Freiburg: Protestant University for Applied Sciences celebrates inauguration

The new building of the Protestant University for Applied Sciences Freiburg was inaugurated on October 13, 2014 in a ceremony attended by numerous guests, university staff, and students. The extension building was completed on schedule after a construction time of 17 months on time for the start of winter semester 2014/15. The real estate consulting firm Drees & Sommer was responsible for ensuring adherence to budget and schedule. The new building was designed by Lamott + Lamott Freie Architekten BDA.

Built in 1975 in the Freiburg district of Weingarten, the university was originally designed for 500 students. The new extension building will allow up to 900 students to be accommodated, nearly doubling the university’s capacity. The Evangelical State Church of Baden paid the construction costs of EUR 7.8 million.

20 meters high and 22 meters wide, the new building has a gross floor area of 2,300 square meters. It contains a large auditorium seating 230, five seminar rooms, a cafeteria for 100 persons, and staff offices. All rooms are transparent and of open design. The cafeteria and the lounge area on the ground floor, in particular, are predominantly made of glass. In future, this level will serve as an open meeting and communication space for students, staff, conference guests and neighbors. The two upper levels – with the meeting rooms and auditorium – are for teaching and learning. The entire building meets wheelchair-accessibility criteria, including elevators. 

Particular importance was attached to sustainability and energy efficiency of the new building. This is demonstrated by the fact that the finished building’s consumption falls at least 22 percent below the requirements of the current Energy Conservation Ordinance (EnEV). Energy efficiency is made possible by a combination of triple glazing and compact building design. The fair-face concrete floors are used for thermal energy storage. Also, the new building makes use of renewable local materials.