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PHOTO: officials set the foundation of LU Academic Centre in Tornakalns

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This Wednesday, May 28th, high-rank state officials and representatives from University of Latvia and LNK Industries Group set the foundation of the future LU Academic Centre in Tornakalns. In addition to that, officials also put a special time capsule in the foundation of the building for future generations to discover.

The Centre for natural Sciences, the construction of which is planned to be completed by August 2015, will be the first higher education building to be built in Latvia from the ground up since the restoration of Latvia’s independence.

This centre is part of the project aimed at creating a modern scientific and research centre in Latvia. The first stage of the project will be completed by August 2015. Approximately 3,000 students from four LU faculties will be able to relocate to the new building in Tornakalns. This new building will house the Biology faculty, Chemistry faculty, Geography and Earth Sciences faculty, Medicine faculty, as well as Microbiology and Biotechnology and Chemical Physics institutes, as reported by LU.

This building will also house research laboratories of national importance: energy and natural resources collection and sustained use technologies research centre, pharmacy and bio-medicine research centre, agricultural resources and food products research centre, wood and water resources research centre, nano-structure and multi-functional materials and technologies research centre, as well as a public health and clinical medicine research centre.

The second stage of the project will include a humanitarian sciences centre, life and health research centre, teacher education centre and social sciences centre. The entire complex is planned to be completed by 2023 and will be able to take on 15,000 students.

Construction and supervision of the first stage of the technical project is entrusted to LNK Industries Group. A contract was signed with this group in 2013. This company was selected during a procurement process. The total worth of the contract is EUR 21.18 million (excluding VAT).

‘It is notable that the construction of an academic centre in Tornakalns started in the same year of our Alma mater 95th jubilee. By the time we reach its 100 anniversary, Latvia will have one of the most modern education and research centres in Europe,’ – said Prof. Mārcis Auziņš of the University of Latvia.

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