not forgetting the car parks, will be home to all the buildings of the future block located at the corner of Boulevard Vauban and Rue Colson and Rue Solférino.
As a further and concrete illustration of the school’s strategy, the Colson block is characterised by the commitment to bringing together five distinct dimensions in a single location: teaching, with the presence of all Master’s students; research, thanks to the laboratories located near the teaching spaces; a link with the business world, among others, as evidenced by the presence of the Career Centre (see insert); engineering and educational innovation, with management on-site (cf. p. 6-7); the link with the neighbourhood, the city, and the general public, thanks to the multi-functional spaces set up at the entrance to the site offering a range of services. The aim? To facilitate interaction between students, researchers, businesses, and society as a whole. In short, tomorrow’s campus is transparent and open to the world.
Adaptable classrooms, spaces reserved for practical work, lecture halls designed to accommodate multiple configurations, mixed spaces… The Colson block is reserved for 4th and 5th year students, and will be laid out to offer smart and flexible spaces that are designed to welcome new ways of teaching and learning. Bachelor’s students will be accommodated in the Toul building, the current HEI, and the current ISA. At the heart of the future Colson building, the Learning Centre, which is designed to host Master’s students, teachers, researchers, and doctoral students, will combine a media library, multimedia equipment, smart workspaces, and a wide range of services related to new technologies. The project also calls for the creation of a co-working area, capable of accommodating students individually or in groups.
Colson block is where most of the research activities currently spread over the various schools are to be located. The layout of the spaces incorporates the commitment to highlighting and showcasing expertise. The installation of activities has been thought out around specific themes. The complex is expected to occupy more than 22,000 square feet.
Following the studies undertaken at the end of 2019, an initial demolition phase is scheduled for the summer of 2020. This applies to the chapel and the buildings adjoining the neighbouring theatre, which have been irreparably damaged over time. All construction work will then be carried out in two stages: the first from September 2020 to the summer of 2022, the second from September 2020 to the summer of 2024.