Jamaica Information Service
KINGSTON (JIS) — The residential student population at Block D student hall at the University of Technology (UTech), should increase as a result of a $87. 3 million construction and renovation project, which has been approved by Cabinet.
Speaking at yesterday’s (July 3) Jamaica House press briefing, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer said that the contract has been awarded to Y.P Seaton and Associates, to undertake the work.
She further disclosed that the work is being done as part of the upgrading of the facilities and in response to the increase in the student population at UTech.
Included in the works are: demolition and alterations; installation of columns, roof, walls, aluminium windows, and external doors.
The plan is to accommodate 30 additional students at the residence, which currently houses 12.
In the meantime, Minister Falconer said Cabinet has also approved a contract of $72.9 million for the supply and installation of pumps and pump houses at the Ebony Park and Spring Plain Agro-Parks.
The contract has been awarded to Champion Industrial Equipment and Supplies.
The scope of works include: the supply and installation of pumps and pump houses, motor control centre housings, pump manifolds, fittings, and fencing.
The project is being implemented under the agricultural competitiveness programme agro park initiative, which is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).