Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall to be inaugurated
A new nine-storey building which will house the central administrative offices of De La Salle University-Manila will be inaugurated on August 15.
Named the Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall in honor of Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengcos father, the new edifice, according to Br. Rolando Dizon, FSC, president of the De La Salle University System, will be the nerve center of the university as well as the hub of university activities with its theater and teleconference rooms.
The building is a donation of Ambassador Yuchengco, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations and chairman of the Yuchengco Center.
The building has four elevators, four exit stairways, 20 classrooms, six teleconference rooms and a three-storey auditorium that can seat 1,100 persons. The auditorium is named Teresa G. Yuchengco Auditorium in honor of the late wife of Ambassador Yuchengco.
The Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall has a total floor area of 12,254 square meters. It will also house the Yuchengco Center, a research center that conducts studies on Northeast and Southeast Asian economic cooperation and foreign relations.
Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, president of the center, said that This new home of our center will enable us to expand our research projects and library, sponsor more forums and host more visiting scholars.
The buildings construction began in June 2000, at the former site of the Brother Athanasius Gymnasium. A special feature of the building is the controlled central computer for building automation, particularly in the air conditioning and fire protection systems.
The building is of neo-classical architecture, a motif consistent in most of La Salle establishments. It also has floor finishes made of granite and has the most intricate precast materials used in the university.
The central administration building project is headed by Engineer Aurellano de la Cruz, vice president for System Administrative Services and Br. Crisanto Moreno, FSC, director of De La Salle-Antipolo, with EEI Corportion as the main contractor. The architects are Ricardo S.D. Gutierrez and Lerma Evangelista.