Construction Blog

On this page, we share the latest updates, milestones and impressions with you regarding the reconstruction of the ID courtyard. Follow us to stay up to date!

Image: Preliminary draft of the new courtyard. © stadt landschaft plus | Landschaftsarchitekten GmbHImage: Preliminary draft of the new courtyard. © stadt landschaft plus | Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH


#8 Construction has officially begun! - April 26th, 2022

Groundbreaking Ceremony

A lot has happened. Now that the construction team has completed its many preparatory measures, the official groundbreaking ceremony for the International Department took place on Monday, April 25, 2022. Attending the event were, Mr. Bleich, Co-Chairman of the Hector Foundation, the project team from the Züblin construction company, the architects from the Grünenwald + Heyl architechtural offices, and of course the team of the International Department.

 Groundbreaking Event

The highlight of the event was the official groundbreaking ceremony, during which Mr. Uwe Bleich and the Managing Director of the International Department, Dr.-Ing. Judith Elsner, shoveled up the first mound of earth with the excavator. Following the groundbreaking ceremony, the guests expressed their enthusiasm and anticipation for the new auditorium and the many possibilities it offers in their celebratory speeches at the champagne reception.

Groundbreaking Event, Champagne Reception

We are all very much looking forward towards our new auditorium with barrier-free accessibility and fully-equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The official inauguration is planned for July 2023.


#7 Progress of preparatory measures – April 20th, 2022

Construction fence and staircase removal

In the Ritterstraße, a fence has been set up on the street to provide space for the construction vehicles. However, pedestrians can still enter the International Department building from this side. Currently, the staircase to the dormitory (direction Ritterstraße) will be removed. Please note that only the staircase towards the Lammstraße will remain.

We are very much looking forward towards the official Groundbreaking Ceremony next Monday, April 25th, 2022!


#6 Relocation of coffee break room – April 19th, 2022

New coffee break room

International Department, Construction, new room

The preparatory measures in the courtyard and at the International Department are progressing. We have recently moved the coffee break space (which has been in front of the HECTOR Auditorium in the basement) to the second floor. You can now find the coffee machines, stand tables and fresh fruit and snacks upstairs in room SR204, former library, for your convenience during lecture breaks.


#5 Relocation of facilities - April 7th, 2022

New location for mailboxes, bicycle stands and trash containers

International Department, Construction

  • Starting Monday afternoon (April 4th, 2022) the mailboxes for dormitory residents will be located in the passage to Lammstraße.
  • Bicycle stands are now accessible via Lammstraße.
  • Trash containers are now located behind the construction fence at Lammstraße.


#4 Information on upcoming construction measures – March 31st, 2022

Pavement removal next week

International Department, Construction, Pavement removal

We would like to announce that demolition work on the pavement in the courtyard is scheduled for next week Monday/Tuesday, April 4th and 5th, 2022. Considerable noise disturbance is to be expected during this work. We apologize for any possible noise disturbance and thank you for your understanding.

The bicycle stand at the entrance Ritterstraße is now located in front of the terrace of the Multi Kulti restaurant.


#3 Information about parking bicycles – March 18th, 2022

New spots for bicycles

International Department, bicycles

Due to the reconstruction the parking of bicycles at the entrance gate Ritterstraße will no longer be possible from Monday, March 28th, 2022. Until the beginning of May 2022, bicycles can still be parked in the ID courtyard in front of the Multi-Kulti Restaurant. From May 2022, bicycle racks will be installed in the Lammstraße.

Please make sure to relocate your bikes in time.


#2 Tree Felling – February 23rd, 2022

Getting started!

After years of theoretical planning, the first practical step in the courtyard started: On February 23rd, 2022 it was time to officially begin the construction work.

A few days earlier, our Accommodation Office has moved to the first office on the left side (room J101) so that the former offices outside can be used by the construction workers during the project time. The benches were removed and the first trees were felled in the courtyard. There is now a lot of space outside to continue with all preparatory operations around the courtyard until the foundation and framing work starts. 

International Department - Construction work  International Department - Construction work   


#1 Introduction Event – February 10th, 2022

Standing on historical ground

February 10th, 2022 is a time for a new beginning: the construction project was officially launched with an initial kick-off event. All residents of the International Department, students and employees were invited to join in the courtyard.

With a greeting from the International Department’s Managing Director Dr.-Ing. Judith Elsner, those present were warmly welcomed. The Hector Foundation, and above all Senator Dr. Hans- Werner Hector, have the objectives of the International Department very close to their hearts: The ID is a gateway for young talented students who want to study in Germany and especially at the KIT: These talented individuals contribute by bringing prosperity and peace to societies through the skills they acquired during their time here with the International Department.

Greetings from the International Department’s Managing Director Dr.-Ing. Judith Elsner

The entire team of the ID strives to create opportunities that allow students to study successfully and learn about the latest technologies in engineering and the sciences.

Following the introduction held by Dr. -Ing. Judith Elsner, the architects Grünenwald + Heyl presented their detailed plans for the three-years planning and construction process. Afterwards, the construction company, Züblin, explained how they will proceed with construction. The following milestones will underline the current construction phase:

Milestones of the reconstruction

At the end of the event, there was the opportunity to ask questions and to view the construction plans, allowing participants to get first impressions of how the ID will look like after the reconstruction.

Impressions of the kick-off event

We are very much looking forward to start this progress of modernizing our building on historical ground.