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LEED Gold certified shopping experience

Aerial view of the i49 retail park in Arnstadt

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.

“House of Labour” competition

Vollack competition entry for the new university building of the EAdA (“the European Academy of Labor”) in Frankfurt

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.