Starting in February, building work costing 20 million euros will be under way in the eastern section of the technical base to develop workshops, offices and facilities for the Central Materials Technology department. As a result, this particularly skilled high-tech area of the company will be concentrated in a single location and amongst other things acquire a brand-new chemical laboratory. Construction work is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.
The new six-storey complex will provide 6,000 square meters of workshop floor space on two levels, with the Central Materials Technology department on the second floor. The four floors above this, totaling 8,000 square meters of gross floor space, will be used for offices. The building will benefit from efficient insulation and the use of rainwater and parts of it will have a green roof.
"With this new building, rather than going for expensive renovation work and retaining inefficient structures, we are investing on a sustainable basis and financing our future," said Ralf Aljes, head of Facility Management at Lufthansa Technik. The building will use the existing plot ten times more intensively than the one- to two-storey old buildings buildings, which have already been demolished.
Construction company Max Boegl has been selected as prime contractor for the project while the SWP firm of architects from Hamburg will be in charge of planning and design.
The new building continues Lufthansa Technik's investment program aimed at upgrading its base in Hamburg. Coming on the heels of a new engine overhaul center, a separate building for innovation engineering, the expansion of workshops specializing in the repair of composite materials and the commissioning of a dedicated district heating power station, the building will replace old, cost-intensive office stock that is no longer appropriate to the present day.
The Central Materials Technology department is responsible amongst other things for the assessment of components and systems, production resource monitoring, testing of all fluids used from hydraulic oil to cleaning agents, materials verification and the evaluation of new technologies. The team of about 20 staff is composed of highly qualified engineers and laboratory staff, whose extensive expertise will be used well beyond the bounds of Lufthansa Technik.
The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and about 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading manufacturer-independent providers of services for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik is licensed internationally as a repair, production and development enterprise. The Group's portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.