The Arvo 2 building, which will gather the schools on the Kauppi campus under one roof, is nearing completion in Lääkärinkatu. The University can start using the new facilities in early June, the schools will move during the summer, and the autumn term will be welcomed in the new premises.
The School of Medicine, the BioMediTech Institute and the School of Health Sciences will be able to use the space of over 23,000 m2 – nearly two and a half hectares – for different teaching and work purposes.
The building will also house the University’s Laboratory Services, the joint biobank of the University and the Pirkanmaa Hospital District, and a clinical skills lab shared by the University, the Pirkanmaa Hospital District and Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
The clinical skills lab is a simulation space, which is quite unique in Finland. In the lab, students and professionals can practise various emergency room scenarios in lifelike conditions and test how well the different groups of professionals work together.
Arvo will house approximately 600 employees and 1,200 students.
The building was designed in cooperation with its users and phase by phase even during the construction. Architect Matti Mastosalo, the head designer, says that the facilities have been planned in a way that enables flexible use. The partition walls are quite light and the proportion of the open spaces and offices can be adjusted if needed.
The modern building will also produce some of the electricity it uses – solar panels will provide electricity for lighting and air-conditioning.
The spaces in Arvo have been grouped on the basis of user needs. The yellow part of the building houses study-related spaces and offices are placed in the green part. The turquoise part is reserved for laboratories.
“Our guiding principle was to place the passages in a way that enables people to encounter each other,” says Mastosalo.
The laboratories will be jointly used by the different research groups. The labs for genetics research, for example, have been placed on the same floor.
“People who do similar work are placed in the same laboratories, which is good. When the research groups are put together, that will hopefully generate new cooperation and development and give us a fresh impetus,” says Dean Hannu Hanhijärvi, from BioMediTech.
The work spaces of all employees working on, among others, cancer research have also been placed close together.
The contractor is University Property of Finland Ltd. from which the University of Tampere will rent the facilities. The investment is worth about EUR 67 million.
Building an inspiring learning environment
The aim in constructing Arvo was to create an inspiring learning environment where studying and practical work go hand in hand.
This aim is also supported by the proximity to the Tampere University Hospital.
The clinical skills lab will be visited by doctors and nurses who already work in their professions, and students can also see researchers doing laboratory work, for example.
“The studying is close to practical application,” Mastosalo summarises.
The modern facilities and the top-level equipment provide good opportunities for high-level teaching and the work of top-level researchers.
Text: Pirjo Achté