New building rises on campus
At its highest point, the building preliminarily dubbed ‘Campus Arena' will stand eight stories tall and dominate the landscape. The low-rise end of the building will feature a modern green roof, exterior stairs and a large westward-facing deck.
The new "Campus Arena" will sit at the heart of the TUT campus. It will serve as a nerve centre for academic learning, research and university-industry collaboration. The project is unique even on a global scale.
The Campus Arena will be built in the middle of the TUT campus in Hervanta, Tampere. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Technology Centre Hermia and a host of other hi-tech companies are located right next door. Thousands of top professionals, graduates and students work or study in the immediate neighbourhood.
Construction is scheduled to start this spring. The Arena will open its doors in 2015.
Services - all in one place
The Campus Arena will house the University's most commonly used services, such as student services, a library and a restaurant. In addition, the building will include a range of facilities where staff and students can work, study and hold meetings and exhibitions.
The tower portion of the building will accommodate office spaces that are available for hire by external companies. Around 40 per cent of the surface area will be reserved for businesses that have a direct connection to the University.
Campus Arena opens its doors in 2015
- modern new-build, eight stories high
- combines the University's most commonly used services under one roof in the middle of the campus
- 40 % of total surface area reserved for companies
- construction begins in May 2013
- due for completion in 2015
- constructed and marketed by University Properties of Finland Ltd
Later this spring, the University will launch a separate project to determine the services that will be available to companies and the members of the university community, respectively.
"Our goal is to enable companies, researchers, teachers and students to get together and build contacts, create synergies and achieve mutual benefits," says Anne-Mari Järvelin, TUT's newly appointed director of PR and partnerships.
By building the Campus Arena, TUT and University Properties of Finland Ltd are taking on a project that is unique even on a global scale.
"To our knowledge, nothing quite like this has ever been attempted before. However, similar elements can be found on the campus of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands," says Järvelin.
"We're convinced that the development of our campus will strengthen the University's reputation among students, researchers and companies and promote its image as a vibrant research community."
Changes to parking and walkways on campus
The campus parking arrangements will change from mid-April onwards due to the construction of the Campus Arena. For example, the parking spaces in front of the Main Building will no longer be available. More information about parking and walkways on campus will be posted on the University's website.