AMU, K2N Architecture sign pact for clinic, classroom design

Arba Minch University has signed an agreement with Addis Ababa-based K2N Architecture & Engineering Consultancy Plc. to design its upcoming clinic and four-storied smart classroom building at Main Campus recently at President’s office. Click here to see the pictures.

According to the agreement, K2N Architecture & Engineering Consultancy Plc. will design new clinic and smart classroom building and also supervise the construction for a year to ensure its designed specifications are adhered to that will cost ETB 415 000, Construction Project Office Manager, Mr. Abebe Banjaw informed.

University President, Dr Damtew Darza, chairing the meeting, said, 30 years ago, clinic built to cater to the clinical needs of 290 students then, is now too small as the strength of students have increased manifold. Therefore, the new clinic will be spacious and fully equipped with high-tech equipment, an advanced laboratory, required professionals and manpower.

Similarly, new smart 4-storied classroom building will end the dearth of classrooms thus smoothen the classroom functions and also help in conducting tutorials for female students.

Reacting to the general views in the discussion, as all expressed worry for contractors not adhering to the timeframe specified in the agreement that often cause problems, Dr Damtew cautioning contractors, asked them to adhere to agreement clauses without compromising on quality.

It’s learnt that the Clinic will function under the aegis of Business and Development Vice President and Construction Project offices. While, Administrative Vice President’s office along with Human Resource Development Directorate are responsible for manpower issue once the structure is endorsed by Ethiopia Public Service & Human Resources Management.

The upcoming clinic and smart classroom building will be constructed on 1000 and 2000 square meters at Main Campus respectively. The clinic likely to be 200-bedded will have in and out-patients departments, laboratories, examination rooms, etc. and classroom will have overhead presentation provision and other facilities as well.

Mr Kassahun Mamo, the owner of K2N Architecture & Engineering Consultancy Plc, said his firm while sticking to the specified timeframe will present its first draft of design to AMU management in a month from the date of agreement and will remain open to incorporate the required suggestions and modifications to make it palatable.

Architectural agreement includes sanitary and electrical designs that will take at least a month’s time and the bidding process for contractor will begin thereafter and construction will be carried out in one year, Mr. Abebe Banjaw added.

(Corporate Communication Directorate)