Freiberg’s Science Corridor Takes Shape – Symbolic Ground-Breaking Ceremony for New Buildings
Press release (abridged) from the State Ministry of Finance of the Free State of Saxony, from May 12, 2017
In a ceremonial ground-breaking ceremony on May 12, Saxony’s Finance Minister Prof. Dr. Georg Unland fired the starting gun for the preparation of infrastructural groundwork at the Messeplatz in Freiberg. The project involves the construction of new buildings for the Center for Efficient High-Temperature Substance Conversion (ZeHS) and for a lecture hall and library complex at TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
Extensive infrastructural measures are required on the site before construction can commence. This includes making connections to the district heating and cooling networks, electricity connections, mains water and waste water piping, among others, while existing media and piping must also be rerouted around the excavation. The costs for the infrastructural measures will run to approx. 4.5 million euro. The sod-turning ceremony marked the commencement of the provision of necessary infrastructure and media, and this initial construction phase is expected to be completed by June 2017.
The new building for the Center for Efficient High-Temperature Substance Conversion will be built using a modern, steel-reinforced concrete skeleton. The building will be divided into three functional components: A four-storey front section for office space, two two-storey structures for laboratories, and two technical centers. The building as a whole will be built in harmony with the eave heights of the surrounding architecture.
In total, some 6,220 square meters of floor space will be created. The construction costs are estimated at 32 million euro, and a further 13 million euro will be required for extensive technical outfitting, including large-scale equipment and technical furnaces. Funding for the construction project and the research equipment at the ZeHS Center is being provided in equal parts by the German government and the Free State of Saxony. Construction will begin in July 2017, and the project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2019.
The new building for the lecture hall and library complex will constitute a significant landmark in Freiberg – a three-storey building will be connected to an approx. 40-meter-high, nine-storey tower. The building will be constructed with a steel-reinforced concrete skeleton and faced with brick. It will house the university library and three lecture theatres, along with two seminar rooms. The short distances between the classrooms and the library will lead to a more efficient combination of teaching and research.
This building will boast an impressive 7,327 square meters of floor space, and the construction costs have been estimated at some 41 million euro. Construction is planned to commence in October 2017, and the building should be ready for use by early 2020.
The construction project will be financed in part by taxation revenues on the basis of the budget agreed upon by the representatives of the Parliament of the Free State of Saxony.
Impressions from the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for the two new buildings on Freiberg’s Science Corridor