Building for our future
Digital transformation is resulting in more students, new study programmes and diverse teaching methods. The ZHAW aims to meet these current challenges with its spatial development plans.
We started the year with a pleasant occasion. On 14 January 2020, the cornerstone was laid for a new laboratory building for the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management at Campus Reidbach in Wädenswil. This will become a unique and modern centre for food and beverage technology when it opens in summer 2023.
In 2020, construction of significant buildings was completed at Campus Stadt-Mitte in Winterthur. The new Haus Richard Coray is located right next to Halle 189 and Halle 191 of the architecture department. Since February, the new building offers the civil engineering department a laboratory hall, workshops and various lecture halls, classrooms and workspaces. The utilisation concept also includes cooperative flats as well as commercial space and offices. Now that the civil engineers have relocated into the building, all the premises of the School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering are now at the same location.
Another milestone in the spatial development of the ZHAW was the completion of Haus Adeline Favre. Switzerland's largest education and research centre for health professions in the fields of nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, obstetrics as well as health promotion and prevention was officially opened on 28 August 2020. The event was attended by Silvia Steiner and Martin Neukom, both members of the Government Council of Zurich.
Over the next 15 years, the ZHAW School of Engineering campus on Technikumstrasse will be entirely renovated. This will be done in four stages: in a first step, several old buildings will be demolished and two new laboratory buildings will be built next to the Eulach river, along with a public park. In April, the Building Department of the Canton of Zurich issued their design plan to create a binding basis for all four stages of the project. In 2021, the School of Engineering will begin moving into the rooms at the Eulachpassage, which became vacant after the School of Health Professions had relocated. This space will be used as a temporary facility over the next few year.