The University of Nairobi’s ambitious 22 storey tower is set to be the first of its kind, among universities in the country.
Constructed to ease the pressure on available facilities, the building will house enough lecture halls to accommodate 3,000 students, board rooms, executive offices, as well as floors for The Graduate and Business Schools.
It will also have a theatre for performing arts on its fifth floor, the Chandaria Centre for Performing Arts, named after the businessman who contributed Sh50 Million to the project. This is the second investment in Kenyan universities by the Chandaria Foundation. They also contributed to the construction of Kenyatta University’s Business Innovation Centre.
The real gem of the tower, however, will be its helipad, a first for any Kenyan university. The helipad will easily accommodate a seven seater passenger helicopter.
The project is financed by the university, aided by donations. It is an elegant solution to the problem of increasing university admissions in the country, which in turn puts a strain on academic and administrative facilities.
More than that, it is the proud contribution of Kenya’s leading university to the Nairobi skyline, as well as a statement about our architectural ingenuity.