Shortage of office space in the university is expected to improve considerably following Council’s approval to grant University management authority to construct a modern administration building to host the entire Management, comprising the Vice Chancellor and three Deputy Vice Chancellors.
Already, tender bids for the project have been processed and a contractor identified to construct the three storey building to be erected within the vicinity of the current administration block. Prof. Francis Njeruh, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration, Planning and Development formally handed over the site for the construction of the facility, Wednesday January 7, 2013, to Columbia Developers Kenya Ltd, a Nairobi based Building and Civil Engineering contractor that won the bid, at a brief ceremony held at the University.
Prof. Njeruh, confirmed the contractor will be on the ground by Monday, January 21, 2013, to commence construction works planned to take 18 months. The building that he said will cost Kshs. 280 million, money generated from the University’s internal income generating mechanisms, will host a number of other facilities key among them an inclined 417 square metres auditorium with the capacity to hold 350 people that would be used for meetings and conferences.
During the construction period, architectural and engineering consultancy services will be offered by experts drawn from the University’s School of Architecture and Building Sciences(SABS) and College of Engineering and Technology.
Among leading technical personnel who will be providing their services is Dr. Susan Kibue, an architect and current Dean, School of Architecture and Building Sciences, who says the building will as well house close to 1900 square metres of open offices planned to accommodate an estimated 350 staffers. Dr. Kibue added, the building will also include five medium sized boardrooms with a varying capacity to hold between 20 – 40 people. The building will be served by a lift, main staircase and a fire escape staircase lit by a central atrium with spacious lobbies.