Artist Gijs Frieling will produce the new artwork for Atlas, the former Main Building that is currently being renovated. With his draft design, Where is science going? he won the commission to produce a phased artwork. The Executive Board has since approved his nomination by the Art Committee.
Safety will have the highest priority over the coming two years while the Atlas building is undergoing renovation, said Arno van den Thillart, regional director of construction company Van Wijnen. If necessary, he is prepared to arrange a daily bulletin on the renovation work. Today in Impulse, the former premises of Electrical Engineering and now converted into a luxury construction cabin, the formal project kick-off was held.
For campus dwellers as well as visitors it is guesswork what is going on inside Atlas (formerly called Hoofdgebouw). That is why early next year, next to the colossus to be renovated, a digital screen will be set up to show the progress that is being made. Also, a model of the new façade of Atlas will be displayed between the pond and the 'markthal' and there will be guided tours for employees.
After the current renovation is completed, the main building of TU/e, known now as Atlas, will be the world’s most sustainable education building. The design of the building has been awarded the highest BREEAM score ever in the category for construction projects in education: 93,86 per cent. BREEAM is the most commonly used method to measure the sustainability of buildings and has already been used for 250,000 buildings worldwide.
The contractor’s plan still needs to be approved officially, but the rehabilitation and demolishing of the Hoofdgebouw will probably start later this month. The project will last an estimated twelve months, after which there will be nothing left but the concrete carcass of the building, ready to be rebuilt.
What brought TU/e students to Hoofdgebouw, and what will make them visit the renovated bulding? Which TU/e buildings are their favorites, and why? DH hopes to answer these questions with the help of a survey created by two students of Psychology & Technology.
The ‘gates’ to the NS train station and TU/e campus are a mere ten-minute walk apart. Still, starting next month, students and staff can take a bus to travel to and from TU/e. The bus makes its route four times an hour during peak hours (7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.) and has four stops on campus.
The Hoofdgebouw at TU/e will be given a new look. Large-scale renovation of the building has started already. In 2018, the Hoofdgebouw be the new home base of the departments of Industrial Design and Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, the Executive Board, and all supporting services (excluding STU).