ETH Domain construction programme for 2016: consolidation and project planning

Bern, 12.06.2015 - The Federal Council is proposing a global credit of 173.4 million francs to Parliament for the ETH Domain’s 2016 construction programme. This credit line will be chiefly required for projects aimed at preserving the value and functionality of buildings, but also for individual projects of up to 10 million francs and for project planning in view of later construction programmes. There will be no new large-scale projects.

This credit line proposed to Parliament by the Federal Council is based on the ETH's 2013-2016 Strategic Plan for the two Federal Institutes of Technology and the four research institutions of the ETH Domain (PSI, WSL, Empa, Eawag). In a comparison spanning several years, the volume of the 2016 construction programme is below average. There is no application for any major individual project in excess of ten million francs. Since individual construction projects are always realised over a period of several years, the annual financial requirements (investment credits) resulting from construction programmes which have already been approved and for which applications have been made will balance out in the medium term. A further challenge is the provision in good time of the infrastructure necessary in view of the continuing increase in students, teachers and researchers, changing user requirements and available resources. In terms of real-estate management, 2016 will be characterised by a more efficient, more economical and an eco-friendlier energy supply to all the premises. The book value of the ETH Domain's real-estate portfolio remains unchanged at 4.4 billion francs.

Framework credit
For plans and projects below ten million francs, the ETH Domain is applying to the Federal Council and to Parliament for a framework credit of 173.4 million francs. Projects of three to ten million francs covered by this credit line are individually listed in the 2016-2019 real-estate investment plan, which was approved by the ETH Board in May 2015. Most of these projects are renovations which are necessary for safety reasons, for the preservation of the value and functionality of the buildings and compliance with statutory provisions, or for adaptations to changes in utilisation. The framework credit will also cover the real-estate management, construction project planning and the execution of unforeseen and urgent construction projects or restoration measures.

Address for enquiries

Alex Biscaro, Head of Communication, ETH Board,
tel. 044 632 20 03,


The Federal Council

Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research