Posted on September 10, 2017

Ashghal has completed construction work of 13 new schools and two kindergartens for the new academic year (2017-18). This was announced by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) in a statement.

Ashghal has now built 73 schools and 37 kindergartens inside and outside Doha since 2013. Out of the new schools, 12 have been handed over to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, while the process for the last one is going on, Ashghal said. Both the nurseries are already handed over to relevant authorities. The total cost of the new buildings amounted to QR878m and each school have 25 classrooms, which can accommodate 650 students while each kindergarten has 12 classrooms, which can seat 240 pupils. The new educational facilities have been handed over as per schedule with the required specifications prior to the new academic year. 

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The construction of these educational facilities follows the standard design model for schools, comprising various facilities including science, language and IT laboratories, as well as sports and art halls, multipurpose halls, gyms, libraries and classrooms in addition to outdoor spaces with shaded parking spaces, playgrounds and service buildings. Likewise, the nurseries are composed of 12 classrooms to accommodate 240 children, shaded playing and activity areas, music, language and computer rooms, in addition to a library, classrooms and external spaces, comprising shaded parking spaces, green areas and service buildings.

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Being awarded the 3-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certification in design and construction by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development, Ashghal pursued to comply with the green building specifications related in a way that would help reduce 25% energy, achieve lower water consumption, improve indoor environment, and reflect local architecture and heritage. GSAS supports the achievement of Qatar National Vision 2030 to promote sustainability standards in the urban environment in the country.

The design of schools and kindergartens is in line with the Qatari code for people with special needs, providing ramps at entrances and exits with special specifications for bathrooms and other areas. It also complies with safety requirements adopted by Global Fire and Security Systems and Qatari Civil Defense.

source: The Peninsula