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Topping-Out Ceremony: New Building for the Institute of Physics

Press Release No. 146/2010
2 July 2010
“Klaus Tschira Building” on the Neuenheimer Feld campus

The topping-out ceremony for the new Institute of Physics building will be held on Tuesday, 6 July 2010. The University Construction Office extends a cordial invitation to all to attend. The new building complex on the math and natural sciences campus will take two years to complete at a cost of approx. 29 million euros. The Federal Government and the State of Baden-Württemberg are among the funders, with 3 million euros coming from the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the donor whose name the building will bear.

The new 4-storey building located at Im Neuenheimer Feld 226 will provide 7,219 square metres for laboratories, offices, training stations, a small library and common rooms, with new workshops being housed in a two-storey annexe. The new building for the Institute of Physics will offer the much-coveted space to support a large-scale research programme that unites under one roof the internationally renowned expertise of the Institute in the fields of particle physics, cosmology and complex quantum physics. In particular, young research groups will benefit from the new infrastructural concept that features interconnecting dedicated workspaces. Additional synergies also result through the connection of the new building to its neighbour, the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics. The two buildings form a single architectural unit, enabling joint use of the various existing facilities.

The topping-out ceremony for the Klaus Tschira Building will be opened by Rolf Stroux, chief clerk of works of the University Construction Office. A  report by the architects on the progress of the construction work follows.  Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, Rector of Heidelberg University, Dr. h.c. Klaus Tschira, Honorary Senator of Heidelberg University, and Wolfgang Erichson, Mayor of the City of Heidelberg will address the attendees, as will Prof. Dr. Christian Enss, Dean of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, and Prof. Dr. Dirk Dubbers on behalf of the Institute of Physics.

The Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTF) promotes research, teaching and school projects in the sciences, mathematics and computer science. Its chief aim is to enhance public understanding for these subjects. For further information on the KTF, go to

Note for news desks
The topping-out ceremony for the new building of the Institute of Physics will take place at the building site Im Neuenheimer Feld 226 at 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 6 July 2010.

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