The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has been expanding its research facilities at the “Am Vogelherd” industrial park in Ilmenau since summer 2016.
The Fraunhofer IIS Wireless Distribution Systems (DVT) Department and the Advanced System Technology (AST) Branch of Fraunhofer IOSB are erecting a joint research facility on the premises. The building, with its open design, will be discreetly integrated into the local surroundings and will serve to attract residents, business guests, tourists and public officials to this part of the city.
The new building will intensify cooperation between the two research institutes, permit joint developments that will open up new markets and make it possible to create a research network with unique services.
The four-story facility, which boasts 3,400-square-meters of office, laboratory and training space, will be home to 212 employees. The 18,000-square-meter property offers room for future expansion. Construction costs are estimated at €25 million, of which 40 percent (€10 million) stems from the EFRE (European Regional Development Fund), 30 percent (€7.5 million) from the government of Thuringia and 30 percent (€7.5 million) from the federal government's basic fund for research institutes.