WATCH AS WE BUILD
The airfield may be large, but the innovation park is starting small – by erecting a pavilion and making use of the buildings in the peripheral development. The pavilion will mark the park’s first tangible presence on the site as of summer 2017. It will house an exhibition, a cafe that will be the very first central meeting point at the park and the offices of the park operator, the Stiftung Innovationspark Zürich.
The innovations of today will secure the growth and prosperity of tomorrow, which is why we are committed to Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich.
Dr. Jörg Müller-Ganz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cantonal Bank of Zurich
START-UP: FLEXIBLE INTERIM USE
In an initial phase in spring 2017, Hall 3 hangar and a number of adjacent buildings will benefit from light renovation work to prepare them for flexible interim use. In addition to this, temporary space in the form of modules will be used to respond flexibly to residents’ needs.
We look forward to working closely with Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich. Given its mission of fostering innovation in and from Switzerland and shortening time to market for new technologies, it’s an ideal place for Solar Impulse to be working on clean and efficient transportation solutions.
Dr. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg,
Solar Impulse pilots and cofounders
PHASE 2: CONVERSION OF EXISTING BUILDINGS
In a second phase, three landmarked former hangars, Hall 3 to the north of the pavilion and Halls 4 and 5 to the south, will be remodeled and readied to suit the concepts of their new residents. Offices, laboratories and workshops will be set up in the hangars with open, transparent floor plans and shared testing facilities and meeting points to create an environment that promotes efficient and creative working. If needed, the flexible solution will be supplemented by temporary facilities on the apron.
We work every day on researching modern materials and surface characteristics with a view to developing products with new functions. The innovation park is a vital stepping stone to market success.
Professor Gian-Luca Bona, Director of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa)
PHASE 3: NEW SPACE FOR NEW IDEAS
The third phase is planned from around 2020, and will create space in new buildings on lots A and B – based entirely on the residents’ needs. The innovation park’s first planned expansion phase will involve an area of up to 38 hectares (90 acres) on a piece of land to the southeast of the hangars on the former airfield. The plans are for individual buildings separated by narrow and wide alleyways – roofed over in some places – that will bring the buildings together to create a single ensemble. The space on offer will allow for flexible use with offices, research laboratories and classrooms of various sizes.
The innovation park will provide companies with access to the latest technologies, helping to create an important foundation for economic success and growth potential for the future.
Dr. Christian Péclat, CEO of Helbling Group
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