Ed. Züblin wins €108m German school contract

WCN Editorial Team 8 Nov 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Ed. Züblin, a subsidiary of Strabag, has secured a contract worth €108m to construct the Bertolt Brecht School (BBS), a cooperative school centre, in Nuremberg, Germany.

The new project site is located at the former Märzfeld of the Party Congress Grounds at Karl-Schönleben-Straße.

The cooperative school centre features a gymnasium, a realschule and a mittelschule. It will have enough space for about 1,800 students in classes five through 12.

The monolithic school complex includes three floors and four building blocks and will be surrounded by green space subdivided into different activity and rest areas. There will be a sports hall in the eastern portion of the complex.

The gross floor area of the school will cover about 28,000m² and that of the sports hall will be about 10,700m².

“With its sports instruction, the BBS is a “Partner School for Competitive Sports” and was distinguished as an “Elite School for Sports” (German Olympic Sports Federation) and an “Elite School for Football” (German Football Association),” Strabag said in a statement.

The energy supply for the new school will be largely through district heating and geothermal energy, while the latter will be used for both heating and cooling purposes, made possible through downhole heat exchangers at a depth of up to 90m. The power requirements of the school will be covered by green electricity.

Work on the project will commence in November 2018 and will be completed in November 2021.

Strabag CEO Thomas Birtel said: “The school buildings were designed as a nearly zero-energy building with a very high coverage of its own needs through renewable energies.”

With about 14,000 employees and an annual output of almost €4b, Ed. Züblin is considered to be one of Germany’s largest construction companies.

Founded in 1898, the company offers range of services including all construction-related tasks - from civil engineering, bridge building and tunnelling to complex turnkey construction to construction logistics, structural timber engineering and public-private partnerships.

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Image: Ed. Züblin to build the Bertolt Brecht School in Nuremberg, Germany. Photo: Courtesy of Ed. Züblin AG.

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