A purpose-built city campus building is now under construction at Stadium Road, Karachi, Pakistan, on a prestigious 3 acre site owned by The Dawood Foundation, in close proximity to other institutions of higher learning such as the Aga Khan University Hospital and Liaquat National Hospital and Medical College. The Dawood Foundation – KSBL City Campus will comprise of 112,000 square feet of constructed area including a basement car park and will be designed to accommodate up to 325 students. It will comprise of horse-shoe style lecture theatres to facilitate the case study teaching method, seminar rooms, breakout rooms, meeting rooms, cafeteria, a library and a fully equipped auditorium. The campus will be fitted with the latest technology to allow real-time distance teaching.
The campus building will embody the principles of passive energy efficient design and will benefit from natural light optimization throughout; more than 70% of the rooms will have natural lighting. The building will also use passive ventilation methods such as ventilation shafts to reduce the amount of energy expanded by mechanical air transfers. Interior lighting will use LED fixtures where possible, which are 40% more efficient than conventional lighting. The building exterior will use locally available sandstone as cladding material with locally produced Sindh tiles providing the facade.
The design concept for the campus building has been developed by William McDonough + Partners (WM+P), a U.S.-based architectural firm known as a pioneer in the sustainable design movement. Founder William McDonough is a winner of three presidential awards and has been cited in Time magazine as “changing the design of the world”. WM+P has designed projects such as the NASA Sustainability Base in California and the American University School of International Service in Washington DC, USA. The local design resource is being provided by AMQ Associates who have vast experience in designing educational institutions in Pakistan.