A Technical University of Kenya (TUK) 5th Year Student Elton Birir has won a competition for the design of modern footbridges and other forms of pedestrian crossings. The competition sponsored by Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) in partnership with the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) is part of the organizations youth mentorship program that seeks to nurture and mentor students of the built environment.
Elton Birir bagged the Ksh.50,000 prize money while the second prize of Ksh.25,000 went to Kiunga Kimarry a 5th Year student at the University of Nairobi with the third prize of Ksh.15,000 going to Erastus Aunga & Mugambi Franklin who collaborated in preparing their entry.
Speaking while presenting the awards, KURA Ag. Director General Eng. Silas Kinoti said that the competition intended to develop new footbridge designs to replace the existing footbridges since they do not adequately meet the requirements of modern urban stakeholders. Eng. Kinoti pointed out that there was an urgent need to develop new aesthetic designs that meet present day infrastructural requirements.
KURA is proud to have worked with AAK in organizing this competition and is calling on all stakeholders in the built environment to explore areas of convergence to help us synergize our energies towards improving and growing the built environment.
He further congratulated the students who submitted their entries and acknowledged the creativity and professionalism exuded by the submissions received. He also noted that the new footbridge designs once implemented will go along way in improving road safety in the Country.
The competition was structured in two parts one for the design of modern footbridges & other forms of pedestrian crossings and the design of a National Traffic Intelligent System (NITS) logo. The winning logo will be adopted for branding and communication of the NITS program.
The NITS program currently being piloted in Nairobi is one of the initiatives adopted by the Authority as part of its decongestion plans aimed at reducing traffic jams in all urban roads. The program features signalization of junctions to ensure efficient coordination of traffic flow.
Under the NITS Logo competition Dennis Mukuba scooped the 1st prize which had a cash award of Ksh.40,000, the second prize was picked by Andrew Muriga who received a cash prize of Ksh.15,000 and the third prize went to Andrew Kimani who got a cash award of Ksh.5,000.
Courtesy of: Corporate Affairs Team