The first diggers rolled up in February 2019— tangible evidence of the soaring headcount at the company headquarters: Four times as many people now work here as when Bechtle moved to Neckarsulm in 2004. An average of 90 additional employees have joined every year, with no end in sight. Persistent growth will make 2019 another year defined by change.
The new building will create 35,300 square metres of space for an additional 600 workstations across four storeys of bright, open and modern architecture. At its centre, will stand an atrium surrounded by galleries on all floors and covered by a glass roof to gaze at the sky through.
This is how the new building will look after completion in October 2020.
As with earlier projects, the new structure will also tap into renewable energy, with a geothermal field under the building allowing Bechtle to harvest energy to heat and cool the facilities. Sustainability is a staple at the location: Two further geothermal fields under the warehouse and the multi-storey car park have been in operation since 2016 and 2017 respectively.
When construction is complete, the Bechtle offices and warehouse together will boast 67,350 square metres—the size of nine football pitches. The upgraded headquarters will be enhanced by a redesigned forecourt that’s more spacious, modern and flexible. There’ll be plenty of turning space for buses and lorries, and a new gate will ensure easier pedestrian access.
Change is indeed all around. The new forecourt will be finished by September 2019 and the first employees are expected to move into the new building in October 2020.
Geothermal energy is energy stored below the surface of the earth in the form of heat. The upper layers of the earth sit at about 10°C, and it gets warmer the deeper you go at a rate of some 3 degrees per 100 metres. The earth’s core is estimated to be at 5000°C.
Buried 48 metres underground, 224 ground-source heat pumps at Bechtle Platz 1 move warm water to the surface where the heat is extracted and compressed to increase the temperature for use elsewhere.
March 2019: The geothermal field begins with 42 drill holes.
June 2019: The basement is ready.
The ground floor in July 2019.
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Published on Jul 18, 2019.