AUC calls for campus contractors

25 April 2003
The board of the American University of Cairo (AUC) has invited joint ventures of local and international contractors to apply to prequalify for the $300 million New Campus project, which will involve the construction of new facilities on a 260-acre site to the east of Heliopolis. Expressions of interest are due on 12 May, after which prequalification documents will be issued to selected firms on 2 June. Full tender documents will be issued on 14 July (MEED 21:2:03).

Located in the planned New Cairo Development in Katameya, between Heliopolis and Maadi, the campus is intended to relieve cramped conditions at the university's main premises in Tahrir Square, in downtown Cairo. The scope of works includes the construction of classrooms, lecture halls, libraries, student housing and administrative and sports facilities. Most buildings will be low-rise, consisting of three storeys on average, and covering a total built-up area of about 150,000 square metres. The project and construction manager is the US' Fluor Daniel International.

The local Samcrete Egyptis preparing the substructures, earthworks and main service tunnels for the new site, which will sit in the heart of the 46,000-acre New Cairo residential development. Access to the city centre will be provided by the planned third line of the metro (MEED 17:1:03).

The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2006, allowing students to relocate to the new campus at the start of the 2006/07 academic year. The consultant is a US team of Dober, Lidsky, Craig & Associates (DLCA), Research Facilities Designand the Kreisberg Group. DLCA developed the masterplan for the new campus with architects Boston Design Collaborative Internationaland Carol R Johnson & Associates, both of the US, local landscape designers Sites Internationaland structural engineers Weidlinger Associatesand Syska & Hennesy, also of the US.

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