Gov Liyel Imoke excited as work progresses at CICC

The completion of roofing work on Block A, one of three blocks at the Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC) after three weeks of flag off of construction works has been described as a significant step towards achieving a fully-insulated building.

According to John Ameh, Deputy Project Manager of the CICC, the choice of roofing sheets was influenced by factors such as sustainability, efficiency, value for money and easy maintenance of the facility. The insulated sheets used are specially designed to prevent sound and heat transfer, reduce radiation and resist humidity and water.

Expressing confidence in the building contractors, Ameh stated that Bouygues Construction was committed to delivering a world-class facility that will be the envy of the whole of Africa.

Mr. Ola Salami, Senior Project Manager at Courtney Michael Partnership further emphasised the importance of the building’s sound-proof design, which would ensure events in adjoining rooms can be held simultaneously without any sound interference. He explained that the finishing will include installation of acoustic walls and that every mechanical component of the building will be acoustic, including the suspended ceiling and ventilation ducts.

Roofing will soon commence on Block B, where concrete work is nearly completed, while installation of air conditioning and ventilation ducts has already commenced in Block A. This will be followed by the fixing of the suspended acoustic ceiling in the same block. The project will be completed in February 2015, with the first events commencing in March.

The Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Liyel Imoke, was clearly delighted to witness the latest chapter of his vision unfolding. During a mini celebration at the site to congratulate the project team, he lauded the Danish architects, Henning Larsen, for their bold design and Bouygues for making it a reality, especially for the way it capitalises on the ambience of the stunning natural environment.

He further remarked that the convention centre, much like similar venues around the world, will be a catalyst for economic growth in the state, as it will attract tens of thousands of delegates from all over Nigeria and around the world.

One of the experts charged with the task of making architectural history in Nigeria is Vincent Legros, Senior Methods Engineer of Bouygues Construction, who came from France to ensure the propping work was done properly. After eight years of working on projects in South Africa, Qatar, China, USA, France and the UK, he is yet to see anything like the CICC, describing it as a spectacular and technically challenging building. “I hope this building will be deeply appreciated because nothing around will match this edifice. It is like a diamond in the forest, unique and very precious.”

Source : SunOnline

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