Every two weeks, UvA Real Estate Development gives an update on the development of ASP942 (working title). This time featuring: the granting of space for investment within the compass of the agreed framework letter, the approved Schedule of Requirements and the selection process for architect and advisors.
The 2019 Framework Letter has been agreed by the Executive Board and approved by the UvA’s representative advisory bodies. As a result, the proposal to grant space for investment to foster growth on the part of the Faculty of Science and the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) initiative has been incorporated into the investment table for the Accommodations Plan.
During the month of July staff and students submitted input through five working groups for the Schedule of Requirements for the new-build ASP942. The following working groups were involved: Education/Study Places; Research/Special Facilities; Offices; Technology and Co-creation.
The Schedule of Requirements was approved by the Faculty of Science’s Board on 7 August. This document sets out the fundamental qualitative principles for the new-build structure.
The ambition is to merge education, research, innovation and collaborative efforts with third parties on information science within a single building. To this end, the UvA is aiming to create a sustainable, healthy, inspiring, flexible and smart building. The intention is to design a gas-free building and to satisfy the guidelines for a building that is almost energy-neutral in line with the BENG requirements.
A few characteristics that the building is to satisfy, as set out in the Schedule of Requirements:
For the purposes of selecting architects and advisors (the Design Team), the UvA is obliged to follow European regulations on tendering. The first round of the tendering process yielded a high-quality response. By the end of October a definite decision will have been made, enabling the final design work to get under way from 1 November onwards.
A meeting with all working groups that contributed to the Schedule of Requirements will be held on 28 August. A number of topics that the Schedule of Requirements encompasses, including education, co-creation and catering, will be fleshed out in more detail after that meeting.
Fleshing out the details will give the Design Team (DT) sufficient information to enable them to make a good start on designing the new building. During the design period future users will also be involved in the design process at the stage of producing the Final Design. The architect will create a basis for this beforehand.
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