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New building is ready – more space for marine microbiology

Nov 11, 2020

They are the true rulers of the earth: microorganisms. Without them there would be no air to breathe, no soil to grow food, no clean water. Microbes in the sea and ocean play a significant role in making the "System Earth" work. Yet little is known about them. This is why research on marine microorganisms is so important – and why Bremen is now getting more space for it. The extension building at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology has now been completed and will soon be ready for move-in.

 

The new building still seems to be empty and deserted. But that will soon change when it is fully furnished and offers space for new colleagues.(© Max Planck Institut for Marine Microbiology, K. Matthes)
The new building still seems to be empty and deserted. But that will soon change when it is fully furnished and offers space for new colleagues.
Representatives of the Max Planck Society, the Cadolto company and Institute Director Rudolf Amann at the handover of the new building, which can be seen in the background.   (Max-Planck-Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie / F. Aspetsberger)
Representatives of the Max Planck Society, Cadolto and Institute Director Rudolf Amann at the handover of the new building, which can be seen in the background.

Construction has probably never been so fast in the Bremen Technology Park. “It was fascinating to see how a fully-fledged new research building was constructed in modular design within a few months. Despite Corona, the structural engineering work, which only began in June, was completed with minimal disruption to our work”, says Institute Director Rudolf Amann. “We are looking forward to take the building into operation this year and would like to thank Cadolto, the planning offices and our construction department”.

The new building is a modern modular construction by the company Cadolto from Cadolzburg, nearby Nuremberg. The specialists for modular construction prefabricated a total of 29 modules in their factory in Bavaria and then trans­por­ted them to Bre­men for assembling them here within only one week. The transport of the huge modules was a real eye-catcher! Afterwards, Cadolto carried out the interior fittings, including laboratory equipment. Planned by the ar­chi­tec­ture firm Joes­ten and un­der the aus­pices of the Max Planck So­ci­ety, about 660 square meters of new of­fices, labor­at­or­ies and com­munity rooms will soon be at our dis­posal to ex­pand and ad­vance the re­search of the Max Planck Institute in Bremen. The new part of the build­ing will first provide some ex­tra space dur­ing the corona re­stric­tions before it will be home to three or four work­ing groups and a par­ent-child room.

The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen was founded in 1992, the handful of employees at that time did not even have their own building. Almost 30 years have passed since then and since the institute building was constructed in 1996, the institute has grown steadily. The new building now enables a further expansion of our research.

Laboratory in the new building. (© Max Planck Institut for Marine Microbiology, K. Matthes)
An office in the new building (© Max Planck Institut for Marine Microbiology, K. Matthes)
Glance in a lab and an office. The sun protection work nicely, now the moving in can start.

Things can happen very fast: The assembling of the modules in time lapse

The time-lapse film shows the period from June 9 to 16, 2020. During this week, the modules were delivered at night and stacked until dawn. During the day, smaller jobs were done.

 

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Head of Press & Communications

Press Office

Dr. Fanni Aspetsberger

MPI for Marine Microbiology
Celsiusstr. 1
D-28359 Bremen
Germany

Room: 

2100

Phone: 

+49 421 2028-947

Dr. Fanni Aspetsberger

Editorial & Press Relations

Press Office

Katrin Matthes

MPI for Marine Microbiology
Celsiusstr. 1
D-28359 Bremen
Germany

Room: 

2100

Phone: 

+49 421 2028-948

Katrin Matthes
 
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