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Info meeting on the decision

Interest in the Campus LiU 2015 project after the board’s decision was so great that a different room had to be found. The participants of the meeting got to hear a lot about architecture, finances and schedules.

University Director Kent Waltersson opened the meeting by explaining something about the decision itself. The Campus LiU 2015 issue has been with us for a long time, including those on the board. In November 2013 the board decided to give the vice-chancellor the job of signing a planning agreement. And that preparation work has been going on until now.

The board also decreed that the leasing costs should not exceed 15% of the university’s total turnover. According to the current budget we will be just under, with not more than 14.5%.

The board also gave the vice-chancellor the task of obtaining permission to sign leasing contracts for longer than ten years, which is the normal duration. The government will make the decision on this. In addition the university will work more with improving efficiency of premises in accordance with the report that has been produced and we will continue to work on the sharing of premises costs.

“The offer presented to the board was an attractive one,” Mr Waltersson said. “The record low interest rates are very much in our favour. As is the way we prepared the proposal. A well-executed process with a lot of discussion, dialogue, and concretisation, both internally and with Akademiska Hus and the architects. We will continue with these dialogues, but now the question is not IF we build, but HOW.”

Karolina Ganhammar presentting Campus LiU 2015. The preparation work for Campus LiU 2015 has been under way since 2012, within the project but also in steering committees and four work groups that drew up the vision document. In the coming work the steering committees will remain in place, as will a number of reference groups.

Karolina Ganhammar presented drawings showing what the new buildings and the renovated D Building will look like. (See presentation at the bottom of the page). She also explained how the new student building will be energy efficient, how we will have a clear entrance to Campus Valla, how we will be able to house the whole administration together and how we will bring the collaboration staff, now at Mjärdevi, onto the campus.

The Origo Building will be dismantled and the construction material will be recycled; other materials may be offered for sale. The aim is to get the new building classed as a Gold-class Environmental Building (Miljöbyggnad); this is why a lot of wood has gone into the building. Daylight and acoustics are also important factors here.

The move into D Building will occur in two phases:

  • In phase 1, University Management, University Services, the Financial Division, the Human Resources Division, the Legal Division and the directors will move.
  • In phase 2, Communications and Marketing Division, Properties Division, Internal Audit and IT will move in.

A showroom on floor 3 of D Building is being prepared and will be ready by the end of April. This will give visitors the opportunity to see alternative decor and furnishings and also to try sitting and working in an open plan office space. The showroom will be opened on 16 April at 13:00. The room will be staffed on 17 April, 9:00 to 13:00 and then during week 17 from 12:00 to 13:30. All other times, everyone at University Services will have access to the room with their LiU cards.

LiU will now sign a preliminary leasing agreement with Akademiska Hus; this is always done up until the premises are ready. The basic calculations are shown in the presentation below.


  • Dismantling of Origo Building: September 2016 – November 2016.
  • Construction of new student building: December 2016 – October 2018
  • D Building phase 1: November 2015 – June 2016
  • D Building phase 2: October 2018 – September 2019
  • Zenit Building: October 2018 – March 2019

Renovation and new construction will involve a reduced area of 6,500 square metres on Campus Valla.
The amount of energy purchased will also be reduced by means of solar cells, new lighting and an overhaul of the laboratories.

Karolina Ganhammar also presented the prognosis for the development of costs for premises. The difference in cost of premises, if we calculate inclusive and exclusive of the Campus LiU 2015 project, is not so great. If the project had not been taken up we would still have had to put money into renovations and alterations. There is a table showing this in the presentation material.

The work in the project is now continuing, with users’ meetings for the student building; three meeting per function should be completed in June. Users’ meetings for D Building phase 1 will be completed in April. The planning meeting will begin in the spring, before the faculty offices are vacated. During the vacation the faculties will be housed together in Terra Building. Other activities are furniture inventories and move planning. A project room will be opening in KY 22 beginning on 22 March.

Next information meeting is 19 May, 12:30 - 14:00. The location will be announced later.

The Campus LiU project will also have an email address: campusliu@liu.se. You will always be able to reach someone from the project there.


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Elisabet Wahrby 2015-03-06

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Last updated: 2015-03-18