A modern real-estate and construction-industry college campus is under construction at the Myllypuro Metro station. The campus will represent a new type of combination of educational levels in Finland. Helsinki Vocational College (Stadin ammatti- ja aikuisopisto) and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences will together form a college campus for smart and clean solutions. Students of the complex will become real-estate and construction-industry professionals, educated with each other and in close cooperation with enterprises of different fields.
“Project planning for the Helsinki Vocational College building is currently underway,” says Project Manager Petri Heinilä of Helsinki Vocational College. “The building will have a great deal of adaptable spaces and the newest technology both for use and for display. Because residential construction in the Helsinki metropolitan area mainly consists of multi-storey buildings, we will include facilities in the college to study high-rise construction on a small scale.”
“The City of Helsinki’s goal is to assign a site in Myllypuro for a training construction yard and so to enable building construction studies in real conditions. This will be the first of its kind in Helsinki,” says Helsinki Deputy Mayor for Education Pia Pakarinen.
“The upcoming educational complex will surely inspire young people. The new campus will support unique cooperation among local residents and enterprises. We have been implementing such cooperation at Metropolia for a number of years,” says President of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Riitta Konkola.
Representatives of construction industry employers have been involved in the project from the very beginning, including the Finnish Construction Trade Union and the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT. The City of Helsinki is committed in the City Strategy to strengthen the pedagogy and partnership networks needed in the workplace and in information society. The modern and adaptable spaces of the Myllypuro college campus will support the latest trends in flexible real estate and construction studies, easily adjusted to the needs of the workplace, sustainable development and student life.
“The fact that the campus is built on good public transport connections is a positive climate act in itself. The Metro brings people directly to the doors of the campus,” says Deputy CEO Samuli Huhdanpää of T2h Oy.
The real-estate and construction-industry college campus will boost the dynamism of the whole eastern Helsinki. The campus and its vicinity are expected to attract 7,000 more people compared with the area’s occupancy before the campus. The campus, which will also serve as a meeting place, will bring a great deal of services and dynamic urban culture to the area of Myllypuro, Kontula and Itäkeskus. There will be new jobs, as the area’s corporate activities grow and evolve. The campus will also serve the high numbers of eastern Helsinki’s foreign-born residents with its educational programmes targeted at speakers of diverse languages and people of different cultural backgrounds.
The first phase of the Myllypuro campus of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences was commissioned in January 2019, and the second phase will be completed in the autumn of 2019. The sections of the campus for Helsinki Vocational College’s construction and building technology studies will be built in 2021–2022.