University of applied sciences VHL started this week with moving out of the Forum Building. Due to the break with Wageningen UR all courses will leave this summer for Velp.
Photo: Moving vans at the Forum building on the Wageningen campus
Beginning of June the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of Forum have to be empty, says Ludy Zeeuwen, location manager of the Forum building. This week, the offices on the seventh floor will be emptied. Later this month the education furniture on floor five and six will follow. The VHL education in Wageningen meanwhile continues as usual until the end of the academic year. Teachers will get temporary rooms on the fourth floor. And in June, all lectures are scheduled in rooms of Wageningen University.
The vacant floors of Forum will be renovated dramatically before September. In the current VHL part there are offices, lecture rooms and group areas. Larger lecture halls, computer rooms and a studio for the study Landscape Architecture and Planning will be planned. ‘Walls will be added and taken out, there will be additional electricity,’ says Zeeuwen, ‘and the ventilation system will be adapted to larger numbers of students.’
Zeeuwen hopes to minimize the inconvenience of the renovation. Loud proceedings will particularly occur during weekends and at night. There has deliberately been chosen to start the renovation already during the academic year. ‘By starting earlier,’ says Zeeuwen, ‘we have room in our schedule to minimize obstacles.’ Due to the construction work no activities will take place in Forum this summer. Instead, the Orion building will be opened.
University of applied sciences VHL broke with Wageningen UR in early 2013. In the years prior, the merge already provided struggles, while cooperation was meant to benefit both organizations. In Wageningen, VHL offered four bachelors, Animal and Livestock, Management and Agribusiness and Food Technology. Initially it seemed like the master students would stay in Wageningen, but they will move along.