High Tech on vibration-proof foundations

Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft  

Hurks-disciplines involved:

precast concrete
façade technology

Investing at the start to succeed in the end

TU Delft's desire to perform innovative research and provide high quality education resulted in a newly-built Faculty of Applied Sciences (TNW). And what a faculty it is! Building consortium Hurks-Kuijpers/ULC and Waldner (lab design) spent just over six months realising a state-of-the-art building on vibration-proof foundations, in a specially created setting featuring laboratories that comply with the strictest requirements. Hurks was thus once again able to live up to its reputation as a constructor of specialised innovation centres.

The design for the30,000 m2building was created by Ector Hoogstad Architecten. It is an extremely spacious building with a large atrium, two wings with three storeys and a systems floor. The building complies with very strict requirements concerning innovative research. 

very strict requirements concerning innovative research

Vibration-proof foundation

Users are able to access several labs with high quality ventilation and extremely stable temperatures. The new-build is equipped with fermentation labs, chemical labs, physics labs and practical rooms with many fume cupboards. The laboratories have been built on a vibration-proof base, and have their own foundations separate from the rest of the building. Because the labs are susceptible to vibrations, the immediate surroundings of the faculty were designed as a low traffic area.

Effectiveness from the outset

The project required a high tech approach from the very outset. Most energy was spent preparing construction activities, where the majority of time was spent on the vibration-proof floor and the moist soil ofDelft's polder landscape. The industrial approach adopted for the new-build proved to be ideal. The use of BIM was maximised for TNW. Sandwich-based façade elements, walls and floors, including cavities, openings and grooves were digitally processed at the prefab concrete plant. 

Laboratories built on a vibration-proof base

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