Publish Date: 09.12.2015

Category: News from the University

In the presence of the Vice Rector of the University of Ljubljana prof. Dr. Goran Turk, the Dean of the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana prof. Dr. Davorin Gazvoda, and the Director of the Furniture and Wood Processing Association within the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia Igor Milavec, the Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič officially opened the timber extension of the Department of Wood Science and Technology of the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana within the events taking place during University of Ljubljana Week. 

In his speech the Vice Rector prof. Dr. Goran Turk highlighted the meaning of timber construction in Slovenia, and the Dean of the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana prof. Dr. Davorin Gazvoda spoke about the very fast construction process: “Initial construction works started in August 2015, and by the end of November 2015, the building was ready to be moved into. This was primarily enabled by contemporary timber construction, good investment management and careful project preparation. The construction of the extension marks the end of the efforts of many carpenters to unite the whole department at one location.” 

At the opening the Minister Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič stressed, “that the purpose of the investment is primarily to improve the conditions for performing research and development and pedagogic processes in properly furnished laboratories and to merge scattered organisational units under one roof. The new, modern infrastructure will enable safer, more efficient and high-quality work. It is the product of domestic knowledge, innovation, project work and wood processing.” 

State-of-the-art materials and construction systems were used in the construction of the building. In addition to its primary function, the building will also have a demonstrative role where students and visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the latest solutions in timber construction from practical examples. The value of the investment is €1.1 million.