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Foundation stone laying ceremony for the new Graz Physics Center

Foundation stone laying ceremony for the new Graz Physics Center

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At the University of Graz, the new large complex of the Graz Center for Physics (GCP) will be built by 2030 in the area of ​​the former clinic. After the above-ground clinic tower was demolished, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday.

The Graz Physics Center will unite the Physics Institutes of the University of Graz and the Technical University of Graz on a joint site at Harrachgasse 21. It is one of the largest university construction projects in Austria, which will create a total floor area of ​​50,000 square meters for up to 1,700 students and 600 employees from the University of Graz and TU Graz in Gedorf is a densely populated inner city. Graz area.

In total, the GCP will consist of six floors above ground and two floors below ground. Total costs are estimated at approximately €443 million – €392 million will be invested in the building by the client, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG), and another €51 million will be allocated to the interior.

Dismantling began in February

It was not possible to adapt the pre-hospital building, dating back to 1976, to the complex requirements of the GCP. Dismantling of the eight-storey building began in February – more about it in Demolition of the clinic tower has begun in Graz (5 March 2024)

Now is the time to demolish the basements, which will continue until the summer. According to the current schedule, construction work on the structure of the complex planned by Viennese architectural firm fasch&fuchs Architekten is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2024.

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“The Lighthouse Project”

The guests of honor, politicians and scientists, who attended the foundation stone laying ceremony, expressed great enthusiasm for this huge project. Science Secretary Martin Polaszek and Gov. Christopher Drexler (both vice president) spoke of a “Lighthouse Project” that would shine beyond the borders.

Helmut Longhamer

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Graz Physics Center on June 4, 2024 (from left): Dean of the University of Graz Peter Riedler, Dean of the University of Graz Horst Bischoff, Deputy Mayor Judith Schwentner, State Councilor Barbara Ebinger Middel, Federal Minister Martin Polaszek, State Governor Christopher Drexler, Mayor Elke Carr, and BIG CEO Hans-Peter Weiss

City Mayor Elke Carr (KPÖ) emphasized that Graz has always been an attractive place to study and that the GCP is now “doing something great again”.

The deans of the university and TU, Peter Riedler and Horst Bischof, emphasized the open concept in the context of the city and focused on climate neutrality. Riedler also used the opportunity to mention the idea of ​​linking the tram to the university in the future.