Thursday, 25 February 2010

Construction work begins on Administration Building extension


Construction work on the Administration Building at the Bellville Campus has begun. At a cost of R36.5 million, the Administration Building will be extended in order to accommodate a Senate Hall, Council Chamber and several other offices that are vital for operations at a higher education institution.

Stanley Dennis, Director of Infrastructural, Development and Estates at CPUT said the existing building will be extended on either side.

The ground level on either side of the building will feature undercover parking, while the first level will boast several halls, conference rooms and offices.

Of the new facilities currently under development, the Senate Hall and Council Chamber are the most prominent.

The 200sqm Senate Hall will seat 130 people, while a 150sqm Council Chamber will accommodate 50 people.

Dennis said these two areas will be fitted with state of the art recording rooms and equipment, ranging from electronic voting stations to desktop microphones.

The rooms will be acoustically treated and fitted with modern furnishings.

The new extension will also feature several conference and breakaway rooms.

Archive space will also be provided for various departments in the new extension.

“Additional offices will be built but at this moment it has not been allocated to any specific department,” said Dennis.

Interior changes will be made to certain offices that are currently located on the first floor in order to accommodate walkways leading to the new extension.

Dennis said the extension is a “huge project”, and will measure 2 700sqm on completion.

Builders have already started demolition work on the parking areas adjacent to the Administration building.

He said strategies have been put in place to ensure that operations in the Administration Building are not unnecessarily disrupted.

“We had acoustic engineers give us advice on how to deal with the noise and vibration on the site,” he said.

Dennis said the project is earmarked for completion in December 2010.

By Candes Keating

Image: Architectural diagrams of the completed extension

Written by CPUT News