Real Estate Development

One of the key factors in the successful international positioning of the University of Zurich is the strategic development of the buildings and grounds on the University’s campus.

Real Estate Development is the office responsible for strategic building matters. It manages and develops UZH’s real estate portfolio, and takes the lead in the delivery of strategic construction projects. Part of the directorate for Real Estate and Facility Management the unit bears joint responsibility with the office Infrastructure for UZH real estate throughout its entire life cycle.

The office, headed ad interim by Hansjörg Pedrett, ensures that the interests of users and operators of UZH facilities are represented in cantonal decision-making processes.  It also supports the head of the directorate for Real Estate and Facility Management with planning and procuring funds for real estate projects, ensures that the necessary mechanisms and processes are in place, and provides the relevant advice and services.

The office comprises the following units: Strategic Planning (headed by Christian Saller), Portfolio Management (headed a.i. by Herbert Meierhofer), and Capital Projects (headed by Martin Plock).

Strategic Planning

The staff at Strategic Planning plans, drives, and manages the long-term development of the University’s buildings with due consideration to UZH’s academic goals, and is responsible for all strategic matters in this area. It furthermore provides executive offices and public relations staff with advice and services, and ensures they have access to the necessary tools and processes.

Portfolio Management

The staff at Portfolio Management develops and manages the real estate portfolio in line with the interests and requirements of owners, operators, and users, and supports the Board and the Executive Board of the University as well as the head of the directorate for Real Estate and Facility Management with planning and procuring funding for real estate projects.

Capital Projects

The staff at Capital Projects manages strategic construction projects in compliance with the canton’s processes – from site and project development to commencing operations. It ensures that the interests of users and operators of UZH facilities are taken into consideration, and that the expertise and interests of the office Infrastructure are represented.