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UWI’s Daaga Auditorium takes two ABS Caribbean Construction Awards

For Release Upon Receipt - April 12, 2011

St. Augustine

The administration at The University of the West Indies (UWI) clearly made a good decision when it commissioned the redesign of what is now known as the Daaga Auditorium, at the St. Augustine Campus, and another in choosing Gillespie and Partners to do the job.

On Monday March 21st, 2011, the Daaga Auditorium was granted the awards for Building of the Year and Large Building (less than 10,000 square feet) by Abel Building Solutions (ABS), a subsidiary of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies, at their Caribbean Construction Awards (CCAs), held at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.

Launched in 2006, the CCAs look at construction projects throughout the region, judging them on innovation, beauty, functionality of design, and quality of construction. Specific categories include architecture, engineering and construction in large building, small building and innovation.

Daaga Hall – originally a recreation centre for students of The UWI – was named in honour of an African ex-slave soldier and one of Trinidad’s earliest revolutionary leaders. The redesign began in 2004 and the building, renamed Daaga Auditorium, was completed in November 2009.

For further information, please contact the Campus Projects Office at 663-2208/ 645-7276, or via e-mail at


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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.