Unified campus - what happens in 2020?

News January 2020

Unified campus - what happens in 2020?

The government has allocated 40 million NOK for a pre-project on NTNUs unified campus in 2020. Statsbygg is now preparing its organization and starting the pre-project.

The illustration shows the areas explored for new buildings and re-building to unify NTNUs campus in Trondheim. The yellow circles show which areas to be further investigated. Image: Eggen Arkitekter/Hanna Jones/NTNU. Click the image to enlarge. 

Written by: Hanna Maria Jones

Starting the pre-project for a unified campus

In December, the Ministry of Education and Research gave Statsbygg the task of continuing the project for NTNUs unified campus until the completion of the pre-project.

Statsbygg divides the main work for the pre-project into planning, programming and regulation. In the beginning of the year, Statsbygg will announce procurements for consultants and architects to design and program.

While working on the pre-project, the content of NTNUs unified campus will be further developed, and several topics will be further explored. There will, among other things, be more in-depth investigations of where it is possible to build 92,000 new square meters and rebuild about 45,000 square meters. Buildability, geotechnics, as well as appropriate placement of subjects and functions in the new and re-built buildings will also be explored more specifically.

Statsbygg expect to be able to submit a planning initiative to the municipality of Trondheim in April. The plan initiative is the basis on which the municipality decides that regulation can be started for the construction project. The planning initiative will, among other things, describe the purpose and area of the zoning plan and volume and heights of the planned buildings.

Broad involvement from NTNU environments is expected

The involvement processes, which will ensure that university needs are met in the construction project, are expected to start during 2020. Working groups organized from relevant NTNU environments will address requirements and needs to the building organization.

The task will first and foremost be to describe what is needed of functions and content if the areas are to be able to support the university's activities in a good way.

What happens in 2020?

  • Start-up designing and engineering with procurement of, among other things, architect and consultant services.
  • Anchored basic project completed in April. The basic project forms the basis for the pre-project. Where will it be built and how much will it be built?
  • Start of regulatory planning work with planning initiative in April.

Milestones, provided necessary funding:

2020: Start up pre-project

2022: The Municipality of Trondheim decides on a zoning plan

2022 and 2023: External quality assurance (commissioned by the Ministry of Finance) in two steps

2023: Pre-project completed

2023: The Norwegian Parliament decides funding for and start of construction from 2024

2024: Start-up completion phase (construction)

2028: All buildings are ready for use at the start of the autumn semester in 2028

Roles and responsibilities in the project

In their letter of assignment to Statsbygg, the Ministry of Education and Research writes that to meet the objectives for a unified campus, it is important with good interaction between Statsbygg’s construction project and NTNUs organization development and user involvement. This requires good, anchored and mutually binding participation processes, with clear roles and responsibilities.

The unified campus therefore consists of two sub-projects. The construction and user equipment project is led by Statsbygg. The reception project is led by NTNU and will ensure that the university’s needs are taken care of. The need also includes NTNU’s strategic organization development.

The Ministry of Education and Research is the assignment provider, project owner and chair of the project council.

Statsbygg is responsible for construction and manages the project.

NTNU heads the reception project and is the future manager and user of the buildings. The university is responsible for realizing profits after the completion of the construction project.

About NTNU unified campus

About NTNU unified campus

The project will unify large parts of NTNUs campus in Trondheim to the area around Gløshaugen. It involves moving the academic environments that are currently located at Dragvoll (humanities and social sciences) and in the City Centre (art and music). The subjects are thus combined with the technical and scientific environments at Gløshaugen. And with the medical, health and teacher education programs at Øya and Kalvskinnet.

The need is based on NTNU’s strategies and goals and includes NTNU’s need for strategic business development in the long term.

Areas for new buildings will be up to 92,000 m2 gross and the areas being rebuilt will be up to 45,000 m2 gross. The area limit is an upper limit.

The area frame also includes areas for redevelopment of the University Museums' magazines, areas for capture and storage of CO2 for NTNU’s work in European Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) and NTNU’s share in the Center for Mental Health at St. Olav’s hospital on Øya.

On December 20, 2019, The Ministry of Education and Research instructed Statsbygg to continue the project for NTNU unified campus until the completion of the pre-project. The government has allocated 40 million NOK for start-up of pre-project in 2020.

The project will continue based on the basic project described in the report Start-up pre-project (2018) (Oppstart forprosjekt – OFP) for NTNUs unified campus. The OFP report builds on defines societal aims, impact aims and previous reports. It was written in close collaboration between Statsbygg and NTNU in a joint project organization and submitted to the Ministry of Education and Research on December 17, 2018. During 2019, the OFP report was quality assured and further developed to become a basis for pre-project.

Read more about the project: Web page for unified campus



Designing and engineering are terms used especially within building and construction for early planning and calculation of a project. It is often executed by consulting engineers and architects.

In a construction project programming is about defining content in buildings and outdoor spaces, in a so-called building program. The building program is the basis for design and working drawings for what is to be built.

A zoning plan defines how an area is to be used and built. It can either be an overall plan for an area or more detailed on a single site.