Göppingen District Council offices
Göppingen District Council, Office for Building Construction, Building Management and Roads
January 2013 – December 2020
BFK Architekten, Stuttgart
Approx. €21 million gross
It was a great outcome for a challenging construction project when the annex of the Göppingen District Council offices was opened in spring 2020. A team of experts from Drees & Sommer provided a high level of support to the principal throughout all phases of the project, making a key contribution to its successful conclusion.
In the first decade of the new millennium, the Göppingen District Council faced a growing need for office space. The situation was compounded by the fact that the existing canteen, meeting and committee rooms, and the chamber for public meetings, no longer met requirements. The council needed a future- proof building that would meet a range of needs – and, of course, at the same time be a building that served the ̒local community’.
The result was an extensive construction project that involved demolition of the old building surrounding the district council meeting chamber and the construction of a new four-storey administration building with an underground level. The Drees & Sommer specialists joined the project at an early stage, undertaking both a feasibility study and an economic feasibility study. Two further contracts were subsequently awarded.
The BSE experts were able to support the principal, for example by clarifying technical plausibility, establishing important interfaces, and coordinating electrical replacement planning. At a critical stage in the process, LCM colleagues completely revised the construction schedule, thereby minimizing delays. And Drees & Sommer also worked with the principal during the project planning phase and architectural competition to lay the foundation for Green Building certification.
The intricate demolition of the existing building – including gutting and waste disposal – proved particularly challenging. The complex subsoil also proved difficult, with rubble, contaminants, and underground connections to established buildings. Electrical planning was also delayed – and last, but not least, the coronavirus pandemic resulted in bottlenecks in the delivery of materials. Thanks to its many years of project experience, the Drees & Sommer team was able to overcome all these challenges. The ‘reward’ for years of personal commitment on the part of the project participants came when the expanded Göppingen District Office was commissioned in April 2020 and the final cost statement showed that – despite all the adverse circumstances – Drees & Sommer had managed to keep the project within the tight budget. But that was not all: In the meantime, the Göppingen District has approached Drees & Sommer with inquiries about other projects.
- Feasibility study
- Cost-effectiveness analysis
- Architectural competition according to the Guidelines for Planning Competitions (RPW)
- EU-wide selection of specialist planners
- Project communication system (PCS)
- Internal expert consultations based on VOB/C (German Tender Regulations for Construction Work)
- Electrical management
- Lean Construction Management (LCM)
- Project management of all project stages (1-5) and areas of activity (A-E) as per AHO (Fee Structure Committee of the Associations and Chambers of Engineers and Architects)
- Project lead function according to AHO for individual services
- Construction schedule was rebuilt after a critical phase
- Compliance with the tight budget
- Challenges were mastered through know-how and experience