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CEU to rebuild its downtown campus

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Budapest’s Central European University (CEU) announced that it will begin construction on the redevelopment of its downtown campus from January 2015, in a press release published yesterday.

Award-winning, Dublin-based architectural firm O'Donnell & Tuomey have teamed up with Hungarian M-Teampannon for the project, which involves the refurbishment and construction of approximately 35,000 sqm at the downtown campus and consolidation of the University’s academic and administrative facilities currently located on either side of the Danube, the press release said.

A contract was signed for Phase I and II of the project with MARKET-STRABAG, a consortium of companies with extensive experience developing educational buildings in urban environments, according to the release. The total budget for all three phases is reported to be approximately €34 million.

“The CEU community looks forward to beginning this project” said CEU President and Rector John Shattuck. “When the first phase of the project concludes in 2016, CEU will celebrate its 25th year in an enhanced home that we share with our Budapest neighbors.”

Municipally approved construction and the historical refurbishment of six adjoining buildings to be equipped with modern and sustainable facilities, will be designed to accommodate the growth of the student body as well as high-profile lectures and other large public events, according to the release. Modern mechanical systems incorporating BREEAM principles will transform CEU into a green campus and reduce its consumption by approximately one third, it added.

CEU is a U.S. and Hungarian-accredited institution of graduate education specializing in the social sciences and humanities, public policy, and business. It has been present in Budapest for over two decades. 

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