Prize winner: the Treetop and Time Travel Trail Beelitz-Heilstätten
Georg Hoffmann was certain that the Treetop and Time Travel Trail Beelitz-Heilstätten would beat out the 29 other competitors for the 2017 Brandenburg Tourism Prize. A jury of 15 tourism experts agreed, concluding that Hoffmann and the other investors – among them, the Vollack Gruppe – had successfully managed to provide tourists with an experience of more than 100 eventful years of history in Brandenburg’s largest heritage site, “all while preserving the location’s unique atmosphere.” The prize was awarded at the ITB international travel trade show at the Brandenburg state offices in Berlin.
The attraction’s operators see the prize as further confirmation of their idea and of the public resonance they’ve seen thus far from the roughly 220,000 visitors since the site’s opening. The current walkway winds along 320 meters of treetops -over 65 species of trees are represented – at a height of 23 meters. An elevator and stairs lead visitors up a 40-meter-tall steel tower to an observation deck 36 meters above the ground. The structure’s modern, steel architecture was designed and integrated with the utmost care to preserve the existing forest in the area’s natural, growing environment. Together with the treetop trail located in the Hainich National Park near Bad Langensalza in Thuringia, the attraction in Brandenburg is further proof of Vollack’s steel construction expertise on the field of elevated structures.
Investor and operator Georg Hoffmann says that in coming years the steel-beam-supported boardwalk will be extended to a full kilometer to provide visitors with a bird’s eye view of the area’s historic buildings, much like the aerial view currently offered of the site’s alpine house – now in ruins – and its roof overgrown with birch and shrubs.
Aerial view of the i49 retail park in Arnstadt
A sustainable shopping mall has been inaugurated in Arnstadt, Thuringia, an area of 50,000 square meters former an industrial wasteland. With a car wash 40 meters long, two grocery stores, an electronics retailer and 400 parking spaces, a total of 5,000 square meters of cutting-edge retail space has been created. Good for the environment: more than 70 per cent of the demolished materials were recycled and reused. The project is also characterized by energy-efficient solutions such as a reversible air-heating pump in the electronics store. The retail park was awarded a gold certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for its particularly sustainable construction.
“The i49 retail park on Ichtershäuser Straße is our contribution to the sustainable development of Arnstadt, the Ilm district and Thuringia. A successful project with support from Vollack,” said Felix Richard Stabernack, managing director at Investor MCF Stabernack, in summary. “Our objective was also to create a harmony between processes, architecture and technology, and support the tenants’ businesses,” explained Manfred Bähr, member of the advisory board and shareholder of the Vollack Group.
Sustainable refurbishment: A work environment that promotes creativity at VAUDE in Tettnang.
VAUDE Sport is pleased to receive a further award that highlights the company’s focus on the environment. The GreenTec Award 2016 was presented at a gala at ICM in Munich. The company received the 25,000-euro award for its sustainable refurbishment of the company headquarters in Tettnang, which was completed last year. Vollack conceived the concept, planned and mplemented
the refurbishment for the well-known manufacturer of outdoor equipment.
The environmental prize is awarded in several categories. The award is given to green products and projects that stand out due to excellent environmental technologies and ecological commitment. The “Green Office” category honors companies that take innovative and effective approaches to improving their carbon footprint, including sustainable office and work concepts. The decision was made by an interdisciplinary jury of experts, comprising 70 representatives from business, science, associations and the media. Applicants have to make it into the top 3 beforehand, and this is decided by the jury or a public online vote.
“We wanted to create a perfect work environment that addresses individual requirements and human needs. The new premises promote communication, creativity and team work,” says VAUDE managing director Antje von Dewitz, when discussing the objective. “For us, office sustainability does not just mean using environmentally friendly materials; it also involves creating a healthy, comfortable atmosphere that motivates people and stimulates creativity. This is what prompted us to plan and implement our urgently required company refurbishment with DGNB certification.”
Vollack competition entry for the new university building of the EAdA (“the European Academy of Labor”) in Frankfurt
Vollack was invited by the trust company IGEMET to take part in a competition to plan the EAdA’s new “House of Labour” building. The objective was to construct a university building with five upper floors and one basement level on a 2,000 square meter plot. As part of an acquisition study, nine architecture firms were given the opportunity to find the best possible solution for further
implementation. The aim was to design an environment that was representative yet was also welcoming and promoted learning. Important factors to consider were optimal use of space, environmentally friendly, economic execution and subsequent operation.
EAdA is a charitable foundation supported by the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), the German federal state of Hesse and the city of Frankfurt. It cooperates with the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and provides further education at university level without the need for a university entrance qualification. The development also
included a societal reorientation of the EAdA and relocation to the campus in Frankfurt’s Westend district.
Presentation of the certificate from the Passive House Institute for the building in Kreativpark. From left to right: Thomas Burkard, partner and managing director of Vollack bauInvest, Mayor of Karlsruhe Dr. Frank Mentrup, and Thorsten von Killisch-Horn, partner and managing director of Vollack Karlsruhe
A cutting-edge building for more than 350 workplaces was opened at the Alte Schlachthof in Karlsruhe: the largest office building in Baden-Wuerttemberg to be certified to the passive house standard. All aspects that today’s tenants want in a modern office building have been taken into account – comfort, good acoustics and daylight. The spaces can be adapted to individual requirements with flexibility. “Around 90 percent lower heating costs compared to conventional buildings, high indoor air quality and maximum flexibility in terms of space are facts that speak for themselves,” says Thomas Burkard, partner and managing director at Vollack bauInvest, summing up the highlights.
“We combine high design and planning standards with sustainability and economic efficiency,” explains Thorsten von Killisch-Horn, partner and managing director at Vollack Karlsruhe. The concept reflects the significance of the site. The warm colored metal facade mirrors the historical earth tones of the local region, while façade greening contrast with the sealed surfaces of the grounds.
Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup is impressed: “We can be proud that the largest certified passive house office building in Baden-Wuerttemberg, and even one of the ten largest worldwide, has been built right here in Karlsruhe. I am certain that this project will have a positive impact far beyond the state.”
The IT company Citrix uses connected loft offices with an area of 4,000 square meters. “Not even the sites in San Francisco, Santa Barbara or London are as modern,” says Andreas Heinkel, Senior Manager of Real Estate & Facilities EMEA at Citrix. The software development specialists of the GRENKE Group work in office space with a total area of 1,700 square meters. The ground-floor tenants are daten & druck dannenmaier, the printing experts, and kymo, the contemporary floorwear brand. Carls Wirtshaus ensures culinary creativity by offering a wide variety of beers as well as regional cuisine with international influences.
From left to right: Ulrich Henneke, partner, and Frank Bornemann, partner and managing director of Vollack Saxony, were thrilled to receive the award and thanked their dedicated team.
Delighted award winners Frank Bornemann and Ulrich Henneke received the “Oscar” for SMEs at the awards gala held by the Oskar-Patzelt-Stiftung on September 6. The partners at Vollack Saxony were particularly thrilled because this competition only nominates companies proposed by the municipalities, associations, institutions or other companies, so it is a major proof of appreciation.
Vollack’s four-phase method for developing, planning and constructing buildings and preserving their value, which was developed in-house, was certainly a major reason for their distinction. “If Bauhaus taught architects the importance of functionality, then Vollack is teaching the construction industry the strategy.” says the foundation on its website. Vollack Saxony was previously honored as a finalist in 2013.
Across Germany, approx. 4,500 companies, banks and municipalities were nominated for the competition, including around 470 SMEs from Saxony. When the award winners were selected, the nominated companies were considered as a whole and with regard to their role within society. The following factors were evaluated: outstanding overall development, creation and preservation of jobs and traineeships, modernization and innovation, commitment to the local region as well as service, proximity to customers and marketing. More than 500 entrepreneurs and guests attended the gala at the Maritim Hotel in Dresden.
From left to right: Bernd Haase (partner at Vollack Berlin/Brandenburg), Oliver Beck (branch manager at Drees & Sommer Berlin), Rolf Lechner (property developer and board member at immexa)
The B1 office and laboratory building erected by Vollack Berlin/Brandenburg at the business park “Am Oktogon”, which is partly used by the company itself, is the first building in the Adlershof technology cluster to be awarded the prestigious LEED Gold certificate. The five-story building by Berlin-based project developer immobilien-experten-ag (immexa) at Rudower Chaussee has a rental space of around 2,200 square meters. The certificate was presented in the soaring heights of the building’s roof terrace. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of the U.S. Green Building Council was developed in 1998 and is a system for classifying environmentally friendly construction projects. The criteria of the certificate assess the rental property as a whole, from how well it can be accessed by public transport, through to evidence regarding healthy room air, energy efficiency of the building envelope and the technical installations. Ongoing utility costs are up to 20 percent lower for LEED-certified buildings compared to non-certified buildings.