Managing the Engineering Project
The smooth functioning of a project of the magnitude of the University of Pretoria’s new Engineering Building Parkade Project would not be possible without an experienced project manager to coordinate the various aspects.
The professional team is headed by Mr Anton de Jongh of ARC Architectural Consultants. This company was responsible for the architectural design of the new development. The other professional service providers are Pentad and Davis Langdon (quantity surveyors), Aurecon Group (civil and structural engineers), Delport du Preez (electronic engineers), Claasen Auret (electrical engineers), Spoormaker & Partners (mechanical engineers), Proacoustic Consortium (acoustic consultants),
Chimera Fire (fire design consultants), Newtown Landscape Architects and Louwrens and Pound Land Surveyors. Prof Schalk Claasen, former head of the University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been seconded to the Department of Facilities Management for the duration of the project to oversee this large and complex project for the University. He will enhance the project management capacity in the Department of Facilities Management for this specific project. In addition to the facilities management team, other internal roleplayers include staff from Information Technology Services, Security Services and Education Innovation, who will be involved in providing the IT infrastructure, security management and audiovisual equipment and technology, as well as staff from the Department of Plant Sciences, who will advise the project team on the selection of trees and other plants to use for landscaping. Academic Administration is involved in defi ning the user requirements for the lecturing facilities.