University of Latvia in Tornakalns celebrates reaching the highest point of the building
On Tuesday, October 28, in the presence of the administration of the University of Latvia (UL) and LNK Industries Group, honoured guests and academicians, the ceremony was held to mark reaching the highest point of the Academic Centre of Natural Sciences building, which is a part of the University of Latvia in Tornakalns. The centre will accept first students already in September of the next year, and it will be the most modern higher education and scientific building in the Baltic region.
UL Rector Prof. Marcis Auzins: “Thanks to the European Union structural fund assets and investments from the University of Latvia, the first building will be finished soon. However, to implement our plan for a united University of Latvia in Tornakalns completely, we need a support from the government and private investors, because this is one of the most significant education and scientific infrastructural projects after the restoration of independence of Latvia. The establishment of the new University of Latvia in Tornakalns would be the most beautiful and lasting gift which we could possibly give to the nation of Latvia for the centenary anniversary of University of Latvia.”
Within the framework of the project, on 1 Jelgavas Street in Riga, a modern, functional and sustainable development-oriented educational, work and living environment will be created for students, teachers and scientists. As for the future plans, an ecumenical church could also be located in Tornakalns.
Metropolitan archbishop of Roman Catholic Church of Riga and member of the Convent of Councillors of UL - Zbignev Stankevic: “The goal of the university according to God’s plan is to search and get acquainted with the truth. Natural sciences do that in a very specific way. Natural sciences research nature’s objective laws to ensure that the nature will serve humans – making their life easier and more valuable. In this sense natural sciences enact the loving commandments of the next-of-kin.”
The construction of the building began in March of this year and already in the end of May the foundation-stone and time capsule with the message to the next generations were laid ceremoniously. The new building has seven storeys that will be made into lecture-rooms, laboratories, work and seminar rooms and a library. The last storey of the building will become a laboratory and seminar room with the view to the Old Riga and newly-built National Library. Wind generators installed on the roof will give an opportunity to obtain an alternative energy. The place will also have “intelligent building” service equipment.
“This project is significant to us, as to builders, not only because of its purpose but also because of its complexity - the building will host numerous modern laboratories that will be equipped with specific technologies. It is pleasant to work on this project because we are constructing the building that, I am sure, will motivate potential students and scientists for new accomplishments. That is why, on behalf of the LNK Industries, I want to say that we are honoured to participate in the implementation of this project. We are continuing to work intensively to finish this project within the set time frames, so that the building will be ready to welcome students and teaching staff,” points out LNK Industries board member Jevgenijs Locovs.
Academic Centre of Natural Sciences will become a home for Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Geography and Earth Sciences faculties, as well as Optometry and Vision Science department. Students will gain an opportunity to add research work to their educational process; Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology and Institute of Chemistry and Physics will be established. The building will also host laboratories of six most significant national research centres: National Research Centre of Technologies of Acquisition and Sustainable Use of Energy and Environmental Resources, National Research Centre of Pharmacy and Biomedicine, National Research Centre of Use of Agricultural Resources and Food, National Research Centre of Forest and Water Resources, National Research Centre of Forest and Water Resources, National Research Centre of Nanostructured and Multifunctional Materials, as well as National Research Centre of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
During the next stage of the project, it is planned to create a centre of Humanities and Social sciences, Life and health Sciences Centre etc. The complex will include educational service and recreational centre rooms, as well as dormitory, sports centre and ecumenical church. It is planned to finish the whole complex by 2023 and it will host 15 thousands students.
Development of the first stage technical project, construction and field supervision is assigned to the LNK Industries Group general partnership. The enterprise was chosen through the procurement procedure. Contract value – 21.18 million euro excluding value added tax. The project is being implemented within European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) sub-activity “Modernization of Premises and Devices for Improvement of Study Programme Quality at Higher Educational Establishments, including Provision of Education Opportunities for Individuals with Functional Disabilities”, within “University Infrastructure Modernisation within Priority Study Programmes Development” project Nr.2010/0114/3DP/126.96.36.199.1./09/IPIA/VIAA/029 and ERDF sub-activity “Development of Scientific Infrastructure” project.
About University of Latvia
University of Latvia, which was established in 1919, is the biggest and the richest in traditions educational institution in Latvia. All 134 study programmes of UL are accredited. Its 13 faculties and 21 universities employ our leading specialists in natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. The goal of the university is to become significant in Europe and worldwide, internationally acknowledged scientific university that invests in the national economy of Latvia and in sustainable development of society.
About LNK Industries Group general partnership
LNK Industries Group general partnership was established by two LNK Group holding enterprises - LNK Industries JSC un Latvijas tilti JSC. LNK Industries JSC specialises in innovative construction and manufacturing project implementation. The main scope of activity of LNK Industries is construction of manufacturing, civil and infrastructural objects. The enterprise is specialising in design, manufacture and placing of transportation technology systems and non-standard equipment, as well as in reinforced concrete structures and large-size metal structures manufacture. Latvijas tilti JSC is one of the major construction enterprises in Latvia that specialises on construction and reconstruction of bridges, overpasses and tunnels, as well as on construction and reconstruction of sea piers and bench reinforcements.