The department is as old as the University and initially, it was known as Maintenance/Capital Works. later on, the the housing section was seperated under the Housing registrar.
The department has had a number of Estates Managers. To mention briefly, Mr. Grimes was the first to head the department followed by Mr. Gitonga Mwaniki, Mr. Daniel Oriko, Prof. P. M. Syagga (acting), Mr. Riungu, Mrs Sarah Ngugi, Mr Tracisio M. Thuita and now QS. Andrew K. Mbuku who is the current Acting Director.
In 1980's the Housing and Maintenance sections were merged to form the estates department and the Capital works remained on its on.
In the mid 2000's, the Housing and Maintenance as a department was seperated whereby Estates Department became a department on its own and Construction and Maintenance formed another department. Despite the seperation, the departments work together due to their nature of functions.