Calliper was appointed as the sole structural engineers responsible for the design and construction supervision of various projects on the Orchards, Hill, South and lower parts of the university’s campus for the duration of the contract.
The project consisted of different types of buildings that vary in size, functionality, complexity and materials. The building uses range from academic facilities for students and university staff, including offices, teaching spaces, recreational spaces and laboratories, to workshops and various service buildings.
In total, Calliper has designed 18 structures with an estimated total construction value of R800 million. Calliper designed multi-storey buildings in excess of five storeys as well as different types of service buildings, including a great hall, academic buildings, irrigation laboratories, electricity sub stations, pump stations, workshops, fuel storage tanks and entrance gates within the campuses. The most commonly used structural design materials were reinforced concrete and structural steel.
The appointment is in partial fulfilment of the client’s medium- to long-term goals of delivering state of the art academic infrastructure and equipment whilst still remaining modern and meeting environmental requirements and technological advancements.
Upon completion, the university enrolment capacity was increased significantly and the curriculum was expanded to offer a wider variety of courses. The quality of academic services and convenience of its users were significantly improved due to the technologically receptive nature of the new buildings’ designs.
The project was a major boost to more than 50 small- to medium-sized local businesses that were absorbed into the project and got an opportunity to grow their skills and CIDB grading. The project attracted more than 250 local unskilled labour into employment, and the skills they acquired will increase their ability to secure employment in the future.