Vision and goals – University of Copenhagen

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Vision and goals

Our vision for the University of Copenhagen in the future is to become a cohesive and consolidated university in Denmark's capital. Specifically, Campus Service has four overall objectives we aim to ensure:

1. An optimal physical setting for students, researchers and other members of staff (buildings/rooms, physical teaching environment and campus life)

2. Prudent use of space and building economics (including rental expenditure)

3. A good working environment and safe campus areas

4. Planning of appropriate, legal and energy-efficient operation of our buildings

1. An optimal physical setting for students, researchers and other members of staff (buildings/rooms, physical teaching environment and campus life)

  • Holistic plans for campus areas

Description: The aim of the holistic plans is to develop our campus areas to meet the everyday needs of our students and (visiting) researchers: housing, shopping, physical activity, information and social interaction. They are also intended to promote interaction between the university, urban development and developments in the business sector
Examples: Holistic plan for South Campus, Frederiksberg Campus, North Campus Science City
Contact: Hans Halvorsen, head of physical planning and development.

  • Concept development and planning

Description: Development of concepts for future building activities and their physical settings. Programming of construction activities and project competitions
Examples: Tomorrow's teaching environment, building concepts for laboratory buildings, competition programmes
Contact: Hans Halvorsen, head of physical planning and development.

  • Construction activities

Description: Organisation and execution of new construction projects, renovations and extensions (based partly on the Danish state's general plans for research and education)
Examples: South Campus (KUA) Construction Programme, laboratory renovations
Contact: Suzanne Søderberg, head of building activities.

  • User involvement

Description: Ensure that planning and construction activities are carried out in close collaboration with users and are based on their preferences and requirements for functional and stimulating campus areas
Examples: User processes in connection with the development of Panum and South Campus (KUA)
Contact: Suzanne Søderberg, head of building activities.

  • Architectural quality assurance

Description: Ensure that planning and construction activities meet the University of Copenhagen's architectural, functional and economic requirements and correlate with the remainder of the building stock
Examples: Extension of the Panum Building, holistic plan for South Campus
Contact: Peter Hancke,project manager.


2. Prudent use of space and building economics (including rental expenditure)

The Danish universities are subject to the SEA rental scheme. This means that all Danish universities receive the same subsidy for the operation of their buildings. The subsidy is linked to study and research activities, not to the location of the university. Since the University of Copenhagen's rent is relatively high due to its situation, building activities require innovative thinking in order to avoid imbalance in the rent budget. Therefore, in the future, the University's units will be allocated less space but will be of a higher standard.

  • Campus plans

Description: The campus plan comprises a site plan for the University and forecasts the University's rental expenditure
Examples: Campus plans 2007, 2009 and 2010
Contact: Hans Halvorsen, head of physical planning and development.

  • Development and investment plans

Description: The development and investment plans for building activities contain a comprehensive proposal for the renovations and modernisation required to enable us to provide our core services in suitable and contemporary settings. Examples: Development and Investment Plan 2008 for North Campus and Frederiksberg Campus
Contact: Lars Æbeløe-Knudsen, head of administration, or Hans Halvorsen, head of physical planning and development.

  • Optimisation of planning and use of rooms

Description: We endeavour to ensure a high level of utilisation of theory rooms, practice rooms and laboratories. Annual surveys will ensure that efficiency is monitored and enable us to optimise both the planning and the actual use of rooms
Examples: Survey of the use of rooms at the University of Copenhagen, 2004 and 2010
Contact: Lars Æbeløe-Knudsen, head of administration, or Hans Halvorsen, head of physical planning and development.

  • Responsibility for compliance with space requirements and requirements for space in construction projects

Description: Floor space requirements are defined in the process agreement with the Danish Building and Property Agency. It must be ensured that all requirements are complied with and that the building elements described are included in the construction project
Examples: South Campus (KUA 2 and KUA 3)
Contact: Suzanne Søderberg, head of building activities.

  • Building budgets, financial ratios for the operation of buildings and the administration of grants, and rental expenditure

Description: The University of Copenhagen has been preparing a ten-year building budget since 2010. The budget outlines decisions taken in connection with the University's campus plans and its development and investment plans. Thus, the building budget includes items relating to rent, property taxes, investments and the operation of buildings. The aim of the building budget is to divulge the total level of expenditure associated with the University of Copenhagen's use of its buildings
Examples: Building budget 2010, 2011
The University of Copenhagen prepares a range of building-related financial ratios. These are used both for internal purposes at the University and for benchmarking against other universities. At the University of Copenhagen, financial ratios are used as a basis for preparing reports on the operation of the University's Campus Service departments
Contact: Lars Æbeløe-Knudsen, head of administration.

3. Good working environment and safe campus areas

  • Ensure a decent working and teaching environment for staff and students

Description: Responsibility for ensuring that the University of Copenhagen's rules for working and teaching environments are complied with, both during the programming, planning and execution of construction projects and during follow-up
Examples: Screening of the teaching environment
Contact: Suzanne Søderberg, head of building activities.

  • Accessibility

Description: Responsibility for ensuring that the Danish Building Regulations and the Danish Building and Property Agency's rules on accessibility are complied with and that existing buildings and facilities are upgraded, if necessary. This includes applications for state subsidies for improvements
Examples: Accessibility on campus; toilet facilities for the handicapped
Contact: Suzanne Søderberg, head of building activities.

  • Safe campus

Description: Preparation and implementation of safety and contingency plans
Examples: Contingency plan
Contact: Tommy Bøgh Sillemann, safety coordinator.

4. Planning of appropriate, legal and energy-efficient operation of our buildings

  • Operational service

Description: Exchange of knowledge with Operations on best practice for the operation of buildings, concept development and professional consultancy
Examples: Seminars on the operation of buildings, participation in networking and working groups with Operations
Contact: Carl-Christian Munk-Nielsen, support manager.

  • Coordination and performance of building operations

Description: Planning and coordination, preparation of reports on operations, financial ratios and project management of maintenance activities
Examples: Secretariat for the coordination of operations, management of the buildings register, participation in the commissioning of new buildings.
Contact: Carl-Christian Munk-Nielsen, support manager.

  • Maintenance

Description: The maintenance of buildings, installations and grounds is planned based on professional and qualitative evaluations prepared for the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Building and Property Agency
Examples: Building inspections, operating plans, assessments of requirements, risks and resources
Contact: Carl-Christian Munk-Nielsen, support manager.

  • Energy

Description: One of the University of Copenhagen's goals is to reduce energy consumption in 2013 by 20% compared to 2006. We intend to achieve this goal by means of energy management, energy investments at the University and for the Danish Building and Property Agency, energy-saving projects and green procurement
Examples: Preparation of energy action plans, installation of electricity meters, replacement of light sources and installation of lighting control, closure of cold rooms, help with the procurement of energy-efficient laboratory equipment etc.
Contact: Tomas Refslund Poulsen, project manager for Green Campus.

  • Green Campus and sustainability

Description: The University of Copenhagen has 40,000 students and almost one million square metres of floor space. A policy of holistic energy management at the University of Copenhagen is intended to ensure a sustainable university. Environment- and energy-conscious planning and new buildings, behavioural campaigns
Examples: Green Action, behavioural changes throughout the University of Copenhagen
Contact: Tomas Refslund Poulsen, project manager for Green Campus.

  • Documentation of building data and drawings, asbestos and artwork register

Description: Registration of the building stock managed by the University of Copenhagen. This includes the registration of space, category of rooms, use and users. Existence of asbestos is also registered. The University of Copenhagen's artworks (both its own and borrowed) are registered in the artwork register
Examples: Building register, asbestos register, artwork register
Contact: Support manager Carl-Christian Munk-Nielsen (buildings registered by Stephan Tousgaard; artworks registered by Johan Casper Crone).