New seat of Silesian Museum grows

In the middle of September, Budimex SA commenced works on a foundation slab of the new Silesian Museum’s seat. Today, about half of the slab is ready and the prime contractor’s crews started to raise underground levels of the building structure.

Budimex started the construction work on the east side of the site and moves to the west. The works are currently focusing on a three-storey conference area of the Museum where an auditorium, library, chamber rooms and workshops are to be situated. All the levels will be located under the ground. Then an administration building of four storeys will be built above.

At the same time, a conservation work on two buildings of the former “Katowice” coal mine, which will be adapted to a restaurant and the Polish Scenography Center are progressing. Both buildings’ foundations are strengthened by thin pales to prevent damages of its structure. Near the future restaurant building, a so called central hall is being developed. Hidden under the ground it will connect all the Museum facilities creating an underground route.

The total cubature of all buildings will be 228 700 cu. meters, and the total floor area – 36 400 sq. meters. To contain the structure of the new seat hidden mostly under the ground, Budimex has to remove about 250 000 cubic meters of soil from the excavation. To compare – Strabag needs to excavate 365 000 cu. meters of soil at Szewczyka Sq. to build underground levels of the new Railway Station and Galeria Katowicka.

There will be four tower cranes at the construction site. “The first one of four tower cranes already operates at the site. The 60-meters high crane is the highest of all planned. Parts of the second one are currently carrying to the site. An installation of the crane was already started” – said Łukasz Dziąbek, Manager of the Project Implementation Unit at the Silesian Museum.

The contract is worth PLN 168,9 million net (PLN 206,2 million gross). The project is partially financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under the Regional Operational Programme for the Śląskie Voivodeship 2007-2013 and from the resources of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The new Silesian Museum’s seat was designed by Riegler Riewe Architekten.