E.ON Ruhrgas reported that excavation work for the new head office on the premises of the former Gruga stadium in Essen will be completed in March as planned. The project is thus on track, which should reduce lorry traffic in the streets around the construction site.
On the adjacent piece of land, earthworks have started for the new multi-storey car park built by the city for the Essen trade fair. The lorries to and from the two excavated pits will be using the same ramp, which will lessen the impact on local residents.
Work on the foundation will start in May. The new office building will be ready for use in late 2009. It will provide space for some 2,000 employees. The laying of the foundation stone is scheduled for 13 May 2008.
"The city of Essen will have another architectural landmark in close proximity to the Essen trade fair site," said Mr. Geiss, member of the Management Board of E.ON Ruhrgas. Two ellipsoidal office towers connected by a glass atrium are to accommodate 15 floors each.
"The new E.ON Ruhrgas head office will also set new standards in terms of climate protection and energy efficiency," continued Mr. Geiss. The goal is to reduce primary energy consumption by approx. 40 per cent compared to an administrative building of today's standard.
Particularly with respect to heating, cooling and ventilation systems, E.ON Ruhrgas is relying on innovations in the field of building physics and application technology. Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced significantly thanks to the use of natural gas in a combined heat and power plant. The main heat supplies to the building will be generated by a packaged cogeneration system. A heat-transferring building envelope will ensure that the heat output normally required for comparable buildings will be reduced.
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