Topping-out ceremony at TU Dortmund University: The new building of the Center for Advanced Liquid-Phase Engineering Dortmund (CALEDO) will strengthen research excellence in the fields of bioengineering and chemical engineering in the Ruhr region. Up to now, there have been various working groups at TU Dortmund University, based in different faculties, dealing with partial aspects of the subject. As an interdisciplinary research location, CALEDO will contribute significantly to strengthening research excellence in the Ruhr region in the fields of bioengineering and chemical engineering. In the laboratories of the interdisciplinary research centre, the design of liquid phases for environmentally friendly and innovative processes in chemistry and biotechnology or for pharmaceutical products will be customised.

The five-storey new building nestles into the natural topography of the sloping site with a terraced, landscaped inner courtyard and rounded building corners. Reddish clinker brick covers the sculptural building cube, which is finished off on the upper floor by large-scale, raised clinker brick parapets. According to the plans of Gerber Architekten, the new building has 3,600 m2 of laboratory and office space as well as 100 state-of-the-art workstations. In 2018, Gerber Architekten was awarded the contract for the new research building, which will be realised on behalf of the Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (BLB NRW).