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Bahrain: Works complete on $12.5m Busaiteen school

Sustainability, green building, and energy-efficiency standards were taken into account in the design and construction of the school

The school was designed and built according to green building standards [representational image].
The school was designed and built according to green building standards [representational image].

Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning has announced the completion of construction works on a new school for girls in Busaiteen. 

Quoting Ahmed Al Khayyat, works affairs undersecretary of the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported that the school has been handed over to the Ministry of Education.

The project is said to have cost $12.5m (BHD4.7m) and was implemented as part of the Gulf Development Program. 

The school, which has an actual construction area of 14,290m2, comprises of three storeys consisting of 30 classrooms, and can accommodate around 1,000 students. 

The school also includes multi-purpose laboratories for science, computer, home sciences, and physics, in addition to a cafeteria, a library, offices for the teaching and administrative faculty, sports hall, and other service facilities, such as toilets and store rooms. 

It also consists of a multi-purpose hall, a guard room, and an electricity substation, as well as 50 parking spaces and an air-conditioned waiting area for students.

According to Al Khayyat, the ministry made sure that sustainability, green building, and energy-efficiency measures and features – such as thermal insulation for roofs and walls, double-glazing windows to reduce noise, sensor taps in bathrooms, energy-saving lighting systems, acoustically insulated vinyl flooring, and paints with low volatile and anti-carbon organic compounds – were implemented during construction. 

Al Khayyat further noted that the design provides facilities for pregnant women and students and staff with special needs. A parking lot has been constructed close to the main school entrance, and slopes have been provided on all entrances, in addition to four elevators close to all entrances and toilets.

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