The University of Economics in Katowice (UE) and Mostostal Warszawa S.A., a building company, signed today a contract for conducting a construction work on the Advanced Information Technology Center. The construction work worths PLN 38,7 million has to be concluded within 23 months. The University expects to open the Center in October 2013.
Except the extension of the Silesian Philharmonic, redevelopment of “Dom Prasy“, modernization of the “Spodek” elevation and construction of the Scientific Information Center and Academic Library, it is the another investment being conducted by Mostostal Warszawa in Katowice recently. “We are going to enter the construction site next Wednesday. We do not expect any difficulties while erecting the AITC as its structure is simple, however modern solutions designed in the building will need a careful attention and well prepared subcontractors” – said Alojzy Malczak, Director of Mostostal’s Southern Region unit.
The five-storey building will be raised along Bogucicka St. in the area of the University’s campus. Covering about 7800 sq. meters will be destined for didactic and scientific purposes as well as for developing a cooperation between science and business sector. According to the UE authorities, it will be the most modern building of its kind in this part of Poland.
The modern ecological solutions will help to re-use a rain water in bathrooms and to keep greenery, roof solars and heat pumps are to provide a hot water. The management system of BMS will be applied in the building, students and Center’s employees will be equipped with e-cards which enable an instant access to the infrastructure. There will be ten computer rooms, multimedia reading-room for 100 computers, and a lecture hall for 200 auditors.
IT services and infrastructure planned for the AITC will be based on the so called cloud computing. It enables to share resources, software and information provided to computers, phones, tablets and other devices via the Internet, while the software and data are stored on servers at the Center.
“We can not develop the science, if we do not develop the infrastructure. This building has a great meaning not only for the University but also for Katowice. The Center becomes an important part of the City’s development strategy” – said Jan Pyka, Rektor of the University of Economics in Katowice.
A total cost of the project including the modern IT equipment is estimated at PLN 50,3 million. Approximately PLN 35 million is granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The residual amount will be financed from the University’s budget. Also, the UE solicits and counts on a financial support of the City of Katowice and Silesian Voivodeship.
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