Leonberg celebrates topping-out ceremony for new city hall

Leonberg’s new city hall was designed by Schaller Architekten.

On February 23, 2016, the topping-out wreath was placed on the shell of the new city hall in Leonberg, Germany. The finished building will be handed over to the city at the end of the year and will provide workplaces for 200 council employees. Drees & Sommer has been supporting Leonberg City Council with the project from the start, and is managing the €25 million project.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new city hall in Leonberg was held in June 2015, and now, the seven-story building reaches skyward. The new building with a gross floor area of some 9,900 square meters is scheduled to be ready for occupation in December 2016. Then all council employees, formerly distributed across four locations, will be able to work under one roof. At the heart of the building is a multistory atrium with a transparent glass roof. After completion, the ground floor will house the foyer with reception, party rooms, the council chamber, and an information point. The upper floors will have various offices, as well as contact points for citizens. The new building will also have underground parking for 50 vehicles.

Drees & Sommer has supported the project from the beginning and already managed the invitation to tender and contract award process. The two main criteria for the city of Leonberg – in addition to architectural and functional requirements – were early schedule and cost certaintly. The commissioned team of general contractors and specialist planners used Building Information Modeling (BIM) from the very beginning of the design phase, allowing simultaneous integration of all planning into a 3D building model. Benefits of this approach include simplified coordination and a reduction in planning errors.