Start rehabilitation Hoofdgebouw probably late June9 June 2015
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.
Initially, rehabilitation and demolishing won’t be all too visible from the outside, says Mirjam van Rooij of DH. All asbestos will be removed from the building first, floor by floor – a rather time-consuming process. Only after that they’ll start the demolishing work.
It’s expected that in a year’s time the Hoofdgebouw will be nothing but a concrete carcass. The façade of the building will remain for as long as possible lest the concrete will suffer from weather conditions like rain and frost, Van Rooij explains. “The façade will stay right up to the moment the building contractor takes over.”
Rehabilitation and demolishing works will start as soon as the plan submitted by the contractor, who won the tender, is approved. According to Van Rooij it’s only a matter of details, and she expects the plan to be approved later this month. The moment the company starts its construction activities, the parking lot and outdoor bicycle parking next to the building will become unavailable. The road between Hoofdgebouw and Auditorium will also be closed.
Following the plans of DH, the renovated building should be completed somewhere around September, 2018. It will then be the new home to Industrial Design and Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, and all supporting services at TU/e.
The quality of education seems to have slipped at TU/e. In the latest Dutch-language guide to universities (Keuzegids Universiteiten), Eindhoven's university has dropped from third place in the overall ranking to seventh place in the course of a year. "It's understandable but it's not good," says President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers, "and it is all the more reason to push on with introducing an upper limit on student intake to our programs. This is a result of the strong growth in student numbers."
Eindhoven's iGEM team has arrived in Boston. In the coming days, the students will participate in the Giant Jamboree, competing with nearly three hundred teams from all over the world. Their competition entry is their project GUPPI, in which they propose encapsulating tumors in a gel to prevent them growing and spreading.
As well as professors, from now on associate professors (UHD-1) at TU/e may also confer doctoral degrees on PhD candidates. Sixty associate professors were awarded the right to confer doctoral degrees at the start of this academic year after the move was approved by the Upper House of Parliament in the Netherlands shortly before the summer recess. “We couldn't wait to introduce this here.”
Before you google yet another one of my invented diseases and subsequently begin to question the title of this story, let me tell you this. With a new academic year having begun and a shiny new batch of freshmen accompanying it, the university is full of people suffering from the so-called octopus syndrome.