Oldest University to Obtain a New Building


The 700m Br building will be a dormitory for medical students




Yotek Construction Plc wins a 700 million Br project to construct a 12-storey dormitory for 2,000 medical science students of Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH). The newly elected president of Addis Abeba University (AAU), Tassew Weldehana (Prof.) and Yohannes Teklay, the chief executive officer of Yotek signed the agreement on April 13, 2017, on the premises of the University on Algeria Street.

“We had a problem with limited space,” said Dawit Wondimagen, executive director of the College of Health Sciences at AAU. “The new building could alleviate our problems,” he adds.

The building will rest on a 13,000sqm plot of land located in front of National Meteorology Agency and is expected to be completed within two years. A total 29 companies, of which two were international companies, showed interest during the initial tender that was announced in May 2017.

Yotek, which was established in 1998, has engaged in the construction of buildings, roads, factory foundations and bridges. It vied with two local companies one of which is Yirgalem Construction, the second least bidder.

Yirgalem bid with a financial offer that was 40 million Br higher than the winner. Founded in 1997 as a sole proprietor company, Yirgalem Construction has undertaken projects such as buildings, roads and waterworks in different parts of the country including the construction of Yirgalem Police College. The third company which failed during the technical evaluation stage was Tesfaye Tsegaye Building Contractor,

“We will finalise the project on time, as we did on the previous projects for AAU,” said Yohannes. Yoteck has recently completed the construction of Hawassa airport runway and AAU’s commercial college mixed-use building.

So far Yotek has carried out projects worth 9.7 billion Br, and currently has a project worth 5.5 billion Br on hand. Yotek has 5,500 employees where 953 of them are permanent.

OBon Voyage Architects & Engineers Consultant, a local consulting firm that operated for 10 years, is the consultant of the project tasked with the design, supervision and the contract administration of the project. It has previously worked on the design of the Biodiversity Institute building and the Haramaya and Hawassa Universities. OBon Voyage won the project for 1.3 million Br after bidding with Zeleke Belay architects, an architectural consulting firm that was established in 1995.

TASH, established in 1972, as a teaching hospital to provide training for medical students, has 3,400 employees. Where 700 are health professionals and 1,200 are health technique professionals, like nurses and lab technicians. Now 8,000 to 9,000 students are currently enrolled in 109 under and postgraduate programs at the Addis Abeba University Medical College.

For Samuel Tadesse (Ass Prof.), head of the biomedical department at Jimma University and a former student of AAU Medical College, the progress of the university to build the dormitories is wise.

“The institute faced many hurdles in providing both teaching and medication services in a confined plot, with only a few facility buildings,” he comments.

 



By SOLOMON YIMER
FORTUNE STAFF WRITER

Published on Apr 15,2018 [ Vol 18 ,No 938]


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