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Current progress of environmental ministry building in Basel

Construction work at the Ministry for Environment and Energy (AUE) in Basel is making swift progress. Assembly work on the storeys began at the end of March 2020. When it came to erecting the building, the skeleton’s supports were first put into place, the main and secondary beams were then incorporated between the supports and the ceiling elements were installed. With the load-bearing structure and all eight storeys completed in mid-September, we were able to begin assembling the façade units. The corner elements prefabricated at our plant were subsequently installed. Further finishing touches in the interior, such as acoustic cladding and concrete embellishment, will begin at the start of next year.

About the project: In 2021, the Basel-Stadt Canton Ministry for Environment and Energy (AUE) will move into the eight-storey new build situated on Spiegelgasse. The supporting structure of this new build comprises a timber skeleton, timber-and-concrete hybrid ceiling panels and steel lattices that serve as bracing for the building. Häring is implementing the timber supporting structure, the timber-and-concrete hybrid ceilings and façade units with CCF windows. Assembly work was carried out one storey at a time. The ceilings were installed and covered with concrete. Underneath the timber-concrete-composite beams, standardized acoustic elements, which are delivered to the building site in transportable sizes, are now being installed. These help boost sound absorption and improve the room acoustics in the offices. Besides helping save on materials, the entire construction also exhibits good heat storage capacity and helps cool the building overnight during summer. The timber-concrete composite thus plays a significant role in complying with the Swiss Minergie-A ECO requirements.

The following blog provides updates (in German) on the project:

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