Published: 2 October 2014, 12:44 | By: Christian Helgert
On September 25, 2014 a topping-out ceremony ('Richtfest') was celebrated at the Beutenberg campus, where the new research building Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) is being under construction since 2013. The ceremony was witnessed by more than 100 high-profile guests from science, society and politics, among the two ministers of state Reinhard Carius and Christoph Matschie.
This multifunctional research and teaching building, designed by the Architect's Office HENN, will offer 2600 m² space for functionalized optical, biological and chemical labs, seminar rooms, offices and an auditorium. In particular, the new research site will offer a strategic and integrative platform for interdisciplinary exchange within the main ACP research areas by hosting laboratories for joint research performed by ACP's principal scientists. Furthermore, the new building will allow for the enhanced integration of ACP's photonics educational programs into its research program.
Currently, construction work at the Beutenberg campus is ongoing, the recent progress is shown in the video above. The completion and handing-over to the Friedrich Schiller University and its ACP community are projected for autumn 2015. The building is being funded by the State of Thuringia and the German federal government with more than 25 million Euro.