Blått bygg: Knowledge for Sustainable Oceans and Health

With Blått bygg (the Blue Building), Nord University will find sustainable solutions the world is in need of.

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During the building of Blått bygg, there will be temporary changes in th​e parking and access to campus. Read more about rerouting and parking here.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The new building is a new university building of around 8400 square meters at Nord University, campus Bodø. The building is planned to be completed in 2024.

In addition to engineering and building a new and advanced laboratory building, the project also involves remodelling around 1700 square meters of existing buildings at Nord University in Bodø. The planned completion of the remodelling is March 2025.

The new building will facilitate for modern laboratories, lecture halls and offices for the Faculty for Biosciences and Aquaculture (FBA). The building will provide an upgrade needed for the university to be able to carry out research, development and education of an ever higher quality.

The remodelled premises will be used by the Faculty for Nursing and Health Sciences (FSH) to raise the quality of research and development within the health sciences. 

"Good facilities for both education and research will make Nord University more attractive for both students and employees. This also means better recruitment of health personnel to the region and better opportunities for cooperation on research and innovation with the hospitals in the north."

Tove Klæboe Nilsen, Director of Research, Northern Norway Regional Health Authority

Why Blått bygg?

Norway is at the forefront of the world in the management of marine resources. At the same time, the need for new knowledge is rapidly increasing. 

Nord University covers nearly 40% of Norway's coastline. We have strong academic environments that keep the highest international standards within, for example, research on microalgae.

Microalgae are one of nature's most important resources and are used to grow ingredients for feed ingredients, supplements, and nutrients.

"The seafood industry's social mission is to ensure healthy, nutrient-rich and sustainable food to a growing world population. We believe in a fivefold increase of the industry in Norway by 2050, but all growth must take place on nature's terms."​

                                         Geir​ Ove Ystmark, CEO, Norwegian Seafood Federation

With the new building, ​Nord University will provide research and education at a high national and international level. We will strengthen "blue growth", innovation, nursing, and health science in Nordland and Trøndelag.

With Blått bygg, Nord University will also be able to accept far more students today, both within aquaculture and health sciences.

Blått bygg will:

  • raise the quality of research and development within the marine discipline and nursing/health sciences
  • strengthen the professional focus areas of marine ecology, genomics and aquaculture (blue growth), through more functional laboratories and co-location of academic environments at FBA
  • strengthen the quality of education in skills training and increase the use of modern welfare technology in nursing education
  • facilitate a higher intake of students for nursing education and education in biosciences and aquaculture
  • contribute to increased recruitment to the marine and healthcare sector

Facts: Blått bygg in Bodø

  • ​The new building for the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture and the Faculty for Nursing and Health Sciences
  • ​The new building will be around 8400 square meters. It will contain around 100 laboratories and special rooms, lecture halls and offices
  • The project also involves ​a remodelling of around 1700 square meters in existing campus buildings
  • General contractor: HENT AS
  • Maximum cost: NOK 650 million
  • Start of construction: May/June 2022
  • Planned completion of the new building: June 2024
  • Planned completion of the remodelling of existing buildings: March 2025

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