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The University of Ghana has entered into a landmark agreement of US$64MM project with Africa Integras. The project which is structured as a 25-year Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT), is the first of its kind with a public university in Africa.
A signing ceremony took place this morning at the University’s Great Hall, witnessed by University officials, members of the University community, officials from the US Embassy, the media and members of the general public.
The Chairman of Council, Justice Dr. S.K. Date-Bah, and immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. C.N.B. Tagoe, who is currently the Chairman of the National Council on Tertiary Education (NCTE) were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion. They both gave remarks at the ceremony.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, who gave an overview of the Project said that the project will involve the construction of an expanded facility for the College of Humanities, a new College of Education, a new dedicated facility for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and the Institute of Technology and Applied Science, as well as a new facility for the College of Health Sciences to be located near the new teaching hospital on campus. The project, he said also consist of 1,000 new students hostel beds, to be divided between undergraduate and graduate students mostly to serve the College of Health Sciences.
Andrea Pizziconi, Managing Partner of Africa Integras delivered remarks at the ceremony during which she noted the cordial and professional relationship her organisation had the University had forged over the past few years.
The project, which was originally signed in July, 2014 has now reached the material milestone of funding approvals.
The construction is expected to commence by September, 2015 with a completion date targeted for September 2017. The project has benefited from the support of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation alongside Africa Integras and its funding consortium including US publicly listed investors.
Further details and speeches delivered at the Signing Ceremony will be published in a later release.
 

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But why are they still using the old conventional architecture style?
Because it is beautiful and timeless. Colonia architecture is still used successfully for many USA homes. The Spanish or Mediterranean homes are some of the most expensive, beautiful and timeless architecture in the world. It never dates.
 

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But why are they still using the old conventional architecture style?
There's something seriously wrong with the ghanaian mentality. It's not developing. Seriouly the country needs psyco-therapist to inject some fresh brain cells into the ghanaian mind to think proper. A country without fantasy is useless.
 

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There's something seriously wrong with the ghanaian mentality. It's not developing. Seriouly the country needs psyco-therapist to inject some fresh brain cells into the ghanaian mind to think proper. A country without fantasy is useless.
What is wrong with the colonial style or architecture of the University of Ghana?
Besides any other glass and steel building design will look out of place with the current colonial architecture.
 

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Because it is beautiful and timeless. Colonia architecture is still used successfully for many USA homes. The Spanish or Mediterranean homes are some of the most expensive, beautiful and timeless architecture in the world. It never dates.
Am not saying that it's not nice. But the style is 'too plain'
 

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There's something seriously wrong with the ghanaian mentality. It's not developing. Seriouly the country needs psyco-therapist to inject some fresh brain cells into the ghanaian mind to think proper. A country without fantasy is useless.
On this point I don't get u.?
 

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who builds a structure with stairs so easily accessible to thiefs.Stairs are enclosed so that thiefs will not have access to the building.It's not done anywhere. Besides when it rains no one will be safe.
I have to agree with you, that was a poor design choice.
 

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who builds a structure with stairs so easily accessible to thiefs.Stairs are enclosed so that thiefs will not have access to the building.It's not done anywhere. Besides when it rains no one will be safe.
i dont like the design either.. but there are ways you can pass your message without being insultive.
 

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who builds a structure with stairs so easily accessible to thiefs.Stairs are enclosed so that thiefs will not have access to the building.It's not done anywhere. Besides when it rains no one will be safe.
I am not sure you know much about architecture. I can tell from your comments that you want the design to look "western" or at least match the ones you are used to. You want to criticize but you are not good at it. Have you considered the very first picture? You'll will have to enter the buildings in order to access the stairs. Secondly, the stairs are under roof and rain will be an issue only when the roof leak. Besides, the structures are for educational purposes; mostly lecture halls and student hostels. I will agree with you if they are for financial/business purposes; gladly, they are not.
 

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But why are they still using the old conventional architecture style?
Because it's good architecture. Too many monstrosities have been hoisted upon helpless people in the name of "creativity" and "modernity". We should be happy that Ghana is getting high-quality, traditionally-inspired architecture.

As for the stairs, I for one am glad that they are not resorting to fear-based designs. If burglary is really a problem, thieves should be stopped at the campus gate, not the buildings' doors.
 
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