It all started with the merger of two long-established educational institutions:
On 1 January 2014 the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH) and the University of Life Sciences (UMB) were formally merged to form the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU),
The merger has resulted in the largest ever construction project in the higher education sector in Norway.
In the period 2011–2019, several billion kroner are being invested in developing Campus Ås for the future.
The project includes construction of new teaching and research buildings, a new shared services building with a canteen and library, renovation of the venerable Clock Building (Urbygningen), new student accommodation, and new infrastructure.
When the remaining veterinary research and educational units move from Adamstuen to a state-of-the-art new building in Ås in 2019, the foremost producers of knowledge about all stages of the biological production chain in Norway will be consolidated in one place.
The co-location will pave the way for new synergies and an interdisciplinary approach in the work to come up with solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our era.
NEW RESEARCH AND TEACHING BUILDING FOR VETERINARY SCIENCE
More than 30 buildings have been demolished to make way for the massive new research and teaching building for veterinary science at Campus Ås. The building will have a total floor area of over 60,000 square metres – the equivalent of nearly nine football fields.
In addition to traditional teaching spaces and offices, the building will also house laboratories, accommodation for animals, and the University Animal Hospital, to name but a few.
In order to prevent transmission of diseases, advanced building solutions and technology are required.
The Norwegian Veterinary Institute, which is also moving from Adamstuen to Ås in 2019, will be housed in the new building too.
RENOVATION OF THE CLOCK BUILDING
The Clock Building (Urbygningen) from 1902 lies at the heart of Campus Ås.
Together with a number of other historical buildings it has been protected through a protection order issued by the Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren) in 2014. Both the façades and the interior are now protected, along with parts of the surrounding parklands.
The Clock Building is currently being restored and renovated for another stint as a teaching building. The works are scheduled to be completed in 2016, when the building will open its doors again to students and staff.
Read more about the progress of the co-location and expansion project here.
ANIMAL PRODUCTION EXPERIMENTAL CENTRE (SHF)
In May 2015 the Animal Production Experimental Centre moved into new premises, with excellent, modern facilities for research and teaching in animal science, completing the first phase of NMBU's co-location project.
The Centre comprises several new buildings: three high-tech outbuildings – accommodation for small ruminants, pigs and cattle, in addition to an administration building and a workshop building, complete with a tractor garage.
Most of the farm buildings on Ås Farm are part of the Centre, which is located 1 kilometre from the site of the new veterinary science building, with a view to ensuring diseases are not transmitted.
THE FISH LABORATORY
A new, modern fish laboratory was built in connection with the expansion of the Animal Production Experimental Centre.
The Fish Laboratory, which is located in a converted pigsty, was completed in May 2015 and provides a whole host of new research opportunities.
Students have always both lived and studied at Campus Ås. Six new buildings in the Pentagon student village ensure this tradition can continue.
Two eight-story high-rises were opened in 2013, containing 254 student rooms, and four four-story buildings were completed in 2014, providing another 227 rooms.
The new buildings are constructed of solid wood, demonstrating in true, innovative NMBU style that it is fully possible to build tall, environmentally sound buildings using biological materials.