Architects chosen for Tripoli university campus

Libya's government has appointed architects for Tripoli's university

NEWS, Design
NEWS, Design

Libya’s government agency ODAC has appointed Bruesa, IAD Architects and Cottrell & Michelangeli to realise the technological campus of Tripoli’s 7th of April University.

One of seven Libyan universities master planned by BDP, planning and construction of the 45ha campus and its 13 buildings will be led by Bruesa and IAD with engineering help from ARUP and project management from Hill International. The project is aiming for completion by 2013.

“ODAC and the project manager Hill International have placed particular emphasis on environmental sustainability, as well as energy and water management throughout the complex,” said a statement from Cottrell & Michelangeli.

A project which is aiming for LEED Gold certification, the campus is looking to set a sustainability benchmark in Libya. “A solar plant is planned in conjunction with campus infrastructure. The buildings are oriented and designed for an optimised solar and thermal control, adapted to the coastal area of Zuwarah, west of Tripoli,” concluded the statement.

At the end of 2008 BDP was chosen by ODAC to design master plans for seven universities in Libya: one in the mountains; two near the coast; and four inland. The facilities, which were designed in response to environmental conditions, will accommodate a total of 28,400 students and look to create a uniform standard for educational facilities across Tripoli and into the Sahara.

The realisation of the campus is considered a priority for the Libyan government in their efforts to institute policies of social reform. Building universities in Libya is highly symbolic as April 7, 1976, is the date on which a peaceful student protest was broken up by the Gaddafi-led military by firing into the crowd of protesters.


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