Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Geomar Building

Europe’s biggest marine research center is under construction in Kiel.

Monday saw the official start of one of the biggest construction projects in the field of science and research in Germany. For around EUR 90 million the Geomar-Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research is building a new campus on the banks of the River Schwentine in Kiel. Due to be completed in 2020, the research building will feature almost 250 offices and 70 laboratories. Guests at the first groundbreaking ceremony included Torsten Albig, the Prime Minister of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Mayor of Kiel Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, and Dr. Karl Eugen Huthmacher, Section Head at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The praised the new build as an important flagship project for the city and marine research. The center will address “important future-related questions of paramount significance for society”.

As part of a consortium with Prof. Feix Ingenieure, WTM Engineers is planning the excavation pit, handling structural engineering for the high-rise, and the rerouting of the rain water drain.

Read more about the project at: Geomar.