Following a construction period of some three years, the new Siemens corporate headquarters in Munich was opened on June 24, 2016. Sustainability and energy efficiency play a central role in this construction project: The building is to be certified in accordance with the highest national and international sustainability standards. From the outset, Drees & Sommer supported Siemens Real Estate – which manages the company’s real estate portfolio – by providing project management services and handlingthe certification process.
Sustainability was the focus of the ambitious project from its inception. With an above-ground floor area of some 45,000 square meters, the new headquarters was built with environmental compatibility and energy efficiency front of mind. As early as the concept development phase, the principal focused on ensuring that the finished building would consume as little energy as possible. The fully glazed courtyard facades, for example, flood the building with daylight, reducing the need for artificial lighting. Energy demand is minimized by the use of photovoltaic systems, geothermal energy and intelligent building services equipment from Siemens Building Technologies. The resource-friendly sustainable design of the new Siemens building was awarded a preliminary certificate by the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) back in October 2013. The company aims to achieve both DGNB and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification in autumn this year. Drees & Sommer is managing the certification process for Siemens Real Estate. The company was also commissioned to provide project management services throughout the entire project. In addition to cost and schedule controlling, this included management of relocation planning.