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Prominent Montreal Builder Sponsoring $8 Million Project for Technion

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David Azrieli, a prominent Montreal builder and former student at the Haifa Technion in Israel, announced last night that he is sponsoring an $8 million project to construct a new building to house the faculty of architecture on the Technion campus.

It will replace a 74-year-old building erected in 1911 by Arthur Ruppin which is no longer able to satisfy the requirements of the profession. About 70 percent of Israeli architects graduate from the Haifa Technion.

The new structure, to be named the David J. Azrieli Building, will provide space for 860 students. It will house a 12,000-square foot library, the gift of the Riesman Family of Montreal and Rhode Island. The faculty of architecture has drafted a detailed list of its requirements. A jury of Israeli and international architects will begin in January, 1986 to examine competing plans submitted for the new structure and is expected to announce its decision in June. Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of 1986.

Azrieli, who is president of the Canadian Friends of the Haifa Technion, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the competition has generated considerable excitement among Israeli architects. (By Michael Solomon)

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