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Construction Begins for New Campus Sports Hall

New laboratory and gymnasium complex to be built in the next three years - study and research conditions to improve significantly

On the campus at Reichenhainer Straße, a new laboratory and sports hall complex is being built next to the sports facilities in order to concentrate sports education at Chemnitz University of Technology as well as essential parts of exercise science research in one place. The first section of the new sports hall, which will also serve as a replacement for the sports hall on Thüringer Weg, is scheduled for completion by December 2022. By 2024, the laboratory building with a gymnastics and cardio area will be built directly next to it. The construction project is being coordinated by the Chemnitz branch of the Sächsisches Immobilien- und Baumanagement (SIB) state enterprise.

In the future, the main users of the entire complex will be the Institute of Human Movement Science and Health and the Centre for Sports and Health Promotion at Chemnitz University of Technology. The new sports hall will have three playing fields and a central locker room area. The attached laboratory building will house research laboratories for performance and functional diagnostics, evaluation of sports and exercise therapy programs, and the development of sports medicine laboratory diagnostics.

The architectural design is the responsibility of the architects PEG Planungsgesellschaft für Einrichtungen des Gesundheitswesens mbH, Karlsruhe, and raumleipzig architekten. The total construction cost of the new sports hall and laboratory complex is around 23 million euros, financed by funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and tax revenue based on the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament.

After the old garages next to the sports field were demolished at the beginning of the year, the excavators rolled in to dig the construction pit for the sports hall. "After the completion of the ground work and civil engineering work, the structural work is scheduled to begin before the end of May 2021," reports Alwin-Rainer Zipfl, press spokesman for the SIB.

(Author: Mario Steinebach / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

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