The complex challenges at InnovationSPIN are now also manifesting themselves in construction. The construction progress can be followed with giant strides. Work on the second floor started about four weeks ago, and now the outlines of the third floor can already be seen. While formwork and concrete are still being poured there, others are working on the acoustic room paneling on the ground floor. At the same time, workers are laying the ventilation ducts for the building's partially air-conditioned ventilation system. In other parts of the first floor, the first preliminary installations for the sanitary facilities can already be spotted. The construction of the wooden ceiling above the second floor is also taking shape, which will also form the floor for the third floor. Hollow-chamber ceilings, by the way, describe a type of ceiling made of precast reinforced concrete elements that are considerably lighter than a solid ceiling due to circular recesses within the concrete. The advantage: They score highly in terms of thermal and impact sound insulation. The complexity of the InnovationSPIN can be seen very clearly at the construction site right now.
Getting fit for homeschooling
The content of InnovationSPIN is as complex as the building itself. The future users of the building will conduct research, work and learn in a total of eight key areas. Thematically, they will work in the fields of health, digitization, mobility and crafts for the UrbanLand OWL and regional development. "The InnovationSPIN combines many approaches that the district of Lippe wants to take in order to continue to achieve high-quality education in the region in the future. In the InnovationSPIN, theory meets practice, results of scientific research are visible and craftsmanship is tangible. The current construction phase shows the commitment with which the stakeholders are pursuing the project. Even in the difficult phase of a pandemic, the construction project is up and running," explains District Chief Executive Dr. Axel Lehmann.
The Digital Media Workshop innovation lab, for example, is a perfect fit for today's "homeschooling" era. The innovation lab takes into account the fact that in the future, the use and integration of digital media applications will play a central role in all educational programs (vocational and academic). The role of students, teachers and trainers will change fundamentally due to the increased use of media. The innovation lab is intended to support and accompany this development: "The digital media workshop is aimed at teachers in the district of Lippe and the school authorities, as well as at non-school actors. This target group can look at and try out various possible applications of digital teaching on site," explains Markus Rempe, head of the Education, Demography and Future Affairs Department at the Lippe district.