Zug Canton: Highest Wood Skyscraper in Switzerland Is Being Built

With a total height of 60 meters, one of the buildings on the campus of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts becomes the highest wood skyscraper in Switzerland.

The Suurstoffi area in Risch Rotkreuz, Swiss Canton of Zug, is developing into a place of learning and work, residential area and recreation zone. The highest wood skyscraper in Switzerland with a total height of 60 meters is being built on the total area of some 10 hectares. It is considered particularly innovative and together with two other buildings forms part of the new campus of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). Drees & Sommer is supporting the construction of the three educational buildings on construction site 1 of Suurstoffi West with Lean Construction Management (LCM).

The principal of the integrated sustainable district, which creates a link between living, working and recreation, is Zug Estates AG. The university campus set to emerge by fall 2019 will form an important anchor point for the district with two wood skyscrapers and a concrete structure between them designed by the joint venture Büro Konstrukt & Manetsch Meyer Dipl. Architekten ETH of LucerneThe new building with some 42,000 square meter gross floor area will host lecture rooms of the Lucerne School of Business and the Lucerne School of Information Technology (both part of HSLU), offices and retail space. Drees & Sommer ensures a smooth construction process thanks to Lean Construction Management, integrated construction logistics and the integrated digital planning method Building Information Modeling (BIM). For the new construction of the university campus an innovative software is used which enables the integrated use of construction logistics, BIM and LCM.

District sets zero/zero goal

The Suurstoffi area has taken the lead in Switzerland. Goal of the energy concept is the zero/zero principle: a completely CO2-free district. Wood is a positive role model in manufacture, transportation and assembly as well as dismantling, as the low carbon dioxide emission has a positive effect on ecological balance. Apart from the wood skyscrapers, the garden skyscraper Aglaya with the plants integrated in its faςade will ensure a positive ecological balance in the district.