Mannheim, 29th May 2020 – The starting gun for the construction of a very special multifunctional building in Mannheim was fired at the end of May. The leading technology company ABB commissioned ATP Frankfurt to integrally design a state-of-the-art “smart building” of over 20,000 m2in the “city of the inventors”. This “architectural highlight,” as it is described by Hans-Georg Krabbe, the Head of ABB Germany, will be home to operational units and service providers as well as the company’s German research center. The construction start is planned for this year and the necessary preparatory work is already well underway.
“We designed the building as a smart model project and are planning – in close cooperation with client representatives – to examine how the entire ABB product portfolio can meet the needs of new buildings and to employ it where possible,” explains Antolij Skatschkow, the Lead Project Manager from ATP Frankfurt. In addition to intelligent products and systems, digital building automation and energy distribution technologies will also be integrated into the concept. “Smart” building refers equally to a wide range of topics including energy efficiency, climate protection, saving resources, and comfort.
The spatial program optimally supports the work processes of employees. The basis of this is the contemporary concept of Activity Based Working, which was developed together with ABB and facilitates agile, customer-oriented working. Employees have been involved in the design process from the very start in order to ensure that the building meets their needs.
In order to guarantee not only the social but also the economic quality of the building, ATP’s in-house consulting company for sustainable building, ATP sustain, has been part of the team since day one. Targeted measures such as the use of renewable energy and green roofs should also ensure that the building is more energy efficient. The design process is also paying close attention to the issue of e-mobility, which will be emblematically and sustainably integrated into the design of the external areas.