THE RELEVANCE OF PHYSICAL PLANNING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, IKERE CAMPUS
This brief brings into mind and deals with the historical perspective, roles and functions of the Directorate of Physical Planning in the office of the Provost, College of Education, Ikere- Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The College came into existence in 1977 but the Directorate of Physical Planning office which is to stem a focus of balance development, was established on approval of the council in August, 1998. (then Planning Unit)
The first sets of staff were employed and few facilities procured for effective take off.
For effective discharge of their duties, office accommodation was available pending the completion of the Provost's office block of offices.
Roles and Functions: The roles and functions of the Directorate are briefly spelt out in chapter 5 sub sections 4 of the College Quinquennial plan and chapter 1-5 of the College Tenders Manual as an attestation to the above headline.
DEFINITION/ROLE OF PHYSICAL PLANNING IN A TERTIARY INSTITUTION
Planning in its ethnocentric meaning, is a collective exercise of foresight and taking informed decisions about present, in relation to future.
It is however sub-grouped in both ACADEMIC and PHYSICAL. The Academic aspect is designed to forecast the development of Academic programmes in Institution of Higher learning. It involves projection of future expansion of Academic programmes on each department and the subsequent effect of these on the students and staff population.
It is to note that, Physical Planning, entails the ordering of the use of Land, the Sitting of Building and Communication routes in a manner to secure a maximum practicable degree of comfort, health and aesthetics.
THE INTEGRATED ROLES OF PHYSICAL AND ACADEMIC PLANNING
The roles of Physical Planning in any Academic Institution; is to ensure that there are students and facilities for the various Academic Programmes which include Classrooms, Laboratories, Stories, Administrative, Block of Offices for both accommodation and other related conveniences which must be adequate for the projected number of Students and Staff at any given time.
Even, when there are no new structures, the Directorate of Physical Planning needs to ensure the maintenance and, if necessary, re-designing of existing structures to meet the current needs. Thus, Academic and Physical Planning Co-exist symbiotically within any Tertiary Institution of Higher Learning.
BRIEF EXPECTED ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DIRECTORATE OF PHYSICAL PLANNING
Three Sections are sandwiched within, namely:
1. Physical Planning/Capital Projects: The detailed roles and functions of the above stated sections could be further expatiated if need be.
2. Building and Engineering Section
3. Landscape/Environmental Planning
Actual roles and functions performed so far The Physical Planning Division Operates within a tripartite system dovetailing as Development Unit and Physical Planning/Capital
This Unit Develops collects and collates data about Students and Staff enrolments, from which projections and statistical analysis would be made to formulate;
- College quinquennial Plans
- Rolling Plans for the College as practiced then
The Physical Planning/Capital Projects Unit The functions perform by this Directorate are as described in chapters one, two, three and four of the College Tenders Manual.
The roles and functions of the office in this respect runs through initiation to design and Award; some would be handled to completion on direct labour basis. Staffs in the Directorate can perform as clerk of works on some major College Capital Projects.
MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF PLANNING DIRECTORATE
Physical/Environmental Planning and Resource Management are to ensure the overall Physical Planning and the environmental protection activities of the College campus in conjunction with the Works and Maintenance Services Department.
Assist the office of the Provost in preparing tenders manual to regulate the award of projects contracts. These include; Site Selection, Design, Award of Contract procedure, involved in Management of Projects implementation including supervision of projects/contracts and review.
Records could be contacted to attest to these claims.
Environmental/Landscape Planning which includes the Initiation, Design, Cost Implementation and Maintenance of the landscape of some built up areas in the College. ACTIVITIES OF THE PLANNING DIRECTORATE UP TO DATE
Since 1998, what could be called roles of the Planning was majorly on Landscape Planning, Design and Supervision of various structures via Tetfund, State and Internal Generated Revenue up to date are listed below;
1. Landscaping of lawns along Health Centre and Cyber Café
2. General maintenance of the existing lawns
3. Planting of new species of shrub, ornamental trees flowers and mowing of grasses.
4. Designing a proposed organized market for the College Community
5. Supervision of Quality Assurance Building Project ( Tetfund Project )
6. Supervision of ICT (Tetfund Project)
7. Supervision of the renovation work at College Guest House
8. Supervision of construction of bar and Restaurant building project
9. Supervision of Renovation of work at Guest house perimeter fencing
10. Supervision of Electrical installation in the Quality Assurance building, I.C.T, three classrooms with attached offices
11. Design and supervision of Home Economics building (School V) design and supervision of Early Childhood Education building
12. Design and Supervision of School of Arts and Social Sciences
13. Supervision of New Micro Teaching Office
14. Design supervision of New Science Complex Hall
15. Design and supervision of New Agric Education building
16. Reconstruction of New college Gate and the College perimeter fence
17. Supervision of the New college Master Plan
18. Designing a proposed parking spaces for the College community in order to discourage off street parking
19. Design and supervision of School of Languages
20. Design and supervision of College Computer Resource Centre building
21. Design and supervision of Academic building
22. All other incidental assignments as directed by the College Management
The underlisted are the Staff working in the Directorate