The first phase of CEU’s campus redevelopment project, scheduled for completion this summer, was awarded the Planned Project of the Year 2015 in the “Ev Irodaja” (Office of the Year) competition run by Hungarian real estate media group iroda.hu. The winners were announced and awards presented at a gala Feb. 11 at the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest.
“We’re thrilled that the University’s project has been recognized even at the construction stage as promising beautiful and top-quality space for work, study, and gathering at CEU for the future,” said Pal Baross, FRICS, director of CEU’s campus redevelopment project. “We are very excited to contribute to the beauty of downtown Budapest with new space for the public to gather.”
The University's campus redevelopment, the first phase of which involves the construction of a new building at Nador utca 15 and rebuilding of another at Nador utca 13, will offer a bold and welcoming public presence, open and interconnected space, with cutting-edge technology, flexible classrooms and collaborative student spaces encouraging open debate, public engagement and a lively, cohesive campus.
The project reflects CEU’s commitment to sustainability and green building – the design was granted “Very Good” status by BREEAM standards, the world's leading assessment method for sustainable buildings. CEU is the second higher education institution in continental Europe and the first in Central and Eastern Europe to receive this distinction. Green elements of the design include energy-efficient equipment and building management systems, a rooftop garden of 2,000 native plants spanning two buildings, plentiful bike racks, and natural light and shading for optimal working conditions and energy conservation.
Winners are selected by an independent jury of property market experts after the closing of the public vote, according to iroda.hu. The evaluation procedure is made up of two phases: public voting in certain categories, and a responsible member of the jury rates the applications on the basis of a predetermined and objective system of criteria.
CEU’s project was designed by award-winning architecture firm O’Donnell and Tuomey, in association with Hungarian partner M-Teampannon, and the general contractor is Market-Strabag. Cost consultancy and Quantity Surveyor services for the project are provided by Tomlin, technical supervisory services by DVM Group and BREEAM accreditation services by Sentient.