Christoph M. Achammer on the potential for optimization in the design and construction process
Dornbirn, 28th August 2014 – What are the advantages of a lifecycle-orientation for clients and what do lifecycle-orientated designing, building, financing and operating really mean?
The answers to these questions could be heard in the Client Forum of the IG Lebenszyklus Hochbau in Dornbirn, where the discussion focused in particular on the quality of the initial commission and the strategy and initiation phase of the construction process. In his keynote lecture “The path to lifecycle-oriented building”, ATP CEO and IGLZ Chairman Professor Christoph M. Achammer addressed the education and scope of work of the architect. Not only is lifecycle-oriented integrated design central to any responsible approach to a building project, he insisted, but all those involved in the project must also be part of the process from the very beginning. Achammer added that, “an intensive interaction with the client and with those responsible not only for his core processes, but also for the execution, financing and, above all, long-term operation of a project is also essential because much of the information from these areas is decisive for the success of the creative design process.”
Achammer sees the role of the client as decisive in all this. “Clients must be even more aware that they have a key role as decision-makers and that it is they who must drive the process – with or without outside help.”
Christoph Achammer’s address was followed by discussions illustrated by projects exemplifying the phases of the building lifecycle. One round table discussion moderated by Matthias Wehrle (Managing Director ATP kfp Zürich) addressed the subject “Design | Build | Operate”.
The role of host was played by Zumtobel Lighting GmbH and the event took place in the new LED Production Building at Zumtobel’s headquarters which was designed by ATP architects engineers.
It has also been announced that this year’s Autumn Congress will take place on 29th October in Vienna and that this will feature the presentation of the IGLZ’s service descriptions for clients and designers in integrated processes. IG Lebenszyklus Hochbau was established in early 2011 by ATP architects engineers, DELTA, Heid Schiefer Rechtsanwälte, Heinrich & Mortinger and M.O.O.CON in Vienna and now has more than 50 members. It aims to appeal to all companies and organizations involved in the construction process as well as both private and public clients.