The Technical University of Kenya

This project is one of the college’s embarkment in a frenzy of expansion projects in order to provide adequate services to the ever-growing student population. The institution, which was recently awarded a charter and is now known as the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) was previously a constituent college of the University of Nairobi.

The project was meant to bring about relief once this project (Campus Block S), one of the two new buildings that were to be constructed, the other one being Block R under the main contractors Tinfra Engineering Ltd were to be completed. The buildings was expected to significantly ease space constraints and make teaching and learning more conducive as the university continues to grow. The new buildings will house lecture rooms, computer laboratories and architectural studios.

The buildings were to be built to the highest professional standards. They were among the very first buildings to comply with the new building regulations in terms of disabled-friendly features. They were to have ramps to enable wheel-chair bound persons to easily access all floors. There were also be special toilets for the disabled. Initially, Block S was meant to be 7-storey high but this was later revised to 10 floors to maximize on space. Naturally, the change necessitated structural readjustments and budget revision.

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Project Team

Architect: Dreams Architects

Quantity Surveyors : Ecospace Consultants

Structural and Civil Engineers: Ochieng’ Abuodha & Associates

Mechanical/Electrical Engineers: Mecoy Consultants

Main Contractor: Vee Vee Enterprises Ltd

Project challenges and accomplishments

According to Architect Kabbau, the architect who led the project team, no major hitches faced the projects since commencement. The contractors worked hard to meet their obligations. He however noted that because the projects were government funded undertakings, disbursement of money was a bit rigid as it had to go through many channels which slowed down the work.

Another challenge that he said faced the projects was the noise emanating from the construction sites because; being right in the heart of the campus, some work disrupted classes and the students requested that work be carried out only at night. Nevertheless, the architect was confident and declared that in a relatively short time, the two buildings were to be completed and significantly alleviate the current space challenges facing the rapidly growing institution.