A highly sustainable building opened at UAntwerp on 2 June 2016.
A BTES field, concrete core activation, a hydraulic pipe network: the brand new Building Z on UAntwerp’s Campus Groenenborger is a model of sustainability – a very good thing for the environment and the budget, of course, but also for students and researchers in the Faculty of Applied Engineering. Their new infrastructure is at once also a fascinating research object.
Jan Meersman and Kwinten Crauwels of DMT architects focussed on the functionality and rationality of the building. "The complex includes building workshops, a diverse range of labs, garages with heavy machinery, computer labs and offices. What makes it so special is that the students have been following the design and building process from close up, and the professors were also closely involved."
The Faculty of Applied Engineering has been part of the University of Antwerp since 2013. The four study programmes are currently taught at the Paardenmarkt and Hoboken campuses, but students of Electromechanics, Chemistry, Electronics-ICT and Construction will attend classes at Campus Groenenborger as of academic year 2016-2017.
One big lab
The technological highlights of this building are a good thing for the environment and for the energy bill, but at the same time they represent a great big research lab for students and researchers on the Electromechanics and Construction programmes.
"The labs are connected to the technical installations," says Walter Sevenhans, dean of the Faculty of Applied Engineering. "This is obviously very useful for scientific experiments. The techniques used in the building are easily visible, and therefore ideal for demonstrating the course content – which often focuses on energy and sustainability – on the spot."