One of the University of Maribor’s Buildings Was Renovated
The Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture of the University of Maribor (FGPA UM) had a ceremonial opening of its premises after a long renovation. One of the most imposing classic buildings in Maribor, the former Austro-Hungarian Bank (architect—Fritz Fridriger), which houses the Faculty, was fundamentally renovated. As a result, the total area of classrooms increased up to 2,342.9 m2, the academic infrastructure was improved, and the conditions for carrying out research surveys at FGPA UM were created.
In the new academic year, the Faculty (the Department of Architecture) launched the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree study program called “Architecture”. It is also included into the curriculum of the Transportation Engineering Department.
The repair plan was drawn up taking into account the principles for protecting monuments of culture and art adopted by the Cultural Heritage Protection Office (the Maribor Region). In 2013, the University of Maribor received official permission to carry out the repair works, and in the second half of 2015, the Faculty received funds for financing the works. The construction began in September 2015, and the finishing works were completed in May 2016.
The cost of repairs totals to 2,277,450 euros. It is partially covered with the EU funds (572,271 euros) — the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports.
The amount of public money is 100,989 euros. The remaining 1,604,190 euros refers to the own funds of the University of Maribor and the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture.