The recently completed University of Nairobi Towers has a helipad as it is suggested by its shape at the pinnacle of the building and a wind sock by the side. The building that is the first of its kind to be constructed by a university in Kenya and beyond is an epitome of redefined architectural skills and the quest to add flavor into the city’s skyline.
The helipad at the state of the art building will at least be able to accommodate a seven seater passenger helicopter.
The 22 story building is yet to be officially opened and its foundation stone was laid by president Uhuru Kenyatta in 2014.
The entire building will also accommodate a number of offices including those of the Vice Chancellor, Professors and senior lectures’ offices, board rooms for the council and senate and executive offices including the important administrative departments of the institution. Priorities have also been given to a number of lecture halls that can accommodate up to 3000 persons at a time and the school of journalism’s Radio and Television studios.
It will also have a theater on its fifth floor for the performing arts students which will be named the Chandaria Center for Performing Arts. This is because Chandaria the industrialist invested in 50 Million shillings towards the constructions of the building. This is his second funding towards construction of university facilities after also donating towards the construction of Kenyatta University’s Business Innovation Center.
It has been designed to meet stringent carbon regulations and is quite accessible as it creates harmony with the existing buildings that all face the Great Court squire.
It is approximated to have costed over two billion shillings. The financing was done by the school together with funds collected from donors.
The towering building is a classic solution to the straining problems of admissions that has turned to be impossible in most institutions of higher learning.