A total of 10 Building of the Year 2021 titles, 25 special prizes, 2 Prizes of the public and one Best building abroad title were awarded in the 29th year of the unique and prestigious nationwide contest Building of the Year 2021. The main organizer of the contest is the Architecture and Building Foundation, which is also the organizer of the contest, together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, the Czech Chamber of Chartered Engineers and Technicians Engaged in Construction and the Association of Building Entrepreneurs in the Czech Republic.
The awarding and presentation of the titles of “Building of the Year” is the most important event of every year in construction and architecture, and is a dignified reminder, among other things, of the importance of, for example, engineering, transport and industrial buildings, which are also an integral part. Titles and special prizes were announced at the Building of the Year 2021 gala evening on 18th October in the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague.
The Simulation centre of the FM MU received one of the 25 special awards - the Award of the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic, which was handed over by Radek Vondráček, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament to representatives of the project architect, suppliers and investors. On behalf of Masaryk University, the awards ceremony was attended by the Quaestor Mgr. Marta Valešová, MBA and on behalf of FM MU prof. MUDr. Petr Štourač, PhD, MBA, Head of the Department of Simulation Medicine, FM MU and Ing. Jitka Blažková, SIMU project director.
The building was also awarded in another contest. The first place in one of the seven contest categories, category of Civic Amenity buildings, was won by SIMU as part of the Building of South Moravian Region contest, of which the Chair is the Rector of BUT, prof. RNDr. Ing. Petr Štěpánek, CSc. This contest is announced by the Association of Building Entrepreneurs in the South Moravian Region together with the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Brno University of Technology. For the nineteenth time, the twelve-member jury assessed the submitted buildings according to their functionality, overall concept, architectural value, quality of work, integration into the surroundings and other special assets.
The construction of SIMU took place from July 2018 to August 2020 at a cost of 574 million CZK for construction and ended up costing almost a billion crowns including all equipment. The construction of the Simulation Centre is a dominant part of the Strategic Education Investment Project SIMU+ at Masaryk University funded from the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education.