The focal points of the research being performed at
Siemens is on the key topics of the future in the field of digitalization. In
addition to innovative approaches to sustainable solutions for Siemens
customers, these topics include core technologies such as simulation, digital
twins, the industrial internet of things, the future of automation, additive
manufacturing and innovative production processes.
“The close links with our partners from our Research and
Innovation Ecosystem create new perspectives for our researchers,” said Peter
Körte, chief technology officer at Siemens. “In this way, we can work together
jointly and in close alliance to find solutions for the major challenges of the
present and of the future, and we can help shape the digital, sustainable
transformation. Today – more than ever – we need technology with purpose to
live up to our responsibility to future generations.”
With more than 7,500 employees and 20,000
students, the research campus in Garching is currently already one of Germany’s
largest centers for science, research and education. “The unique combination of
top universities like TUM and LMU, research institutes like the Fraunhofer
Society, high-tech industries, and a lively start-up scene offers a powerful
ecosystem for research and innovation,” emphasized Dr. Dietmar Gruchmann,
First Mayor of the City of Garching. “Today’s topping-out ceremony for the
Siemens Technology Center marks yet another milestone on the journey of the
visionary ‘Science City of Garching."
On four levels and with two inner courtyards, the
Siemens Technology Center offers around 13,000 square meters of modern and
highly variable space. Current research projects can be presented to the public
in the foyer. In addition to a lecture hall that can be divided flexibly,
technical areas, such as laboratories, are now being built along with a
conference zone, training and meeting rooms, and modern workspaces. Adapted to
accommodate hybrid working in the so-called “new normal,” these facilities will
enable the highest possible levels of flexibility in an environment
characterized by collaboration and agile teamwork.
Zsolt Sluitner, CEO of Siemens Real Estate, which is in
the company responsible for Siemens’ real estate portfolio, emphasized that the
building itself, with its aluminum facade, will exude a spirit of innovation.
At the topping-out ceremony, he expressly thanked all the people working for
the some 60 construction companies involved in the project for their hard work.
“Like all new Siemens buildings, we first created the Technology Center as a
digital twin right from day one, before any of it was implemented in reality.
This approach provides a basis for particularly high levels of
resource-efficiency, first in construction and later in operation,” he said.
“For this inclusive new building, too, we are aiming for ‘Gold’ certification
according to the internationally recognized LEED sustainability criteria.”
Features for helping to secure this certification
include the photovoltaic systems on the roof, thermally activated intermediate
ceilings for supporting the heating and cooling systems, the supply of
regenerative energy through geothermal power, highly efficient ventilation with
heat-recovery capabilities, and ultramodern sensor and building technology from
the Siemens portfolio. In addition, the new Technology Center – for which
8,500 cubic meters of concrete have already been poured and about
1,200 tons of steel have already been installed – will have full coverage
for Wi-Fi connectivity and a 5G mobile network and will be equipped with
cutting-edge media technology.
For the first phase of construction, for which the
topping-out ceremony has been celebrated today, Siemens is investing a euro
amount in the mid-double-digit millions. Plans call for completing this phase
in 2023. An additional phase of construction is currently in planning.