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Laboratories Receiving a Major Expansion

The cornerstone laying ceremony for the new École polytechnique laboratories took place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

An additional 8295m² in surface area will soon augment the dedicated research facilities at École Polytechnique. With funding from the Ministry of Defense, the Operation Campus project, donations to the École Polytechnique Foundation, and the school's own resources, the construction of these new laboratories began in September 2013, with an anticipated completion date of June 2015.

“I am overjoyed that, thanks to the combined support from our alumni and from the State, École Polytechnique has been able to develop this construction project. These additional facilities will attract new research initiatives while reinforcing our existing laboratories, enabling us to continue our dynamic growth strategy. Additional construction projects will soon be under way to further increase our academic capacity and to deploy our entrepreneurial programs,” declared Jacques Biot, President of École polytechnique.

Geneviève Fioraso, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, and Laurent Collet-Billon, Delegate General for Armament, both presided over the cornerstone ceremony on the École Polytechnique campus, with Michel Rémon, the architect for the project, Grégoire de Lasteyrie, the recently-elected mayor of Palaiseau, and Michel Bournat, President of the CAPS regional authority, also in attendance.

In accordance with the growth strategy of École Polytechnique, the additional research facilities will be dedicated primarily to developing research in physics, fluid mechanics, meteorology and biology. A product of the Operation Campus project which seeks to establish a world-class scientific cluster on the the Saclay Plateau, this construction project also demonstrates École Polytechnique's commitment to play a principal role in the development of Université Paris-Saclay.

> For more information, download the press release (French)