Ekcon Director

Anton Engelbrecht

Some prominent projects include: the Vantage Apartments [Mouille Point]; Nooitgedacht Housing Development [Stellenbosch]; Ibadan Mall [Nigeria], The Bastion Park Inn Hotel [Newlands]; Academia Student Housing [Stellenbosch]; UNAM Student Housing [Namibia]; NAMMILLS Abattoir [Namibia]; Soneike Shopping Centre [Kuilsrivier]; Tygerberg Office Park Phases 1–6 [Plattekloof]; Mbekweni Mall [Paarl]; Imperial Dealership [Brooklyn]; Audi and Barons Dealership [N1 City]; Porters Auto Dealership [Cape Town]; De Watergracht Apartments and Retail [Stellenbosch]; Cornerstone Apartments [Tyger Waterfront]; Ashley's Investment Cars [Tygervalley]; Barons Dealership [Tokai]; and Unisys & SAP SA Offices [Century City].

Anton Engelbrecht | Ekcon Director

Anton Engelbrecht

Profession: Structural Engineering Technician
Position in Firm: Director & Shareholder
Specialisation: Structures

Academic Qualifications: National Higher Diploma Cape Technicon 1988
Professional Membership: Member of the Engineering Council for South Africa (No 200230226), Member of the South African Institute for Civil Engineers (No 980043), Member of the Chamber of Engineering Technology (No 9840010)

Martin Woudberg | Ekcon Director

Martin Woudberg

Martin Woudberg joined EKCON Engineers and Project Managers in January 2007. He specializes in structural engineering and has extensive experience in the conceptual and detail design of reinforced and tensioned concrete structures as well as structural steel design in the building and industrial industries.

His experience has equipped him well to offer the client cost-effective and integrated solutions in the commercial sector. He obtained a B Eng degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch in 2005. In 2006 he started working as a junior site engineer for a large construction firm where he gained very useful site experience before he joined the consulting engineering industry in 2007 at Ekcon Engineers.

Martin Woudberg | Ekcon Director

Martin Woudberg

Prominent previous projects include: Somerset Links [multiple blocks of flats]; East Balt Factory; Absa Cash Depo; Jock de Villiers [alterations and additions to an historic building]; Milbloem Warehouse; They Crystal [Campsbay]; Toyota [Stellenbosch]; SIM Office Block; Business Partners Extension [CBD]; Tafelberg Furnishers [Bellville]; Beaumont School; Woolworths Call Centre; Brights [Kraaifontein]; Potchefstroom Student Housing [multi storey blocks of flats]; Panorama Health Care Centre; and TFG Distribution Warehouse.

Current projects include: Puma Distribution Warehouse and Office Facilities; Northpoint Industrial Park; Gunners Circle Warehouse; DFA Warehouse; Van Bon Cold Storage Facility; and Residential Units [Durbanville].

Martin Woudberg | Ekcon Director

Martin Woudberg

Profession: Civil Engineer
Position in Firm: Director & Shareholder
Specialisation: Structures

Academic Qualifications: B Eng (Civil) University of Stellenbosch – 2005

Wasief Casper | Ekcon Director

Wasief Casper

Wasief Casper joined the Civil Infrastructure division of Qunu Consulting (Pty) Ltd in 2007 after working as a resident engineer on various road infrastructure projects for a period of 6 years. He obtained his National Diploma (Civil) in 1999 and his Btech Degree (Civil) the following year in 2000 at the Cape Technicon and immediately joined the consulting engineering industry.

He joined the civil engineering division of Qunu Consulting (Pty) Ltd In 2007 where he specialised in roads and civil infrastructure projects and has since gained extensive experience in the design, supervision and management of these types of projects. In 2009 he was promoted to Director and assumed the responsibility for the design and implementation of roads and civil infrastructural projects for Qunu Consulting (Pty) Ltd.

Wasief Casper | Ekcon Director

Wasief Casper

Recent prominent projects he was involved with include: new WESTRA Milling Complex [Kimberley, Northern Cape]; Panorama Healthcare Centre [Western Cape]; Mercedes Benz Dealership [Paarl]; Psychiatric Hospital - CMH Hospital [East London]; Phase 3F Frere Hospital - Sipetu Hospital [Mthatha, Eastern Cape]; Stone Square Retail Development [Welgevonden, Stellenbosch]; Gordons Bay Harbour and Hout Bay Harbour [Repairs to Harbour and Civil Infrastructure].

In addition to these prominent projects he was involved in various other civil infrastructural and roads projects over his 16 year career as a consulting engineer.

Wasief Casper | Ekcon Director

Wasief Casper

Profession: Civil Engineer
Position in Firm: Director & Shareholder
Specialisation: Civil Engineering Infrastructure

Academic Qualifications: National Diploma (Civil) 1990, Cape Technicon and B Tech (Civil) 2000, Cape Technicon
Professional Membership: Member of the Engineering Council for South Africa (No 201170107) and Member of the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (No B/257/2005)

Wim Kleinhans | Ekcon Director

Wim Kleinhans

Wim Kleinhans co-founded EKCON Engineers and Project Managers in January 1996 after working in the Western Cape Building Division of a well-known multi-disciplinary company for 15 years. He specializes in structural engineering and has extensive experience in the conceptual and detail design of steel frame structures as well as reinforced and tensioned concrete structures in the building, industrial and off-shore industries.

He obtained a Hons B Eng degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch in 1979 and joined the consulting engineering industry soon after.

Wim Kleinhans | Ekcon Director

Wim Kleinhans

Prominent previous projects include: multi-storey office blocks; multi-storey apartment blocks; indoor pool complex; as well as detailed design of an off-shore oil production platform as part of a contortion team.

Current projects include: steel lattice towers for the telecommunication and cell phone industries; and various industrial steel projects and reinforced concrete projects.

Wim Kleinhans | Ekcon Director

Wim Kleinhans

Profession: Civil Engineer
Position in Firm: Director & Shareholder
Specialisation: Structures (Steel)

Academic Qualifications: Hons B Eng (Civil) University of Stellenbosch 1979
Professional Membership: Member of the Engineering Council for South Africa (No 860422), Member of the South African Institute for Civil Engineers (No 12585) and Member of the South African Association for Consulting Engineers

Alex Meyer | Ekcon Director

Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer is a qualified mechanical engineer with a Masters’ degree in engineering. He received his B.Eng (Mech) degree in 2002.He was nominated for the ‘Best Final Year Project’ in which the development of a device whereby the smoke opacity exiting the exhaust of a vehicle could be measured was designed. His project entailed the development of a range of air-to-air heat pipe heat recovery heat exchangers whereby waste heat could be recovered.

Appreciable results for the project were obtained and he received a cum laude for the project. And he completed his MSc. Eng. (Mech) degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2004. In 2011, he was appointed as a director of Ekcon Engineers and Project Managers where he is primarily undertaking consulting work in the air conditioning field.He also designs drainage systems, water reticulation systems, fire plans for buildings & lift installations in buildings.

Alex Meyer | Ekcon Director

Alex Meyer

Prominent projects include: the Glen Luxury Apartments; Nautica Apartments [Mossel Bay]; Tygervalley Health Care; Somerset Links Apartments; Buitenkloof Centre, Upper East Side; Strand Towers Hotel; Topaz; Execuject; Kalahari Mall; Pinehurst Shopping Centre; Media 24 Head Office; and Tsogo Sun Hotel.

Alex Meyer | Ekcon Director

Alex Meyer

Profession: Mechanical Engineer
Position in Firm: Director & Shareholder
Specialisation: Mechanical Building Services, Heat Transfer

Academic Qualifications: MSc. Eng (Mech) University of Stellenbosch 2004 and B. Eng (Mech) University of Stellenbosch 2002
Professional Membership: Registered Professional Engineer at the Engineering Council for South Africa (No 20110080) and Member of the South African Institute of Refrigeration & A/C (No 3730)

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Meet The Team

Meet our highly skilled and experienced team who ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget. The seamless delivery of projects lies in our employees' capable and talented hands, who assist our directors on a day-to-day basis.

 
Ekcon | Meet Ekcon team

Our Awards

Our Awards
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Innovation Award
for Sustainable Construction

Construction World’s Best Projects
Highly Commended | 2010

PMR2

Combined Civil & Structural Consulting Engineers
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall
2019-2017 & 2014-2012

Civil Consulting Engineers
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2019 & 2019
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2018
Golden Arrow | Excellent | 2015
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2014-2012

Structural Consulting Engineers
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2019 & 2018
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2013 & 2012

Civil Consulting Engineers
& Structural Consulting Engineers
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2017 & 2016

Structural Consulting Engineers
& Combined Civil & Structural Consulting Engineers
Silver Arrow | Very Good | 2015

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Innovation Award
for Sustainable Construction

Construction World’s Best Projects
Highly Commended | 2010

Our Awards

Our Awards
cb

Innovation Award
for Sustainable Construction

Construction World’s Best Projects
Highly Commended | 2010

AfriSam02

Innovation Award
for Sustainable Construction

Construction World’s Best Projects
Highly Commended | 2010

PMR2

Combined Civil & Structural Consulting Engineers
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall
2019-2017 & 2014-2012

Civil Consulting Engineers
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2019 & 2019
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2018
Golden Arrow | Excellent | 2015
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2014-2012

Structural Consulting Engineers
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2019 & 2018
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2013 & 2012

Civil Consulting Engineers
& Structural Consulting Engineers
Diamond Arrow | Outstanding 1st Overall | 2017 & 2016

Structural Consulting Engineers
& Combined Civil & Structural Consulting Engineers
Silver Arrow | Very Good | 2015

Our Clients

Our Clients

We work as a team with our clients to create a variety of initiatives developing projects that disrupt and push the thinking within our industry. We love working in a wide range of industries as it gives us a chance to apply our expertise to the forefront of our clients' current design needs.