First status report
Over the summer we were finally able to renovate Colosseum. The renovation included new floors, ceilings, walls, and lighting and new versatile furniture so that Colosseum can still be used for fairs and ticket sales, while also creating better group study areas. The students expressed a wish for a re-equipping of C Building and with this renovation and the opening of new restaurants and cafés last year we hope, step by step, to be creating a more pleasant C Building.
During the summer Nationernas Hus (the student union building) also received a thorough facelift and along with the new opening on 13th August NH will also change name to Kollektivet. A report with pictures from both Colosseum and Kollektivet will be put on our website very soon.
Within Campus LiU’s relatively long timetable the first phase of the renovation of D Building is next in line. Early next autumn University Management, University Services, the HR Department, the Finance Division, the Legal Division and the University Director’s Special Panel will move into new office environments in D Building. Work will probably begin in November, which is just a few months away, and before that there are many pieces of the puzzle to be fitted in.
The work currently being carried out along Mäster Mattias Road will move to other locations on campus. The press office will continue to operate from the north-west corner of Key Building, in the former Language lab. LiU reception, the Switchboard and Teleservice will be moved to Valla Library and the reception and the library can then start their planned collaboration resulting from the construction of Studenthus Valla. The International Office is to move from D Building to HusEtt Building where it will remain until moving into Studenthus Valla. The teaching rooms currently occupied by the departments which are located in the new office areas will be rehoused near those departments’ other premises. Thanks to the LEA inquiry other teaching rooms can be replaced by increasing use of other classrooms on campus.
During the renovation Valla Library will be open as usual but there will be disruption from demolition work. As soon as we receive a renovation schedule from landlords Akademiska Hus we will release more information about this and during the work we will give regular updates about the construction phases and how the work will affect those working in the building.
We are in an intensive planning phase for Studenthus Valla, drawings are being studied and construction planners are working full out to produce architectural plans. In parallel with this work subprojects necessary for functions in the new building are being run. These include various technical support solutions for the building, for example premises booking and a ticket management system for student services. These projects will be run by different units of the administration and they will be ready for implementation when the building is ready.
During the autumn we will hold more user meetings with the divisions and departments that will be moving into D Building in phase 1, and the faculty offices who will be moving to temporary premises in Terra Building. The meetings will principally deal with fittings, furniture and planning the move.
It is still possible to go and try working in the demonstration room in D Building. You can just turn up and sit down and work if the room is free. If you would like to book the room drop us an email. From November parts of D Building will be closed for building work, so take the opportunity to visit the room before that.
We are looking forward to being able to show more pictures and give more information about both Studenthus Valla and D Building at our next information meeting on September 30th from 12.30-14.00 in Vallfarten.
Best wishes from Karolina Ganhammar, University Architect and Frida Ekman, Chief Project Manager, Campus LiU 2015.
Last updated: 2015-09-07