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Feringa Building

Feringa Building

In the next few years a lot will be changing at Nijenborgh 4.
The current Nijenborgh 4 complex is no longer sufficient and will be replaced by a new building, called Feringa Building. Construction work on the long-term project at the Zernike Complex will begin in 2015. After the Bernoulliborg and Linnaeusborg buildings, the Zernikeborg will be the third new building for the Faculty of Science and Engineering (formerly known as the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences).

The new building will be one of the largest construction projects in the Netherlands and will house some 1400 students and 850 staff members. Alongside offices and teaching rooms, the building will also house a wide range of specialized laboratories, including physics, chemistry and low-vibration labs.
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Challenges: sustainable, low-nuisance and earthquake-resistant buildings

Sustainability is a high priority for the Feringa Building. The building is aiming for the BREEAM-NL ‘Very Good’ level at the very least, but is more intent on attaining an ‘Excellent’ label. Thermal comfort, plenty of natural daylight and energy performance are crucial aspects in this respect.

The building work in phase 1 will be next to the old building, so all construction work and drilling will be carried out with as little vibration as possible in order not to disturb research designs in the current location. The same applies to heavy transport during the building period. The landscape architect is helping to devise plans for alternative routes for bikes and cars on the Zernike Campus Groningen.

Another challenge facing the designers is the increasing risk of earthquakes caused by drilling for gas. Possible future earthquakes in Groningen have been taken into consideration in the construction of the building.

> More on the BREAAM assestment method in the sustainability performance of buildings

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