The dry spring and summer were good for the CIE construction work. The construction work is now ahead of schedule, despite there being difficulties with the ground work, for example ground pollution and the hard surface layer which the supporting pillars only just managed to push through.
236 of these supporting pillars have been erected and foundation blocks will be moulded around these. The foundation and the floor of the building will be built in a separate construction so that the vibrations from the machines that will be in the building will not damage the concrete and the building. The moulding work will be completed within a few weeks, and as of the week commencing 13th August 2018, the first concrete elements will be delivered. From then on, the new extension to the university will begin to shoot up.
Currently 7-8 builders are working at the construction site. A figure that will increase to about 30 when the building work progresses. We are planning for the topping-out ceremony to take place in November 2018.
The building contractors at CIE are Bitten and Mads Clausen's Foundation in partnership with Linak A/S. The two parties are investing approx. 60 million DKK in the physical framework for the new engineering education in Industrial Electronics. This educational project is the product of a unique collaboration between 5 parties: University of Southern Denmark, Linak A/S, Danfoss A/S, Region Syddanmark (Region of Southern Denmark) and Sønderborg Municipality.
The students have already shown a positive reaction to the new course and 32 students have been admitted to study in August 2018. Of these, 23 are studying towards a diploma in Engineering and the rest are studying towards becoming Civil Engineers. This number exceeds the initial expectations, and has allowed a broad CIE study environment, already with its first year. The new cohort of students will graduate from Alsion University, and will be the first to make use of the new CIE building as of 2019.