Kuwait University has extended the submission deadline for the contract to build its College of Science and Faculty Club to 27 February.

The previous deadline was 25 January. This is third time that the submission date has been extended. About 28 consortiums consisting of international and local contractors have been prequalified for the tender.

The College of Science and Faculty Club will comprise three primary elements – a men’s campus, a women’s campus, and a faculty club.

The separate male and female campuses will each comprise about six structures linked by bridges. The faculty club will be a single building located between the male and female sections, which will also be connected by bridges.

The winning contractor will be in charge of building the main buildings and a vehicular tunnel. The scope of works includes landscaping and the provision of irrigation systems.

The project is the latest of a number of construction packages that have been tendered for the new $3bn Sabah al-Salem campus, which will be located at Shadadiyah, 20 kilometres west of Kuwait City.

The university recently selected the consortium of the China Metallurgical Construction Corporation and the local Khalid Ali al-Kharafi & Brothers to build the College of Engineering and Petroleum (Coep) at the Sabah al-Salem campus.

The partnership submitted the second lowest bid of KD142.1m ($503.5m), which was 4 per cent higher than the low bid of KD136.4m submitted by the consortium of Malaysia’s Pembinaan and the local Al-Sager General Trading & Contracting.

Designed by the local Gulf Consult and US-based Cambridge Seven Associates, the new facility will include eight engineering departments, as well as the university’s department of architecture.

Scheduled for completion in 2014, the college will be divided into two buildings – one for male students, the other for female students (MEED 27:12:10).