Research Laboratory: New Building for Excellent Research at Universität Heidelberg
Heidelberg University’s life sciences can look forward to additional laboratory and research facilities. These will be situated on the Neuenheimer Feld campus and accommodated in a new three-storey building with approx. 2,700 sqm. of usable space. The new “Multi-purpose Building for Excellent Research” will cost 11 million euros in all. The University Construction Office celebrated the laying of the foundation stone on Monday, 26 July 2010.
The new structure at Im Neuenheimer Feld 329 will stand next to the instructional building. Its core section is made up of areas for experimental research with laboratories that can be size-adjusted to the research groups working in them. These central areas are supplemented by service facilities (cooling chambers, microscopy rooms, etc.), offices and communication and infrastructure areas where users can retire for consultation and an exchange of ideas. If all goes well, the building will be completed in October 2011 and ready for use by the end of that year. The “Multi-purpose Building for Excellent Research at Heidelberg University” is a central component of the infrastructural planning for the Initiative for Excellence and future third-party funding acquisition in the life sciences. The funding comes from the Economic Stimulus Package II in the framework of the Federal government’s Future Investment Programme.
The foundation ceremony was opened by Rolf Stroux, chief clerk of works of the University Construction Office. Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Sonntag, Vice Rector for Quality Development at the University of Heidelberg and Bernd Stadel, First Mayor of Heidelberg, also addressed the onlookers.