America for Bulgaria Student Center named “Building of the Year”

December 12, 2013

AUBG community has yet another reason to be proud this Christmas season as the America for Bulgaria Student Center won first place in the Education and Sport category at the prestigious “Building of the Year” contest. The ultramodern facility captured the admiration of the 25 jury members, among them Bulgaria’s Minister of Regional Development Desislava Terzieva and Minister of Investment Planning Ivan Danov. Alexander Alexandrov, AUBG’s Vice President for Finance and Administration, attended the 12th annual official ceremony to receive the prize from Minister Terzieva.

“Over the last 15 years, AUBG has invested more than 60 million leva in the development of the Skaptopara complex and we plan to invest 40 million more in the following years, so I hope to be back soon on this stage”, optimistically noted Alexandrov upon receipt of the award. Optimism is indeed justified, as the ABF Student Center is only the last, yet gigantic step in the quest for a world-class residential campus that AUBG will fully complete in the near future.

The impressive construction, designed by Architect Dimcho Tilev, was built with the generous support of America for Bulgaria Foundation, and adds another dimension to AUBG’s liberal arts identity: now students have the opportunity to reap the benefits of having a state-of-the-art theatre hall, the best university sports hall in Europe, a trendy restaurant, modern fitness center, student and career services as well as the Admissions' Office all nested inside the same on-campus building.

Constructively, ABF Student Center is also an achievement –a complete synthesis between constructive solution and design concept is reached. Some of the most interesting decisions are the console running track in the sports’ hall, the floor constructions of the vast supported areas in the theatre to include the most modern measuring of vibrations; the hanging terrace of the main dining hall; the suspension and tensioning of the central stair to minimum cross-sections of the structure, the maximum transmittance of the daylight and the elimination of the vibrations.

This is the second major acknowledgement for the multifunctional facility within a month’s time. Last week, the ABF Student Center won 2nd place at the “Facade of the Year” internet competition by Baumit Bulgaria.

Overall, the well-deserved praise for the building’s grandeur is not accidental – the ABF Student Center embodies some of the major features of AUBG: excellence, uniqueness, and success.

Story by Toma Tetimov

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