New construction and remodeling measures will create a central science quarter
With the construction of the new Building C and the associated remodeling of the site, the HWG LU site at Ernst-Boehe-Strasse 4 in Ludwigshafen-Mundenheim will be developed into a central science quarter. The three-story new building, which covers a usable area of almost 14,000m2, is scheduled for completion in April 2023. HWG LU facilities previously scattered around the city will then be brought together at this main location.
Overall, an identity-creating, experience-rich as well as interdisciplinary connection between the departments as well as buildings A, B and C is to be established. The construction of a central campus is expected to generate synergy effects in the areas of administration, teaching and research, as well as in building operating costs, making previous rentals largely superfluous. Following the completion and occupation of Building C, the renovation of the existing Buildings A and B is planned for 2025. A construction period of 18 months is estimated for this.
At the groundbreaking ceremony in 2019, the then university president Prof. Dr. Peter Mudra commented on the significance of the new building for HWG LU: "After completion of the new building, conditions for students, faculty and staff will be significantly improved, and for the first time there will be a joint campus - an important step also in the context of the merger in 2008 of the two previously independent universities of applied sciences in Ludwigshafen and a milestone in the development of the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences!"
Ceremonial groundbreaking in November 2019
On November 8, 2019, HWG LU held a ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new construction of the future Building C. Science Minister Prof. Dr. Konrad Wolf, Ludwigshafen Mayor Jutta Steinruck, State Secretary of Finance Dr. Stephan Weinberg and LBB Managing Director Holger Basten honored this milestone in the development of Ludwigshafen University with their welcoming addresses.
Design of the new building
The new building cube covers an area of 45 x 125 meters and has three floors. The first floor is divided into the northern library and lecture hall wing and the southern refectory/cafeteria and kitchen wing. Adjacent to the library with 1,981m2 of usable space is an auditorium with 148 seats. The new refectory/cafeteria has 536 seats and is designed for 1,500 meals per day. The two upper floors also house lecture halls, offices, seminar and event rooms, language labs, dean's office administration, student service rooms and the computer center. A green area of 17 percent, in this case 6,000m2, will be realized on the site. The central campus square, planned as a communication and recreation area, will be shaded by a densely planted grove of trees. Approximately 150 trees and 100 large shrubs will be newly planted. Traffic and outdoor facilities will be greened with grasses, ground covers, small shrubs and lawns. In addition, 243 additional parking spaces will provide around 400 parking spaces in the future.
Modern energy concept
The new building is characterized by highly efficient insulation of roof and wall surfaces and the modern district heating system. The photovoltaic system installed on the flat roof with an output of 46 KWp (kilowatt peak) also contributes to the building's energy supply with climate-friendly generated electricity. Energy-efficient construction and a healthy indoor climate are achieved, among other things, through the use of mineral plasters as well as emission-free wall paints, carpet and rubber floor coverings. The entire building is equipped with daylight- and presence-dependent LED lighting. In terms of thermal insulation, the new building will be 15 percent more effective than required by the EnEV 2016 energy-saving regulations.
Client and project partner
Theclient for all the above construction measures is the Ministry of Finance of Rhineland-Palatinate, represented by the Landau branch of the Landesbetrieb Liegenschafts- und Baubetreuung (LBB). The total project is budgeted at 67 million euros. In addition to the lead architect's office agn, another 24 planners, engineers and experts are involved in the overall design of the complex building. For the structural implementation, 56 trades are being put out to tender throughout Europe.
Building data at a glance:
- Usable floor space: new building 14,000 m², total: 22,885 m².
- Total construction costs: 67 million euros
- Start of construction (new building): September 2019
- Groundbreaking ceremony: November 8, 2019
- Completion (new building): December 2022
Michaela Sattel, LBB branch office Landau
Gudrun Biesenbach, LBB branch office Landau
HWP Planungsgesellschaft mbH, Stuttgart
Design and implementation planning
agn Niederberghaus & Partner GmbH, Ibbenbüren
Horn + Horn, Ingenieurbüro für Bauwesen GbR, Neumünster
Ingenieurbüro Gerhard Wirth, Landau (inspection)
Ingenieurbüro i4e GmbH, Lebach (electrical)
IBP Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Völklingen (HLS)
Ingenieurbüro Schaller, Karlsruhe (kitchen technology)
Schüßler-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Frankfurt/Main
Olschewski LandschaftsArchitekten, Ludwigshafen
Health and safety coordination
GefAS mbH, Ludwigshafen
Fire protection experts
Endreß Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Ludwigshafen
ARCADIS Deutschland GmbH, Karlsruhe