MAINTAINABILITY, DESIGN PROCESSES AND BUILDING SERVICES: A CASE STUDY OF SELECTED BUILDINGS IN THE RIVERS STATE UNIVERSITY
1Chioma Okandu*, 2Chizy Akani, PhD and 2Warebi Brisibe, PhD
1. Post graduate Candidate, Department of Architecture, Rivers State University, Port-Harcourt
2. Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Rivers State University, Port-Harcourt
The paper examines the issues of building maintenance of public buildings from an architectural design-based perspective. It considered the critical role design plays in achieving the optimal functionality of building services throughout the building life span. Design related elements and components which facilitate maintainability are discussed. Institutional buildings at the university in their current state are considered against these dimensions. The research adopts a case study/ review approach. The study focused on multi-story structures existing in the university. Findings of the study reveal poor considerations for maintainability in design processes, resulting in inefficiency of building services on a large scale.
Key words: Maintainability, Building Maintenance, Building Services, Design Process