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The Modern UJEP Campus Opens Its Arms
University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně

Everything began in 2003 and it continues today. The UJEP campus has already been an everyday university reality for 13 years, involving hundreds of past meetings, dozens of examples of processed project documentation, completed procurement procedures, buildings, reconstructions, repairs, and mainly, completed labor.

Thanks to this, the UJEP campus is slowly becoming a real university town. There can be found in the area the buildings of the Faculty of Art and Design, the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Production Technology and Management, as well as a part of the Socio-Economic Faculty, the Faculty of Education, the informational and administrative support of the university and, of course, the rectorate.

In 2016, the first Student Majales was held here, which was completely without barriers for the disabled.

The heart of the entire site is the Scientific Library of UJEP, and a multifunctional center with modern auditoria and conference rooms. Nearby, there is also a small dining facility, the University Bookshop, the Literary Café Fokus, the 50 Bar, and an ATM.

Since the year 2015, the Campus Run has been held directly in the campus area. In 2016, the first Student Majales was held here, which was completely without barriers for the disabled. As a part of the campus there are also sporting venues and the Sports Hall of PF UJEP.

CPTO

The entire campus area is currently being prepared for the largest investment in the history of the university – the construction of a Center for Natural Science and Technology (CPTO), which will be built on the empty plot of land once occupied by the former hospital.

“The university has been aware of the promises which were made to the public in connection with the demolition of the buildings of the former Ústí maternity ward, and has therefore dedicated greater attention to ensuring an independent evaluation of the quality of the designs for the new building,” says university spokesperson Jana Šiková. Therefore, the school leadership decided to announce an architectural competition over the design rather than a public offer and procurement process. “This more demanding way of selecting a project by means of an architectural competition over the design is not widely used among institutes in the Czech Republic,” says Rector Martin Balej of a procedure whereby a jury composed of a group of experts had the responsibility of judging design proposals, a group who elected as their head an Ústí native, the architect Jan Jehlík. The deputy chairman of the jury was the dean of the Natural Science Faculty of UJEP, Jaroslav Pavlík.

Renowned studios and ateliers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia expressed an interest in participating in the competition. The expert jury could thus choose from among a total of 22 architectural designs. The winning project was designed by a team of architects under the direction of Petr Pelčák, a professor from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University in Brno. Aside from classrooms, laboratories, lecture halls and offices, there will also be a deanery, a large dining facility, and a parking area as part of the project. The foundation stone should be laid in 2017 and it will be finished in 2019.

The Future

Another construction project is being planned on campus for the development of the Faculty of Production Technology and Management, which has to meet the permanent demand in the region for graduates of technical fields. In the future the university also wants to build facilities for the Faculty of Health Studies on the campus.

The campus concept generally refers to a place where there is a cluster of buildings belonging to the university. In Ústí this is located in Klíše on a plot of almost one-hundred thousand square meters, and though the rectorate and the faculty administrations are situated here, it is decidedly not just an administrative area. As an open quarter for students, the staff of the university, but also merely for passers-by, it offers much more!

Questions for the architect, Petr Pelčák

How long have you worked on this project?

The work took roughly 3 months. It was a two-round competition where 5 architectural designs were chosen in the first round; among them was ours. Then we had to finalize the project in greater detail, mainly fill in the details and explain a few observations. For example, we clarified automobile traffic and parking solutions.

How demanding will the building be in terms of energy?

We have tried to devise a building that would be sustainable with minimal operational demands. So the building does not consume a large amount of energy, which is the result of both the construction of the facade and fewer windows. Simply solved: We used our common sense.

How many other similar buildings have you already designed?

We worked according to set criteria, but we have already done similar buildings. For example, the Philosophical Faculty and the Faculty of Information Science at Masaryk University in Brno, or the Regional Cultural and Educational Center in Zlín.

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