Update: Working on solutions for Polak Building

Erasmus University is doing its utmost to provide solutions for its students as a result of the temporary closure of Polak Building. Among others, that means creating extra study space options.

At the moment, additional study places and possibilities are being created to compensate for the loss of study space in Polak. For example, the opening hours of G-building have been extended from Friday, October 20, onwards. In the coming weeks students can access G-building until midnight, and on the weekends from 10:00am to 21:00pm (except study section ESL). In addition, this weekend extra study places and temporary spaces are planned to be set up on campus.

Furthermore, all classes in Polak building are going to be moved to other locations as soon as possible. The classes this Friday, October 20, have already taken place in alternative locations. There are no classes that have not taken place because of the closure of Polak building. The students are being continuously informed about the current state of affairs.

The Bachelor Open Day on Saturday 21 October will go ahead according to plan.

Temporary closure

On Thursday evening 19 October 2017, Erasmus University Rotterdam evacuated and temporarily closed Polak Building on campus Woudestein.

This precautionary step has been taken as it has emerged that Polak Building has a similar floor construction to that used in the parking garage at Eindhoven Airport which partially collapsed in May of this year. On the basis of a national research, the Municipality of Rotterdam requested the university to investigate the safety of the floor construction in Polak Building along the lines of a specific methodology. Erasmus University immediately enlisted the advice of an independent engineering bureau which delivered its report informing Erasmus University that the safety of the floors in Polak Building cannot be guaranteed. There is no danger of collapse.

Based on this outcome, the Executive Board decided to immediately evacuate the building in the interests of the safety of the students, staff, and other users of the building. The Executive Board has commissioned an independent bureau to determine the necessary measures that need to be taken in order to be able to safely use the building again. Please note that all other buildings on the Woudestein campus are safe for use.  

Polak Building, opened in 2015, houses 850 study spaces, a large number of classrooms, and several shops and other facilities.

Kristel Baele, President of the Executive Board: “We find this situation most unfortunate for all involved but the safety of our students, staff, visitors and users of the building is of paramount importance. We had no option but to temporarily close Polak Building with immediate effect. Safely reopening Polak Building as soon as possible and facilitating our students are now our key concerns. We will keep all involved parties informed."

More information

Students and staff: T +31 10 408 8880 or E usc@eur.nl

For journalists: Press Office Erasmus University Rotterdam, T +31 10 408 1216 E press@eur.nl

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