On 7th of July 2011, the building of the Scientific Information Center and Academic Library (SICAL) was commissioned. The process ensures that the building was built according to the contract documents, the design intent and the owner’s operational needs. A construction work on the joint project of the University of Silesia and the University of Economics in Katowice was concluded in 21 months. Long before it was contracted.
According to the contract signed with Mostostal Warszawa – the prime contractor of the project, the construction work had to be concluded within 30 months. Thanks to the earlier completion of the works, a great opening of the Center will take place this year in autumn. Previously it was planned for autumn 2012. A total worth of the contract with Mostostal is PLN 43.43 million (net). A budget of the project exceeds PLN 79 million including almost PLN 53 million granted by the European Union.
At present, a new equipment as computers and furnitures will be provided to the interior and approximately 800 000 tomes of books and documents have to be moved to the Center. In the future, the SICAL will offer circa 1,8 million books and publications available on traditional and digital carriers.