Wiley Campus – foundation stone laid for new HNU building

Neu-Ulm, 13.05.2016

HNU celebrates the laying of the foundation stone of the second HNU building with 150 guests from academia, business and politics. HNU President Professor Uta M. Feser lays the stone together with Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, Bavarian Minister of Education and Culture, Science and Art to officially open the start of construction.

Science Minister Dr. Ludwig Spaenle with HNU President Professor Uta M. Feser at the laying of the foundation stone.

"This second construction phase stands for the future of HNU, for its growth and for its importance as a regional educational institution with a network of international partners and contacts in business," said Professor Uta M. Feser, HNU President, in her welcoming address to the guests, among which were representatives from the cities of the region, the fields of business and academia as well as companies and agencies involved in the building's construction. In her speech, Professor Uta M. Feser emphasised that education prepared students for the international and increasingly globalised labour market and contributed to an innovative economic region staying innovative and sustainable. She said that the foundation had to be ideal to achieve this and that the HNU was contributing towards the objective.

Science Minister Dr. Ludwig Spaenle with HNU President Professor Uta M. Feser in the foreground. In the background from left to right: Thorsten Freudenberger, District Administrator, Frieder Vogelsgesang, Building Director of the State Building Authority Krumbach, and Mayor Gerold Noerenberg.

In his welcome to the "indoor foundation stone ceremony" (which had to be moved from the construction site to the hall due to rain), Science Minister Dr. Ludwig Spaenle said, "With this foundation stone for the HNU extension, we are also laying the foundation for strengthening Bavaria and the entire region as a centre of science." He described the development of the Bavarian university landscape from the original four universities to today's very tight network of universities and universities of applied sciences. "At the Bavarian universities of applied sciences, students not only learn specialised knowledge at the highest level, but also how to implement this knowledge practically. Institutions of higher education, companies and students alike benefit from a rapid transfer of knowledge between universities of applied sciences and practice", said Dr. Spaenle. "Good luck. And only the best to Neu-Ulm!"

The Free State of Bavaria invested approximately €26 million in the new building, expanding the HNU with the second phase of construction that will house more than 1,000 students. The HNU has almost doubled its number of students to nearly 4,000 since the main building was opened in 2008. With the completion of the second construction phase in 2018, teaching, applied research and further education in all departments will again be in one place – on the HNU Wiley Campus.

For Gerold Noerenberg, the Mayor of Neu-Ulm, the HNU is extremely important: "Today I am delighted to be able to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone with you – this is an important event for me. I say thanks to the Free State of Bavaria, which has recognised the importance of Neu-Ulm as an interface to Baden-Württemberg. Thanks also to the HNU – the drive of the HNU employees has made it possible that we could tackle this much-needed expansion. I hope you make good progress with the construction and continue with the blessing of the Bavarian state."

On the 8,000 m² of the new plot, a four-storey building with 3,876 m² of classrooms, offices and laboratories will be built in longitudinal alignment with the HNU main building facing east. Architects Fritsch + Tschaidse deliberately designed the bright new building to provide a counterpoint to the darker colours of the existing building. The main entrance will face the main building, forming a connection. The facade of the building will be divided by a horizontal window banding, its bright white panels corresponding to the facade design of the main building.

Data on construction stage II:

  • Start of construction: February 2016
  • Construction period: around 2 years
  • Completion: August 2018
  • Commissioning: September 2018
  • Building dimensions: 80 m long, 26 m wide, 14 m high
  • Number of storeys: 4 (basement, ground and 1st and 2nd floors)
  • Plot area (new): around 8,000 m²
  • Usable area in the building: 3,876 m²
  • Gross volume: 39,132 m³
  • Gross floor area: 8,065 m²
  • Number of bicycle parking spaces (new): 100
  • Number of car parking spaces (new): 255
  • Construction costs: approx. €26 million

More information:

Marcus Dingel, Head of Administration, marcus.dingel@hs-neu-ulm.de

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