The New ARIJ Building is finally complete
As 2010 swiftly leaves us and the New Year is upon us, ARIJ is glad to welcome the New Year in its new buildingThe Applied research Institute, Jerusalem (ARIJ), would like to spread the news about the completion and furnishing of its new building in Karm-Muamar Street-Bethlehem. The property which is owned by ARIJ consists of three floors and an underground floor with a total of 1,300 square meters. The building includes offices for ARIJ different departments; Geo-Informatics Department, Water & Environment Department, Urbanization Monitoring Department, Socio Economic Department, Biodiversity & Food Security Department, Agriculture Development Department, IT Department, and Administration Department.
In addition to offices, the building has a multi-purpose room that can be utilized as a meeting or video conference room. It also has four fully equipped labs; Honey Bees Queen Rearing Center and Bee Keeping Lab, Water and Environment Lab, Air Quality lab, Seed Technology Lab and a Weather Station . Among extra functions, the GIS department has a specialized training room, while the Water & Environment Department runs a factory for making small scale waste water treatment units. It is also worth mentioning that the third floor in the building is lightened using solar panels.
Insuring adequate building facilities to provide office space for its growing number of employees, and facilitate the performance of its activities has been a major sustainability challenge for ARIJ. Through expanding its resource mobilization efforts, ARIJ managed to complete the first two floors in the year 2006. During 2008, two additional floors were added, which were furnished during the last couple of years. ARIJ has managed to complete the entire building with the efforts of its staff and management, depending mainly on its own resources but with the help of its many friends. In this occasion, ARIJ would like to thank all those who have contributed to the completion of its Bethlehem premises:
The Palestinian National Authority (PNA)
The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD)
Pontifical Mission – Jerusalem
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Care West –Bank & Gaza
Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID)
Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI)
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Department for International Development (DFID)
European Commission (E.C)
Please click here to get a location map of ARIJ's new building.