Achi Racov School of Engineering

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Achi Racov School of Engineering

Architect: Arch. Gabi Schwartz, Schwartz Besnosoff Architects
The building was officially opened on December 16, 2012.

The building was constructed with the generous support of:
The Achi Racov Foundation;
The Rashi Foundation;
The Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee;
The Ministry of Education – the Council for Higher Education;
The Jordan Valley Regional Council.

Achi Racov (1945-2002)
Achi Racov was born in Jerusalem. He had many interests, and, through his life, specialized in numerous spheres of science and the arts. He engaged in a wide spectrum of technological fields and scaled great heights on an international level, in the invention, development and implementation of complex computer solutions.
He advised heads of large organizations and served on the senior management boards of financial organizations and software companies around the world. He won prizes and awards for his work and, in 2001, he was awarded the title of Professor of Humanities by Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.

The Achi Ezer Foundation was established by the friends of the late Achi Racov in October 2006.
The foundation’s unique work in Israel, within the framework of commemorating Achi Racov’s work and memory, is exceptional as is the work of the foundation at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, a unique contribution to the college’s development and growth.
The School of Engineering at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee is named after the late Achi Racov.

The college greatly appreciates its friends in the Achi Ezer Foundation and thanks them for this work.

About the Building

Arch. Gabi Schwartz: “The building of the Achi Racov School of Engineering is characterized by a set of classrooms of different sizes, which accommodate study clusters. The building contains two unique lecture auditoriums that face the landscape of the Sea of Galilee, so that the people attending the lecture also experience the view and the surrounding area. This makes the study experience in these auditoriums unique.
In this building we created an external public domain which continues the environmental development of the shore of the Sea of Galilee into the building. This space offers places of rest for regular recesses, and also serves as a sort of open classrooms for special lectures, and for movie screenings and shows.”

Commemorating Achi Racov

The Achi Ezer Foundation management selected the School of Engineering of the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee as the main project of the commemoration of Achi Racov. In addition to naming the faculty and the building after Achi, he has also been commemorated there in a number of features, some of which are unique:

1. A plaque about Achi at the entrance to the building.

2. An artistic work prepared by Mrs. Daniella Wechsler with her interpretation of “the tree” from the MSS International Ltd. company logo, which Achi headed for over two decades. The work is made of computer keyboard keys.

3. The building architect, Gabi Schwartz, decided to cement the name of the building (the Achi Racov School of Engineering 2012) using the public-domain ASCII code. The black and white squares that signify the binary code are replaced on the outside steps by green squares (0) and squares with the “tree” (1).

Building Designation

The Achi Racov School of Engineering has a floor space of about 3,900 square meters. The building contains 2 auditoriums that face north towards the Sea of Galilee, 16 regular classrooms and 3 computer classrooms. The classrooms are equipped with an advanced in-built multimedia system. The building also houses the offices of the School of Engineering and the offices of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

The project was administered by the Rashi Foundation.
The Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee wishes to express its deep gratitude to Mr. Eli Alalouf, the director general of the Rashi Foundation.