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Cave Hill Breaks Ground on New Dorm

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, June 3, 2019

Ground_Breaking_CeremonyED1-6-3-2019.jpgThe University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus has broken ground for the construction of a new hall of residence.

The official ceremony was held on Monday, May 27, 2019 at the proposed site, which is located on the grounds of the Keith Hunte Hall, Paradise Park, St Michael. It was attended by former and current members of senior administration of the campus, as well as representatives from the Caribbean Development Bank and the Ministry of Education.

In her remarks, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Cave Hill, Professor Eudine Barriteau, said the construction of the new dorm was “long overdue,” as the Campus has been challenged with finding enough on-campus accommodation to meet demand.

“On average, this excess demand represented 181 rooms per year. . . We have not been able to keep pace with this demand, which is on the verge of becoming even greater as we prepare for a further influx of international students … from the US and Africa to enrol in our highly successful flagship medical programme. While these dormitories will provide much needed on-campus housing, we are still lagging behind where we should be with regard to student accommodation,” the Principal said at the groundbreaking.

The site of the new hall of residence extends on the original plan for the Keith Hunte complex, which was originally conceived as a four-block complex. Phase one was completed in 2013, but additional work was stalled due to financial constraints.

Barriteau added that the new block will utilize the infrastructural work and architectural footprint which was already earmarked.

The new hall is being designed as a six-storey building, comprising approximately 38,000 sq. ft. Each floor will consist of 16 single bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living/kitchen areas with an internal stairwell and elevator. It will also offer other universal design features, in alignment with Cave Hill’s efforts to be a disability-friendly space. The block will add a further 100 units, bringing Cave Hill’s overall number of on-campus rooms for student accommodation to 441.

The construction of the new block is being undertaken through a UWI/public-private partnership. Under this arrangement, funds are being provided by a private lender, and the negotiations are being guided by the Caribbean Development Bank’s Public\Private Partnership Unit.

PHOTO:

(from left) Head of Regional Public-Private Partnerships at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB),Brian Samuel; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Janet Phillips; and Professor Eudine Barriteau, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Cave Hill turning the soil at the site of the proposed new hall of residence










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