‘Conservation of our national heritage is a responsibility of every Kenyan as it brings about the sense of identity, pride and belonging at the same time.’
Technical university of Mombasa (TUM) is an epitome of such national heritage with the most aesthetic and eye-catching architectural design finishings, demonstrated on all of its building’s existence from the Sultan’s era before the pre-colonial period.
Unlike many of the modern structures, maintaining historical buildings proves to be very costly. That notwithstanding TUM has recently embarked on renovating all its buildings giving them a new-look make-over while maintaining its original design and architected finesse in form and out-look.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony of the renovated ‘Audit & Research’ building, the Deputy Vice chancellor- Administrative finance & Planning (DVC-AFP) Prof. Rasowo applauded the contractor and internal Project Implementation Committee (PIC) for the job well done. “I appreciate the entire team for the success we have witnessed today, am hoping for more funds to stream in to make it possible for the whole university to get a face lift.” He noted.
In his speech, the DVC- Academic Research & Extension (ARE) Prof. P. Gichangi, and holding brief as the acting Vice Chancellor, commended the contractor and the Project Implementation Committee for delivering within the stipulated time. “We are indeed proud of our staff involved in this project led by Architect Mwatu. The University is committed to make TUM a conducive learning environment in all aspects. We hope to incorporate students and more staff members in future where they can use such works for Engineering certification.” He remarked.
Architect Mwatu, the chairperson of the Project Implementation Committee (PIC) thanked the team for the cooperation they have rendered throughout the contract period culminating to such a milestone. He also informed the congregation that the project took eight (8) months to its accomplishment, costing the university Kshs. 5,510,633.00 inclusive of electrical and plumbing works.
The administrative block was handed over in a grand cake cutting ceremony with all the trimmings, harbors the following offices: Directorate of TVET, Registrar-Partnership Research & Innovation (PRI), Directorate of Quality Assurance (QA), Directorate of Career Services, Office of the Internal Auditor and Finance Reconciliation Office.