University of Nairobi finally opened up the Nairobi Towers, the latest addition to the Nairobi campus and declaring it ready for use. According to the university site, the building was completed on schedule and within the budget at a cost of 2.3 billion. The Tower was fully financed by internally generated resources without external support or loan. The construction of the building took three years, after the process began on June 17, 2013.
The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, thanked the contractor for a job well done He also pointed out that the University Council had been very supportive of University endeavors to improve infrastructure and academic quality.
The University of Nairobi towers has a 24-hour security surveillance system. The structure also boasts of a water recycling system. Being a ‘green building’ it uses solar energy. The building will be used by the Graduate School, School of Business, School of Engineering, Confucius Institute while University Management, University Council and Senate will take up the upper floors.
The building which has space for a restaurant also houses an ultramodern auditorium with a capacity of 600 at the Chandaria Centre for performing Arts on the 6th floor. There also several seminar halls and conference rooms to facilitate the University core business of teaching and learning. The building has a helipad which has been gazetted as Aerodrome class D.
The University of Nairobi Towers is one of the infrastructural projects recently undertaken by the University and is expected to further smoothen the business of teaching, learning and conducting research.
This article was first published in the Univerisity of Nairobi website.