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Major maintenance work at REC J/K

REC J/K, the characteristic building with the brick chimney, is currently undergoing major maintenance work. This overhaul and the simultaneous quality improvement effort will ensure that the building remains optimally functional over the coming fifteen years. The work will be carried out over the course of a two-year period, during which the building will remain in use.

REC J/K, the former physics building and laboratory complex, currently accommodates several University of Amsterdam activities. With its characteristic brick chimney, the building is a landmark feature on the Roeterseiland campus.

Major maintenance work will be needed if we aim to keep using the building safely in accordance with current regulations. This overhaul and the simultaneous quality improvement effort will ensure that the building functions optimally over the coming ten to fifteen years. As part of the quality improvement effort, the new lecture rooms in the basement have been illuminated by natural light while the entrance was relocated to Nieuwe Achtergracht.

The entire project will be carried out in phases over a two-year period, during which the building will remain in use as much as possible. Most of the work in 2022 will focus on the low-rise buildings, with the high-rise buildings set to follow in 2023.

The overhaul will ensure that the distinctive REC J/K building meets current requirements again by 2024 while creating more space for academic education and collaborative partners and achieving a better balance between the campus and its surrounding residential area.

The location of the new main entrance of REC JK.
The location of the new main entrance of REC JK.

Information meeting for local residents (10 January 2022)

Facility Services, the University of Amsterdam's facilities organisation, is organising an online information meeting for local residents at 19:30 on Monday, 10 January 2022 to discuss the plans for Building J/K on the Roeterseiland campus.

Topics discussed during the information meeting will include:

  • the various phases of the renovation project;
  • the modifications to the building and their potential impact on the surrounding area;
  • A brief update on other developments at Roeterseiland.

Naturally, you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Registration

Unfortunately, the meeting will have to be held online due to the current COVID-related measures. Local residents have received an invitation to attend by regular mail. Interested parties can register by sending an email to w.vanzijl-barbe@uva.nl, and will receive a link enabling them to participate prior to the event. *The meeting is in Dutch.