History and formation

1990s

The idea of a Science Centre in Wels came to life

2000

For establishing the City of Wels as the Capital of Energy the project “Energyland” was initiated. The propulsive power came from Erich Rondonell/E-Werk Wels, Johann Grassegger/E-Werk Wels, Kurt Leeb/Mea Solar, Gerhard Zettler/former Wels Strom, Peter Koits/Wels’ governor, Hermann Wimmer/Wels’ vice governor and Mag. Leo Ludeck

2003

Execution of a feasibility study resulted the realisation of many projects in Wels included a Science Centre with the main focus on renewable energies.

2004

The “Energybus” as a wheeled Science Centre went en route.

2005

The State of Upper Austria tendered a concept for finding an ideal location

2006 / 2007

The business and exhibition concepts were selected in a two-stage process

2008

May
Contract signing with the operators Petri & Tiemann GmbH, Bremen/Hamburg, Kraftwerk Living Technologies GmbH, Wels

 

August
Beginning of the architects’ competition for the best structure of the building 38 proposals from architects of many European countries (Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Great Britain and Portugal)

 

November
Freeing of the exhibition’s storyline

2009

Fabruary
The best judged proposal for the building’s structure came from:
archinauten – dworshak + mühlbachler architekten zt-gmbH, Linz

 

March-June
Competition for finding the ideal Name
Best judged proposal came from Florian Cippani (8 years, Wels): Welios, consisting of Wels and Helios

 

May
Freeing of the exhibits by the commission of experts

 

July
Presentation of the documents at the Magistrate of Wels

 

September
Negotiations with building firms

 

October
Building licence

 

November
Demolition works at the existing building

2010

January
Advanced beginning of building (planned beginning 8th of March 2010)
Digging work and soil compaction

 

March
Official ground-breaking

 

June
Advertisement of the exhibition

 

September
Topping-out ceremony

16th of April 2016

Opening