Setting new standards in Nijmegen

Thursday 10 Nov 2011

Netherlands' most sustainable education building by LIAG begins onsite

This morning a start has been made in Nijmegen with the construction of a new building for the Education Faculty of HAN University of Applied Sciences. The building was designed by Thomas Bögl of architecture firm LIAG. Following its completion at the end of 2013 it will be the Netherlands' most sustainable education building.

In recent years there have been other newbuild projects at HAN Campus Nijmegen aimed at keeping pace with the growth in HAN’s student numbers. The building for the Education Faculty forms the culmination of the masterplan for this campus. It is an unconventional design with many differences in level and predominantly white walls combined with glass, which creates a pleasant interior climate.

The new building for the Education Faculty offers outstanding educational facilities for some 3,500 students, with a surface area of around 15,000 sq m for education purposes. There is a 3-storey car park under the building. The building’s two wings are joined together by an atrium. This makes it possible to take in the complete structure at a single glance, and also lets in a lot of extra daylight.

The building’s sustainability is promoted in numerous creative ways. The overall construction has been designed in such a way that all of the energy in the building is retained, for example. The ventilation and air conditioning systems in the new building have been innovatively integrated, which yields a substantial energy saving. Sustainable solutions have also been applied to water consumption, the use of materials, air quality, acoustic and visual comfort.

The new building will be healthy for members of staff and students alike, a building with a pleasant work and study environment. It also meets all of today’s local educational requirements. The new building will be located at the corner of Kapittelweg and Heyendaalseweg and will house the secondary school teacher training department, the Training and Human Development programme and Pabo (primary school teacher training) Groenewoud Nijmegen.

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