Designed to accommodate 5,500 full-time students and 1,500 faculty and staff, AUC’s $400 million, 260-acre campus is technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive. Offering state-of-the-art resources to students and faculty from around the world, the campus weaves Egyptian urban and architectural traditions into a modern campus and is designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities. It is equipped with modern classrooms, laboratories, lecture halls and other essential facilities to support current and future teaching methods, curricula and educational technologies. At the heart of the campus, the library houses the largest English language collection in the region. Renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta designed the Campus Center and the student-housing complex, which he likened to a small village.
The main objectives in building the campus were to:
- Eliminate overcrowding and institutional fragmentation inherent in AUC Tahrir Square, which divide the academic enterprise into multiple locations
- Provide modern classrooms, laboratories, lecture halls and other essential facilities to support current and future teaching methods, curricula and educational technologies
- Improve campus life for students, faculty and staff by creating a campus designed to foster interaction and create community
- Enhance AUC's contributions to Egypt and the region
Construction and Landscaping
More than 75 percent of the stone in the Alumni Wall that circles the campus was recycled from stone that would otherwise have been discarded as waste after cutting. A 1.6-kilometer service tunnel that runs beneath the central avenue along the spine of AUC’s campus is a key element making its overall pedestrian nature possible. Services accessible via the tunnel include all deliveries and pickups from campus buildings, fiber optic and technology-related wiring, major electrical conduits and plumbing for hot water, domestic water and chilled water for air conditioning. All other pipes for sewage, natural gas, irrigation and fire fighting are buried on the campus, outside the tunnel, around buildings as needed for their purposes.
The AUC New Cairo was built using 24,000 tons of reinforcing steel, as well as 115,000 square meters of stone, marble, granite cladding and flooring. More than 7,000 workers worked two shifts on the construction site.
Sandstone for the walls of campus buildings is all from a single quarry in Kom Ombo, 50 kilometers north of Aswan. The stone arrived by truck in giant muti-ton blocks, which were cut and shaped for walls, arches and other uses at a stone-cutting plant built on the site. The walls were constructed according to energy management systems which reduce campus air conditioning and heating energy use by at least 50 percent as compared to conventional construction methods.
All of the all trees, shrubs and plants — with the exception of the date palms — were propagated and grown at AUC’s Desert Development Center. Many of the trees shade the campus’s 2,000-plus parking places. The total number of date palms is 1,216 and there are a total number of 6,970 trees.