A study building was opened in the New Anatomicum on 5 September
On the 5 September, Volli Kalm, the Rector of the University of Tartu, opened the newly renovated study building in the New Anatomicum. The Institute of Psychology and the Department of Special Education of the Institute of Education of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education moved to the study building at Näituse 2.
During the renovation, the façade of the building was painted. The roof and the cracks in the walls were fixed. In the yard a waste house was built, more bicycle parking racks were installed and the road was fixed up. During the interior works, all ceilings and walls were puttied and the floors were renovated.
“Upon renovation, it was important to keep in mind that the building is under heritage conservation which means that we could not try anything completely new, and there were many things that needed to be renovated,” stated Indrek Zeik, the Property Manager of the Näituse 2 Building, and gave the examples of the renovation of windows and window sills and a wooden staircase which was more than a hundred years old. “The window sills were not even perfectly finished or puttied so that they could be preserved better. To the old windows we only added gaskets which will keep the cold air out in the winter,” Zeik specified.
Heiki Pagel, the Head of the Procurement and Institutional Development Unit of the University of Tartu, said that the construction and furnishing of the building cost about 2.2 million euro. “The exterior of the building was preserved as a result of the construction and upon furnishing the building, the historic and new have been cleverly combined,” Pagel stated.
“After the Lossi 36 building was completed and a part of the faculty moved in, I usually see the people working in Toomemäe smile but it seems like something is owed to the other members of the faculty,” states Jaanus Harro, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education. “The reopening of the building of Näituse 2, or the New Anatomicum, is of great value in terms of working conditions of the faculty. It means a lot to psychologists and behavioural scientists to work in a building where experiments were carried out by Emil Kaepelin, a student of Wilhelm Wundt.”