Ground breaking of the new science building

The minister of Climate and Environment, Vidar Helgesen, visited Ny-Ålesund on Monday the 8th of May.
During his visit he unveiled the first pile of the foundation of the new science building. The construction of the building itself will continue throughout the year and will be completed in 2018.
The pile is about to be revealed. Photo: Marion L. Nødset
The sign documents the event. Photo: Turid Vilkensen
The minister describes the new science building. Photo: Marion L. Nødset
Many of the town's inhabitants turned up for the event, and everyone enjoyed a nice glass of bubbles in the beautiful weather.
The minister also provided some other good news - the department has decided to allocate extra funds to Kings Bay, which will be used to upgrade the Service building.
The site of the new building. Photo: Turid Vilkensen
Photo: Turid Vilkensen
People are starting to arrive. Photo: Turid Vilkensen
Photo: Turid Vilkensen
From the left; Espen Blix, KB. Minister Helgesen. Tommy Moen, KB. Kirsti Broch-Mathisen, board member, KB. Ole Øiseth, KB. Photo: Marion L. Nødset
The minister also went on a short snowmobile trip, as well as a visit the top of the Zeppelin mountain during his visit.
All in all, a beautiful and eventful liberation day!
Photo: Turid Vilkensen