Who was involved in the development planning process?

The city of Konstanz was in charge of the development planning process. The planning was carried out by the Konstanz office of Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg (the university buildings are state property), and the planning office LandschaftsArchitekten Bittkau-Bartfelder + Ingenieure GbR (Wiesbaden) in close cooperation with the University of Konstanz. Nature conservation associations, municipal institutions and other public bodies were involved in the development planning process from the very beginning. The public participation process provided all citizens the opportunity to participate and contribute to the draft development plan.

Additional involved were, among others, the following associations, institutions and other public bodies:

  • German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND)
  • Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)
  • Regierungspräsidium Freiburg (regional authority) [nature conservation, forestry, regional planning]
  • Landratsamt Konstanz (district administration office) [forestry, nature conservation, water rights, trade supervision, district archaeology]
  • Preservation of state monuments
  • Stadtwerke Konstanz (energy grid, public bus service)
  • Konstanz waste management services
  • Konstanz police department
  • Konstanz fire department
  • Handwerkskammer Konstanz (Chamber of Skilled Crafts)
  • Chamber of Industry and Commerce Hochrhein-Bodensee (IHK)
  • Wirtschaftsförderung Konstanz (city commerce development)

How was environmental protection taken into consideration?

Environmental protection guidelines played a central role in the development planning process for the University of Konstanz. The energy and climate protection concept for state property provided the guideline for all construction work organized by the "Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg" office in Konstanz.

Nature conservation associations were involved in the development planning process from the very beginning. Special attention was given to the nature reserve located in the direct vicinity of the university in general, and the planned new building sites in particular. The campus is located within or next to the Lorettowald (Loretto forest), Hockgraben (green meadows) and Universitätswald (university forest). These areas are subject to different protection levels, which determine the framework conditions for the development planning process. This process included, among other things, taking stock of and assessing the local flora and fauna. On this basis, a map was drawn up illustrating the possible development areas and their potential impact on environmental and species protection.

The primary aim is to limit human encroachment into the natural environment as much as possible. To this end, most of the relevant areas to be developed have already been asphalted or developed, including the north and south parking lot areas. This means that much of the future construction will take place on previously designated building sites.

The University of Konstanz is a green campus and strives to continue and build on its sustainable and green design when realizing future development plans.

Are new parking concepts being planned?

The new development plan addresses the current north and south parking areas. The master plan and the preceding environmental assessments identified these locations as significant future development areas for the university. After the first construction phase on the area near building W is completed, the second construction phase will begin on the north parking lot area. The third construction phase is designated for the area where the multi-storey south parking lot is currently located.

New parking areas will be created to replace these parking lots. With the new mobility concept, a new parking concept, too, is being designed. Several options are currently being considered: The master plan proposes the parking lots as construction sites, with parking areas in the lowest floor of the new buildings (which the sloping terrain would support). Other options include, for example, a park and ride concept. The future parking concept will be presented together with the development concept for the current parking areas. We will keep you updated on these and all further plans in a timely manner.

Please note: The University of Konstanz would like to provide incentives for environmentally friendly, car-free travel and will continue to develop concepts for alternative transportation options. At the same time, sufficient car parking space will also be taken into account.

Facts and figures

  • New development plan for further development of the University of Konstanz campus (until 2060), agreed upon on 27 January by the Konstanz city council.
  • Amendment of the old development plan from 1969.
  • Additional space requirement by 2060 is approx. 55,000 square metres (with existing space of approx. 120,000 square metres).
  • Master plan foresees three construction phases: First phase in the area near building W. Second phase on the current north parking lot. Third phase in the area of the multi-storey south parking lot.