UL Academic Centre of Natural Sciences constructed by “LNK Industries” is finally open
Ceremonious opening of one of the most modern higher education and scientific buildings – University of Latvia Academic Centre of Natural Sciences, was held on Monday, 7th September, in Tornakalns, in the presence of President of Latvia Raimond Vejonis.
Academic Centre of Natural Sciences hosts Faculties of Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Geography, and Earth Sciences, as well as Department of Optometry and Vision Science of the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics. Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology and Institute of Chemical Physics are also located in the building. The basement floor hosts the laboratories of six national research centres.
The new building has seven storeys that feature lecture-rooms, laboratories, work and seminar rooms, and a library. The last storey of the building hosts laboratory and seminar room with the view to the Old Riga and newly-built National Library. In the future, wind generators will be installed on the roof to give an opportunity to obtain an alternative energy, and all of the building’s systems will be managed by the “intelligent building” technology.
Construction of UL Academic Centre of Natural Science was executed by “LNK Industries Group” general partnership, which was selected by UL during procurement process in 2013. Contract value is 21.18 million euros excluding value-added tax. The concept of the building was developed by architecture bureau “Sestais Stils”, which also carried out authorial supervision of the object.
Construction on the territory that used to host allotment gardens, on 1 Jelgavas Street, Riga, “LNK Industries Group” GP began in March 2014, and already in the end of May 2014, time capsule with a message to future generations was ceremoniously laid in building’s foundation.