Foundation stone laid for new AGH UST building

Deed of foundation signed by AGH UST Rector – Professor Tadeusz Słomka and Jarosław Gowin – Minister of Science and Higher Education, photo by Jakub Kołoczek, KSAF AGH

Foundation stone being laid for the new D-2 Building, photo by Jakub Kołoczek, KSAF AGH

New AGH UST building, photo by Jakub Kołoczek, KSAF AGH

The official ceremony of laying the foundation stone for a new building of the AGH University of Science and Technology took place on 24 June 2019. The building will house laboratories of two university faculties. The ceremony was attended by Jarosław Gowin – Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education.

The new building with 14000 m3 of cubic area and the usable floor area of 2.800 m2 is currently being erected at Reymonta 13A. The new facility will accommodate laboratories and seminar rooms for two AGH UST faculties: Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas and Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering. The building will be equipped with a geothermal heating system based on heat pumps. The facility will offer full accessibility for persons with disabilities.

The Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas is planning 15 laboratories, including rooms for geothermal energy studies, augmented reality or unconventional hydrocarbon deposits. The Faculty conducts extensive research in the energy security sector. The research activity requires direct contact with hydrocarbons that are extracted from deposits to be delivered to end-users. Therefore, all laboratories have been equipped with state of the art ventilation systems to allow work with gases and volatile liquids. Interestingly, the building’s underground levels will feature two boreholes whose purpose will be to create research environment that will most accurately imitate the real-life conditions prevalent in hydrocarbon deposits.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering will provide its students with 10 labs to be housed in the new building. The labs will be used for lectures and seminars exploring a number of areas, including electric drives, microprocessor technology, wireless data and power transmission as well as sensing technology for automobiles. The new lab will also feature a virtual test drive simulator. Additionally, students will be free to create models of active safety and autonomous driving systems. The biomechanics lab will specialize in running a variety of courses including mobility rehabilitation engineering, telesurgery, medical robotics or biological process modeling.

The building has been scheduled for official opening in the last quarter of 2019.