Stellenbosh University:
Faculty of Engineering:
Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic and Engineering

Project: Faculty of Engineering: Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic and  Engineering. New Offices, Electronic Classrooms and Student Computer Use Areas.

Client: Stellenbosch University 

Professional Team: 

Elements Architecture & Design: Development Planning & Design Project Management

Project Manager & Principle Agent: AL& A Project Management

Architect & Principle Consultant: Archnet Architects

Quantity Surveyor: Marius van Tonder Quantity Surveyors

Fire Engineer: STAC Consulting Engineer

Electrical Engineer: Gibb Consulting Engineers

Civil Engineer: SMEC Consulting Engineers

Mechanical Engineer: BVI Consulting Engineers

Structural Engineer: Edifice Consulting Engineers

Electronic Engineer: TTA Consulting Engineers

Occupational Health & Safety: Safe Working Practice Consulting Engineers

Project Description:

The origin of the SU Engineering Campus Renewal project (ECR) goes back to 2013 when SU Faculty of Engineering and SU Facilities Management commissioned an architectural investigation into the status of the ageing Engineering Faculty buildings. The conclusion of this investigation led to the compilation of a report on possible building refurbishment options that are consistent with the University’s vision and obligations in terms of statutory compliance, functional improvement, spatial optimisation and growth. The report became known as the “Master Plan” or to inform the “Engineering Campus Renewal Project” (ECR).

The ECR Projects will upon approval consist of the following buildings:

  • General Engineering Building
  • Old IT Building – New Industrial Engineering Building (NIEB)
  • Mechanical and Mechatronic and Industrial Engineering Building
  • Process Engineering Building
  • Civil Engineering Building
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Building

This ECR project Scope adds a new Faculty of Engineering computer use area (FIRGA) and 3 new electronic classrooms (EK’s) to the existing Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering Building (M&M Section 1).

The new 429 m² FIRGA will be constructed as a new infill floor on level 1 in the current Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering Building eastern side parking area. When completed, the new FIRGA will provide 24/7 computer access to approximately 308 Engineering students.

Level 2 will provide a 120 and a 117-seater new electronic classroom, including ablution facilities and office areas.

Level 3 will provide a new 245 seaters electronic classroom, including ablution facilities and office areas. A new staircase will connect to the existing spine corridor.  

Level 4, 5 and 6 comprise of densified and upgraded offices and boardrooms to house academic staff and post graduate students.

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