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Effat University library on schedule to complete

Three storey $13.3mn project in final construction phase

NEWS, Projects, Construction, Effat University, King Faisal Charitable Foundation, Library

The Effat University library, in Saudi Arabia, is on course to complete at the end of this year.

The SAR50mn ($13.3mn) project, spanning 6,400m2, is being constructed in Jeddah and is currently in the final construction phase for exterior and interior finishes.

Dr Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, president of Effat University, said: “We are very excited to finish the project and to have a future library that reflects the core values of Effat University.”

The three storey building includes an oval-shaped cultural museum, café, auditorium, training rooms, research and study areas, 26 quiet study rooms, book shelves that can house 60,000 volumes and a prayer room.

Dr Zaki Mallasi, assistant professor and Effat Library project designer, told Construction Week: “From the inside, when you enter the main public reception hall, users can see the interior ceiling radial-lines meeting at a large rounded void and when looking up through the upper floor in the atrium space, the feeling will provide as if the library is in the centre of the world.

“From outside, the new library building exterior facades project a grand humble character for the project due to the configuration of the different massing and their roof line variations.”

Effat University is a leading private non-profit institution of higher education for women in Saudi Arabia, operating under the umbrella of the King Faisal Charitable Foundation.

And Mallasi revealed there was a great deal of female input in the library project.

He said: “In Effat University, the mission is dedicated at reducing the boundaries for women to successfully participate in public life. In fact, all women-users had key input in the design process ranging from female library staff to a variety of students.

"As an architectural designer working on this project, I have encountered a pool of talent while interacting with some students during the design process, especially my students in the architecture department who wanted to work and support the design concept with their ideas.

“Women working in engineering in Saudi is challenging but since they are a micro-economy, the university is supporting such a workforce. My advice is ‘Be confident and give yourself a chance to try something’.” 

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