Building science is a growing area of expertise that bridges the gaps between architecture, engineering, testing and building research. This discipline is recognised as crucial to the success of minimising the impact of the built environment on the natural world in all phases of the building's lifecycle, including design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance, and demolition.
The Department of Building was established in the 2015/2016 session together with the Department of Architecture and Quantity Surveying in the Faculty of Environment Science of the University to offer a 5 year programme in B.Sc. Building. In the future, the department plans to offer postgraduate course in Construction Management, Construction Technology and Low Carbon Building Services.
For a start, the Department currently has eight academic staff comprising of a visiting Professor of Building, Professor Muhammad Magaji Garba who is also the Head of Department and an expatriate Professor of Civil Engineering, Professor Mumtaz Ahmed Sohag. There are five other lecturers majoring in construction management, construction technology and structures.
The philosophy underlying Building Education is to develop and advance the Science and practices of building technology, construction management and building services. It is important to emphasise that building technology involves building assembly/construction techniques, construction of building process in the areas of site management, contract management, financial management, building production and maintenance Building graduates are therefore expected to devote substantial part of their lives to solving national problems on how to make Nigeria technologically and truly independent and break new grounds in all aspects of building techniques and processes.
Our objectives is to establish an academic centre of excellence for the pursuit of knowledge in science, technology and management in the building design and construction processes, which are relevant to our nation, region and the tropical environmental context. The department also aim to train competent graduates in building construction process and its management. In addition, the programme should provide sufficient general knowledge and specified skills/techniques which will enable the professional builder to co-ordinate and control the technological, economic, human and material resources involved in the building process.
The building graduate is also trained to interact with other allied professionals in the construction industry and be fully equipped for public service and self-employment.