The Reporter (Addis Ababa)

23 August 2014

Ethiopia: Bahir Dar University Looks for New Conceptual Masterplan

Bahir Dar University (BDU) is set to hire local and international firms for designing what it calls a Conceptual Campus Masterplan Design for the central clusters of its campuses in the Bahir Dar town, the seat of the Amhara Regional State.

The university has already invited local and international firms to express their interest, which is monitored in collaboration with the Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA).

Moges Abraha, acting vice president for Information and Strategic Communication with the University told The Reporter that the main aim of the conceptual masterplan is to integrate the university's future development projects.

The main purpose of the new conceptual plan is intended to integrate the future development projects of the university including the expansion.

For its first phase project, Moges said that the masterplan includes five of the nine campuses, namely, the main campus, the Bahir Dar Technology Institute, the Ethiopian Textile and Fashion Design Institute, the president's office, and the Business and Economics College.

It was also noted that once the masterplan is designed, it would determine the university's enrollment capacities to admit incoming students, which has been conventionally decided by the interest of the Ministry of Education.

According to the vice president, the competition has already been offered to local consulting architectural firms who can establish a consortium with foreign firms that are experienced in design works related to university masterplan preparations or other projects of similar complexity. The masterplan was also said to serve a minimum period of ten years.

The university, however, declined to reveal the budget breakdown for the conceptual masterplan but indicated that it will be undertaking major expansion projects as of next week.

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