13/05/2011 - Official opening of new student housing of GIHE in Bulle
Official opening of new student housing of Glion Institute of Higher Education in Bulle
The inauguration of the ‘Frédéric Tissot’ buildings in Bulle marked the official opening of the new student housing of Glion Institute of Higher Education (GIHE). Under the eyes of over 100 guests, GIHE showed appreciation to all partners who made this project possible, including the city of Bulle. Students are already lodging in the ‘Residence Frédéric Tissot’ since January 2011.
Opening the ceremony, Christian Beek, CEO of GIHE was very satisfied ‘these buildings are the product of team work of four parties and they exist thanks to all of them’. His partners for the project, Mr. Olivier Charrière, Architect, Mr. Marc Lyon of banking partner Credit Suisse Real Estate fund Living Plus and Mr. Pascal Doutaz, Director of Grisoni Zaugg SA were also present at the inauguration ‘A big thank you to the Credit Suisse Asset Management and GIHE for trusting us for this project. We look forward for the green light to starting Tissot 3’ comments the Grisoni Zauggg SA director. The Brass Band of Bulle animated the representatives of the city of Bulle, some politicians, the partners and key staff of GIHE during the function.
Named after GIHE founder Frédéric Tissot, the two buildings were officially opened by the ribbon cutting by Tissot’s daughters Julian De-Rham (Tissot) and Micheline Tissot in memory of their father who created GIHE in 1962. Frédéric Tissot was the first person who transformed hotels into hotel schools. His financial contribution and knowledge provided to GIHE, now one of the top hospitality management schools in the world, will always be remembered.
To face the increasing number of students, GIHE started the construction of new dormitories in 2009. Representing an investment of 30 million Swiss francs, the buildings will accommodate 500 students by 2012. The “Résidence Frédéric Tissot” represents the ecological commitment of the institution by responding to the Swiss “minergie P” standards; the highest in the category. It is the most ecological building ever built in Bulle. ‘Built according to sustainable development criteria with Minegie, solar panels and a link to the ‘remote heating’ of the city of Bulle, you have another reason to be proud of the Residence F. Tissot’ comments Mr. Lyon from Credit Suisse Real Estate Fund Living Plus in his opening speech. For instance, the roof is equipped with solar panels to heat the water. In addition, the building is linked to the “remote heating” system for the city of Bulle. This system provides heating through burning the remains of the local Gruyères wood. With this technology, the more you heat the better it is for the environment as these remains need to be cut and burnt anyway to renew the forest. In summary, the system has a positive ecological and economical impact on the region.
Mr. Christian Beek, CEO of GIHE with his partners Mr. Marc Lyon, from Credit Suisse Real Estate fund Living Plus, Pascal Doutaz, Director of Grisoni Zaugg SA and Mr. Olivier Charrière, architect.
Mrs. Tissot and Mrs. DeRahm, daughters of Mr. Frederic Tissot, founder of GIHE, about to cut the ribbon.
Mr. Paul-Henri Binz, President of Grisoni Zaugg SA together with Mr. Jean-François Rime, Conseiller National from Fribourg.