CONSTRUCTION OF A HOSTEL FACILITY
ATORKOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE
FIRST PROGRESS REPORT
25TH MAY – 25TH JULY, 2014
S. S. GERALDO-de-LIMA
- Project Description
- Construction Activities
- Project Progress
- Project pictures
CLIENT: ATORKOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE (AVTI)
SPONSORS: ATORKOR DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ADF)
CONTRACTOR: MESSRS: S.S. GERALDO – de – LIMA ( SANAWAH LIMITED)
It has become necessary for the AVTI/ADF to build a hostel to solve accommodation problem facing most AVTI students (especially those coming from outside the Atorkor community) due to rapid growth in student population at the AVTI.
Upon presentation to the board of directors of the AVTI at its first quarterly meeting for 2014 by the contractor, the AVTI board of directors led by the vice chairman, Mr. Prosper Adabla on 7th April, 2014 entered into an agreement with the contractor on a design and built (turnkey contract) basis to design and build a hostel facility for the AVTI. This approach was adopted in order to save time and cost on consultancy services such as engineering / architectural design, cost analysis and others.
After a preliminary survey with the board of directors of the AVTI, it was agreed that the contractor design and construct a six unit two storey hostel building with two units on each floor in order to optimize land usage. It was also agreed that the construction be done in phases as per fund available from the sponsors.
Construction activities to be executed by the contractor include the following:
- Excavation for substructure works
- Mass and reinforced concrete works
- General masonry works
- Carpentry works
- Electrical works
- Plumbing works
- General finishes works
At a site meeting on 3rd April 2014, Mr. Prosper Adabla contacted Messrs Amandi Limited, the contractor executing the Atorkor Sea Defence project. The aim was to release one of their haulage trucks to aid the transportation of aggregate needed for the hostel project direct from the quarry instead of purchasing it from the local transporters in order to reduce cost. From analysis, it was realized that the local transporters were selling at ghc 120/m3 granilitic aggregate whiles with the truck available, cost of the aggregate and fuel for transportation cost ghc 75/m3 . Even though Messrs Amandi Limited initially accepted to help with the offer, they could not fulfil their promise. After waiting on them for almost two weeks Mr. Adabla kindly provided one of his haulage trucks from Accra on 21st April, 2014 for the job.
Actual construction works which should have commenced immediately after moulding of blocks and transporting of aggregate to site was delayed for almost three weeks due to an error during the transfer of funds to the local account at Anlo Rural Bank for the purchasing of other materials such as iron rods, cement, formwork etc. However with much effort by the ADF administrator and the AVTI manager, the corrections were made and on the 15th may 2014, the contractor accompanied by the ADF administrator purchased the said materials necessary for the commencement of the first stage construction works.
Actual construction works began on 25th may 2014 with excavation for substructure works. The table below shows detail of works executed to date (25th may 2014 to 25th July 2014).
|No||Construction task||% Completed|
|1.4||Block work in footing||100|
|1.7||Preliminary setting for plumbing works||100|
|2.0||Super structure (ground to first floor level)|
|2.5||Preliminary setting for plumbing works||0|
|2.6||Preliminary setting for electrical works||0|
The initial footing level which was designed to be 0.9m above ground level was reduce to 0.45m to save cost on hardcore filling and block work as further assessment on nearby facilities shows that the site is not prone to water log as the contractor initially foresaw. The contractor excavated material from proposed location for septic tank and soak away for waste water for hardcore filling hence did not charge any cost for hardcore filling.
Even though construction began in the raining season of the year, checks on the work schedule compared with the progress of works shows that work is progressing on schedule.