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This logbook gives you an overview of events so far (since August 2012).
You can also see an overview of more news here.

Construction Kickoff

September 2019

Ben Feringa himself attended the celebrations to mark the start of the first building phase of the Feringa Building at the University of Groningen (UG) on Wednesday 18 September. ‘A historic moment. September 1969 I entered this University as a Chemistry student. Fifty years later I am very honoured to kick off the construction of a new Faculty building named after me’, said a very proud Professor Ben Feringa.


July 2019

You can follow the building work online via a webcam on the building site.

Construction Agreement

March 2019

On Wednesday 6 March 2019, Vice Chair of the Board of the University, Jan de Jeu, and Chair of the Executive Board of Ballast Nedam, Cenk Düzyol, signed the contract for the construction of the Feringa Building.

Withdrawal tender Feringa Building

July 2017

University of Groningen withdraws call for tenders for Feringa Building.
The Board of the University of Groningen has decided to stop seeking a contractor for the new Feringa Building on the Zernike Campus. Continuation of the procedure will lead to too large a gap between the project budget and the sums which contractors are expected to bid. This is the conclusion reached by the UG. The result is that the plan must be significantly modified, and a new procurement effort will have to be launched.

Building is renamed: Feringa Building

November 2016

During the Faculty’s Nobel Prize reception on Friday 18 November 2016, the Faculty Board was happy to announce that the new building, so far known as Zernikeborg, will be renamed Feringa Building.
As the University is now honoured with two Nobel Laureates, the Faculty Board thought it only fitting that the new building will be named after our recent Nobel Laureate Ben Feringa. The Board of the University agreed with the Faculty Board’s request. A lot of locations on the Zernike Campus are already named after Frits Zernike, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1953, and the unique opportunity to name a new building for science research and education does not arise often. For a good understanding amongst international visitors and students, the new name does not contain ‘borg’ but ‘building’.

Final Design ready

December 2015

The Final Design of the new building is ready. The building will be used for high-quality fundamental and applied research, serving as a base for top-class institutes such as the Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen, the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, the Van Swinderen Institute, the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research.

Opening Little Zernikeborg

January 2015

On 6 January 2015 'Little Zernikeborg' has been officially opened by Dick Veldhuis (Managing Director, FMNS) and Rien van Uitert (Projectleader Zernikeborg). In Little Zernikeborg you find the design and building team working on the realisation of big Zernikeborg.

Design Team visits NB4 and LB

November 2013

The Design Team visits Nijenborgh 4 and the Linnaeusborg. They are shown around by Petra Rudolf (Zernike Institute), Wim Kruizenga (Stratingh Institute) and Gerald Jonker (Industrial Engineering & Management Science).

Design Team

November 2013

The Design Team is selected. The following consultancies will advise us on the design of the new NB4:
- StevensvanDijck (Project Management)
- Ector Hoogstad Architecten (Architect)
- ARCADIS (M&E Installations)
- ABT & Wassenaar (Structure)
- DGMR (Building Physics and Acoustics)


September 2013

Ector Hoogstad Architecten selected to design new Nijenborgh 4.


May 2013

ARCADIS starts drawing up the Programme of Requirements . This document describes the functional, spatial and technical requirements of the new building.

Aronsohn Management

August 2012

Business Case presented by Aronsohn Management.


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