On January 19, the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the University of the Philippines and New Golden City Builders and Development Corporation for the development and construction of the UP Diliman College of Architecture Auditorium took place at the UP College of Architecture.
The signing of donation by Engr. Manuel Sy, head of the New Golden City Builders and Development Corporation, was an expression of gratitude and a tribute to his father for giving importance to education. Representing the University at the signing were: UP President Alfredo E. Pascual; UP Vice President for Development Elvira A. Zamora; UP Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan; and UP College of Architecture Dean Mary Ann A. Espina.
The development and construction of the UP Diliman College of Architecture Auditorium is to be situated on a 6,250 square meter property at the UP Arki Complex, according to the agreement.
Following the signing was the topping-off ceremony of the new UP College of Architecture Complex Studio Laboratories Building, a University project with the Office of the Campus Architect as the implementing agency.
The 7-storey school facility had its topping-off, which refers to the builder’s rite at the completion of the structural foundation and support, according to its contractor JITS Construction Corporation. It announced that the building has only six months left to completion since the construction began in January 2016.
“While all of our degree-granting units are known for upholding this mindset, I believe that the College of Architecture embodies it fully. Guided by its vision to be the acknowledged Center of Designed and Built Environment, the College has been our country’s primary producer of both top-level design professionals and of innovative insights on the spaces we build, live in and interact with daily. The architectural knowledge your faculty and students create has been pivotal to our people’s empowerment amidst the ravages of climate change, globalization and rapid urbanization in the 21st century. This is a welcome addition to UP’s facilities, and especially UP Diliman’s Arts and Technology Cluster,” UP President Alfredo E. Pascual said in his message.
Meanwhile, UP Diliman Chancellor Tan emphasized that the construction of the new college facility will serve as a good perspective in practicing “green construction” on campus. UP Vice President for Development Elvira A. Zamora asked for more support and unity as more construction on campus is projected in the following years.
According to Dean Espina, the Complex Studio Laboratories Building will house approximately 800 students in laboratories of their architectural discipline, as well as the college’s faculty members in individual faculty rooms. Also a feature of the building is a roof deck with a panoramic view of the city and the Sierra Madre mountain range.
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