The new research building will be opened in 2009, and it going to be spectacular. It has a cost estimate of 1 billion NOK, and a surface area of 17000 m2. The new facilities will be instrumental for keeping up the high international level of the research.
Speeches were held by adm. dir Jan Vincents Johannessen, Erlend B. Smeland (leader for the research council), Jan Otto Risebrobakken (state secretary in the Health Department), John Alvheim (leader of the Social Comittee), Bjørn Erikstein (Director, Helse Sør), Anne Lise Ryel (general secretary, Norwegian Cancer Society), Åge Danielsen (adm dir. the Norw. National Hospital), Per Brodal (dean of education. Univ. of Oslo) and Inger Stay Lien (ass. univ. director).