Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Addis Ababa City AdministrationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Sport Commission is hiring contractors for the construction of a gymnasium and athletics village; the projects are expected to cost a total of 70 million Br.
The construction of an Olympic standard swimming pool, also costing 70 million Br, began in the Addis Ketema District, on December 10, 2012.
The Jan Meda Sports Centre, expected to cost 30 million Br, includes both indoor and outdoor training centres, a library, cafÃƒÂ© and various other rooms to be utilised by sports enthusiasts. The construction will be carried out away from the water facilities, used for the Timket celebration by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, says Daniel Darge, deputy commissioner and head of sport promotion and development at the Commission.
The athletics village is to be constructed in the Ferensai Legasion area, in Yeka District, at a cost of 40 millionBr.It will consist of housing facilities for athletes, outdoor playing fields and a library.
Yohannes Abay Consultants designed both the Jan Meda and the Ferensai Legasion facilities.
The Ras Hailu Swimming Pool, whose construction has just recently started at a plot along the Ambo Road, was carried out by Bet Architects, who will also be supervising the construction process.
The Defense Engineering Corporation were awarded the construction contract back in June 2012. The pool, which is 50m by 25m in dimension, comes complete with a heating system, filtration system and disinfectant, and is expected to be completed within eight months, says Daniel.
The Ras Hailu Sport Education & Training Centre, which has been under construction since July 2010, by Kasma Engineering Plc, is expected to open to the public in just two months time, according to Teketel Tekle, finance and property administrator of the Commission.
The Commission oversees the Abebe Bikila Stadium, the Jan Meda Sports Centre and the Ras Hailu Swimming Pool. It too expects to complete the construction of an awning around Abebe Bikila Stadium, within this fiscal year.