BMW Salzburg awards new general planning contract

PORR Design & Engineering, or PDE, is planning an extension of the office space for the Salzburg branch of BMW Austria GmbH, with a new training centre, a restaurant and a parking deck for over 300 employees. PDE was able to win over the employer with an efficient new concept. The resulting planning contract comprises all general planning services from the preliminary design onwards.

As part of the bidding process for the submitted preliminary project, which included the conversion and partial demolition of the existing, disused warehouse on the BMW site, PDE discussed a number of options and then proposed a more efficient redesign of the user requirements to the client. Unlike the preliminary project, demolishing the warehouse and erecting a much smaller new building on top of the existing basement was possible within the budget specified by BMW. The space was optimised in close collaboration with the client and, despite a smaller gross floor area, an equivalent space allocation plan was implemented, which also complies with BMW’s internal space benchmarks. In addition, the newly created areas, being “new builds”, have several advantages over the previous project: better exposure to daylight, for example.  

New modern premises contribute to a higher feel-good factor at the workplace

The PDE building design includes a training centre with training workshops and other training rooms on the one hand, and an extension of the administrative areas on the other. A new parking deck and a spacious staff canteen are also part of the new building. The administration areas are open-plan offices and will be implemented as “flex offices” according to the specifications of the BMW Group. They will contain modern office spaces and meeting zones, informal lounges and work areas such as kitchenettes, communication areas or the canteen seating area. This is in line with a forward-looking method of working, which follows the principle of desk sharing. The open and spacious workspace is designed to promote creativity, communication and an enjoyment of work.

The existing bridge connecting the administration building with the warehouse constitutes the perfect link between the administration areas of the new extension and the existing administration building on the first floor. A staff restaurant with a terrace is available to employees on the top floor of the extension. 

Strict reference system criteria for sustainability

The BMW reference system “sustainable construction” represents the framework for the planning and construction processes. The requirements of the reference system for BMW buildings apply to various categories, including planning principles such as life-cycle orientation, building design, resources, user comfort and design. (>> because operations, energy etc. are also part of the evaluation) Thanks to the PDE experts’ long-standing experience, the requirements have already been taken into account and implemented during the planning phase. The project’s sustainability performance is tracked on an ongoing basis so that an overall achievement rate of ≥ 60% can be attained in this project in line with the requirements specified by BMW.

Optimisation measures to facilitate occupation of the building by late 2020

The building is being optimised by PDE with regard to the target costs within the framework of design planning. The documents for submitting the building permit will be completed by February 2019, while the execution planning will be finished around the middle of the year. In order to facilitate a time and cost-optimised planning process and subsequent construction process, the construction scheme is supported by Building Information Modelling (BIM). This means that the cost estimation and all the specialist planning tasks are undertaken in a digital building model right from the outset. From the very first stage, the entire project planning process has also been set up according to LEAN methodology and is to be continued later on, on the construction site, using LEAN construction methods. The modular design, which uses prefabricated system elements, will also contribute to a rapid construction process. This is to ensure that the new building is ready for BMW Austria to move in by the end of 2020.

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