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MAX IV Handed Over to the Researchers

Monday, June 22, 2015

The MAX IV facility has now been handed over to the University of Lund by the developer ML4. The construction work was completed earlier than expected and at a lower cost than budgeted. The facility has already received several awards, especially for environmental solutions.

The building complex is 50 000 square meters in area, with a linear accelerator, storage rings, office building as well as the outdoor environment with a hilly meadow landscape and a small pond. No fencing means the hills are accessible not only for staff and researchers but also for the general public.

The facility will be the work place for about 240 MAX IV staff who will be able to welcome around 2,500 researchers from all over the world. During the coming year, staff will work with the final installation and commissioning of the accelerators and the first beamlines. The official inauguration takes place 21 June, 2016.

Ulrika Hallengren, CEO of Fastighets AB ML4, handing over a symbolic key to the facility to Torbjörn von Schantz, Lund University Vice-Chancellor. Credit: Perry Nordeng

The handover of the MAX IV facility took place on 1 June during a ceremony where Ulrika Hallengren, CEO of Fastighets AB ML4, handed over a symbolic key to the facility to Torbjörn von Schantz, Lund University Vice-Chancellor, and the Director of MAX IV Laboratory, Christoph Quitmann.

- From now on, it is our responsibility to fill the award-winning premises with activity and cutting-edge research in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and materials sciences. We'll be sure to deliver world-leading research for a long time to come, says Torbjörn von Schantz.

- It's a fantastic feeling to be here today. We have a long way to go before the accelerators are installed and all beamlines are in place, but the building we now take over has been completed ahead of schedule, in line with the specifications and below budget, which is really good, says Christoph Quitmann and adds:

- I look forward to, together with all employees at MAX IV Laboratory, to welcome researchers within a year when we inaugurate the most brilliant synchrotron in the world here in Lund.

MAX IV - Background and brief facts

MAX IV Laboratory is a national research facility with Lund University as host university. When MAX IV opens to users during the summer of 2016, it will become the most brilliant X-ray source in the world. It is the largest and most ambitious investment in research infrastructure in Sweden and will replace the existing laboratory that will close down in December 2015.

Currently, 14 beamlines are funded and in various stages of completion. In total, just below 30 beamlines are to be installed on the two storage rings as well as at the extension of the linear accelerator. Fully developed, the MAX IV Laboratory will be able to accommodate up to 2,500 researchers per year. Financiers of MAX IV are the Swedish Research Council, VINNOVA, Lund University, Region Skåne and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, a consortium of Danish universities and regions, the Finnish Academy and Estonia.

BUILDINGS - Background and Facts

Lund University procured a property developer and landlord of the MAX IV facility in March 2010, and it became Wihlborgs and Peab, which jointly formed the company Fastighets AB ML4. The developer is to build, own and operate the facility and Lund University is committed to rent the facility for 25 years.

The construction work began in June 2011. The design has been prepared by FOJAB Architects, with primary responsibility for buildings, and Snøhetta who was responsible for landscape architecture. The facility includes some 20 construction bodies of about 50,000 square meters in total.

The implementation of the real estate project has employed about 500 full-time positions divided among more than 3,000 people. At most, there have been around 360 employees at the site for daily work.

Environmental work
The project has from the beginning had a high environmental ambition and received several certifications according to different systems.

- Green Building Gold (entire facility)
- Green Building - BREEAM
-GB level Outstanding (design stage)

The budget for the property investment was approximately 2.2 billion SEK. The total cost of the project is just under 1.9 billion SEK. Among other things, the low interest rate and index mode during implementation contributed to a lower total project cost.