New AGH UST building has just opened

photos by Jakub Kołoczek, KSAF AGH

On 8 July 2020 a new building was officially opened at the AGH UST Campus. Starting from October the facility will serve students and staff members of two faculties: the Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas (WNiG) and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering (WEAiIB).

The new six-storey 14K m3 building with the usable area of 2.8K m2 is located in Krakow at Reymonta 13A. It will house teaching and laboratory facilities for two AGH UST faculties. The new development, equipped with a geothermal heating system using heat pumps, has been designed to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. The entire cost of the investment, including the equipment, has totalled approximately PLN 30m and the construction of the building started in 2018.

The Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas (WNiG) will run 15 laboratories housed in the new building, including facilities dedicated to geoenergetics, augmented reality and non-conventional hydrocarbon deposits. The Faculty is carrying out extensive research into energy security. This requires direct contact with hydrocarbons, which are extracted from deposits and later transported to recipients. Therefore, all laboratories have been equipped with modern ventilation systems enabling work with gases and volatile liquids. It is an interesting fact that the building’s basement is home to two boreholes intended to recreate as closely as possible the real-life conditions typical of hydrocarbon deposits. 

The other occupant of the new premises – the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering (WEAiIB) has arranged 10 new laboratories where students will be taught about electric drives for automobiles, microprocessor technology, wireless data and energy transfer as well as automotive sensing technologies. The new facility also houses a virtual test drive simulator. Additionally, students will be able to freely model active safety and autonomous driving systems. On the other hand, the biomechanics laboratory will specialise in running courses in mobility rehabilitation engineering, telesurgery and medical robotics as well as biological process modelling.  

In order to complete the investment, AGH UST authorities decided to transplant a 34-year-old linden tree, which used to grow where the new building is now. The tree, which was moved to the new location two years ago, grows in the vicinity of the entrance to the newly-opened facility.