Education building on the Dreijen is slowly emptying.
Concentration on lower floors combats ‘Biotechnion Blues’.
Long, empty corridors, stripped lab rooms and worn-out offices set the tone on the Biotechnion’s other floors. A bleak sight. At the far end of the fourth floor, by contrast, there is life. Programme director of food technology Ralf Hartemink and his team are staying put for another couple of months. In November he is moving to Radix. And he can manage the short intervening period.
‘It’s a whole lot quieter in the hallway, though, says Hartemink. ‘Empty, stripped and boring. Now you can hear everything. The coffee vending machines have gone and the photocopiers too. We have to go downstairs for these services. Things like this are a problem, especially when you have visitors. But they are minor inconveniences; we manage. And don’t forget there are upsides: I’ve got my own private toilet. Because I’m the only man on this floor.’
On the ground floor, there is still a reception desk. Until the end of the year, says Gerritsen, then that facility is going too. Nonetheless, he doesn’t think there’s any question of the Biotechnion Blues. ‘We are trying to prevent that by concentrating everything on the first three floors. In consultation with Facilities & Services the rest of the building will be closed.’