Polak Building reopened on 27 September

The Polak Building on the Woudestein campus will be open again on Monday 27 September. The building is safe and staff and students can use the rooms for education again. A fortnight ago, the EUR decided to close the building preventively because of cracks in the floors. In the past two weeks, Royal HaskoningDHV investigated the cause of the cracks in the floors on behalf of the EUR. The results show that the building is safe to use for educational activities. In the coming days, EUR staff will prepare the rooms in the Polak Building for use again. The building will then be fully accessible again from 27 September. 

Cause of crack formation

At the request of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Royal HaskoningDHV investigated the cracks in the floors. The study shows that the cracks are part of the behaviour of concrete structures and do not cause any reduction in the load-bearing capacity of the floors. The floor is able to carry the occurring loads at the location of the cracks. We have also had research carried out into external factors (construction activities on the campus and the height of the water level in the pond) in relation to the cracks. There are no indications that the cracks in Polak Building are caused by influences from outside the building. The results of the investigation carried out show that the constructive safety of the floors for use for educational activities is in order.

Educational activities

The educational activities in Polak Building start again from 27 September 2021. Students can find up-to-date information in their timetable at https://timetables.eur.nl/scheduleOpent external.

The study places in the building will also reopen from Monday 27 September. This also applies to the Community for Learning & Innovation (CLI) and the studio of the Media Support Centre.

More information

For all your press related questions, please contact:
Rateb Abawi
Sr. Spokesperson at Erasmus University Rotterdam
Rateb.abawi@eur.nl / +31 6 3649 5419

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