Academic institutions and private companies will be brought together -
Sarc Architects Ltd won the architectural competition

During the next few years, an entirely new kind of technology center will
emerge in the heart of Jyväskylä. The technology center, to be built by
Technopolis Plc in the Korkeakoski area, will become a concentration of high
technology, offering unique circumstances for collaboration between the
University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences and different
corporate entities. 

The center's development took a major step forward as the related architectural
competition ended with the victory of Sarc Architects Ltd, a Helsinki-based
architect's office. 

The jury, representing the City of Jyväskylä, the University of Jyväskylä, the
Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) and Technopolis, applauded the winning
scheme as dynamic and aggressive in a positive sense. The jury believed that
the compact cluster of buildings presented by the winner creates a definite
identity for the area and the entire scheme. 

"The new technology center will be located on the lakeshore right in the middle
of Jyväskylä. In terms of cityscape, the location is a highly demanding one.
But thanks to the architectural competition, a fine solution was found", said
Markku Andersson, Mayor, City of Jyväskylä. 

Mayor Andersson envisions that the technology center will have a key role in
the future of Jyväskylä, and the city has high expectations for the center's

New collaboration concepts 

According to Jukka Akselin, Vice President, Technopolis, the new technology
center will establish all new concepts for practical collaboration between
education, research and corporate activity. Additionally, the center will
feature common meeting places and other premises facilitating interaction
between the different parties. 

"Our objective is to develop the center into a concentration that can give
solid support to the growth and success of its clients in unprecedented ways",
he states. 

The technology center will house, for example, the University of Jyväskylä's
School of Business and Economics and Continuing Professional Development
Centre, certain functions of the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, as
well as a large number of companies. Furthermore, the plan is to attract as
lessees service providers that can facilitate the growth and
internationalization efforts of resident companies. 

Erkki Tuunanen, Director of Administration, University of Jyväskylä underlines
that the technology center will substantially boost Central Finland's regional
innovation system. By bringing education and research closer to companies, the
university's operations will have more visibility and impact. 

Construction of the technology center's first stage is expected to commence in
2009. The center will be available for customer use in spring 2010. Once fully
completed, the size of the center will be approximately 40,000 square meters.
The first stage will be 12,000-14,000 square meters. 

For further information, please contact 

Technopolis Plc
Jukka Akselin, Vice President, +358 40 504 1401

In terms of the number of customer companies, Technopolis Plc is one of
Europe's largest technology centers. The Technopolis Group is Finland's largest
specialized provider of operating environments for high tech companies, and it
offers a comprehensive service package combining modern premises and business
and development services. Technopolis operates or is building technology
centers in Espoo, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Lappeenranta, Oulu, Tampere and Vantaa
in Finland, and in St. Petersburg in Russia.