The Decision Made By Tu Wien To Remain At Its Existing, Inner-City Location Is, And Shall Remain, The Right One.
Since the initiative first launched back in 2006, 'TU UniverCity' has seen TU Wien involved in a number of building projects with the aim of enhancing the quality of its research and teaching facilities. In addition to its purely structural aspects, the building project is playing an increasingly important role when it comes to establishing a confident, forward-thinking university culture.
The main features of the project cover two of the eight faculties at one of the four inner-city sites of Karlsplatz, Freihaus, Getreidemarkt and Gußhaus/Favoritenstraße, as well as the site of the Science Center laboratory at the Arsenal military complex. It’s all about making the most of the available space and improving conditions for colleagues and students alike as they go about their research, educational and administrative activities.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone associated with TU for their commitment, understanding and patience throughout this project.
TU Univercity 2015 + new dimension = TU UniverCity
The ongoing building work at the heart of the 'TU UniverCity' project is transforming TU Wien from its traditional roots to a modern city campus. Every aspect of the initiative is geared towards creating the ideal environment for colleagues and students alike, cementing Vienna’s status as a scientific and economic hub. The 'TU Univercity 2015' project was launched back in 2006 with the aim of completely redesigning the layout of TU Wien by the time of its 200th anniversary celebrations in 2015.
A lot of the groundwork has already been completed, with other plans of action developed further still, including the ‘Plus-Energie-Bürohochhaus’ – the world’s first energy-plus office tower – in the heart of the capital. The Science Center site for the large-scale and specialist laboratories at the Arsenal was opened and the launch of the 'Lehartrakt' hi-tech research and teaching building brought to life a new chemical laboratory. What’s more, Austria’s fastest supercomputer (VSC) came into being as part of a joint venture between several universities, and the TU started to reorganise its infrastructure based on a sophisticated and fair spatial management system.
And whilst our university also recorded increasing student numbers (with an increase of 50% since 2006), it still saw a significant increase in its research performance (through ERC grants, EU projects, CD Laboratories, publications and other third-party resources).
The time has now come to start the second building phase at the Arsenal-based Science Center, carry out the much-needed restoration of the main Karlsplatz building to ensure it remains safe, and provide an efficient research and teaching infrastructure for all those involved in the faculties and institutes. As Austria’s largest research and teaching institute for technology and natural sciences, TU Wien is capitalising on its 'TU UniverCity' project to emphasise that 'technology for people' is what it’s all about.
Vice Rector for Infrastructure
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