December 2011 Alderman Carolien Gehrels and interim chairman Paul Doop of the University of Amsterdam jointly performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Matrix VI, a new laboratory and office building at the Amsterdam Science Park. The building caters to a growing demand for top-level facilities for start-ups and midsize companies in the Life Science sector, which is becoming more and more vital to the Dutch economy. Involved in this project are MATRIX Innovation Centre (client), Stone22 (project development), Oostelbos Van den Berg (project management), Ector Hoogstad Architecten (architect), IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs (structural engineering), Deerns Raadgevende ingenieurs (installation consultant), MoBius Consult (building physics consultant), Sprangers Bouwbedrijf (main contractor), Wolter & Dros (contractor M) en Croon Elektrotechniek (contractor E). The design was developed integrally using BIM technology and focuses strongly on sustainability (BREEM "very good"). Key elements of the design are the flexibility of the floor plans and the glass lamellae in the facades, combining optimal daylight admission and views with low energy consumption. The building will be completed in 2013.