OBJECTIVES
Nigerian Project Initiators
:: Project coordinator
:: Architect
:: Community Planner
:: Construction Engineer
:: Accountant
:: Finance Specialist
:: Lawyer
:: Real Estate Expert
:: Marketing Specialist
:: Industrial Engineer
Foreign Project Initiators
:: Project coordinator
:: Architect
:: Community Planner
:: Construction Engineer
:: Accountant
:: Finance Specialist
:: Lawyer
:: Real Estate Expert
:: Marketing Specialist
:: Industrial Engineer
Rendering of a proposed
affordable house
Schematic view of a steel
framed house
Elevation of proposed
affordable house
Floor Plan of  proposed
affordable house
Tentative map of 576
subdivided plots with
internal roads, green and
commercial areas
Photograph of a typical
dwelling generally found in
most African countries
Photo of a steel framed
house under construction
in Kansas City
Photo of a steel framed
house under
construction in Kansas
City
Workman pouring cement
over wire mesh lath of the
exterior wall of a steel
framed house



“ The starting point for a better world is the belief that it is possible”

Norman Cousins, philosopher and author

“Our Project is not just about “bricks and mortars” and the building of homes, but also about
the building of new neighborhoods and improved quality of life. Neighborhoods where
families can live closer to employment opportunities, schools, recreation facilities, public
transportation and work together to build security and stability in their community”
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2. PROJECT OBJECTIVES


2.1 Provide low cost housing

After completing the study of the Infrastructure, the project planners: the Architect, the
Construction Engineer and the Community Planner will search for the best construction
method for the affordable houses.  

Their choice will be dictated by such factors as affordability, strength, durability,
functionality and ease of maintenance, local environmental conditions and external
appearance.   

The design that they will select should favor prefabrication to allow for the construction
of the maximum number of houses in the shortest possible time frame.  

The project planners should design the affordable homes to be:

1.     Healthy and comfortable.
2.     Solid and secure.
3.     Airy with maximum use of daylight.
4.     Expendable with minimum cost
5.     Culturally sensitive to needs
6.     Improving the quality of life
7.     Inexpensive to purchase

In our project we assume that an average household will generally consist of a husband
and wife, two teenagers of working age, a younger child and probably a couple of
elderly parents. This assumption is based on the latest birthrate and population
statistics of Nigeria.   

Our initial choice of modular house goes for fifty-seven square meters detached, one
level bungalow with three bedrooms, a living /dining room, a bathroom and a kitchen.
The proposed house layout and elevation drawings can be found in the annex.  

Such a house will be built on a plot of land of one hundred and forty square meters.   

The system of construction of the houses will be largely prefabricated.  

The house will consist of a metallic structure of 6” light gauge galvanized steel studs
capable of sustaining a wind pressure of 200 kilometers per hour.  

The studs will be precut to sizes, assembled in workshops located on site and erected
by skilled laborers over a pre-installed concrete foundation plate. It is estimated that a
team of seven installers can erect the house in three days.  

The exterior walls will consist of humidity & sag-resistant fiber cement panels
adequately insulated.
The roof will be formed of OSB sheathing, roofing felt and shingles fixed over the
metallic roof trusses.
The interior walls will consist of humidity & sag resistant dry wall panels and vinyl
baseboards encased in the metallic structure.  

The design will provide for wooden interior doors, steel exterior doors and vinyl windows
with insulated glass.  

The kitchen and the bathroom will be delivered with all the necessary fixtures,
appliances and cabinets.
The installed cost of such a house is initially estimated at eight thousand US dollars,
including the sanitary and electrical installation and equipment, but excluding the costs
of the infrastructure. These estimates are borrowed from an earlier affordable housing
project that was submitted in 2002 to the Government of the Dominican Republic.  

At this point, it is necessary to point out that the initial concept that has been developed
above is merely a suggestion and an illustration. The Foreign and the Nigerian
Architects and the Construction Engineers, from the two teams of Initiators, will
reevaluate this concept in depth and will ultimately select among a variety of model
houses, the design best adapted for its purpose.   

In addition, we expect to receive valuable advices and technical assistance from the
international and local mentors who will volunteer to help into making this project
realizable and fully effective.


2.2 Enhancing the Social Environment


The residents of the affordable housing communities require basic social facilities, such
as education and health care.   

Building such facilities must take place early in the construction process. They should
be available soon after the residents take possession of their new houses.  

The Urban Planners and the Community Affairs Specialist will work closely with the
Architects and the Construction Engineers to ensure that all the members of the
community receive high quality services. Their proposals must be compared with similar
projects executed in Nigeria and overseas.   
Here, as elsewhere in the project, the factors of cost and functionality will be a major
consideration in the design of the Service buildings.  

One matter that should be resolved is whether the cost of construction of the Service
buildings should form part of the Affordable Housing Project or whether it should be the
responsibility of the local government?

The Project initiators, assisted by outside mentors and consultants, will discuss all
these matters and more during the Study phase of the Project. Their recommendations
will be included in the final proposals that will be presented to the Nigerian Government
for approval.  

The guiding objective throughout will be the ultimate well being of the future occupants
of the affordable housing communities.  


2.3 Building Industrial Parks near the Residential Settlements

In the Introduction we demonstrated the necessity to build factory parks alongside the
housing settlements to provide a source of income to the prospective purchasers of the
low-cost homes. Some industries that could be introduced in the factory parks are the
furniture industry, the light metal industry, the apparel and shoe industry, the
manufacture of building materials and the agro-industrial products.  

It is recommended that a careful and detailed research of the local and the overseas
markets should precede the building of the factories. The Marketing Management
Initiators assisted by the Nigerian Government will undertake this survey.  

The results will enable the Development Company to define the broad lines of its
Industrialization Program for the factory parks.   

Following this exercise the Architects, the Construction Engineers, and the Industrial
Engineers will proceed in concert to design and build the basic structures that will
house the future factories. Broad concepts and principles that generally apply to all
industrial buildings will be adopted for this purpose. In instances when some tenants
have already signed in at this early stage, their input and recommendations will be
incorporated in the designs.  

The buildings will be sold in their basic form to the Business Community. The task of
finishing and adapting the individual factories will be left to the owners or tenants of the
premises.