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Student Activities and Athletic Facilities (SAAF)

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Contractors

SEG Qatar

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Consultants

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in association with Gulf Consult.

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The Student Activities and Athletic Facilities (SAAF) Project contains the following facilities:

• Athletic, Recreational and Aquatic Center Men’s (ARAQ-M)
• Athletic, Recreational and Aquatic Center Women’s (ARAQ-W)
• Athletic, Recreational Facility East Men’s (ARE-M)
• Athletic, Recreational Facility East Women’s (ARE-W)

• Indoor Tennis Centre
• Grand Stadium and Outdoor Athletic Facilities
• Information Booths
• Student Union (SU)
• Public Transportation Station

Athletic, Recreation & Aquatic Center Men’s and Athletic, Recreation & Aquatic Centre Women’s (ARAQ):

1) Location:

The ARAQ Men’s occupy plot number (201&202) and ARAQ Women’s plot number (210&211) with a total area of 20,945 square meters for Men and 29,020 square meters for Women.

2) General:

The ARAQ Men’s and Women’s buildings are located in the middle of the Campus, serving as the gathering point for the entire student body. These facilities will house a variety of activities which help students to develop mentally, physically and socially comprising of: competitive sports facilities, recreational sports facilities, swimming and diving facilities, food and beverage services, work and study support spaces, as well as support spaces for extracurricular activities. The building has six floor levels above the ground and a basement for car parking and services.

The approximate gross built up area is 66,722 square meters for men and 75,593 square meters for women.

3) Building Design and Form:

The Men’s and Women’s ARAQ buildings are shifted in their site to sit closer to the Oasis, this move creates a “Quad” in both buildings, where this “Quad” becomes a central gathering space for students.

The main SAAF buildings are known for their vaulted nature; the “Geode” effect. The building exterior has a monolithic expression of natural limestone; the window’s design is based on a modular triangular system which suits the solar orientation.


Athletic, Recreational Facilities East Men’s - Athletic, Recreational Facilities East Women’s (ARE):

1) Location:

The ARE Men’s occupy plot number (212) and ARE Women’s plot number (213) with a total area of 8,556 square meters for Men and 9,669 square meters for Women.

2) General:

The Men’s and Women’s ARE Facilities East serve as the terminus points for the campus galleria. These two facilities, as the ARAQ buildings, will provide diverse programs for student entertainment which are not limited to the following: activities rooms, gymnasium, squash courts, weight rooms, administrative units, spectator’s gallery, student lockers, showers, spa’s, a medical clinic, branded café, an indoor soccer field and more. The women’s building has two floor levels above the ground with a basement for activities, while the men’s building has one floor above the ground with a basement for car parking and services.

The approximate gross built up area is 17,956 square meters for men and 18,504 square meters for women.

3) Building Design and Form:

Although ARE and ARAQ buildings are similar in their functions, their design is also similar in regard to form, shape and materials. The Galleria ends off into these buildings and still provides a clear path to the Student Union facility.

The building’s exterior has a monolithic expression of natural limestone; the window’s design is based on a modular triangular system which suits the solar orientation.


Indoor Tennis Centre:

1) Location:

The Indoor Tennis Center occupy plot (223) with a total area of 7,100 square meters.

2) General:

The Indoor Tennis Center will serve students and athletes for daily training and for upcoming competitions. The building will accommodate diverse activities not limited to the following: an indoor competitive tennis court with 2,000 spectators, athletic support spaces, a dining hall, VIP areas, press conference rooms, weight rooms, and administrative areas.The building has one court level with support spaces, ground level and an upper tier level.

The approximate gross built up area is 9,379 square meters.

3) Building Design and Form:

The Indoor Tennis Center is enclosed by a thin-shell reinforced concrete dome with rigorous geometry, and traditional Islamic geometric patterns which provide a structural grid that allows a unique array of light to enter the center beautifully illuminating the space. The reflective cladding materials provide a shimmering surface between the structural members.


Grand Stadium and Outdoor Athletic Facilities:

1) Location:

The Grand Stadium and the Outdoor Athletic Facilities occupy plot (223 & 224) with an approximate total area of 108,940 square meters.

2) General:

The Grand Stadium is located on the East side of campus, while the Outdoor Athletic Facilities are located in the western section of campus, closer to the ARE-Men facility. The Grand Stadium will house diverse spaces not limited to: large competitive soccer field seating 15,000 spectators, competitive track and field, semi-enclosed VIP boxes, Al-Amiri suite, and athletic support spaces. The stadium consists of the field (pitch) level, esplanade and concourse levels, followed by the VIP/Press levels.

The Grand Stadium has an approximate gross built up area of 47,000 square meters.

3) Building Design and Form:

The Grand Stadium building is circumscribed by the esplanade level, which is a raised public level that provides entry points to both seating areas and support programs such as retail and food services. The Stadium is considered to be one of the tallest structures on campus. From a distance, the stadium is enclosed elegantly by two roofs with cascading shading elements representing feather wings of a bird. The roof is supported by two vast steel structures arches spanning the field end to end.

Along the East and West facades of the Stadium, a brise-soleil made from extruded aluminum pipes has been provided. This feature creates a dynamic surface and highlights the building curved shape, simultaneously shading the esplanade and concourse levels.


Information Centre:

1) Location:

The Information Center consists of two buildings, one located on the east side of campus plot number (222) with a plot area of 2,550 sqm and an approximate gross built-up area is 125 square meters. While the other Information Centre is located on the west side, in the Medical Campus between open green spaces, plot number (221) with a plot area of 1,080 sqm and an approximate gross built-up area of 97 sqm.

2) General:

The Information Booths play an important role of helping and guiding the visitors through the campus.

3) Building Design and Form:

The elongated and angled roof structure creates a dynamic building that points towards the campus and creates the sensation of excitement as drivers arrive at this “checkpoint”. A large scale LED screen directed at the main road will provide factual information that can help guide visitors who wish to remain in their vehicles as they drive by.


Student Union:

1) Location:

The Student Union facility occupies plot (214) with a total area of 2,736 square meters.

2) General:

The student union building will serve as the headquarter facility for the self-governing body of students. This facility will house important departments within the organization including the executive committee and the student union magazine. The building has one level above ground.

The approximate gross built up area is 836 square meters.

3) Building Design and Form:

Similar to the larger campus, the men’s and women’s side of this facility are physically divided by an interior open air courtyard. A language of truncated conical “pods” that vary in scale will house the different programs. Covered by a lightweight and abstracted canopy structure, the dividing courtyard will be a comfortable spill-out space when lectures are held in the shared auditorium.


Public Transportation Station:

1) Location:

The Public Transportation Station facility occupy plot (813) with a total area of 8,210 square meters.

2) General:

The Public Transportation Station will provide 30 minibus parking spaces for buses of the inter-campus public transportation system in addition to a small building that contains offices for the administrative support staff and a driver’s lounge. The building is comprised of one level only, the ground floor.

The approximate gross built up area is 394 square meters.

3) Building Design and Form:

The building is a slightly tapering single story bar that is divided in two volumes by a small shaded courtyard. The primary expression of the building’s form is a simple but robust angled roof that slopes north. The tallest façade of the building is oriented to the main road and provide both an announcement of the facility and a visual barrier between passing vehicles and the bus parking lot.


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