The New Buildings of the Engineering School at the University campus will constitute a scientific and a technological nucleus for the University of Cyprus, comparable to the most modern research bodies around the globe, especially in the field of innovative and applied cutting edge technologies.
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS ENGINEERING SCHOOL RESEARCH LABORATORIES
The Project “University of Cyprus Engineering School Research Laboratories” is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and aims to establish infrastructures in order to enhance the country’s research capacity.
Construction works for the entire building complex began in January 2016 and are expected to be completed by the end of 2020, in order to house the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as the Engineering School Deanship. The completion of the New Buildings will, in addition to enriching the campus with a landmark building, also serve as the landmark for the expansion of the research activities of the Engineering School in new scientific fields.
The use of renewable energy sources alongside the in-depth utilization of energy efficiency parameters is also expressed in the space through the artistic housing of the central building block of the complex, with the energy fins of photovoltaic panels. In addition, the most advanced forms of geothermal systems are included in the complex, in order to exploit both the energy load of the subsoil and the rich aquifer of the campus. From an energy point of view, the majority of buildings achieve Category A and, under certain conditions, category A+, taking into account the contribution of available renewable energy sources for the complex (photovoltaic and geothermal systems).
The gross total area of the building will be approximately 35,000 sq.m. The entire complex is supported by a reinforced concrete frame and, in some building units, a mixed concrete system and metal bearing structure. The foundation slabs, where necessary, are mounted on columns, and in the "towers" of the Departments’ office spaces, structural bearings are used for absorbing the seismic energy.
The design of the project was completed in 2015 and then an open European tender was launched for its construction. For the main contract, seven (7) bids were submitted. The University opened the bids publicly and then completed the evaluation process. The project was awarded to A. Panayides Contracting Limited. The budget for the construction and completion of the Project is estimated at € 55,000,000 (+ VAT). It is noted that the above amount does not include the mobile equipment of the building, as well as the special laboratory equipment.
Construction Site Photos