‘We had thought things would´ve been worse’
The first period of pile-driving (which was for the car park) has taken place by now. Exactly according to planning, the last pile was sunk around the end of November. How did Woudestein’s building users fare while pile-driving was going on?
Among the members of the workgroup ‘Coordination Building Activities’ are representatives of each campus building around the construction pit. According to one of them, who has also been in touch with fellow representatives, most people felt that there had been much less nuisance than expected: ‘The first week, things weren’t so bad here in E. The second week, pile-driving activities had moved closer, so quite a number of people worked from home that week. But when they were vibro-driving the car park’s sheet piling it was worse, really. And the communication of information from Erasmus Facility Services was a bit erratic to begin with, but it’s fine now.’
Users of buildings L, H and A had similar comments, and exam organizers had also been prepared for worse. As a precaution, all evening exams had been postponed by 30 minutes, but this turned out to be unnecessary. Among the students sitting for exams, there was no call for the earplugs that had been ordered especially. They came in handy all the same on one occasion. As it turned out, though, the noise nuisance during that particular exam came from over-enthusiastic drilling in the M-building’s kitchen.