TALLINN – The University of Tartu is to open the Delta Center, which cost some 35 million euros and consists of a teaching and research facility as well as an entrepreneurship building, on Wednesday.
The departments of the university to start work in the teaching and research facility include the Institute of Computer Science, the School of Economics and Business Administration, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics and some of the laboratories of the Institute of Technology. The center will bring together over 3,000 students, teaching staff, researchers and the development staff of companies, the university said.
The total building cost of the teaching and research facility, including VAT, was 28.4 million euros, while the entrepreneurship building cost 6.6 million euros to build.
"During the construction of the center, we have received a clear signal that this form of cooperation between students, researchers and entrepreneurs is attractive to entrepreneurs and that at least one more IT business center located in the immediate vicinity of the university would be needed in Tartu," University of Tartu Rector Toomas Asser said in a press release.
Jaak Vilo, head of the Institute of Computer Science, said that the Delta Center will provide a unique collaborative environment for the fields of information technology, economics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and different types of businesses to carry out research, development, and innovation projects.
The entrepreneurship building is to be opened in April and will bring research-based entrepreneurship linked to teaching and research to the immediate vicinity of the university in order to offer diverse cooperation opportunities.
The entrepreneurship building is to house Cybernetica AS, Swedbank AS, Statistics Estonia, Software Technology and Applications Competence Center (STACC), the Innovation Center of SEB Pank, the Business Incubation Center of the European Space Agency (BIC ESA) and Tartu Science Park.
The entire Delta center was designed by architects Illimar Truverk, Sander Aas, Sander Paljak, Kristjan Lind and Joanna Kordemets from the architectural firm Arhitekt11 OU. The center was built by AS Ehitusfirma Rand & Tuulberg and AS Ehitustrust.
The general area of the four-storey teaching and research building will be 17,500 square meters, added to which is a 4,600 square meter underground car park, and the area of the five-storey entrepreneurship building will be 4,700 square meters.
The construction of the Delta Center was financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Republic of Estonia and the University of Tartu.