-2018 Competition for the Refurbishment and Extension of the School of Agricultural Engineering of University of Seville. First prize

SITUATION: Ctra. de Utrera, Km 1, Sevilla. >>Open in GOOGLE MAPS
DATES: competition (2017), project (2018-2020)
CLIENT: University of Seville
ARCHITECTS: José Antonio Carbajal Navarro, José Luis Daroca Bruño, Nicolás Carbajal Ballell and Rodrigo Carbajal Ballell
COLLABORATING ARCHITECTS: Fernando Moreno Humanes, José Anelo Romero, Juan Tuñón Espinosa, Javier Corrochano Rubio, Ginés García González and Lorena Tirador Díaz
BUILDING SURVEYORS: Jesús Bozzo Fernández de Tirso and Roberto Alés Méndez
SERVICES ENGINEER: IS Ingenieros and Master Box Ingenieros

The project broaches the refurbishment and extension of the School of Agricultural Engineering of University of Seville, which is placed in an L-shaped building of the old Universidad Laboral de Sevilla.
The operations will be accomplished in three phases, in order to maintain teaching and research during the works. The first one will focus on the extension works, with the construction of a new building and a lobby that will connect it to the current School. In addition, this phase will include the refurbishment of the assembly hall. Once the extension will be finished it will be carried the refurbishment of the current building, divided in two phases, one for the west wing of the School and other for the north one.
The extension of the School will be a three storey building with a lower height than the current one. The project consists of three wings oriented in a north-south direction, occupied on the ground floor by general services such as the secretariat or the library and on the first and second floors by classrooms and offices of the different departments. These three wings connect with a perpendicular volume that houses the lobbies, vertical circulation cores and toilets, as well as the management area and conference room on the ground floor and classrooms on the upper floors.
The ground floor lobby is extended to connect with the School, creating a wide entry hall. It is worth highlighting the design of projecting galleries on the south, east and north facades, which will ease the evacuation of the upper levels and serve as solar protection.
This organization facilitates communication between both buildings, at their eastern and southern ends, adequate lighting and ventilation of its rooms and an easy and quick evacuation in case of emergency. The landscaped patios, as spaces for rest and recreation, will contribute to the well-being of the university community.
Regarding the refurbishment of the School, it will house laboratories for teaching and research, the Adama Chair, the Agricultural Research Service, the computer rooms and other support areas such as warehouses or cold rooms, placed in the basement level. These two phases will include a series of operations aimed at the interior redistribution, among which stand out, the demolition of almost all the current mezzanines and the annex block located on the ground floor that presents serious pathologies, and the construction of a new emergency staircase at the extreme of the northern wing.

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