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New building for the UG’s Institute of Oceanography’s Professor Krzysztof Skóra Hel Marine Station
The University of Gdańsk’s Institute of Oceanography has acquired a new building for the Professor Krzysztof Skóra Hel Marine Station in the ‘Błękitna Wioska/Blue Village’ to serve didactic, research and educational functions. The new building draws on the architecture of the region and as such blends into the seaside landscape. The building houses a seminar and educational hall for 100 people and a didactic and laboratory room. The investment has been co-financed by the Regional Environment Protection and Water Management Fund in Gdańsk.
The opening ceremony took place in the Blue Village on 12 May 2017 in ul. Portowa 4 in Hel. The meeting was chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography of the University of Gdańsk Prof. Waldemar Surosz, with the building being officially opened by the Rector of the University of Gdańsk Prof. Jerzy Gwizdała, Chair of the Regional Environment Protection and Water Management Fund in Gdańsk Danuta Grodzicka-Kozak, and the Mayor of Hel Dr Klemens Adam Kohnke, accompanied by an employee of the Marine Station Monika Selin in traditional Kashubian dress. The symbolic opening did not involve the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony but was completed by unmooring one end of a rope.
December last year saw the completion of the investment co-financed by the Regional Environment Protection and Water Management Fund in Gdańsk “Modernisation of sea water circulation in the system of breeding pools and the expansion of the sealarium of the UG’s Institute of Oceanography’s Marine Station in Hel” which comprised two complex tasks ─ the construction of a technologically advanced system of recirculation and filtration of sea water for the Hel Sealarium and the construction of a seminar and educational hall.
The cost of the entire investment amounts to over 3.7M PLN, 95% of which has been financed by a subsidy from the Regional Environment Protection and Water Management Fund in Gdańsk, including 2.6M PLN from EkoFundusz resources.
Description of the new Professor Krzysztof Skóra Hel Marine Station
The building comprises a seminar and educational hall for 100 people and a didactic and laboratory room. The seminar and educational hall forms another element of the complex known as ‘Bałtycka Osada’, emerging at the Professor Krzysztof Skóra Hel Marine Station as part of the Błękitna Wioska/Blue Village project initiated by Prof. Krzysztof Skóra – founder and head and at present patron of the Marine Station in Hel. The project aims to revitalise the degraded area of a former building site by giving it new functions connected with marine education, research and the protection of the region’s natural resources. The investment is also to serve educational purposes connected with tourism and natural protection, aimed at discovering the biodiversity of the coastal area, respecting the rules of sustainable development as well as the historical heritage and regional Kashubian and fishing traditions.
The new hall draws on the architecture of the region and as such blends into the seaside landscape. It also houses a didactic and laboratory room equipped with tables and installations for so-called laboratory ‘wet work’. The building is energy-efficient, equipped with automatic control systems and audiovisual devices. Its glass elevation offers a view of the sand dunes and the Bay of Gdańsk, which can be admired during educational activities or seminars, while tourists and ramblers will be able to watch work in progress in the laboratory.
The new infrastructure is an addition to the existing educational facilities at the Professor Krzysztof Skóra Hel Marine Station located in a former smokehouse and the Blue School educational rooms.
The work was completed by Aussie Development Sp. z o.o.
Monika Rogo, UG Press Office