The new buildings on Campus Krems were officially opened on Monday, June 3, 2024 in the presence of Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Governor of Lower Austria, and Deputy Governor Stephan Pernkopf. The federal state of Lower Austria financed the expansion with around 100 million euros, and the new buildings with around 18,000 m2 of usable space will benefit the three institutions located on Campus Krems, the University for Continuing Education Krems, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, together for the first time. The expansion of the campus opens up new perspectives for cooperation in research and teaching.

At the event, the Rector of the University for Continuing Education Krems, Friedrich Faulhammer, emphasized the spirit and sense of community at Campus Krems. In connection with this, a physical location for working, studying, researching and teaching together is important in addition to the current digital forms of communication. Thanks to the commitment of the federal state of Lower Austria, the new shared location is something very special, according to Faulhammer, and takes into account the growth of the University. The University for Continuing Education Krems currently has around 8,000 students and over 700 employees.

Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner referred to the location of Krems as the starting point for the strategy to make Lower Austria a land of science. It is a good basis and considerable sums will be invested in the future in the further development of science, as science is a solid foundation for prosperity in the region and throughout Europe. The federal state of Lower Austria has invested around 100 million euros in the expansion of Campus Krems and, according to Mikl-Leitner, a total of one billion euros has already been spent on the science location of Krems.

For Deputy Governor Stephan Pernkopf, the campus expansion fulfills the new science agenda of the federal state of Lower Austria: progress through modern infrastructure together with success through excellence and trust through communication. He sees Campus Krems as fulfilling the demand for excellence and state-of-the-art infrastructure.

"klimaaktiv"-certification with Standard Gold

The new part of Campus Krems, which was approved in 2018 and completed in the second quarter of 2024 after a construction period of 35 months, comprises 23 laboratories, 14 seminar rooms for teaching and 140 offices on around 18,000 sqm of floor space. The new building complex consists of four buildings. The centerpiece is the large entrance area, which extends over three buildings and also serves as a link between the buildings. The new building was also designed to be state-of-the-art in terms of technology and energy efficiency. The energy supply is primarily provided by a heat pump. District heating is used to cover peak values. The residual heat from the exhaust air is also recovered. To prevent the building from overheating in summer, the use of concrete core activation to cool the building was implemented alongside other measures. The complex, which was implemented by the architects Baumschlager Eberle, has been awarded the "klimaaktiv Gold Standard" certification.

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