Sabah Al Salem University City: A vision to future campus
The Construction Program was established after the University Council issued decree N.148 of 2001 regarding transferring the projects of Kuwait University from the Ministry of Public Works to KU Construction Program (KUCP) in order to oversee the implementation of its projects and take all procedures related to the execution process which resulted in the issuance of decree N.1403 of 2001 that provides assigning one of the faculty members to carry out the duties of the director of the Construction Program and to be in charge of managing and implementing all agreements and contracts of the construction program at KU.
The Council of Ministers asserted by the decree N.1253 of 2003 on assigning the Ministry of Public Works to oversee all the government's projects except for certain bodies such as KU. Accordingly the Construction Program at KU should proceed on the establishment of KU's projects in the best way possible following the university plans and all related procedures and regulations.
Issuing the decree by the Law N.30 has provided KU with the opportunity to achieve the vision of Kuwaitis to establish a University City with integrated facilities with all University Colleges within one campus. The objective is that new University should be developed to provide world class educational facilities equipped with most advanced learning resources, for preparing human resources for overall future development of Kuwait.
The present mandate is to complete the implementation of the Master Plan over a 10 year period, with all facilities in place to accommodate students, faculty and staff.
Master plan for new University City looks to the future strategic plan for 2025 and encompasses the future growth and technical advancements to develop Kuwait’s educational resources at par with the best in the world.
Sabah Al-Salem University City is located to the south-west of Kuwait City, where 6 million square meters plot was allocated to the University City.
The new University City will be constructed based on the requirements of the segregation policy with two adjacent campuses, one for male students and one for female students.
Male campus on the north and female campus on the south will accommodate approximately 39,000 students, integrating all colleges for arts, humanities, sciences, engineering and medical specialities.
The medical campus, as part of the University City, will include five medical colleges in addition to a research centre and 600-bed university teaching hospital.
The Administrative facilities, instructional facilities, academic facilities and student’s activities will be designed based on the specific college requirements and student and staff numbers.
This campus is planned to become a node for Education and knowledge destination of the future.
Oasis: The campus master plan is conceived as a city on the banks of a river of landscape. The most spectacular feature of the master plan is the landscaped “oasis” in the centre of the University that separates the men’s and women’s campuses. In addition to providing separation between the two campuses, this space is a green buffer designed with water and green mounds. This area offers extensive views to Administrative and faculty areas, and has Faculty club parcels located within the oasis.
Galleria: Each campus is organized along a “Galleria”- a grand scale outdoor weather-protected street, urban in character. This dynamic space is composed of student activities that link all major functions of each campus. The Galleria will give an identity to each campus creating a sense of place that will be memorable for all its students.
Palm Leaf: The master plan geometry links the main campus with the Health Sciences Campus so that the new University reads as one single unit. The massing of campus buildings is a series of leaves that radiate out from the central spine, the student Galleria, engaging the approach routes to the campus.
These creative elements within the overall planning, signifies the university development will establish a great setting for learning.
The Master Plan of the new University City is designed on east west axis, with main campus on east and health sciences campus on the west.
The cultural, recreational and sports facilities are strategically located at both ends of the axis as well as within Oasis landscape.
Student’s activities and food and retail functions are designed along the galleria that connects all colleges. This promotes interaction among different subjects of study.
The Campus layout is based on having three sectors by grouping the fields of study:
Colleges of Arts, Colleges of Education, Colleges of Law, Colleges of Shari'a and Colleges of Social Sciences.
Colleges of Engineering and Petroleum, Colleges of Science, Colleges of Architecture, Colleges of Business Administration and Colleges for Women.
C- Health Sciences:
Colleges of Medicine, Colleges of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, Colleges of Allied Health Sciences and Colleges of Public Health.
Master Plan also provided for developments and colleges that may be required in the future.
Each of the college facility is designed to reflect university's commitment to develop a innovative educational environment. Sophisticated lighting and ventilation systems are integrated to based on sustainability principles..
In terms of technology, the campus is designed to be Digital Campus, with Smart class rooms and intelligent instruction spaces.
The highway network surrounding the University City with access from the 6th and 7th Ring Roads, as well as Road 602 will achieve links to main centres of Kuwait including Kuwait city.
The proposed network is designed to divert or segregate students and staff away from the use of surrounding residential roads, by the accessing all colleges and facilities though University Ring Road which acts as the main connection.
The Master Plan encourages use of public transport system as well as mass transport means within campus instead of private car. By integrating the shuttle bus services and potential mass transit network that could be connected with future Metro train station close to Campus.
The traffic network was designed to separate the traffic movement of students and faculty members from the traffic of residential areas around the University City as well as to avoid using the University campus as a short cut to reach other destinations.
The University development is focussed on sustainability principles and the buildings are designed intuitively to provide comfort though innovative shading devices. Saving energy by design and incorporating alternative forms of energy are explored at every stage of development.
Proving to the creative aptitude for innovation in sustainability design, the College of Education received the an Award of Merit from AIA New York State in 2010 andCenter for Architecture New York Award and Exhibit for INNOVATE : INTEGRATE exhibition, held at Buffalo Niagara Convention Centre.
The College of Arts has received the AIA New York State Award of Excellence in 2010. Both projects are designed by Perkins+Will / Dar Al Handasah / SSH International architects.
All facilities in the Campus are designed to meet international level benchmarking for ‘green’ design principles.