The extension to the Group's headquarters was completed just under a month before the officially planned completion date. The interior fittings with furnishings and IT installation, for example, will now follow, before Jungheinrich employees can move in at the beginning of 2020. Planning for the second construction phase began in June 2016, with construction work starting in August of the following year. The construction project was not only completed faster than planned, but the building costs also remained below the total budget defined at the beginning of the project. ‘Due to close coordination between the user, the planners and the general contractor, we even managed to beat the targets for the cost and completion date of the Group headquarters. We also strengthened the partnership-based project execution by using Building Information Modeling (BIM), a digital planning method,’ explained Mathias Höhne, Project Partner at Drees & Sommer. The project management and consulting company oversaw the entire planning and construction process by providing project steering services. Like the first phase of construction, which was awarded the gold certificate by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), the second construction phase was also planned and implemented according to high requirements with regard to sustainability.
New Company Headquarters Brings Together all Employees at One Location
The reason for the extension of Jungheinrich’s corporate headquarters is to meet the increased floor space requirement resulting from the company’s strong growth and the Management Board's wish to bring the company's departments together at one location. The extension at Friedrich-Ebert-Damm provides space for around 500 additional staff members, who had previously been spread across additional rented offices at other locations in Hamburg. Around 1,000 people will work at the new company headquarters on a gross floor area totaling 35,000 square meters. The extension also creates space for further growth. Jungheinrich AG has been using the first part of the building since 2015.
Like the first section of the building, the new construction also has a comb structure. In addition to the offices, there is also space for an auditorium, an extension to the staff restaurant, a video conferencing area and training rooms. The two buildings are connected by a glass bridge. The new headquarters were designed by the Hamburg-based architect firm Architekten Prof. Klaus Sill + Assoziierte GmbH.
Jungheinrich AG Invests in the Future
Jungheinrich AG celebrated the reorganization of the Management Board and Supervisory Board at the opening of the second part of the building. Dr. Lars Brzoska has taken up the position of Chairperson of the Management Board of Jungheinrich AG. Hans-Georg Frey, the former Chairperson of the Management Board, has been elected Chairperson of the Supervisory Board by the Supervisory Board members. The guests at the celebratory event included Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance, Kent Nagano, Musical Director of the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, as well as the shareholders of Jungheinrich AG, the Wolf and Lange families. Dr. Lars Brzoska, the new Chairperson of the Management Board of Jungheinrich AG, commented: ‘As a family-owned firm in Hamburg, we focus on continuity and stability. For this reason, we are investing in our corporate headquarters and creating a modern working environment for our growing workforce.’