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Every two weeks, UvA Real Estate Development (HO) gives an update on the development of ASP 942. In this edition: information about the schedule of requirements, the tendering procedure and the planned location.

Background

As the Faculty of Science has undergone significant growth, a corresponding expansion of its accommodation has become necessary. Next to Science Park 904, we will therefore be constructing a recognisable and appealing building to accommodate the staff and students of the Informatics Institute (IvI) and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC). The new building will also house the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI), which was set up this year. This will make the Amsterdam Science Park a world-class Artificial Intelligence (AI) hotspot. The municipal authorities of Amsterdam have promised to support the initiative and the Executive Board has freed up resources in the 2019 Framework Letter & Budget.

The building will become a leading destination for education, research and enterprise in the field of information sciences and will prove highly attractive to talent. This will also make Amsterdam Science Park an excellent location for the organisation of international events and for visiting top scholars.

In consultation with the Faculty of Science, the ASP 942 building programme has been finalised to include around 8,400 m² of Net Functional Area, resulting in a building with some six floors.

Project team

A project team has been set up that, alongside the Faculty of Science and the IvI and ILLC research institutes, which are directly involved, also includes representatives of the various units. Steered by the Real Estate Development project leader, this team will supervise the preparation process and provide advice relating to choices and decisions that must be made.

Schedule of Requirements

The ambitions for the new facility will be specified in a Schedule of Requirements (SoR). For example, these ambitions relate to the space requirements and the relationship between the various areas. In recent weeks, five working groups have begun to formulate these ambitions. At the start of August, the SoR will be supplied by the supervising advisers and finalised by the Faculty of Science's management team.

Planning

Once the ambitions have been established, a great deal of work is still required before the construction process can actually start. In order to satisfy the European legislation for construction and tendering procedures, preparations were already made in June 2018 for the selection of an architect, a construction company, an installation adviser and an adviser for building physics, fire safety and acoustics. The selection process will be completed on 1 November 2018 and the chosen architect, construction company and advisers will jointly form the Design Team (DT). This DT will then design the building in just under one year. During the design process, the DT will also use the working groups that were set up previously as sounding boards. The construction work will then start and the new building is scheduled to be taken into use at the end of 2021.

Location

The UvA has agreed on the location of the new building in consultation with the municipality of Amsterdam. The new facility will soon be developed on the field next to ASP904. This is currently a rather barren field with two football goals, but will soon boast an appealing and recognisable building.

In addition to drawing up the Schedule of Requirements and selecting the Design Team, further details about the location are also required. This includes the composition of the soil. How deep is the sand layer that is to support the foundations? Several boreholes are expected to be drilled at the end of August/beginning of September for this purpose.

Communication

The project team will bring out an update every two weeks to keep all interested parties up to date with the construction work and the accompanying preparations (less often during the holiday period). The next update will be published at the end of August/beginning of September.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this project, please send them in an email to info-science@uva.nl. The Faculty of Science's Communications department will keep track of questions received. The main questions will be answered in a subsequent update.