In order to strengthen its existing infrastructure, Arba Minch University has unleashed series of constructions to support its ever expanding academic and allied activities. The construction being carried out in two stages – Tier-I & Tier-II, is expected to be completed in the stipulated timeframe of 18 months.

For the Tier-I construction, AMU has inked an agreement with Addis Ababa-based Etete Construction that has already started construction of Assembly Hall, offices for administrative staff and design studio for architecture students.

The Assembly Hall with 1000-sitting capacity and 72 office rooms for administrative staff are being built adjacent to the present Management building; while design studio for architecture students is being constructed beside new PG building at Main Campus.

The aforesaid installations are expected to be completed within 18 months and AMU would be earmarking ETB 160 Million for the same.

As per the Tier-II construction, AMU has assigned the contract to FE Construction, which soon would start constructing four entrance gates i.e. one huge artistic entrance gate for university Main Campus, one for students at the far end from present entrance, another will be near Limat village and the last one will be built opposite new Management building.

New workshop and maintenance offices near metal workshop and store house for students’ cafeteria will be built. Some frontal part and 2.6 km-long back fence would also be done. The Tier-II construction work would cost AMU, ETB 49 million.

In the coming month’s university will roll out its ambitious project of building 4-story referral-teaching hospital for medicine students. The hospital will be built on 3.2 hectare of land (23,000 mt sq), which is situated in front of Medhanalem Church at Secha.

The proposed hospital’s design is inspired by the hospitals which are built at Jimma and Bahir Dar. It will have everything which generally one referral hospital supposed to have.

Though, AMU need 5 hectares of land, but in the absence of required space, some land downhill near Abaya Campus is likely to be bought, to build sewerage plant and oxidation pond as well. The construction works of new Agriculture College at Kulfo Campus would kick off next month, revealed Construction Project Manager, Mr Abebe Banjaw.

By Philips Joseph