Further planning of new building 'ASP 942' at Amsterdam Science Park

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) will create a world-class hub in the field of Artificial Intelligence at Amsterdam Science Park. The new co-creation space will be the premier place for education, research and entrepreneurship in the field of artificial intelligence. It will provide an enormous boost to collaboration between Amsterdam’s knowledge and research institutions and the business community within this growing market. The building will house the IvI and the ILLC, classrooms, study places and the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI), which was established in April. Construction will be complete in late 2021. Every two weeks, UvA Real Estate Development gives an update on the development of ASP942 (working title).

This time featuring: the granting of space for investment within the compass of the agreed framework letter, the approved Schedule of Requirements and the selection process for architect and advisors.

Framework letter 2019 finalised

The 2019 Framework Letter has been agreed by the Executive Board and approved by the UvA’s representative advisory bodies. As a result, the proposal to grant space for investment to foster growth on the part of the Faculty of Science and the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) initiative has been incorporated into the investment table for the Accommodations Plan.

Schedule of Requirements

During the month of July staff and students submitted input through five working groups for the Schedule of Requirements for the new-build ASP942. The following working groups were involved: Education/Study Places; Research/Special Facilities; Offices; Technology and Co-creation.

The Schedule of Requirements was approved by the Faculty of Science’s Board on 7 August. This document sets out the fundamental qualitative principles for the new-build structure.

This schematic depiction of the relationships and the clustering of functions within ASP942 will ultimately be transformed into a building design by the architect and advisors.

The ambition is to merge education, research, innovation and collaborative efforts with third parties on information science within a single building. To this end, the UvA is aiming to create a sustainable, healthy, inspiring, flexible and smart building. The intention is to design a gas-free building and to satisfy the guidelines for a building that is almost energy-neutral in line with the BENG requirements.

A few characteristics that the building is to satisfy, as set out in the Schedule of Requirements:

  • The new building is expected to have 7-8 floors spanning 2,000 - 2,400 m2 and accommodating workplaces for the Informatics Institute (IvI), the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) and the co-creation partners.
  • More than 1,000 places are created in the lecture and seminar rooms and study places.
  • Within the UvA locations on Amsterdam Science Park there is considerable cohesion in terms of catering facilities at campus level. The catering heart of the entire campus is situated in Science Park 904. ASP942 will house a limited facility with a limited selection of hot food and a coffee bar. This is primarily geared towards facilitating meeting up and relaxing within ASP942.
  • IvI and ILLC have a mixture of places to meet up, work or hold meetings. A communal seminar and meeting zone is to be used for the purposes of meetings. The partners of the ICAI (co-creation) will also be able to use this and add rooms to it themselves.
  • Although the Schedule of Requirements assumes that there will be a conference hotel on Amsterdam Science Park in the near future, it would also be interesting to be able to facilitate meetings in ASP942 by using the communal seminar and meeting zone in combination with the classrooms. This idea has yet to be fleshed out in more detail.

Selection of architect and advisors

For the purposes of selecting architects and advisors (the Design Team), the UvA is obliged to follow European regulations on tendering. The first round of the tendering process yielded a high-quality response. By the end of October a definite decision will have been made, enabling the final design work to get under way from 1 November onwards.

Planning and progress

A meeting with all working groups that contributed to the Schedule of Requirements will be held on 28 August. A number of topics that the Schedule of Requirements encompasses, including education, co-creation and catering, will be fleshed out in more detail after that meeting.

Fleshing out the details will give the Design Team (DT) sufficient information to enable them to make a good start on designing the new building. During the design period future users will also be involved in the design process at the stage of producing the Final Design. The architect will create a basis for this beforehand.

Outline planning

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