The project for the construction of the “Pančić Center” in the Jevremovac Botanical Garden, which began in the 1990s, has been given the green light to continue. With the renovation of the abandoned building, which was finally legalized at the end of last year, Faculty of Biology he also received a building permit for the extension.
Projected appearance of the “Pančić Center” (Photo: Faculty of Biology)
How is it for eKapija said prof. Dr. Zeljko Tomanovic, Dean Faculty of Biology, it is planned that the facility will have about 2,000 m2 upon completion, and it is expected that about 2m EUR will be needed for equipping and completion of works.
– The state started building this facility in the mid-90s and it has been illegal so far. With suggestions and hints Ministries that the project will be able to be completed, we are committed to that. The legalization process lasted for almost a year. The city came out to meet us, because it really was an unusual situation – an illegal state building in the center of Belgrade – says Professor Tomanović.
He adds that it is project completed in architectural terms, as well as that the authorities are aware of that.
– Now it remains to be seen when and how the completion can be financed – states our interlocutor.
Laboratories for children talented in biology and natural sciences, as well as Pančić’s legacy, which has not been available to visitors so far, are planned to be located on about 2,000 m2 intended for visitors to the Botanical Garden.
– It is planned that this will be Pančić’s legacy and that his purpose will be environmental education, which is now considered extremely important – says Professor Tomanović.
There is also a space for an amphitheater with 200 seats and acoustic insulation in which lectures will be able to be held., but also concerts, because the Botanical Garden is also a cultural asset, and not just a natural monument.
The intention of the Faculty of Biology is also to preserve the genetic, natural resources of our indigenous plants.
– To be like a seed bank, for our wild unique flora. About half of the plant species that live in Serbia grow in the garden, but with a huge effort of the employees in the garden, which is located in one of the most polluted parts of the city – says Tomanović.
Josif Pančić was a Serbian doctor, botanist and the first president of the Serbian Royal Academy. The Botanical Garden in Belgrade was also his idea.
He discovered a new type of conifer, which was named Pančić’s spruce after him, and the highest peak of Kopaonik (Pančić’s peak) was named after him, where there is a mausoleum with his remains.
Source: Gradjevinarstvo.rs – VESTI by www.gradjevinarstvo.rs.
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