On July 1, 2022, the tender documents for the site competition for the Future Center were officially published. The German government provides information about the center and the competition on this website.the result should be known by the beginning of next year.
Mayor Dr. Thomas Nitzsche welcomes the start of the competition:
"Jena is ready and can score well in the location competition together with the University of Jena. We are pleased that we can now put together the first ideas that have already been developed with citizens, scientists and actors from business and civil society into a convincing concept for the Future Center. In the first step, however, it will be important to obtain the support of the state government, which is essential for a successful application. Here we hope for a clear signal from Erfurt in a timely manner."
The Commissioner for the East, Carsten Schneider, says of the Future Center:
"The Future Center is one of the most important projects for consolidating German unity and cohesion in Europe in the coming years. It is a symbol for a united Germany and the people living here."
According to the information provided by the German government, the location competition is accompanied by the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction and conducted by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development in Cottbus. An independent jury of representatives from politics, science, culture and civil society will make a recommendation for a location by early 2023. The criteria for the location decision are made transparent in the announcement. The schedule envisages that the architectural competition will follow in 2023 and that construction can begin in 2026. Completion and commissioning are planned for 2028.