Jihua Laboratory Phase II was delivered for use on April 10, a general laboratory, technology incubation building and research supporting facilities were added to provide a more beautiful working environment and better facilities for scientific research talents.
Jihua Laboratory, one of the first four Guangdong Provincial Laboratories launched by the Guangdong Provincial Party Committee and People's Government of Guangdong Province, has a total construction area of 300,000 square meters and was built in two phases. The first phase, with a construction area of approximately 130,000 square meters, was completed in two years, earning the highest honor in the Chinese construction industry, the Luban Award for Chinese Construction Engineering Quality.
The second phase, with a construction area of 172,000 square meters, started in the second half of 2019 and has passed the general acceptance on March 6th this year. It added a general laboratory, technology incubation building, and research-supporting facilities, such as a gymnasium, apartment, and activity center, with complete building functions and facilities, reasonable planning layout, and effective construction management. They will provide better quality research environment and conditions for the laboratory's development.
On March 16, a fitness center with an area of over 5,200 square meters was also opened, featuring fitness equipment, free weight training areas, basketball and badminton courts, and shower facilities. The fitness center also includes areas for table tennis, yoga, dance, and aerobic exercises, providing a comfortable, safe, and professional exercise environment for the laboratory's employees.
The second phase of the laboratory received nearly CNY 147 million of central budget from the National Development and Reform Commission for the 2022 Major Regional Development Strategy Construction (Greater Bay Area), accounting for approximately 56% of the total approved special funds in the province.
Since its establishment in Sanlongwan in 2018, Jihua Laboratory has employed 1,454 researchers, with multiple researchers selected for Guangdong Province's Major Talents Engineering Project. In 2022, the laboratory ranked first in the number of patent applications and the number of unique invention patent applications among all research institutions in the province and the number of unique invention patent ranked top among the institutions in the country.
With Foshan's strategy of promoting manufacturing industry and technological innovation as the primary driving force, the laboratory's hardware and software complement each other to create a better research environment and help solve problems for scientific researchers. A representative of Jihua Laboratory stated that the laboratory will take the comprehensive completion of the park construction work as a new starting point, and strive to build a domestic first-class and internationally high-end strategic sci-tech innovation platform in the field of advanced manufacturing science and technology, contributing to the high-quality development of the province.
Reporter | Linn
Reviser | Eleanor, Eddie
Photo | Jihua Laboratory