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Laying the foundation for modern-day working in Eschborn

The outstanding features of this new build scheduled for completion in 2025, which offers space for around 920 workstations, are its sustainable and recyclable materials.

On Monday, 12 September 2022, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH laid the foundation stone for a new cutting-edge building in Eschborn. Scheduled for completion by 2025, the sustainable new build with around 920 workplaces is being constructed on Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse. The construction company is the Frankfurt-based project developer PHOENIX. The new building is set to replace a number of older office buildings and will merge with GIZ’s other properties in Eschborn to create a compact, modern-day campus.

The GIZ Management Board – Tanja Gönner, Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel – and the Managing Director of PHOENIX, Dr Frank Lebsanft, welcomed a number of guests to the foundation stone-laying ceremony. Amongst them were Jochen Flasbarth, Chair of the GIZ Supervisory Board and State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Hesse’s Minister for Federal and European Affairs Lucia Puttrich and Eschborn’s Mayor Adnan Shaikh. Flasbarth stated that the new building on the GIZ Campus is a ‘prime example of a contemporary working environment and sustainable construction’ and an excellent basis for interacting in an increasingly networked world. Puttrich and Shaikh meanwhile were keen to point out how the new building embodied an important commitment to Eschborn as a business location.

The state-of-the-art complex will provide flexible office space across six floors. It will also house a conference area with an auditorium and meeting rooms, a restaurant with its own kitchen and bistro, and a computer centre. With their native plants and grasses, the outdoor areas will closely mirror the natural environment.

Sustainable energy concept

Explaining the construction concept, Chair of the GIZ Management Board Tanja Gönner said, ‘Our new build combines and embodies sustainability and innovation.’ The building’s exterior will mostly be wood and its internal shell recycled concrete.

Gönner also went on to say that ‘This is how we create a cutting-edge working environment that marries social and environmental aspects.’ The new building meets the most stringent criteria of the German Sustainable Building Council and has its sights set on platinum certification – also with the aid of a sustainable energy concept that includes photovoltaic and geothermal systems. Access to the building will be completely barrier-free.

See the press release for more information.

v.l.n.r.: Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Lucia Puttrich, Dr. Frank Lebsanft, Tanja Gönner, Jochen Flasbarth, Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Adnan Shaikh. © GIZ/Gaby Gerster

© GIZ/Gaby Gerster

© GIZ/Gaby Gerster

© GIZ/Gaby Gerster

v.l.n.r.: Adnan Shaikh, Tanja Gönner, Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Lucia Puttrich, Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Jochen Flasbarth, Dr. Frank Lebsanft. © GIZ/Gaby Gerster

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