Renovation of BK City

Welcome to the construction site of BKCITY, where Facility Management and Real Estate wil be giving you a look around.


Welcome to the construction site of BKCITY,
where Facility Management and Real Estate wil be giving you a look around the construction
site of the BKCITY STAY project. Together with all the construction workers,
we are working on the process of renovating BK CITY and making it more sustainable for
the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The aim of the BKCITY STAY project is to complete
all the overdue maintenance and improve comfort, so that the building will remain fit for purpose
for the next thirty years. During the design process, the design team
considered all the different possibilities on the basis of the available budget, taking
the listed status of the building into account, of course. We are improving the installation, which means
approximately three times as much air will be able to circulate in the building, with
the air entering and exiting via the outer walls. The existing but defunct fume cupboard
openings will be used for this. In addition to improvements relating to the
climate and air quality, we are also working on the exterior and restoring it where necessary. We have chosen to use sunproof double-glazing,
which will be mainly placed in the existing steel frames. On the second floor, we are replacing the
entire wooden skylight strip, known for its colours, with aluminium double-glazed frames.
All the drains and flat roofs will also be replaced. To keep warmth from escaping during
the winter, we will be insulating the roof as a whole.
  What makes the project especially complex
is the fact that the renovations will be carried while the building remains open. The usual
programme of lectures and activities and the work of our research and support staff should
be able to proceed as normal. With buffer zones between the construction site and the
workspaces, we will try to limit noise disruption as much as possible. Construction activities
that cause excessive noise will be scheduled outside office and teaching hours. All of this has resulted in a construction
plan divided into around 12 phases, spread over 2 years. Construction work started in
the summer of 2013 and we expect the project to be completed in the summer of 2015.
  In short: a unique project aimed at renovating
a historic building in the most sustainable and energy-efficient way possible.
   

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