Haramaya University located in the east of Ethiopia is soon to boast a one of a kind multi-purpose hall that will double up as a state-of-the-art conference facility by mid next year.
The university is one of the oldest in Ethiopia boasting a history that dates back to 1954 and today graduates about 3500 students annually in agricultural related studies. The university was founded with the help of Oklahoma State University (OSU), accepting its first students in 1954, and the new campus was opened in January 1958 by Emperor Haile Selassie.
Haramaya University was promoted from a college within Addis Ababa University on May 27, 1985 to an independent university. For many years the university had been limited to only an agricultural curriculum, but in 1996 the university was given permission to open other faculties and departments.
Located about 5 kilometers from the city of Alemaya the university is set to host the regions first international standard conference hall. The multi-purpose hall which is to be completed in May 2013 will be able to seat 4500 and will serve both the university and the general public at large. At a cost of 185million Eth Birr (US$10.2million) the facility will boast the latest in conference facilities and will have restaurants and cafes.
The building is set to dominate the surrounding reaching upto 3 stories high built with reinforced concrete columns and beams and covered with a steel truss sprawled over 4750m2.
Client – Haromaya University (Ministry of Education)
Consultant(Design) – Ultimate Plan Consulting Architects & Engineers Plc.
Contractor – Zamra Construction plc.