The grouping of facilities to improve services and optimise resources is a long-standing objective within the institution. Over the next four years, campuses will be rearranged within the City of Oviedo based on the plan designed that includes reunifying university studies in the City of Oviedo around two large campuses: El Milán and El Cristo.
The current infrastructures will be completed to improve the campuses, constructing a university residence and more sports facilities on the Gijón/Xixón Campus, recovering the entrance to the Pozo Barredo for new uses and adapting the Severo Ochoa Building esplanade, among other actions.
The University of Oviedo historic building is the image of the academic institution. In this period, actions have been carried out in its environment, adding value, stimulating its use and promoting its opening. Small improvement and fine-tuning works have been carried out such as furnishing the Robe Room, recovering notice boards, improving the elevator’s aesthetics, restoring the bust of Isabel II in the Queen’s courtyard and the statue of the founder in the centre of the historic building’s patio. The new university bookstore in the Quirós Building was also opened.
In this new period, the university’s immediate projects include repairing the San Sebastián Chapel and recovering the José Gaos Classroom. Work will be completed on the Historical Report Commission, fulfilling all the commitments that the application of the Historical Report laws demands of the university. A plan will also be implemented for conserving historical heritage, furniture and art, painting and sculpture works.
Buildings have been constantly under repair over the last four years. Significant actions have been carried out, especially on roofs and electrical installations. Significant work is currently being carried out in the annex to the historic building previously occupied by union organisations. This action will dignify spaces that lacked minimum conditions of use, seeking to meet a high standard in terms of insulation and energy efficiency, and whose connection with the building occupied by the vice-rectors will provide the accessibility conditions presently lacking.
The repairs will continue on roofs, electrical installations and plumbing in this new period. The Faculty of Chemistry will be refurbished, the Sports Medicine Building renovate, the Economics Department and Llamaquique electrical installations renovated and the “caretaker’s house” in the Marina Civil building recovered. Work will continue on accessibility actions to complete the plan started in this mandate.
Energy and environmental efficiency
Over these years, firm steps have been taken towards reducing the University of Oviedo’s carbon footprint by improving the efficiency of its facilities. Light fittings have been replaced with LEDs. Heating systems have been improved with the use of more efficient boilers and renewable energies, as is the case with extending the geothermal system with mine water to the Scientific/Technological building on the Mieres Campus. Thermostatic valves have been installed on radiators. Building insulation has been replaced by enclosures, the most relevant actions including replacing the roof on the Marina Civil and El Milán departmental buildings. Other steps towards sustainability have also been taken, such as planting more than 1,500 trees, electricity consumption with a certificate of origin from renewable sources, the campaign to avoid the use of bottled water and promoting recycling on campus, among others.
In addition to continuing with the actions already underway, the university will complete the plan in this new stage with significant actions such as definitively boosting solar energy capture capacity on facades and roofs, which will begin with a pilot project in the Severo Ochoa Building and will later be extended to the facades of the Economy and Business, Labour University departments, Santiago Gascón Building, the roof on the Faculty of Biology, etc.
Sustainable transport is and will be one of the greatest commitments. The university will seek to generalise the Mobility Pilot Plan with electric vehicles. It will continue to encourage the use of bicycles. It will also seek alliances to continue installing new electric vehicle charging points on the different campuses.
Since its arrival this team has been aware that there is a significant problem for students from other locations to travel to the Mieres Campus conveniently. Together with the local and regional administration, the co-funding of public transport to the campus has been launched. In this new term, the university continues to be committed to this action, in addition to promoting the use of electric vehicles available to the entire university community.
A university residence and more sports facilities will be constructed on the Gijón/Xixón Campus, the entrance of the Pozo Barredo will be recovered for new uses and the esplanade of the Severo Ochoa Building will be adapted, among other actions