Press releases from 06.06.2011
Kick-off for laboratory relocation at the FLI
First workgroups move into new laboratories
Insel Riems, 06 June 2011. On the island of Riems, final preparations for the relocation of workgroups to the newly constructed laboratory building of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI) are in full swing. Beginning Thursday, the first research groups, among them colleagues from the FLI site in Tübingen, will move into their new laboratories. According to the schedule it is planned to relocate all laboratories of safety level 2 to the new building until this fall.
This means that less than three years after the groundbreaking ceremony scientific work in the new building with 89 laboratories and 163 animal housing units can be taken up. „We are happy that we will now be able to continue and extend our research work under considerably improved working conditions“, says the President of the FLI, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Thomas C. Mettenleiter. To date, 46000 cubic meters of concrete and ferro-concrete and 7700 tons of steel have been used, 25000 meters of ventilation pipes, 130000 meters of pipelines and more than one million meters of cable for electricity, telephones and computers have been installed in the new building. The first laboratories to be relocated will be those of safety level 2, where less dangerous infectious agents are handled. Subsequently, the sections of the higher safety levels will be taken into operation. By the end of the year, all workgroups from Tübingen will have moved to the island of Riems. Afterwards, the FLI premises in Tübingen will be closed.
However, some time will pass until work in the laboratories and animal houses of the highest safety level L4 will start. Before the regular work can be taken up, the L4 section will go through an intensive testing phase including trainings of the staff by colleagues from institutes in Canada and Australia, which already operate L4 facilities. „We expect to be able to work under L4 conditions sometime during 2013“ explains Mettenleiter.
Construction activities will not be finalized with the relocation of the laboratories to the new building. In a third construction phase, the old laboratory buildings will be torn down and new office, conference and cafeteria buildings will be erected and the main building which is listed as a historical monument will be restored.
Dipl.-Biol. Elke Reinking (Press Officer)
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