Center of Excellence in Graz

A key milestone for the new training center of the WKO Steiermark has been reached.

Graz, 3rd July 2022 – The Center of Excellence should become the new training hotspot of WKO Steiermark. Around a year after the construction start, the modern campus continues to take shape. The completion of the roof of the first phase presented a good reason to celebrate.

The forward-looking teaching facility with a total area of 14,200 m2 that contains state-of-the-art workshops and classrooms for a range of technological fields and practical training will be completed in line with plans by ATP architects engineers, Innsbruck by the end of 2025. This is the largest educational and investment project from the WKO Steiermark and will make a decisive contribution to the strengthening of the Styrian economy.

“For us, it was decisive that the character and the structures of the complex should provide a harmonious symbiosis with both the existing buildings and their surroundings,” says the architect Paul Ohnmacht, Head of Design at ATP Innsbruck, explaining the architectural concept. The state-of-the-art building complex slips confidently into the existing WKO site. With its metal, glass, and wood, the design of the façade successfully reflects the technical affinity of the training facility. One significant feature of the architecture is the green areas of the building that perfectly continue the park-like character of the surroundings.

Further project milestones were also announced during the topping-out ceremony: The first phase will be completed in the 1st quarter of 2024 and the first sections of WIFI will start occupying the new infrastructure in March of the same year. This will be followed by the demolition of the existing workshop building on Grabenstraße and will also mark the launch of the second phase, which is scheduled for completion in the 3rd quarter of 2025.

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    The new training center of WKO Steiermark in Graz © ATP
    The new training center of WKO Steiermark in Graz © ATP

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