The South Campus and Development of the Site of the Historic Railway Station at Tsemakh

The South Campus and Development of the Site of the Historic Railway Station at Tsemakh
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The South Campus and Development of the Site of the Historic Railway Station at Tsemakh

The South Campus site is a new property which is accommodating the continued physical development of the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee. Due to the fact that available land on the current college campus is gradually reducing, the site of the South Campus is becoming the college’s new campus.

The master plan for the continuation of the physical development of the college (“South Campus”) is generated by the college’s five year academic plan, as submitted to the Planning and Budgeting Committee for 2012-2017.

The South Campus is being constructed to the south of Route 92 (between Tsemakh Junction and Ein Gev Junction). The campus will be a mirror image of the current campus (North Campus), which is located to the north of Route 92. The South Campus covers an area of 23.7 dunams (approx. 6 acres).

The construction of the South Campus includes a pedestrian walkway between the two campuses. The planning and execution of the work are being undertaken by: The Ministry of Transport, NATI, the Jordan Valley Regional Council, the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee and other professional bodies.





The South Campus comprises three main components:
1. The student dormitories of the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee
2. The Center of Land of Israel Studies, located on the site of the historic Tsemakh railway station, approved by the Planning and Budgeting Committee. The historic site has been restored and renovated by the Council for Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel.
3. Another site designated for the future physical academic development of the college.




Simulation of the two campuses (divided by Route 92) after completion of the dormitories buildings.



The Student Dormitories
Rationale
The Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee is experiencing an increase in the size of its student body. According to the academic five year plan, which submitted to the Planning and Budgeting Committee, new departments are to be added to the academic facility which will boost the number of students in the coming years. The Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee does not have its own student dormitories.

A number of factors (principally the increase in the number of students at the college in the last five years and the expected rise in the coming five years) motivated the college and Israeli government bodies (The Israel Land Authority and the Planning and Budgeting Committee), to support, approve and advance the construction of student dormitories at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee. The principle reasons for building the dormitories were (partial list):
1. No student dormitories were built at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee since its establishment in 1967.
2. Around 65% of those accepted to the college need dormitories.
3. Around 58% of those renting accommodation in the vicinity of the college apply for housing scholarships as they cannot afford the rent.
4. Since the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee was established students have rented rooms on kibbutzim near the college.
5. The changes that have taken place at kibbutzim in recent years have generated a renewed wave of absorption at the kibbutzim (large numbers of people who originate from the kibbutzim are returning to them). A nee trend has developed at kibbutzim in the region of the college whereby apartments are rented out to new residents, with the emphasis on relatives, instead of to students.
6. The existence of student dormitories near the college is one the basic prerequisites for the existence of student life on the campus.
7. Transport to and from the college is poor, and does not meet student needs.
8. Construction of dormitories will make it possible to attract groups of students, both from Israel and from abroad.
9. Construction of dormitories on the college campus will make life financially easier for the students. Student dormitories are one of the bottlenecks that obstruct the development of the college. The arrival of hundreds of students, who will live close to the college, is a blessing not only for the college but also for the Sea of Galilee Perimeter and the entire northern periphery. The dormitories, and student life that will develop around them, will comprise a powerful magnet for young people who will study and find their home here, in the northern periphery.



Simulation of the student dormitories


“Wisdom has built her house. She has hewn out her seven pillars.”

Partners in the Dormitories Project

1. The Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education/ Israel Land Authority/ Jordan Valley Regional Council.
2. The Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.
3. Initiator – A.N.A. Kinneret Dormitories Ltd.
4. The Rashi Foundation

Architectural/Technical Execution
1. Dormitories architect – Arch. Gabi Schwartz, Schwartz Besnosoff Architects and Town Planners Ltd.
2. Construction supervision – Eng. Micha Barnea – M. Barnea Engineering and Building Ltd.
3. Construction company – Nofim from the Plotkin Group.

Technical Data:
The total area allocated for the student dormitories - 13.7 dunams (approx. 4.5 acres). Of this 5,737 sq.m. is allocated for stage 1 of the dormitories. The buildings included in stage 1 – 3 buildings of 4 stories.
Rooms – 111
Beds – 250




Cornerstone laying ceremony (June 17 2014)



Entry to the new dormitories – scheduled for August 2015
July 2014 – pouring the second ceiling of the student dormitories buildings




The Center for Land of Israel Studies
Rationale
The Center for Land of Israel Studies, which is being built at the college, on the site of the historic Tsemakh Railway Station, which served as a unique terminus of the Valley Train Stations, comprises a unique home for people who research and love the Land of Israel. It is only natural that the historic Tsemakh Railway Station was chosen as the permanent home for the Center for Land of Israel Studies. The site, which will accommodate within its historic walls, in unison, students, researchers and hikers who share one common denominator: a love of the Land of Israel!

The site of the Center for Land of Israel Studies (which will be the front of the student dormitories), covers an area of some 8.333 dunams (approx. 2 acres). The site will comprise the Department of Land of Israel Studies, the college research institutes and the visitors’ center which will describe the history of the station. The restored railway station buildings will be used as study classrooms. The center will be partially open to the general public and will be a sort of “major stopping and visiting point” for hikers and tourists in the north in general and, in particular, the Sea of Galilee Perimeter.






The station in the early 20th century


The components of the Center:

1. The Department of Land of Israel Studies – B.A. study track in Land of Israel Studies. This is one of the largest programs of its kind in Israel, headed by Prof. Chaim Ben David.
2. Land of Israel Studies research institutes -
• The Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology
The institute sets out to advance archeological research and activity of the galilee and the north of Israel. It initiates archeological excavations and surveys and is headed by Dr. Mordechai Aviam.

• The Kinneret Center on Peace, Security and Society in Memory of Dan Shomron
The Kinneret Center on Peace, Security and Society in Memory of Dan Shomron was established at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee in order to advance research into, and the study of, the reciprocal relations that exist between society and various security issues of the state of Israel, taking a multidisciplinary and comparative viewpoint. The center is headed by Prof. Zeev Drory.

• The David Bornblum Chair for Land of Israel Studies
This was established around 5 years ago, on the initiative of Mr. Bret Bornblum of Memphis, Tennessee, in the memory of his brother David. Dr. Jacob Ashkenazi holds the chair. Two science conferences addressing Land of Israel research are held each year. The foundation is also responsible for supporting researchers and students.

3. Advanced training courses, enrichment and professional training
Tour guide courses



The 2-story building which was formerly used as the offices of the station master, and will house the offices of the Center for Land of Israel Studies

Partners in the Establishment of the Center for Land of Israel Studies
The South Campus project architect Gabi Schwartz, Schwartz Besnosoff Architects and Town Planners Ltd.
The landscape architect – Amir Blum, of Miller Blum
1. Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee
2. Council for Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel
3. KKL JNF
4. Jordan Valley Regional Council
5. Rashi Foundation
6. Israel Railways
7. Pratt Foundation
From the college: Department of Land of Israel Studies headed Prof. Chaim Ben David, Dr. Yaki Schwartz, Dr. Giora Goodman, Dr. Moti Aviam, and department coordinator Lily Kedem, active partners in the construction of this unique center of Land of Israel Studies, and a unique home for the department.