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Theegarten-Pactec, one of the world's leading manufacturers of packaging technologies for confectionery, inaugurated on 3 July 2015 a new manufacturing/assembly complex and office building at the company's long-standing headquarters in Dresden. The total investment of € 30 million represents the largest-ever investment in the history of the packaging machinery manufacturer.
"For Theegarten-Pactec, the new building is the foundation needed to continue building high-tech machines for our customers and secure long-term growth," explains Markus Rustler, President & CEO of Theegarten-Pactec. "The new building has also resulted in the creation of around 50 new jobs. We are delighted that the first construction phase is now complete, thus setting another milestone in the company's history, which goes back over 80 years."
The company's positive performance in recent years meant that the existing buildings had grown too small. The new assembly buildings are designed to create better assembly conditions for complex lines and in particular to facilitate start-up operations in Dresden itself so that seamless project workflows are guaranteed for Theegarten-Pactec and its customers. The Theegarten-Pactec site will increase in size as a result, extending to a total area of 50,000 m2.
The entire project will be implemented in three construction phases and will also involve the phased demolition of existing buildings. During the first construction phase, the office building and the first part of the assembly/manufacturing building were constructed. This phase is now complete. This is being followed by the demolition of the old building and the construction of the second half of the manufacturing and assembly facilities. Both should be complete by mid-2017.
The new construction consists of an office building with production and warehouse areas, staff amenities and technology facilities as well as a car park with 170 parking spaces. The offices provide space for various usages such as research and development, design, customer service and sales. An employee canteen with a terrace is also located in the interior courtyard. Mechanical production and varnishing is accommodated in the manufacturing building. A number of production-related offices with a gallery are situated adjacent to the manufacturing building. An assembly building and a warehouse are also under construction.
The demolition of existing buildings and the construction of the new facilities are taking place on the site without interrupting operations. A total of 5,500 m2 of office space has been built with a high-spec building envelope, which is to be certified in accordance with the KfW Development Bank's energy efficiency standard. The office building is a steel concrete construction in a cast-in-place concrete structure with beam-less flat slab ceilings. The facade is a curtain wall consisting of various materials such as fibre cement panels, metal panels and expanded metal. The offices have a ventilation and air-conditioning system.
The assembly and manufacturing buildings, which are fitted with cranes and hoisting equipment throughout, will cover a total area of 15,500 m2. They are equipped with radiant ceiling panels for district heating and a ventilation system is also installed. The new buildings provide space for 400 workstations. The location in the Reick district of Dresden is an urban, mature setting with public transport links and easy access to the A17. With 400 employees, Theegarten-Pactec is a major employer in the Dresden region.
"Thanks to careful planning, this mammoth project has so far not impacted on our daily operations, the design and manufacture of packaging systems," says Rustler. "The three pillars of the construction project – time, cost and quality – are in line with expectations due to outstanding planning by our partner Vollack and the execution of these plans by the individual trades."
With a team of 300 employees, including 150 architects and engineers, Vollack is a specialist in the methodical development, planning and implementation as well as revitalisation of sustainable and energy-efficient offices, industrial buildings and health sector buildings. Theegarten-Pactec worked on its first joint project with Vollack in Saxony in 2006: the renovation of the eastern hall (Osthalle) in the building (assembly and warehouse building) in a project valued at approx. € 300,000. Even then it could be seen that the building would need to be completely renovated as some of Theegarten's building stock in Dresden dates from the 1950s and 1960s. In 2010, the two partners developed the initial concrete ideas for converting or renovating Theegarten-Pactec's old buildings. In October 2010, development of the site with the old buildings began. Land was subsequently purchased at the old site, opening up new prospects for the future. The building application was submitted in April 2013. The demolition work commenced in November 2013.