Project: New shopping mall in industrial city of Hagen, germany
Contractor: Oevermann Hochbau GmbH, NL Gutersloh
Developer: GNO Grundstücksverwaltung GmbH & Co. Objekt Elf KG, Grünwald
Formwork engineering: MEVA Formwork Systems, Germany
Safety from the “Airport Tower”
The Rathaus-Galerie (town hall mall) is the largest construction site in the German industrial city of Hagen and designed to become its new landmark. Visiting project manager Helmut Mark and his supervisor colleague Michael Feismann in their on-site office is like entering an airport control tower. Both may be seen monitoring their screens with their hands on the dashboard and their cell phones clamped behind their ears, their eyes dashing from one large building plan to the next. But rather than guiding jets to land or take-off, they control a highly complex building process in the middle of a bustling metropolis, with businesses, shops and traffic around them running as usual.
A single ramp provides access to the site
It is the only way material and gear can be delivered – a minute by minute task requiring concentration and nerves made of steel. The parking garage with space for 400 vehicles is being built simultaneously with the shopping centre next door; the escalators were installed ahead of time in order to build columns and walls around them. Building, excavation and demolition works overlap and have to be coordinated alongside each other. Pouring in process in the front while the rear part is being demolished. Logistics and multi-tasking are the magic words. Schedules must be cleared with the municipality. And you need a clear head when working with plans that are altered frequently.
“We’ve reached version Q!“, says Feismann. Apart from his role as coordinator, he has to ensure strict safety and quality standards. „We’re fortunate that support from MEVA works so well, says Michael Feismann, hurrying back to his “tower”. The next truck is fighting its way toward the site.
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