With the help of the construction pastor, the contractor, the architect, the Director of Facilities and Services, Louise Fresco, chairman of the executive board of WUR, (left to right on the photograph) symbolically drove the first pile for the Dialogue Centre on Wageningen Campus on Thursday afternoon.
“This is really a dream of mine and I am very happy that as of today we can make it happen. The design is beautiful. And its functions, as expressed in the set of requirements in 2014, are completely in line with today's needs.” said Fresco in her opening words.
From 2022, the Dialogue Centre will facilitate continuous dialogue between WUR, campus partners and society, academic ceremonies and symposiums and the reception of guests.
The modern and contemporary design by architecture firm Broekbakema will have a roof with vegetation (sedum roof). The plants protect against sunlight and rain, and against extreme temperature differences. This makes the roof last longer. It also muffles the sounds of rain and hail. In winter the sedum layer retains heat, and in summer it has a cooling effect.
The positive influence of the roof on the indoor temperature is supplemented by a connection to the campus heat-cold circuit and heat recovery in the air treatment of the building. The heat-cold circuit is already under construction and will connect most on-campus WUR buildings so that they can make use of each other's shortages and surpluses. It goes without saying that the Dialogue Centre will be equipped with energy-efficient LED lighting.