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New Building for Experimental Physics (XPhy)

Extra-thick ceilings and floors, enough space for large apparatus and no daylight in the laboratories: the sensitive measuring equipment used by Bielefeld's Experimental Physic's Department makes big demands on a building, which will be met by a new building on Morgenbreede. Its construction has been made necessary by the upcoming modernisation of the main university building. As expert reports have testified, some of the experimental physics will be unable to continue operating in the main building during that time, as the vibrations and noise occurring during building work would significantly impair the scientific measurements.

The area next to the Behavioural Research Building on Morgenbreede has been earmarked as the construction site. The jogging ("Finnbahn") has been rerouted to accommodate it. The new building has an approved main effective area of 1,293 m². Laboratories will cover 1,096 m² of that area. Associate offices will be housed in the adjoining Behavioural Research Building.

The total cost of 12.2 million Euros will be jointly borne by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bau-und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW (BLB NRW) and the University.

Start of construction May 2013
Laying of Foundation Stone 4 July 2013
Topping out ceremony 9 April 2014
Laboratories 1.096 square meters
Building contractor BLB NRW Bielefeld
General planning Carpus + Partner AG, Aachen
Planned costs around 12.2 million euros
  • projected view of the new building with a white facade
    Photo: Bielefeld University
    A projected view of the new building for Experimental Physics.
  • Group Photo at the beginning of the construction work
    Photo: Bielefeld University
    4 July 2013: Heinrich Micus, Prof. Dr. Andreas Hütten, Dr. Martin Chaumet and Hans-Jürgen Simm (from left) sink the capsule with the certificate in the foundation block.
  • People standing in front of the new building at the topping out ceremony
    Photo: Bielefeld University
    9 April 2015: Topping out ceremony for the Experimental Physics building.
  • Almost finished building
    Photo: Bielefeld University
    April 2015: The building is taking shape.
  • The new building with a white facade and large glass front at the ground floor
    Photo: Michael Kohls
    September 2015: The new Replacement Building for Experimental Physics is close to completion.
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