Due to the limited working possibilities and the aging infrastructure at our location in Severingasse in the 9th district of Vienna, which has been in existence since 1913, there have been efforts to move to a new building for a long time. At the same time there were considerations concerning university cooperation’s in order to use the infrastructure necessary for hydraulic engineering model tests more efficiently.
In 2012 a cooperation agreement was signed between the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) and our ministry (then Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management). One of the contents of this cooperation agreement was the establishment of a new hydraulic engineering laboratory, which is to be used jointly. Already at that time, the location was the Brigittenauer Sporn in Vienna's 20th district, where the Danube Canal branches off the Danube. Several years passed until the financing was clarified and the planning was completed.
The total cost of around 49 million euros is borne by the European Regional Development Fund (via four EU projects with Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic as well as via the Investment in Growth and Employment Austria program), the City of Vienna and the Province of Lower Austria as well as four federal ministries (Education, Science and Research; Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism; Transport, Innovation and Technology; Digitization and Economy).
A new hydraulic engineering laboratory offers BOKU and our institute worldwide unique working possibilities to solve scientific and practical questions concerning flood protection, river morphology, sediment transport, hydropower and waterways.
The central core of the new infrastructure are two experimental halls with a total of approx. 3500 square meters of experimental space.
The move is planned for the turn of the year 2022/2023.
Step by step, a number of pictures will be posted here to document the construction progress. The latest ones are right at the top.
View from the Otto Wagner building to the south of the construction site.
Photo taken in mid-October 2021.
The upper test hall, the RiverLab with the workshop, is currently being built.
Photo taken in mid-October 2021.
Panoramic view from construction site in June 2021
(with view to the railway bridge and the Danube Canal)
Satellite image of the site during the foundation works (end of 2020).
The google.maps photo has only been on display since June 2021.
On the right, the almost finished future outlet of the Danube water from the experimental hall can be seen. The long concrete walls are parts of the experimental hall.
Construction state at the end of April 2021.
Opening at the beginning of the experimental hall through which water from the Danube will flow in, at the beginning of March 2021.
View of the outlet structure through which water from the Danube will flow from the experimental hall into the Danube Canal. Construction status at the beginning of March 2021.
In September 2020 you can see the concrete wall and steel sheet pile walls along the road next to the Danube Canal.
In March 2020 you can see the cranes and some high containers for the construction of the foundations.