Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Merk, who heads Munich's Urban Planning Department, also had words of praise for the close collaboration and the construction site management. Right from the start, she noted, exemplary processes at the construction site had minimized the burden on the neighborhood.
Zsolt Sluitner, head of Siemens Real Estate (SRE), emphasized that the large-scale project was fully on schedule. Part of this success was due, he said, to the close cooperation with the city of Munich, nearby residents and, in particular, the group of about 250 construction workers who had been employed on the site in recent months. Since construction of the building shell began about a year ago, 6,000 tons of reinforcing steel have been anchored and 40,000 cubic meters of concrete have been poured.
The new company headquarters will feature a bright, open design throughout. The facility is meant to serve as a place for customers and employees to meet while creating a new connection between the city's historic center and the museums and art galleries of its Maxvorstadt district.
Together with the city, Siemens has succeeded in implementing the concept of a new building that has been carefully designed to fit into an existing cityscape, blending tradition with the future. The history enshrined in the Palais and the new building's contemporary character complement each other to form an extremely energy-efficient building complex in keeping with the most advanced standards worldwide.
The façade work and interior construction will begin immediately after the topping-out ceremony. In parallel, the 300-meter-long soundproofing wall will be taken down in phases between now and the spring of 2015, because neither construction noise nor dust will escape through the glass façade to the outside. The new Siemens headquarters are to be completed by the end of 2015. Opening is planned for the spring of 2016.