Aesculap Akademie celebrates topping out ceremony in Bochum
Since construction started in May 2012 the Aesculap Academy building in the BioMedical Science Park Bochum has literally been taking shape. On 6 November the Bochum branch reached another milestone – around 50 guests, mostly the workmen, celebrated completion of the shell construction. The topping out ceremony is yet another highlight between laying the foundation stone and the opening ceremony on 3 June 2013.
In just one more week work can begin on the interior so construction is going to plan. Aesculap board member Dr. Joachim Schulz praised the development of the project in his speech: “Medical education and training serves to ensure the quality of doctors’ professional work and is an essential requirement for a high performance healthcare system. The topping out ceremony is an important milestone on the way to a third branch in the most densely populated state in Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia. Doctors, nursing and clinic staff from the bordering German states and from the Benelux countries will also come here to be made fit for the future by means of interdisciplinary knowledge exchange.”
Academy’s third site
In addition to its headquarters in Tuttlingen and a branch in Berlin in the Langenbeck-Virchow building, another site is now being constructed for the Aesculap AG medical education and training institution in the BioMedical Science Park Bochum. Together with the Healthcare Campus North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ruhr University and the technology centres nearby, the BioMedical Science Park Bochum forms a unique concentration of competences in the fields of healthcare and medicine. Aesculap Chairman Prof. Dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel is also convinced of the unique environment here. “The cooperation with the academic institutions in the region is one of Bochum’s great strengths as far as the Aesculap Academy is concerned. The proximity to healthcare service providers and integration in the university landscapes puts this location at the cutting edge of knowledge transfer, research and teaching,” Knaebel explains. And the seminar and course programme for the second half of 2013 has already been fixed.
In close cooperation with the Anatomical Institute at the Ruhr University Bochum, there will be courses in orthopaedic skills and workshops and seminars in surgery, anaesthetics and nursing care. Integration in the state of NRW’s Healthcare Campus project will also positively underline the development of more types of courses.
The first of two construction phases
On 22 May 2012 the foundation stone was laid for the Bochum branch heralding the start of the first construction phase. In the first construction phase, approximately 2000 m² of workshop and seminar rooms, an exhibition and advice centre as well as office and equipment areas are being created on two floors. An interactive exhibition about the topic of medical knowledge transfer rounds the project off. The first construction phase involves investments amounting to around 10 million Euros.
After successfully integrating the location in the overall landscape, the second construction phase of the Aesculap Academy Bochum will begin. The plot has already been bought and the plans have been drawn up. The second module links seamlessly to the first construction project and, in addition to more workshop and seminar rooms, will include a lecture theatre seating 130 people.