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Construction of New Chemistry Laboratory Building on Schedule

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A construction site with a crane. © Martina Hengesbach​/​TU Dort­mund
The owner, BLB NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia’s building and real estate management authority) anticipates a total building time of around three years.

Even in times of the co­ro­na­virus crisis, building work on the campus of TU Dort­mund University continues: In a huge hole on Otto-Hahn-Strasse, the foundations are currently being cast for the new laboratory building of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. A six-floor building with floor space of about 3,300 m² will be erected here by the end of 2022.

The hole excavated for the laboratory building is up to 14 meters deep. The edge length is 55 meters and 25,000 m³ of soil have been removed. “Building work is proceeding on schedule so far, despite the co­ro­na­virus crisis,” reports Jürgen Palgen from the Department of Construction and Facility Management of TU Dort­mund University. He is supervising the new building.

The laboratory buildung will house two large areas for practical work as well as research laboratories and offices for inorganic and organic chemistry on the main floor space of about 3,300 m². The height of the six-floor building and its brick facade mirror the neighboring replacement building for physics/chemistry, which the faculties moved into in 2015. The main entrance to the building is on Otto-Hahn-Strasse. There is also an entrance on the north side for staff and students coming from the existing chemistry/physics building.

Building progress can be followed via webcam

After the demolition of Pavilion 11 was completed last year, which up until now stood on the site of the new laboratory building, structural work commenced this spring. The owner, BLB NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia’s building and real estate management authority) anticipates a total building time of around three years. The construction of the new laboratory building is a further important element of the “Decade Project”, in the framework of which the chemistry and physics buildings will be upgraded or new ones built in the course of about ten years.

A man with a safety helmet standing next to a construction site © Martina Hengesbach​/​TU Dort­mund
Jürgen Palgen is in charge at TU Dort­mund University of the construction of the new laboratory building.

At the present time, more or less all that can be seen of the new building is a gigantic hole. So that soil does not slip down into it, bored pile walls were erected before excavation began: For this, the construction company first of all drilled holes almost 20 meters deep and 90 centimeters in diameter around the edge of the site to be excavated and filled them with baskets of reinforcing steel and concrete. This produced a row of piles that secures the excavation pit.

How building work is progressing can be followed via webcam.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

Dort­mund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dort­mund Airport to TU Dort­mund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dort­mund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more in­for­mation). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dort­mund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.