A further step towards starting construction: The contract for the planning of the John Warner Center for Start-ups in Green Chemistry, otherwise known as the Chemical Invention Factory (CIF), has now been awarded. Following the architectural competition, the final contract for the general planning work has been won by Berlin-based architects SEHW Architektur. The goal is to establish a central location for green chemistry start-ups on Campus Charlottenburg at the University's Marchstraße site.
Total construction costs will amount to around 12 million euros. Most of the funding will be provided by SIWANA III, Berlin’s 2017 special program for financing the sustainable growth of the city. A new building will be constructed on an area of 2,095 square meters consisting of 12 spaces for start-up and transfer teams. These spaces are offered for periods of up to two years at a time to teams looking to create marketable ideas on the basis of research findings. In addition to labs and offices, the building will also house general spaces for events, etc. and a demo lab. According to managing director Martin Rahmel, the CIF “will provide a model for supporting emerging scholars and entrepreneurs as well as for technology transfer, a true factory of the future to develop ideas using leading research in green chemistry.”
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