Reconstruction Atlas is literally coming closer25 November 2016
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.
Main contractor Van Wijnen is now carrying out preparatory activities, in order to be able to start the structural stage in January. On the north side a platform lift has appeared which takes the builders up to the sixth floor and higher. At present asbestos is being removed from the lower floors of Atlas.
Prior to the removal of the old façade, which is scheduled for mid-March 2017, the contractor needs to do demolition work, build new concrete and steel structures and lay out the mains. At the beginning of December a section of the façade will be erected at eye level on the slabs between the pond and the 'markthal' of MetaForum. This mock-up will measure four by four meters and is intended to display the façade and assess it.
Early in 2017 Van Wijnen will set up a digital screen next to the temporary accommodation of the builders in the former Impuls building. Tuinder: “We want to show everybody who is interested as well as the builders the progress that is being made. At the peak of the construction activities there will be as many as 350 builders at work simultaneously. That will be from August 2017 until the spring of 2018.”
As of December 13 Real Estate Management will organize guided tours of Atlas for TU/e-employees, one every two or three months. Twenty persons at once, wearing safety shoes and helmets, can then make a tour of the building. Registration is desired.
For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.
TU/e has made a considerable leap in the prestigious international Times Higher Education World University Rankings that focus on the subject areas Engineering & Technology and Computer Science. TU/e belongs to the fifteen and eighteen best European universities on these subjects respectively. The THE ranking forms an important yardstick for government departments, policymakers and international students.